WHO WE ARE

Dr. Katherine Spere, Ph.D., C.Psych.

Dr. Kate Spere is a Clinical Psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.  She has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with an Applied Developmental Emphasis from the University of Guelph.  Dr. Spere has extensive experience working with children and teenagers.  Her clinical training included work at a local school board, the Selective Mutism Service at McMaster Children’s Hospital, a pre-doctoral internship at Hamilton Health Sciences, and placements at kidsLINK, and the Centre for Psychological Services at the University of Guelph.  Prior to opening this clinic in 2014, Dr. Spere worked as an associate in a large private practice in Waterloo.  She has also taught a university level course on Learning Disabilities.  She is a member of both the Canadian Psychological Association and the Ontario Psychological Association.

Dr. Spere is passionate about her work and is committed to helping children and teens reach their full potential.  She provides therapy to children and teens for a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, stress, and behavioural issues.  Dr. Spere uses an integrative therapeutic approach, tailoring the treatment strategy to each child’s unique presentation.  She also provides comprehensive psychological/psychoeducational assessments for a variety of presenting problems including learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and other mental health concerns that may be interfering with a child’s capacity to learn.  Dr. Spere also enjoys consulting with parents, families and teachers to problem solve the best strategies to support a child or adolescent.

Dr. Spere lives in Waterloo Region with her husband and three young boys.

Jennifer Lasenby-Lessard, PhD

Jennifer Lasenby-Lessard received her B.A. (Honours) in Psychology from the University of Guelph, her M.A. in Educational Psychology from the University of Toronto and her PhD in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Guelph. Jennifer has worked at the Hospital for Sick Children in the Learning Disabilities Research Program and has experience conducting educational research with the research department at the Toronto School Board. She gained practicum experience at the Waterloo Region District School Board and worked as a Psychoeducational Consultant for the Halton District School Board for eight years. Jennifer has extensive experience conducting psychological assessments for a wide range of difficulties, with particular experience in learning and behaviour difficulties and assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Jennifer enjoys working with children with Autism and counselling and supporting parents of children with Autism. Jennifer sits on the collaborative committee for Autism Services Waterloo Region and is a parent mentor for the Waterloo Region Family Network. Jennifer also teaches an undergraduate course in Educational Psychology at the University of Guelph.

In her spare time she enjoys reading, gardening, and spending time with her husband and two young boys.

Jordan Friedmann

Jordan Friedmann received her B.A. (Honours) in Psychology from McGill University and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Guelph. Jordan is nearing the end of her doctoral training in the Clinical Psychology: Applied Developmental Emphasis program at the University of Guelph. Jordan has trained at the Centre for Psychological Services at the University of Guelph, the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre in Toronto, The Waterloo Region District School Board, and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, where she pursued interests in working with children, adolescents, and families. Jordan has experience conducting comprehensive psychological assessments for youth presenting with a range of cognitive, learning, behavioural, and social-emotional difficulties. Jordan also has clinical experience providing therapy to clients with a variety of mental health concerns including mood, anxiety, trauma, attention and behavioural difficulties.

Jordan enjoys being active, travelling, and spending time outdoors with family, friends, and her dogs.

Julia Stewart

Julia Stewart, M.A. (PhD Candidate) is working towards the completion of her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Guelph. Julia’s training includes assessment, consultation, and intervention work within the Thames Valley and Hamilton-Wentworth District School Boards, the Child and Youth Mental Health Program at Hamilton Health Sciences, and the Centre for Psychological Services at the University of Guelph. She has worked with children, adolescents, and their families regarding a wide range of issues including, learning and developmental disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, depression, trauma, and behavioural difficulties.

In her spare time, Julia enjoys visiting her family’s cottage on the Northern Bruce Peninsula, watching the Toronto Blue Jays, and spending time with her dog.