Drs. Doering, Torrance-Perks, Drugovic, Lawrence, Aquino and Associates

  Who are we?


Our practice was founded in 1991 by Dr. Deborah Baar and Dr. Robert Doering and currently has five Partners and one Associate, as well as Clinical Residents who are completing their residency year. Clients may request a registration number with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, areas of competency, and details of training for any member of the practice.

Dr. Robert Doering (Ph.D. University of Toronto, 1981) offers consultations, individual psychotherapy and couples therapy, and supervises associates offering a variety of psychological services. He has many years of clinical experience as a psychologist within this practice and  in other mental health settings. Bob has trained extensively in mindfulness practice and often draws on this to enhance the benefits of psychological interventions. He also offers mindfulness coaching and teaching, either one-one or in a class (see Basic Mindfulness Waterloo). To register for a mindfulness class with Bob, call (519) 884-3305 or email glebecentre@wlu.ca.

Dr. Julie Torrance-Perks (Partner, 2001) received her Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo and started working for the practice in 1997. She has worked at the Grand River Hospital (Child and Family Centre), the Toronto Hospital and the University of Waterloo Psychology Clinic. She provides assessment, treatment, and consultation for adults, couples, adolescents, and children. She also provides supervision to Psychologists and Psychological Associates. She has a special interest in wellness training and the use of hypnosis to treat chronic pain, anxiety, and habit disorders.

Dr. Mira Drugovic (Partner, 2003) received her Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo in 2001 and started working for the practice in 1995. She has worked at the Alberta Children's Hospital, the Child and Family Centre and Adolescent Services at Grand River Hospital, Chedoke-McMaster Hospital, Lutherwood Assessment and Clinical Resources Centre, and Health Services and the Psychology Clinic at the University of Waterloo. Dr. Drugovic provides assessment, psychotherapy, consultation, and supervision with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

Dr. Kathy Lawrence (Partner, 2014) received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 1996 from Fuller Graduate School of Psychology (Pasadena, California). She has worked in a variety of settings, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Peel Children's Centre, Lutherwood Children's Mental Health Centre and Grand River Hospital. Dr. Lawrence provides assessments, consultations and psychotherapy to adolescents and adults. Her interests include the mental health sequelae of trauma across the lifespan, refugee mental health, mental illnesses in adolescents and the use of cognitive-behaviour therapy as a primary treatment modality.

Dr. Jennifer Aquino (Partner, 2017) received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Waterloo in 2014. She joined the practice in 2013 after completing her clinical pre-doctoral residency at the London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium (LCPRC). She has trained in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, including the Centre for Mental Health Research University of Waterloo, Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre, St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton and Regional Mental Health Care, London. Dr. Aquino provides treatment for mood, anxiety and thought-disorders, including: depression, severe obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety, specific phobias and general stress management. She works with adolescents, adults and couples, providing psychotherapy, psychological assessments and consultation.  Dr. Aquino also leads CBT groups for the treatment of anxiety.

Debra Barrie (Psychological Associate) received her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Windsor in 2010. She joined the practice in September 2015 after completing her residency at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa. She has trained in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings, including Maryvale Adolescent and Family Services, Windsor Regional Children’s Centre, Children First, Summit Centre for Preschool Children with Autism, and the Psychological Services and Research Centre at the University of Windsor. Ms. Barrie provides treatment for a number of presenting concerns including: anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and behavioural and learning difficulties. She has extensive training in the assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder and offers diagnostic assessments for children as young as 2 years of age. She provides consultation, psychotherapy, and psychological assessments with children, adolescents, and their families. 

Delaine Shackleton (Clinical Resident) received her Maser's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Regina in 2016 and is in the process of completing her Ph.D. Her graduate training has been focused in the area of health psychology, which has afforded her the opportunity to develop skills in empirically-supported methods of assessment, diagnosis, evaluation, consultation, and treatment of diverse mental health concerns that are often concurrent with medical conditions. Delaine also has comprehensive training and experience in providing cognitive-behavioural therapy and conducting psychodiagnostic/psychoeducational assessments for clients with a range of disorders (e.g., mood, anxiety, and developmental disorders).

Mark Leonhart (Clinical Resident) received his Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University in 2016 and is currently in the process of completing his Ph.D. He has gained clinical experience at Concordia University's Applied Psychology Centre, McGill University Health Centre OCD clinic, and McGill University Health Centre CBT unit in Montreal. His training has focused on comprehensive diagnostic assessment and evidence-based therapy adapted to the unique challenges faced by those with a variety of mood, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorders, as well as other associated problems.

Ami Rints (Clinical Resident) received her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 2015, and is in the process of completing her Ph.D. While her graduate training has involved providing assessment and intervention to clients ranging from childhood through adulthood, she has focused primarily on providing services to children, youth and their families. She has acquired clinical experience across a number of settings, including the Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment at the University of Waterloo, a hospital setting focused on psychodiagnostic and psychoeducational assessments of youth, local private practices, and the Waterloo Region District School Board. Her approach to treatment is predominantly informed by cogitive-behavioural therapy, and she has worked with youth with a variety of presenting needs including behavioural and learning difficulties, anxiety and mood related challenges (e.g., generalized anxiety, depression), obsessive-compulsive disorder, and developmental disorders.

Maryam Sharif-Razi (Clinical Resident) is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Calgary (U of C). She attained her BSc. (Hons) from the University of Toronto and her MSc. from the U of C. Maryam's clinical experience across various settings has given her the opportunity to provide evidence-based diagnostic assessments, comprehensive neurocognitive evaluations, and treatments to individuals with a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, personality disorders, eating disorders and addictive disorders. Her work with complex concurrent disorders has shaped her theoretical orientation to integrative, bolstering CBT with other empirical modalities (e.g., mindfulness, motivational interviewing, relapse prevention) to help clients achieve their unique goals. 

Samantha Schulz (Clinical Practicum Student) received her Master's degree in Developmental Psychology from the University of Western Ontario in 2018 and is currently working towards her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. She has gained experience predominantly in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy at Western's Health and Wellness Centre and the Faculty of Law Psychological Services. She often supplements this therapy approach with a variety of evidence-based treatments including mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy, and motivational interviewing to meet the needs of clients with an array of presenting concerns such as anxiety, mood-related depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other associated difficulties.

Olivia Merritt (Clinical Practicum Student) received her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Waterloo in 2018, and is in the process of completing her Ph.D. She has gained experience providing assessment, consultation, and therapy services to children, teens, and adults with diverse mental health needs. She has trained at Parkwood Hospital (London), Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment (University of Waterloo), and Broadleaf Health (Guelph), gaining experience working with a wide range of modalities, including cognitive-behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, compassion-focused therapy, and emotion-focused therapy in indivdual and group therapy settings.

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