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. in clinical psychology from the University of Waterloo. She originally joined this practice in 1995 as a psychology intern. She is a registered psychologist and trained in a large variety of clinical settings including: Alberta Children's Hospital, the Child and Family Centre and Adolescent Services at Grand River Hospital, Lutherwood Children's Mental Health Centre, Chedoke-McMaster Hospital, Drs. Doering, Torrance-Perks and Associates, and the University of Waterloo Psychology Clinic. Dr. Drugovic works with children, adolescents, adults and families. She provides psychotherapy, consultation, assessment and supervision, with special interest in the treatment of depression, stress and life transitions, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.

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.  

Gabriela Sheinin (Clinical Resident) received her Master's degree in 2018 in Clinical Psychology and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in the Clinical Psychology (Child Track) program at the University of Windsor. Gabriela primarily works with children, adolescents, and their families. She has experience providing evidence-based therapy, consulting, and conducting psychological assessments with children and adolescents of all ages, as well as providing therapy to young adults. Gabriela has gained clinical experience at Kinark Child and Family Services (Greater Toronto Area, ON), The Children's Center (Detroit, MI), Greater Essex County District School Board (Windsor, ON), and the Psychological Services and Research Centre (Windsor, ON). She has training in cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, motivational interviewing, trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy, and behaviour management. Gabriela has worked with individuals that are living with a variety of mental health difficulties (e.g., anxiety, depression, personality disorders, ADHD, trauma, developmental disorders). This mix of experiences has led her to focus on the whole client, and incorporate into practice the various risk and protective factors that are present in their lives.

Nikan Eghbali (Clinical Resident) is a Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto. He attained his BSc (Hons) and Master's degrees from York Univeristy. Nikan has trained and worked in a variety of settings including Sunnybrook Hospital, the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships, and the University of Toronto (OISE) Psychology Clinic. He provides various forms of psychotherapy, psychological evaluations, and psychological education to individuals and groups with a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, OCD, self-esteem, trauma, relationship problems, career-related concerns, and personality disorders. Nikan's theoretical orientation is shaped by multiple evidence-based approaches including cognitive behavioural approaches (i.e., CBT, CPT, ACT, and DBT), emotion focused therapy, and mindfulness/self-compassion focused modalities. Nikan's work is also influenced by his research and personal interest in the scholarly study of wisdom.

In Memoriam

We are very saddened by the sudden loss of one of our clinicians, Samantha Schulz, Ph.D., who passed away January 2, 2023. Sam worked with our practice from September 2020 to December 2022. She was an amazing colleague and a warm and compassionate clinician who cared deeply about her clients. She touched many lives and will be sorely missed.  Her obituary can be viewed using the following link:

Samantha Schulz