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Dr. Leandra Desjardins, PhD, CPsych (Supervised Practice)


Dr. Leandra Desjardins received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on stress, coping, social adjustment, and cognitive functioning, particularly in children and adolescents. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Hospital for Sick Children, with interventions often focused on anxiety and depression, sleep difficulties, pain, nausea, social isolation, and behavior management. She has also completed training in interventions for adolescents and adults with eating disorders, as well as children and families presenting with a range of internalizing and externalizing disorders.

Dr. Leandra has experience conducting cognitive behavioural therapy with children, adolescents and young adults, with a focus on mood and anxiety disorders, as well as working with individuals with developmental disorders, and children with behavioral management difficulties. She has experience delivering CBT based interventions for depression, generalized anxiety, and social anxiety, as well as adjustment disorder. Leandra has participated in various CBT related trainings, including training at the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has also received training in other approaches such as mindfulness, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and motivational interviewing.

Why choose CBT Associates?

CBT Associates is a large, well-established and rapidly-growing network of clinics that provides evidence-based psychological services to children, adolescents, adults of all ages, and couples.

We are a highly-qualified group of over 50 psychologists and psychological associates who provide personalized, compassionate, respectful and discreet treatment with the highest level of... Read More

What is the policy for cancelled or missed appointments?

To help us reliably meet the needs of all our clients, we must ask you to provide 24 hours’ notice when cancelling or rescheduling an appointment. Appointments without sufficient notice will be charged the full fee.

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What is a psychologist?


  • Are registered healthcare professionals who are regulated like physicians, surgeons, and dentists.
  • Work with individuals, groups and organizations to promote positive change by assessing and treating psychological problems.
  • Are trained to assess problems accurately using psychological tests and semi-structured interviews.... Read More
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychologists are closely aligned with psychiatrists as both are highly-trained professionals. Psychiatrists are oriented toward pharmaceutical solutions (some illnesses in fact lend themselves to medication versus talk therapy, such as severe depression or schizophrenia); while psychologists are oriented toward talk therapy as a solution.

Psychologists and psychiatrists both undertake... Read More

What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The first important difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is the number of years of education and training required to register by each college. The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario requires members to complete any recognized training program in psychotherapy, with 450 hours of direct client contact, and 100 hours of clinical supervision. In contrast, to... Read More

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