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Lisa Santa-Maria Barbagallo, MA, CPsych


Lisa Santa-Maria Barbagallo received her M.A. in Counselling Psychology from McGill University and completed graduate training at Concordia University where she worked with a diverse population of students in the areas of personal and career counseling. She worked at Concordia University’s counseling and psychological services department over the past 10 years providing counseling services to help students dealing with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, body image and career transitions. She was also involved in facilitating training workshops for a student mentorship program. She currently works at the Cleveland Clinic assessing clients within the executive health division. Additionally she works in private practice working with individuals. She approaches counseling from a holistic perspective, looking at body and mind as an interconnected unit. Her approach is eclectic with a focus on CBT and incorporating elements of emotion-focused, dialectic and mindfulness based therapy. She is currently registered with the Ontario College of Psychologists.

Please note that our associates work with many presenting issues, some of which are not listed in this biography. Please speak to our intake team at 416-363-4228 for more information.

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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