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2 Sep 2015

Meet our Psychologists: Dr. Janine Cutler, Ph.D., C.Psych.


Joining the CBT Associates North York team in April 2015, Dr. Janine Cutler is a Registered Clinical and Forensic/Correctional Psychologist, who works with individuals, couples, families and groups. In addition to working in clinical settings, Dr. Cutler also has worked within the correctional system, giving her a unique body of experience. We had the chance to sit down with her and hear all about it!

A brief history: Clinical and Forensic/Correctional

Born in Winnipeg, Dr. Cutler graduated from the University of Manitoba after completing her dissertation in 1994, which focused on deinstitutionalization and community-based and home supports for individuals with severe mental disorders. Dr. Cutler developed a unique community-based pre-doctoral internship at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Winnipeg Region, where she put aspects of her dissertation into practical application. Dr. Cutler became a registered Psychologist in the province of Manitoba in 1995, and now is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

One of Dr. Cutler’s greatest achievements while working within the correctional system was at Stony Mountain Institution, in Manitoba, where she helped develop a community-based mental health program, which allowed individuals with severe mental disorders to live within the general population and attend specialized Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) programming within the psychology department. While working within corrections, Dr. Cutler had the opportunity to provide individual, couple and group therapy to both male and female inmates. This was very specialized work in that Dr. Cutler had to address her clients’ mental health issues, as well as their crimes. The treatment of choice within the correctional system was CBT. In addition, when the Psychology Department Head at Grand Valley Institution, Dr. Cutler oversaw the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), program. Due to her interest and commitment to community-based treatment, when in private practice in Manitoba, Dr. Cutler also worked with both men and women who were on Probation or Parole.

When asked what it was like working in the correctional environment, Dr. Cutler shared that it could be both challenging and rewarding. She explained that many of her clients had experienced considerable trauma in their lives, and treatment needed to address their victimization and mental health issues, while at the same time help them to confront their crimes and make the changes necessary for them to be able to transition into the community, and live crime free lives. These unique experiences most definitely helped Dr. Cutler develop her knowledge of systems, professionalism, and appreciation for collaboration and team work. She also gained valuable clinical experience which she brings to her work with her clients in the community.

Dr. Cutler at CBT Associates

Dr. Cutler has a vast amount of experience treating individuals, couples, families and groups. Her areas of focus include physical, emotional and sexual abuse; trauma; relationship issues; anger and emotions management; substance abuse; anxiety and depression;. While Dr. Cutler’s approach to treatment is eclectic, she generally utilizes CBT, DBT, and Mindfulness-Based practices as a means of assisting her clients to achieve their therapeutic goals. Dr. Cutler’s undergraduate and Master’s level research was in the area of attachment. She also worked extensively with attachment issues when working with individuals involved with the Criminal Justice System, whether within a correctional institution or in the community, and gained a greater appreciation of the importance of the attachment bond in all relationships. Therefore, when working with couples and families, Dr. Cutler’s treatment of choice is Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT).

On being a Psychologist

In Dr. Cutler’s words, she is very practical when it comes to working with clients. She is committed to “going to wherever the client needs to go,” and working collaboratively with clients to overcome obstacles and work towards reaching their identified goals. She is able to maintain focus on the concerns at hand, while encouraging and supporting clients to approach problems in new ways which will benefit their progress as they journey through the treatment process. Dr. Cutler finds it helpful to normalize clients’ experiences by bringing forth her own years of wisdom, and sharing her knowledge with clients. When asked her guiding principle to therapy, Dr. Cutler stated that it was “to help her clients live more comfortably within their own skin.”

In her spare time

Dr. Cutler finds much value in engaging in volunteer work, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She has a passion for the performing arts, both as a performer and a spectator; enjoying ballet and jazz dance, as well as attending the ballet, theatre and symphony. She also is an avid drummer on drum kit and the Congas! She has training in drum facilitation, which she has used to facilitate drum circles for seniors and mentally and physically challenged adults.

Stay tuned for more updates on our associates, and how they can help you achieve mental wellness! If you would like to inquire about receiving services from Dr. Janine Cutler, please do not hesitate to contact us at 416-363-4228, or info@cbtassociates.com.


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