The Collaborative Therapy and Assessment Group (CTAG) consists of psychologists Dr. Ruth Slater, Dr. Stacey Whyne Berman, and Psychotherapist Ruth Benedikt Krauze.

Our Philosophy

It is our belief that growth, for both children and adults, is an ongoing process of responding to the challenges of life in creative ways. The experiences that we have throughout our lives, both positive and negative, shape the people we become and the way we see the world. Sometimes we develop patterns in living that make sense at one time in our life, but that do not make sense, nor serve us well, at a different point in time.

We believe that through an exploration of oneself and one’s relationships, people can build on their strengths and find new ways of moving forward in their life. This process can be facilitated in the context of a supportive therapeutic relationship.

Dr. Ruth Slater

I have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and was registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in 1993. Before beginning private practice work in 2001, I was employed at a school board and at several local hospitals. Today, I work full-time at the Hospital for Sick Children, with the diabetes team, the burn team, and various other programs. Through this experience, my scope of practice has expanded to include Health Psychology (helping people cope with illness and injury). My approach to treatment builds on family systems theory, cognitive-behavioural principles, psychodynamic therapy, and mindfulness practices. Although my availability for private work is currently quite limited, I have experience with providing assessments and therapy for children, adolescent’s adults, and families, and could be consulted about support in any of these areas.

Dr. Stacey Whyne Berman

I have a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology and have been Registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario since 1994. I have been working in private practice providing individual psychotherapy and psychological assessments to a wide range of clients. Prior to beginning my private practice in 2001, I gathered extensive therapeutic and assessment experience through my employment at the Toronto District School Board, as well as at hospital and university settings (including both counselling centres and disability services). I have extensive cross-cultural experience, and have done a lot of work with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, difficulty coping with a traumatic history, and relationship issues. My approach is informed by psychodynamic, emotion-focused, and mindfulness principles. I also have extensive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Relational Life Therapy, and trauma therapy.

Ruth Benedikt Krauze DCS., RP

I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the Province of Ontario, and I hold Masters level education from what is known today as OISE at the University of Toronto, specializing in Child Study, Assessment and Counselling. I also hold a degree in Psychology from the same university, as well as advanced post graduate training in the areas of Family Therapy, Couples Therapy, and Divorce Mediation. I am long standing member of the 'Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists, and Psychotherapists' (OACCPP), and have been an Associate Mediator with the 'Ontario Association for Family Mediation' (OAFM). I have had extensive experience working with individuals, families, adolescents, and couples, facilitating change and improved relationships. I have worked in Children's Mental Health Agencies for over ten years in the past, and I have been in private practice since 2001. Through my years of work, I have developed interest, understanding and sensitivity to various cultural experiences, and I am able to offer my services in English, Spanish, and Hebrew.

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