Dr. Vanessa Villani


Dr. Vanessa Villani completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Ryerson University. She is currently registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO), providing assessment and therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Villani completed her pre-doctoral internship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC) in the Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) program. In addition to her work at CHLA and HSC, she received clinical training at North York General Hospital (NYGH) and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Dr. Villani completed her graduate studies in the Biopsychosocial lab, where she produced research on parent-child attachment relationships, and investigated gene-environment models impacting the development of stress response systems and emotion regulation.

Dr. Villani provides assessment and therapy targeting depression, anxiety, PTSD, behavioural issues, coping effectively with stress, social skills training, and assertiveness. She employs strong clinical skills, dedication to exceptional client care, and a solid knowledge of evidence-based methods. She approaches clinical practice with a nonjudgmental attitude, a warm and welcoming demeanor, and a genuine interest for clients’ experiences. Dr. Villani’s main theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioural, drawing on psychodynamic, mindfulness/acceptance, attachment, and strength-based approaches to address individualized therapeutic goals. Her distinctions include Masters and Doctoral awards from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and Ontario Graduate Scholarships (OGS).

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