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General Information - Staff
Sex and Couple Therapists


The staff of the Sex and Couple Therapy Service is comprised of a multidisciplinary team including experts from psychology, psychiatry, gynecology, urology and social work.


Dr. Dennis Kalogeropoulos, Ph.D.

Founder & Emeritus Psychologist

Dr. Yitzchak (Irv) Binik, Ph.D.


Manager of Clinic Operations

Michael David Berry, Ph.D



Liz Nolin
(for appointments and information)
Tel: (514) 934-1934, ext. 34285


Claudia Brown, Physiotherapist
Dr. Serge Carrier, M.D. Urologist
Dr. Peter Chan,M.D. Urologist
Dr. Samir Khalife, M.D. Gynecologist
Dr. Gerry Wiviott, M.D. Psychiatrist

Staff Psychologists

Francine Gauvin, M.A.
Alina Kao, Ph.D.
Julie Larouche, M.Ps.


Nida Ali
Gabrielle Bélanger-Dumontier
Laura Copeland
Zofia Czajkowska
Philip Huntoon
Miriam Kirmayer
Katherine Milette
Félix Mongeon
Lisa Pascal

Director & Clinical Training Coordinator

  dennis-kalogeropoulos-2.jpg Dr. Kalogeropoulos received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University in 1991. His clinical interests include the multifaceted assessment and treatment of a wide range of sexual and interpersonal difficulties. Dr. Kalogeropoulos employs an integrative approach to psychotherapy within the context of a caring and supportive framework. Individuals are first helped to identify key factors, both past and present, which contribute to their current difficulties. They are then guided and encouraged to change their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to optimize well-being and deal more productively with personal issues. In addition to being the director of the clinic, he is also a lecturer in the Departments of Psychology of McGill and Concordia Universities. Dr. Kalogeropoulos has been actively involved in training psychology doctoral candidates for several years and has a passion for teaching and enlightening individuals on issues related to sexuality, relationships, and general well-being.

Founder & Emeritus Psychologist


Irv Binik received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. He completed an internship in the Department of Psychiatry of the Warneford Hospital in Oxford, England. Currently, he is a Professor of Psychology at McGill University and Founder of the Sex and Couple Therapy Service of the Allan Memorial Institute. Dr. Binik’s research interests focus on the sexual/genital pain disorders. His treatment orientation is "agnostic." For more information please see

ppst5.jpg   Principles and Practice of Sex Therapy, Fifth Edition
   Edited by Yitzchak M. Binik and Kathryn S. K. Hall

  Manager of Clinic Operations  
  berry.jpg Dr. Michael D. Berry received his Ph.D. in Research Psychology from University College London, and his M.A. in counselling psychology from McGill University. Michael's work focuses on sexual therapy within an integrative, biopsychosocial treatment model (  In addition, he is work in the service, Michael is the Manager of Clinic operations, and the leader of the treatment program for men's Pornography Dependence ("porn addiction"). In his leisure time, Michael is a cycling enthusiast, and a lover of comedy, who recommends “pedal power” and laughter as two of the very best forms of medicine!
  Elizabeth Nolin is an undergraduate student in Honours Psychology at Concordia University. She intends on pursuing graduate studies in clinical Psychology and is currently writing her thesis on the influence of specific hormones during brain development.


  wiviott.jpg Gerry Wiviott received his M.D. from New York University and followed that with a diploma in psychiatry from McGill in 1975. Since then he has been on staff at the Allan Memorial Institute working on the inpatient service and teaching residents and medical students. In addition to working in the Sex and Couple Therapy Service, he leads a seminar for residents focusing on existential psychotherapy.
  larouche.jpg Julie Larouche received her M.Ps. in 1994 from l’Université de Montréal and has completed her doctoral courses at Concordia University. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Sex and Couple Therapy Service of the Allan Memorial Institute in 2000. She is currently co-director of the Sexual Health Program, a joint venture of the departments of Psychology and Urology where male sexual dysfunction is approached from a multidisciplinary perspective. Her main clinical and research interests lie in the field of sexual medicine. Her doctoral research is on erectile dysfunction and she has also been involved in clinical studies dealing with female dyspareunia. Her treatment orientation is integrative.
  Dr. Alina Kao received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from McGill University in 2012. She completed her predoctoral internships at the Sex and Couple Therapy Service and the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Service of the Allan Memorial Institute, where she is currently on staff in these outpatient services. Her clinical interests include the integrative evaluation and treatment of sexual dysfunctions, sexual difficulties associated with medical and mental health conditions, and issues of intimacy and conflict within couples. Her doctoral research was on dyspareunia in postmenopausal women, and she has been involved in studies dealing with female dyspareunia throughout the reproductive life cycle.

Francine Gauvin received her M.A. in Counselling Psychology at McGill University and is a member of l’Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec.  Her clinical interests encompass issues of intimacy, sexuality, relationship and family distress, as well as common issues that bring individuals to therapy.  She has co-led treatment groups on topics such as ADHD career exploration and is presently supervising Master’s and doctoral level students. As a psychologist, she is also part of the Counselling & Mental Health Service at McGill University where she conducts counselling and therapy on a wide range of issues.




Nida Ali is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at McGill University. Her research focuses on understanding the link between physiological and psychological experiences of stress and emotion regulation. Nida has received clinical training in third-wave cognitive-behavioural therapies. Her current clinical interests include working with couples and individuals on intimacy, communication, and sexual difficulties.


Gabrielle Bélanger-Dumontier completed a bacchelor degree in health sciences at Université de Sherbrooke and a major in psychology at Université de Montréal. She is currently completing her 6th year of Ph.D. in clinical psychology at University du Québec à Montréal. Her doctoral research examines the psychological experience of Quebec’s refugees. She has received clinical training at the Centre de services psychologiques at Université du Québec à Montréal and at CLSC de La Petite-Patrie in adult mental health. During her first internship, she specialized in the treatment of mood, anxiety and personality disorders. In her work, Gabrielle takes mainly a existential-humanist approach, but she also has experience with other modalities of treatment in which she received training. Her clinical interests include interpersonal relationships, mental health problems, intercultural and migratory issues, sex and couples therapy, as well as work with vulnerable and marginalized populations.


Laura Copeland is a doctoral candidate in Counselling Psychology at McGill University, working under the supervision of Dr. Ada Sinacore in the Social Justice and Diversity Lab.  Her research focuses on how identities and familial relationships are influenced when a change, or shifting, in the gender of one family member occurs.  She has received clinical training at the McGill Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic, McGill Counselling Services, and the McGill University Sexual Identity Centre at the Montreal General Hospital.  Laura’s work is grounded in integrative psychodynamic, and third-wave therapies. Her clinical interests include supporting individuals, couples, and families with concerns about gender and sexuality, conflict and communication, and physical and emotional intimacy.

  Zofia Czajkowska graduated with a BA (Hons) in psychology and an MA in counselling psychology from McGill University, where she is currently completing her PhD. Zofia’s research interests lie in psycho-oncology, particularly the psychosocial aspects of well-being of cancer patients. Her doctoral project examines the role of the physician in the adherence to a preventative health behavior among patients diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer. She has been trained in integrative therapy, combining aspects of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and process-oriented therapy at the McGill Psychoeducational and Counselling Clinic, the McGill Counselling Service as well as the Sex and Couple Therapy Service at the Allan Memorial Institute.

She has experience providing therapy for youth and adults, including individuals and couples, as well as conducting diagnostic assessments and supervising master’s level students in their own learning to provide psychotherapeutic services. She is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at the Sex and Couple Therapy Service as well as in The Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Service at the Allan Memorial Institute.

Philip Huntoon is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the Université de Montréal, working under the supervision of Dr. Louise Nadeau. His research focuses on pathological gambling, substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health problems. In past clinical experiences, Philip has provided treatment to individuals, couples and groups presenting with various problems, including addictions, anxiety and mood disorders, as well as relational and sexual difficulties. His therapeutic style is integrative, borrowing from humanistic, cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic approaches, and is adapted to each individual client’s needs. Furthermore, Philip is committed to being empathetic, non-judgemental and autonomy supportive.



Miriam Kirmayer is a PhD Candidate in Clinical Psychology at McGill University, under the supervision of Dr. Melanie Dirks. Her doctoral research centers on emerging adults’ friendships, social competence, and anxiety and depression. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Honours Psychology from McGill University and has previously conducted research on prosocial and antisocial behaviour, including lie-telling, aggression, and bullying. Miriam has extensive clinical experience working with youth and adults in private clinics as well as outpatient mental health services.


While her therapeutic approach is grounded in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Miriam draws from other modalities, including process-oriented and mindfulness-based approaches, to better understand her clients’ difficulties and help them achieve their goals. Her clinical interests include working with individuals and couples to help them develop intimacy in their relationships, manage interpersonal conflict (e.g., (e.g., related to communication, parenting), and address symptoms of psychological distress (e.g., anxiety, depression) as well as sexual difficulties.

  Katherine Milette completed a B.Sc. in Psychology with a minor in Management and a M.A. in Counselling Psychology, both from McGill University. She is currently completing her PhD in Counselling Psychology at McGill University, under the co-supervision of Drs. Brett Thombs and Annett Körner. The topic of her doctoral research is the lived experiences of people with scleroderma, and understanding how to better self-manage day-to-day life with a rare chronic disease. 
She received prior clinical training in CBT from the Allen Memorial Institute in 2012, a year of psychodynamic training from the Argyle Institute in 2013, as well as a year of training in sex therapy and couples therapy at the Sex and Couples clinic in 2014. Katherine’s clinical experience has involved working with couples and individuals dealing with a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sexual dysfunctions, trauma, and PTSD. This year she is doing her final clinical internship and completing additional training at the Allen Memorial Institute in both CBT and sex and couples therapy. Katherine’s general philosophy and approach to therapy is one that is eclectic and ultimately pragmatic, emphasizing a direct and transparent communication style. She also believes in the importance of modifying her therapeutic approach to match the unique needs and preferences of the client sitting across from her.

Félix Mongeon is completing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at University of Montreal. His doctoral dissertation looks at the relationship between traits of borderline personality disorder and the way people perceive their partner and new encounters. His clinical experiences reflect training in a variety of therapeutic interventions, including Psychodynamic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) in working with people with various difficulties including anxiety, depressive symptoms and relationship problems. He has also received training in Brief Solution-Focused Intervention for suicide crises. He advocates that the integration of clinical approaches allows flexible interventions and has much to offer to meet the diversified needs of different individuals. His clinical interests include relationship issues, couples’ therapy and personality disorders.


Lisa Pascal completed her honours degree (B.A.) in psychology graduating with great distinction from Concordia University, followed by a master’s degree in Educational Counselling (MEd) from the University of Ottawa.  She is currently completing her doctorate (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology at Université de Montréal while working under the supervision of Dr. Bianca D’Antono at the Montreal Heart Institute. Her doctoral research aims at examining the impact of psychosocial factors, such as hostility and social support, and how these may impact nighttime blood pressure dipping, which is now thought to be a better predictor over daytime blood pressure measures, of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Some of her clinical interests include, mood and anxiety spectrum disorders, interpersonal communication and relationship issues and, 3rd wave cognitive behavioural therapies for individuals, couples, and groups. Lisa has received formal training in many theoretical approaches of psychology and she is a strong advocate of using an integrative approach to therapy, tailoring it to her clients’ needs. She adopts a more transparent style in therapy, creating an atmosphere of trust that can foster a positive and collaborative working relationship with clients. She provides therapy in English and French.


Creation date : 06/06/2006 @ 01:59
Last update : 10/31/2016 @ 15:36
Category : General Information

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