Dr. Alissa Rubinfeld is a clinical psychologist and a member of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec. She completed her doctorate in psychology at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where she focused her research on exploring psychologists’ attitudes around incorporating nutritional counselling into their clinical work. She subsequently completed a Harvard postdoctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital, specializing in treating females with eating disorders at both residential and partial levels of care. Through this work, her passion and expertise strengthened around working with this population.
Alissa completed her undergraduate degree in psychology at Concordia University, followed by having completed her Master’s degree in Human Nutrition at McGill University. Her graduate research focused on exploring the impact of various macronutrients on learning processes, which fuelled her interest in working with those with disordered eating. She has completed clinical training in various settings, including psychiatric and medical inpatient care, community mental health, and college counselling. From these settings, she gained experience working with a diverse range of presenting issues including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain, psychosis, substance abuse, personality disorders and relationship issues.
Alissa is committed to providing empathic support to her clients and generally uses a psychodynamic therapeutic approach. She considers herself eclectic however, meeting her clients where they are at in their strengths, using various CBT, DBT, and ACT interventions as indicated. She is most excited when working with those who present with eating disorders or symptoms of such, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. Through her diverse experiences, she has also found passion in helping those with depression, anxiety, and general challenges related to the transitions in young adulthood.
When not working, Alissa spends time with her husband, her family and friends, enjoys yoga, walking outdoors and getting her fix of dramatic reality TV.