Dr. Simcha Samuel is a clinical psychologist at Connecte Montreal Psychology Group and a member of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec. She completed her undergraduate degree in honours psychology at McGill University. Her graduate research was conducted at the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital, focusing on early life stress, attachment and the neuropeptide oxytocin in mothers with and without mood or anxiety disorders.
She completed her clinical training at several departments within the Jewish General Hospital, including Outpatient Child Psychiatry, Youth Service, and the Teenage Health Unit of the Herzl Family Practice Center. From these experiences she gained skills conducting cognitive-behavioural therapy with adolescents and young adults struggling with diverse issues including depression, anxiety, academic or work performance, insomnia, low self-esteem, bullying, social isolation, self-harm, grief, and abuse. She also developed skills working with youth and their parents to reduce conflict and improve communication. As a therapist, Simcha also has experience helping adults with a range of mental health issues including depression and anxiety. Finally, she has worked as a lifestyle coach for the McGill Cardiovascular Health Improvement Program, helping adults lose weight through healthy eating and exercise habits.
Simcha’s favourite subjects include human resilience, attachment relationships, and family dynamics. In her spare time, Simcha enjoys going for long walks with her husband and her puppy, doing martial arts, having friends over for dinner, and reading anything and everything related to attachment research.