Meet Our Mental Health Team
The team at Bhatia Psychology Group features clinical psychologists, social workers, registered psychotherapists and more — all here to guide you with clinical care and compassion.
Dr. Maneet Bhatia C.Psych
Clinical Director & Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Bhatia has published several scholarly articles and book chapters on psychotherapy, emotional well-being, and mental health. He has offered many presentations and workshops at various national and international conferences. Additionally, he has guest lectured and conducted research in the Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy Research Program at Harvard Medical School where he has been involved in psychotherapy research and training in Affect Phobia Therapy.
*Available at Bhatia Psychology Group – Richmond Hill and Toronto clinics.
Jeff Duke, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Jeff specializes in working with adult individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction issues, and relationship concerns. He believes that mental health and addiction concerns can occur for many reasons including, grief, job stress/loss, family tensions, social discomfort, tensions in close relationships, etc. It is important to him to help people understand why they feel the way they feel and reduce the stigma around mental health issues. He uses a collaborative, eclectic, client centred approach to his work with clients in whatever role he fills at Bhatia Psychology Group.
*Available at Bhatia Psychology Group – Richmond Hill, Toronto and Whitby clinics.
Lisa Santa-Maria Barbagallo, M.A., C. Psych
As a psychologist, she enjoys working collaboratively with her clients, providing them with tools and skills to help them overcome the personal challenges that face them. She views wellness from a holistic perspective and aims to help individuals by looking at all aspects of their life and focusing on building personal strengths. Her approach is eclectic with a focus on CBT, incorporating elements of emotion-focused and mindfulness-based therapies.
*Available at Bhatia Psychology Group – Toronto clinic.
Aanchal Rai, M.A., R.P
Aanchal Rai is a Registered Psychotherapist, with a Masters in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto. She has over 10 years of experience in providing therapy and counselling to adults and youth suffering from a range of psychological problems. These include (but not limited to): depression; anxiety; relationships issues; post-traumatic stress disorder; childhood trauma; domestic abuse; obsessive compulsive disorder; eating disorders; pain disorders; bereavement; parenting and family concerns. She also conducts psychological assessments for people who have experience trauma related to motor-vehicle accidents and various other life changing situations.
Ms. Rai has previously worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto and with clients suffering from domestic abuse. She works with adults, youth and couples, age 16 and over and is fluent in English, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi. Additionally, she has published scholarly articles and a book based on extensive research in the field of multicultural counselling.
*Available at Bhatia Psychology Group – Richmond Hill clinic.
Sarah Saeed, M.A., RP
Sarah Saeed is a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She completed her Honours Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Adler University.
Ms. Saeed has over seven years of experience providing assessment and counselling services to teenagers, adults, couples, and families. She is fluent in English, Hindi, and Urdu. She is experienced in working in the field of depression, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, addictions, domestic abuse, and Triple P parenting.
Ms. Saeed has been trained in various evidence-based practice modalities. She uses an eclectic approach in therapy, combining client-focused and strength based work with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Mindfulness techniques.
*Available at Bhatia Psychology Group – Richmond Hill clinic.
Shelly Buckingham, M.Ed., C.Psych. Assoc.
Shelly Buckingham holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Dalhousie University and a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, registered as a Psychological Associate. She has over fifteen years of experience working with children, adolescents and their parents on a wide range of concerns. These include difficulties with mood, anxiety, attention, behaviour, relationships and school-adjustment concerns. Shelly is experienced in providing psychological assessments as well as individual counselling with children and adolescents. She uses a client-centred and strengths-based approach to her treatment, drawing from a variety of modalities including Mindfulness therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
Most recently, Shelly has worked in the Psychological Services Department at the Durham District School Board in addition to Private Practice. At the school board, she has provided assessment, staff consultation and counselling for children and adolescents with a wide range of needs. For the past two years, Shelly has also served as an Adjunct Clinical Supervisor for the School and Clinical Child program in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the University of Toronto, Ontario. Prior to working with the school board, she was employed by a community mental health agency where she provided assessment and counselling for youth and their families.
*Available at Bhatia Psychology Group – Richmond Hill and Whitby clinics.
Edgar Prudcoi, B.A.
Edgar Prudcoi holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from York University and is currently a master’s degree candidate in Clinical Psychology at Adler Graduate Professional School in Toronto. He is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Ontario Psychological Association.
His clinical work focuses on providing assessment and counselling to adults and couples with a wide range of presenting concerns. He is experienced in working with presenting problems including depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, stress management, conflict resolution, workplace stress, trauma, bereavement, adjustment difficulties, self-esteem concerns, family concerns, emotional regulation, and interpersonal difficulties. He also services as a psychometrist for individuals who have experienced traumatic experiences such as motor vehicle accidents.
Edgar provides a safe, compassionate, and non-judgemental space using a collaborative integrative approach combining evidence-based modalities such as emotion-focused therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based techniques.
Muhammad Umar, RSW, MACP
Registered Social Worker
Muhammad Umar is a Registered Social Worker with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. He completed his Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Regina and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.
Muhammad has over seven years of experience in the human service and mental health field, working as a registered Social Worker in various capacities ranging from Disability Outreach Worker, Child Welfare/Child Protection Worker, Probation Officer/Community Youth Worker, and Clinical Social Work Counselor. He has provided assessment and counselling services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, presenting with issues ranging from substance use addiction, sexual addiction, gambling addiction, work or academic stress, family stress, panic attacks, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, self-esteem, domestic violence, sexual abuse, trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, teen-parent conflict, couples and family issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.
Since his areas of practice have been diverse, Muhammad demonstrates cultural sensitivity. He welcomes individuals of any race, colour, ethnicity, religious or sexual orientation. He also fluently write and speak four languages: English, Urdu, Hindi, and Punjabi.
Muhammad is trained in numerous evidence-based counselling modalities such as Advance Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), just to name a few. In therapy, Mr. Umar adopts an eclectic approach that combines evidence-based counselling techniques with a client-centred and strengths-based focus. With empathy, humour, and compassion, he develops and maintains a therapeutic relationship that fosters healing and growth.