Psychologist and Co-Director
Hello! I’m Elena Grinevitch, the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Healing Tree Psychology and Wellness Centre. I am a psychologist specializing in helping individuals who are caught in a pattern of unhealthy and frustrating relationships, and long for authentic and meaningful connections. Most of the individuals I work with feel disconnected and discontent with everything around them and even with themselves. They feel helpless, confused and lost; they question how they ended up in this “mess”, and look to therapy for help. I help them change the way they relate to others and to themselves.
I also specialize in working with survivors of abuse and neglect. These individuals rarely identify themselves as victims of trauma; instead subscribing to being depressed, borderline or bipolar. They believe that their early life experiences were “normal” and that trauma is a single specific event. But what they don’t realize is the significant impact that their repeated verbal abuse, emotional
and poor early childhood care has had on their emotional health and neurological development, and that they are largely responsible for the struggles that they have experienced in their adolescence and adulthood.
My skills and experience allow me to get to the bottom of the issue quickly and effectively. Together, we will identify the patterns and the origins of your struggles; heal the underlying wounds that caused them, so that you can overcome them and learn better ways of relating to others and ultimately, yourself. I will work with you in a collaborative and humanistic way, while providing empathic support and unconditional acceptance. My role is to gently challenge you, and improve your insight and resilience.
My decision to become a psychologist was based on the help that I received as an adolescent, and again as an adult, struggling to find better ways of relating to others. I was fascinated with how another person’s support and guidance allowed me to heal deep-seated wounds, learn profound insight and transform my sense of self, and ultimately my life. Everyday, I grow more appreciative of those around me and myself.
Helping someone change their life is my passion. I am humbled that every day, individuals allow me to be a part of some of the most intimate parts of their lives. It is a true privilege to be a witness to peoples transformations and an honor to have been a part of this process with them.
I hold a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. Most of my experience comes from working in community and educational settings where I helped individuals with wide range of challenges, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, self-harming behaviours and unhealthy relationship patterns.
I am a licensed psychologist with the Order of Psychologists of Quebec, which allows me to provide you with an official receipt for insurance purposes.