The Centre for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CCBT) is a team of clinical psychologists committed to providing evidence-based, clinically proven therapeutic treatments.
Founded in 2005 by Dr. David Direnfeld, CCBT has helped thousands of patients address a diverse range of psychological conditions using the empirically validated methods of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. We are a well-established private practice within the Durham and downtown Toronto medical communities as well as in the local insurance industry.
At CCBT, we strive to deliver the highest standard of professional, compassionate care, and we are proud to offer a safe, supportive space that welcomes patients of every background.
Contact us today to discuss your individual needs.
Dr. David Direnfeld, C.Psych.
Clinical director of the Centre for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CCBT), Dr. Direnfeld is a registered psychologist with over 25 years’ experience using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. He founded CCBT in 2005 because he felt passionately that everyone in our community who struggles with a psychological condition should have access to the highest quality care available.
Dr. Direnfeld holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and has been researching and treating psychiatric disorders since 1992 in a range of clinical settings, including general and psychiatric hospitals, university-based psychiatric research units, and private clinics. He has also provided aftercare for guests on the Dr. Phil Show, Hoarders and Newlywed Nearly Dead.
Dr. Direnfeld received undergraduate training in general psychology at York University and began his clinical training at the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (formerly the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry). He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, and completed his residency training at the University of British Columbia, in the Anxiety Disorders Unit and Health Psychology Clinic at UBC Hospital. He later held a staff psychologist position at the Anxiety Disorders Unit at McMaster University Medical Centre, as well as a faculty position in McMaster’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences. His research activities have focused on the assessment and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, and he has published dozens of peer-reviewed articles in these areas, as well as presented his findings at international conferences.
Dr. Lynne Lamarche, C.Psych.
Dr. Lamarche is a registered clinical psychologist with more than 10 years’ experience using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for the treatment of psychological disorders. She holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and has been researching and treating psychological disorders since 2003 in a range of clinical settings, including general and psychiatric hospitals, community clinics, detention centers and private clinics.
Dr. Lamarche received undergraduate training in general psychology at Queen’s University, earned her doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Ottawa, and completed her residency training at the Royal Ottawa Hospital. Her research activities have focused on sleep problems, specifically among individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder, and among women with severe premenstrual symptoms.
Dr. Lamarche offers services in English and French.
Dr. Denise Ma, C. Psych (Supervised Practice)
Dr. Ma is a clinical psychologist in supervised practice with diverse experiences working with individuals across the lifespan. She utilizes evidence-based approaches, including Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, to treat a wide range of psychological disorders. She has worked previously in general and psychiatric hospital settings, university counseling centres, and community clinics.
Dr. Ma received her undergraduate training in psychology and philosophy at McGill University. She also completed her Master’s degree in psychiatry at McGill University. Dr. Ma received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Concordia University, and completed her residency training at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Her research interests have focused on the developmental psychobiology of anxiety symptoms in children and adolescents.
Dr. Ameeta Dudani
Dr. Dudani is a Clinician in Supervised Practice with several years of experience using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in diverse settings, including hospital outpatient, schools, community mental health, and a nonprofit social service agency. Her focus is the treatment of adults with various presenting concerns such as: anxiety disorders, depression, self-harm and suicidality, trauma, eating disorders, parenting concerns, addictions, and emotion regulation difficulties.
Ameeta earned her doctorate in clinical-developmental psychology from York University in 2015 and completed her predoctoral internship at BC Public Service –Ministry of Children and Family Development, in Victoria BC. Her dissertation research explored the impact of early life caregiver-child relationships on the neurodevelopment of infants prenatally exposed to pesticides and living in significant poverty. During her graduate studies, Ameeta solicited additional coursework, training and work experiences to expand her competencies to adults. Ameeta provides services to adults in English, Hindi and Urdu.