Hera Schlagintweit, PhD

Psychologist (Supervised Practice)
Toronto ON
I place an emphasis on building genuine therapeutic relationships as I support clients to set meaningful goals, enhance self-understanding, develop skills, and move towards desired change. I welcome the opportunity to work alongside folks from all backgrounds, identities and abilities, and I strive to tailor my practice to match the unique experiences and needs of each client.
My clinical and research practice is guided by values of inclusivity, collaboration, and curiosity. I use a cognitive-behavioural approach to help clients navigate concerns related to substance use and addiction, preparation and integration of psychedelic and non-ordinary state of consciousness experiences, trauma, depression, anxiety, life stressors, and self-discovery. I also hold a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Ryerson University. I'm interested in research that examines how individual differences impact responses to mental health and addiction treatments. My current research examines how alcohol and substance use impact the effectiveness of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. I hope that this research can help guide the development of personalized mental health and addiction treatments that are effective for diverse groups of people. I previously held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), where I conducted research examining how genetic differences impact responses to a novel smoking cessation intervention. During my Residency at CAMH, I worked with clients with substance use concerns, with an emphasis on alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis. Fellowships– Canadian Institutes for Health Research, Ryerson University & Discovery Fund, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Residency– Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Ph.D– Clinical Psychology, Dalhousie University