Pongracic, Syb1423 Washington Street
I am a clinical psychologist with ten years of experience treating insomnia using CBT-i. I have received graduate-level education in sleep-wake disorders and have been treating individuals with insomnia in clinical research trials, hospitals, as well as in private practice. I was a treating clinician in the CBT-i clinical trials led by Dr. Colleen Carney at Ryerson University. I have helped individuals with complaints related to poor sleep quality, frequent awakenings, initial, middle, and terminal insomnia. Many of these individuals present with concurrent anxiety, stress, and mood difficulties. My approach is to treat patients first using a behavioural method to help “reset” their sleep-wake rhythms. I employ sleep diaries (paper or electronic apps) to help to track progress and guide my recommendations over the course of treatment. Proper sleep hygiene is reviewed. Cognitive and related approaches (i.e., Cognitive Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness) assist individuals to cope with worries and anxiety to regain confidence in their ability to sleep well. I have applied CBT-i to help patients who have a longstanding history of tolerance to sleep medications, fibromyalgia, and older adults who experience age-related changes in their sleep.
Currently, I provide psychological services in my private practice as well as virtually. My clinical expertise includes over 20 years of treating children and adults with anxiety, fears, worry, pain, grief, mood, trauma, obsessive-compulsive, eating disorders, and substance use disorders. In addition to treating the above issues, my doctoral research covered individuals with Obsessive-Compulsive and Gambling Disorders, and brain-injured patients.
My therapeutic style is client-centered and flexible.
I have been awarded funding by local and provincial funding agencies for my master’s and Ph.D. research. My clinical training was completed at St. Joseph’s Hospital (in clinical neuropsychology), St. Michael’s Hospital, Brampton Civic Hospital, and Oshawa Counselling and Psychology Centre. My residency training took place at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and the University of Toronto counselling centre. My post-doctor supervisory training took place at the Mood and Anxiety Ambulatory Service at CAMH as well as a private practice.
1423 Washington Street