Dr. Firestone is the Clinical Director of the Firestone CBT Clinic, which she founded to expand on her passion for helping others not only by working with her patients, but by teaching and mentoring others in her field.
Dr. Firestone holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from York University. She has provided evidence-based services to adults and adolescents in the areas of clinical and health psychology for more than 20 years in various hospitals and private clinics in Ottawa and Toronto, including the Centre for Cognitive Therapy, the Royal Ottawa Hospital, the Toronto General Hospital, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and North York General Hospital.
As an accomplished clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario, Dr. Firestone has settled into her true passion over the past 16 years, working exclusively in private practice in her home town of Ottawa. She is a warm and collaborative psychologist who is highly effective at helping people make changes to their lives. Although she works with a variety of mental health issues, she is best known for her treatment of anxiety, mood, and eating disorders. Dr. Firestone loves her work and is motivated to keep up with the latest developments in clinical practice so that she can provide the best possible service to her clients.
Dr. Firestone has published in scientific journals, received several awards for her research, taught university courses and given various talks over the course of her career. Outside of work, Dr. Firestone keeps busy with plenty of sports, reading, travel and adventure, but mostly by enjoying time with her family and friends.
MEET OUR TEAM
Dr. Kirstie Kellman-McFarlane
Dr. Kellman-McFarlane is a psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She joined the Firestone CBT Clinic in 2018 to pursue her passion for providing warm, collaborative and evidence-based treatments that help people live more enjoyable and fulfilling lives.
Dr. Kellman-McFarlane holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She has received extensive clinical training in the provision of cognitive-behavioural therapy for anxiety and mood disorders. Due to a special interest in OCD, Dr. Kellman-McFarlane completed a number of training experiences specifically in this area, including a practicum at the Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Institute at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts. Dr. Kellman-McFarlane completed her pre-doctoral residency at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), where she carried out rotations in the Mood and Anxiety Ambulatory Services and Work, Stress, and Health programs.
Dr. Kellman-McFarlane’s approach to therapy is primarily cognitive-behavioural, while integrating complementary perspectives and techniques from interpersonal therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. She is dedicated to providing scientifically-validated treatments that honour each client’s unique world views, experiences, and goals. Dr. Kellman-McFarlane has published in scientific journals and received multiple fellowships in support of her research. When she is not working, Dr. Kellman-McFarlane loves cooking, volunteering with animals, travelling, and reading.
DR. Carolyn Mirotchnick
Dr. Carolyn Mirotchnick completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Victoria. Her pre-doctoral psychology residency was carried out at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Psychological Services and Research and at The Ottawa Hospital. Dr. Mirotchnick joined the Firestone CBT Clinic in 2019 and provides effective and evidence-based psychological care for a broad range of presenting problems.
Dr. Mirotchnick works with adolescents and adults and has a special interest in anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, mood disorders, and eating disorders. She has treated eating disorders at the Ottawa Hospital and at South Vancouver Island.
Dr. Mirotchnick’s main theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioural therapy, but she also has experience with dialectical behaviour therapy, emotion-focused therapy, interpersonal therapy, and motivational interviewing. She is bilingual and is able to provide services in French. In her free time, Dr. Mirotchnick loves spending time in the sun, exploring different places, and trying local foods.
Dr. Emily Massey
Dr. Massey is a psychologist registered for autonomous practice through the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She joined the Firestone CBT Clinic to pursue her passion in providing couples therapy and treatment for disordered eating / body image concerns. Dr. Massey also has expertise treating mood and anxiety disorders, as well as life transition issues with adults and adolescents.
Dr. Massey received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Widener University in Pennsylvania, USA. She has received extensive training in couples therapy through the Gottman Institute, including level 3 training. Based on 40 years of research, the Gottman Method is a skills-based approach to improving relationships, incorporating work on intimacy, communication, conflict management, and the pursuit of shared dreams.
In addition to spending several years treating eating disorders in private practice at the Centre for Cognitive Therapy, Dr. Massey served as a Senior Psychologist / Eating Disorders Coordinator for Johns Hopkins University's Counselling Center, and also worked at The Renfrew Center, the first residential treatment facility for eating disorders in the USA.
Dr. Massey’s approach to therapy is primarily cognitive-behavioural, while integrating principles from acceptance and commitment therapy, motivational interviewing, and Gottman Method couples therapy. She intertwines these treatments with a deep understanding of evolutionary psychology and cognitive science — as well as deep compassion, warmth, and a sense of humour. When she is not working Dr. Massey likes learning about interior design, spending time with her friends, painting and cuddling with her puppies.
DR. Robert Hill
Dr. Hill completed his doctoral studies in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa. His psychology residency was carried out at the Ottawa Hospital and at the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Psychological Treatment and Research.
Dr. Hill has received additional clinical training at the Royal Ottawa Hospital and the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. He joined the Firestone CBT Clinic to pursue his passion for working with individuals with a variety of difficulties in an empathic and collaborative way.
Dr. Hill provides psychotherapy to adults who want help with anxiety, mood, personality and trauma-related disorders. He has a special interest in treating health-related concerns, including post-concussive syndrome.
Dr. Hill’s therapeutic approach is integrative, utilizing cognitive-behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy, interpersonal therapy, and skills-based techniques to deliver effective evidence-based services. He has conducted and published research in various peer-reviewed journals. In his free time, Dr. Hill enjoys being active, cooking and baking, and spending time with his young family.
Clinical Psychologist (Supervised Practice)
DR. SeaN Lafontaine
Dr. Lafontaine completed his Ph.D. studies in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ottawa. His doctoral residency was carried out at The Ottawa Hospital and the Centre for Psychological Services and Research. Dr. Lafontaine has received additional training at the Royal Ottawa Hospital, the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and the Ottawa Carleton District School Board.
Dr. Lafontaine provides effective and evidence-based services for adults for a broad range of presenting problems. He also has a special interest in treating health-related concerns.
Dr. Lafontaine’s therapeutic approach provides a warm, genuine, and empathic environment that fosters collaboration while working on clients’ goals. His theoretical orientation is primarily cognitive behavioural, while integrating other modalities including dialectical behaviour therapy, emotion-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and interpersonal therapy. In his free time, Dr. Lafontaine enjoys staying active, discovering new music, and spending time with family and friends.