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Welcome to MindSteps Psychology

We offer comprehensive psychological assessments and interventions both in-person and online, serving Waterloo and clients across Ontario.

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Our Approach

At MindSteps, we believe in a balance between acceptance and change. Our name reflects this balance: 'Mind' represents our commitment to helping clients be mindful, promoting awareness and understanding of their present experience. 'Steps' symbolizes the journey we embark on with our clients, supporting them as they take steps that move them closer to their personal values and goals.

MindSteps Psychology offers evidence-based care for children, adolescents, and young adults. We provide tailored assessments and treatments for various concerns, in a warm, supportive, and collaborative environment. We strive to involve caregivers from the beginning, recognizing their crucial role in the wellbeing of their children. Moreover, we offer parent consultations, aiming to support families through comprehensive care. 

Meet the Team

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Dr. Sol Pound, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Clinic Director and Psychologist

Dr. Pound has over 10 years of experience working in the field. She specializes in providing evidence-based psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and young adults, and is passionate about supporting caregivers through parenting consultation sessions. In addition to her role as Clinic Director and Psychologist at MindSteps, Dr. Pound is an adjunct faculty supervisor at the University of Waterloo.

Dr. Pound is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario to work with children, teens, and adults. After studying at the University of Toronto, Dr. Pound obtained a Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology from Western University. 

Dr. Pound's expertise includes treating anxiety, OCD, depression, relationship issues, low self-esteem, stress, behaviour issues, and emotion regulation issues in children, adolescents, and young adults.

Dr. Pound uses an integrative and collaborative therapeutic approach, drawing from different evidence-based therapeutic modalities, including CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy), and EFT (emotion-focused therapy) to meet the unique needs of each client. She has a keen interest in supporting caregivers of children with mental health issues, integrating Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) with attachment theory, positive parenting strategies, and approaches based on brain development research. She also provides family therapy for teens and their family. 

Dr. Pound can offer services in Spanish.

Meet the Team

Dr. Sarah Bacso, Ph.D., C. Psych.

Psychologist

Dr. Bacso is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario to work with children, teens, and adults. She specializes in providing diagnostic and psychoeducational assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Bacso provides assessments for a wide range of concerns including autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, learning disorders, and mental health difficulties. Dr. Bacso aims to provide clients with informative feedback and applicable recommendations based on her assessments to support them in their personal development.

 

Dr. Bacso also provides clients with evidence-based psychotherapy. She provides therapy to children, adolescents, and adults and provides parenting consultations. She endeavors to provide individuals with a safe, open, and welcoming space where they can work through the unique challenges they face. During initial sessions, Dr. Bacso works to create a treatment plan focused on the client’s goals. She primarily uses CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) to address client needs and also draws from ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) and EFFT (emotion focused family therapy). Dr. Bacso has experience providing treatment for a wide range of presenting problems including depression, anxiety, OCD, emotion regulation issues, and social skills difficulties.

 

Dr. Bacso completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph, and then her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Waterloo. During her training she worked at the Centre for Mental Health Research and Treatment, Lutherwood Children’s Mental Health, the Upper Grand District School Board, and Grand River Hospital. Dr. Bacso has been working in private practice since her graduation.

Meet the Team

Anna Zavadskaya

Administrative Assistant

Anna is MindSteps Psychology’s administrative assistant, bringing exceptional organizational skills and a compassionate touch to our practice. Her dedication ensures the seamless operation of our office, allowing our psychologists to focus on providing top-quality care to our clients.

Anna efficiently manages appointment scheduling, patient communications, and the maintenance of confidential records. Her empathetic and professional approach creates a welcoming atmosphere, making clients feel comfortable and supported from their very first contact.

With a commitment to fostering a supportive environment, Anna plays a crucial role in the smooth running of our practice, enhancing the overall experience for all our clients.

Our Credentials

Clinical Psychologists

In Ontario, psychologists undergo extensive and specialized training to ensure they provide high-quality mental health care. This process begins with completing an undergraduate degree, followed by graduate programs in clinical psychology, typically leading to a Ph.D. degree. To become registered practitioners, psychologists must meet additional requirements set by the College of Psychologists of Ontario. Their training includes extensive hands-on experience through supervised clinical placements and internships, allowing them to tailor evidence-based interventions to individual needs. This comprehensive education and training provide psychologists with the necessary knowledge, skills, and ethical foundations to deliver exceptional mental health care.
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