Why is The Secure Child different?

The Secure Child was founded by Dr. Tamara Glen Soles, a psychologist specializing in early childhood, in order to support the social-emotional development of infants and children and to enhance their relationships with their loved ones. The Secure Child was conceived as a positive environment where any family could come for support. For some families, The Secure Child is a place to come and meet other parents and share experiences while for others, therapy services are sought to address more significant challenges. Whatever a family’s reason for coming to The Secure Child, all families are met by a warm and caring clinician who is dedicated to helping families feel supported and function at their best.  Our approach goes beyond “time-outs” and behavior charts and uses a strength-focused, relationship-based approach to work with families to better understand the needs of their child. We work with each family to determine what specific strategies are appropriate for them. Please call Dr. Soles for a free brief telephone consultation to determine how The Secure Child could benefit your family.

Our Team


Tamara Glen Soles, PhD   074

Dr. Soles is a psychologist and member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Toronto with a double major in Psychology and Spanish and her Doctoral Degree in School and Applied Child Psychology at McGill University.

Dr. Soles has worked with children and families dealing with a wide range of issues including anxiety, ADHD, behaviour or learning difficulties, self-regulation, anger management/tantrums, colic and sleep challenges, attachment difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, foster placements, child abuse and trauma. Dr. Soles works from the perspective of attachment theory and incorporates the latest research related to the neurobiological bases of behaviour. She uses a strength-based approach to help each family determine what works for them. Evidence based treatments such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and parent coaching models are incorporated to treat specific challenges. Dr. Soles has extensive experience working with families from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds and works closely with families to provide culturally sensitive services.

In addition to her work at The Secure Child, Dr. Soles has been a lecturer at McGill University teaching Child and Adolescent therapy at the graduate level and supervising doctoral students in the psychoeducational and counselling clinic. Dr. Soles has also served as research coordinator for the Couple and Family Therapy Clinic at the Institute of Community and Family Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital. Previously, Dr. Soles spent six years in Los Angeles, CA where she completed a clinical internship and a two-year post-doctoral fellowship specializing in Early Childhood Mental Health at the UCEDD Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). After completing her fellowship, Dr. Soles served as a supervising psychologist at CHLA and was then made the Clinical Director of Project ABC, an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health system of care funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services (SAMHSA).

Dr. Soles is also a Certified Educator of Infant Massage, based on certification through the International Association for Infant Massage- Canada.

Tia Ouimet, PhD 

Dr. Ouimet is a psychologist and member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec. She obtained her doctoral degree in School and Applied Child Psychology at McGill University, and completed her clinical training in the Department of Child Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital as well as in the Intensive Psychiatric Adolescent Program of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. Dr. Ouimet has worked with children, adolescents, and families experiencing a range of difficulties (anxiety, depression, learning disorders, eating disorders, ASD, grief, emotion regulation and behaviour difficulties, ADHD, sleep difficulties) and across settings such as hospitals, schools, rehabilitation centres, and private practice. Currently, she works in the private sector at The Secure Child as well as the Montreal Neuropsychology Centre, and in the public sector in the Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre of West Central Montreal (CIUSSS du Centre-Ouest-de-l’Ile-de-Montreal). Dr. Ouimet’s approach is grounded in evidence-based practice; her therapeutic interventions integrate science and research with clinical expertise and practice. She works from a cognitive-behavioural framework, and incorporates mindfulness- and acceptance-based principles as well as techniques from parent coaching models in order to tailor treatment to each child and their family.

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Dr. Emery is a psychologist and member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec who has clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and families in private practice, school, and hospital settings. She has completed clinical training with the McGill Psycho-educational and Counselling Clinic, the English Montreal School Board, and the Department of Child Psychiatry at the Jewish General Hospital. Alongside her private work, Dr. Emery is currently working with children and families at the MAB-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre. She has helped families with a wide range of difficulties including anxiety, selective mutism, depression, self-harm, learning disorders, ADHD, and behavioural difficulties. Further, she has worked alongside parents to help them maximize a nurturing, consistent, and structured home environment to encourage healthy and happy families. Dr. Emery takes a strengths-based approach to encourage healthy development. She draws from evidence-based best practice incorporating cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness based techniques to help families, children, and adolescents thrive and achieve their goals.

Dr. Emery has guest lectured at McGill University and she has presented her research on child and adolescent mental health and development at International conferences. Her doctoral research was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Ann Emery completed her Bachelor’s Degree at Mount Allison University in Sackville New Brunswick with Honours in Psychology and a Minor in French. She completed her Ph.D. in School and Applied Child Psychology from McGill University in Montreal.

Melissa Stern, M.A. Melissa3

Melissa Stern is a doctoral student in School/Applied Child Psychology at McGill University. Melissa has completed her clinical training and has several years of professional experience in various clinical settings such as in private practice, hospital outpatient clinics, as well as the McGill University Assessment Clinic.In particular, Melissa completed a year of training at the Jewish General Hospital Child Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic as well as at the Douglas Institute Child and Adolescent Depressive Disorders Clinic. Melissa’s specialized training permits her to provide therapy to children and adolescents with a wide range of difficulties. Melissa employs a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) framework in her practice. However, she incorporates a variety of empirically-based approaches, such as mindfulness and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) to better meet the needs her clients. This eclectic approach provides a better understanding of her client’s difficulties and equips them with the tools they need to increase their well-being and their current level of functioning. Furthermore, her authentic, empathetic and open-minded approach allows for children and their parents feel comfortable in therapy.
Elizabeth Foley, PhD 
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Dr. Foley is a psychologist and member of the Ordre des Psychologues du Quebec. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Toronto with a double major in Psychology and English Literature and her Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology at McGill University. Dr. Foley is an Assistant Professor (Professional) in both the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology, McGill University. 

Dr. Foley works with adults and adolescents experiencing a variety of difficulties with particular expertise in the areas of depression, anxiety (including OCD), trauma and personality disorders. She has brought essential tools to the Secure Child in her work with mothers experiencing perinatal mental health issues such as postpartum depression, postpartum OCD and anxiety or depression during pregnancy. Trained primarily in a cognitive-behavioural (learning-based) approach to therapy, she also employs a variety of other mindfulness-based and acceptance-based tools in order to create a tailor-made psychotherapy experience for each client. Most importantly, Dr. Foley believes in the importance of a strength-based, honest, compassionate and collaborative relationship with every client. Dr. Foley is also the Director of the Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Service at the Jewish General Hospital, where in addition to seeing clients, she also supervises psychology interns and psychiatry residents in the CBT Service and Emergency Follow-Up Service and consults to the Chronic Pain Clinic.  She is involved in research on perfectionism, stress and the relation between coping styles and positive and negative emotions.

Speech Therapy

Elissa Benjamin, MS, CCC-SLP elissa

Elissa Benjamin, MS, CCC-SLP is a licensed speech-language pathologist. She earned a Masters of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University. Since then, Elissa has worked at several recognized speech and language centres in Montréal providing evaluation and intervention services.

Elissa has a general pediatric practice with a special interest in early intervention. Services are evidence based, family centred and support the child at his current developmental stage. Elissa has experience with a wide variety of speech and language disorders, often within the context of complex medical profiles. . She evaluates and treats late language emergence (“late talking”), preschool language disorder, speech sound disorder, motor speech disorder, language learning disability, pragmatic language difficulty (“social language”) and general articulation difficulties. Elissa supports the whole family throughout the therapy process and treats each client with compassion and care.

Elissa is a certified member of the American Speech and Hearing Association and Ordre des Orthophonistes et Audiologistes du Québec.  She is also certified in the Hanen program It Takes Two To Talk. Please visit www.ebenjaminslp.com for more information.