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York Regional Police Psychological Services
Psychological Services at YRP offers civilian and uniform members and their families psychological consultation services with a licensed clinical psychologist by appointment. These confidential sessions provide members with the opportunity to learn about how to best protect and promote their mental wellbeing, access confidential referrals to psychologists and therapists in the community, and receive recommendations on how to improve their functioning at work and at home. Note that Psychological Services does not provide emergency or on-call services and cannot provide direct services to children, though referrals to child psychologists in the community may be available. If you are in crisis, please dial 911, access 310-COPE, or go to your local emergency department.
Dr. Kyle Handley
Dr. Handley is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and serves as the Lead Psychologist for YRP. He received his PSYD in clinical psychology from the Adler School in Chicago and has worked in a variety of settings, including police services, forensic institutions, universities, and psychiatric hospitals in the U.S. and Canada. Dr. Handley provides clinical consultation, education, referral, and short-term care to YRP members and their families. Dr. Handley is responsible for YRP’s comprehensive mental health strategy and currently serves as the chair of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Psychological Services subcommittee. His treatment approach is integrative, with a strong focus on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and elements of Experiential and Psychodynamic approaches. Dr. Handley works with adult clients dealing with a wide variety of presenting issues and his interests include fostering self-awareness in first responders, reducing barriers to accessing care, and promoting evidence-based approaches to psychotherapy.
Dr. Dalit Weinberg
Dr. Weinberg is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario working full time on staff at YRP. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa and has experience providing a wide range psychological services (i.e., assessment, treatment, and consultation) in a variety of settings with adult clients. Dr. Weinberg has also supervised MA and PhD students in counselling and clinical psychology, and has taught graduate-level psychology courses. Her treatment approach is integrative, evidenced based, and follows the principles of Cognitive-Behavioural, Solution Focused, Interpersonal, and Experiential Therapies. Dr. Weinberg treats a variety of presenting issues, and her clinical interests include exploring depression, anxiety, and their link to gender and relationship issues.