B.A., Ph.D. Candidate

Jordana Levy is currently training to become a clinical psychologist and neuropsychology at McMaster University under the co-supervision of Dr. Suzanna Becker and Dr. Margaret McKinnon. Jordana’s research focuses on the recovery of trauma-related disorders through focusing on everyday lifestyle factors such as aerobic exercise, neurofeedback training, and mindfulness training. Jordana has previously pursued her clinical training at the Clinical Neuropsychology Services and Mood Disorders Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

Jordana’s approach is grounded in the latest research on the cognitive neuroscience of PTSD. Specifically, Jordana has obtained comprehensive training on the dissociative and non-dissociative subtypes and uses functional neuroimaging methods to assess how trauma-informed treatment modalities assist with re-regulating dysfunctional neural networks following a traumatic incident. Through this work, Jordana completed the first longitudinal inpatient examination on the effectiveness of neurofeedback training to promote feelings of safety and stabilization within one’s body amongst military members, veterans and first responders at the Program for Traumatic Stress Recovery Unit in Homewood Healthcare.

At the Bear Psychology Trauma Practice and Traumatology Institute, Jordana is involved with the following services for PTSD

  • Psychological assessments
  • Individual Therapy
  • Group-based therapy

Jordana uses a gentle approach focusing on learning how to feel safe within one’s body following the aftermath of a traumatic event drawing incorporating gentle mindfulness exercises. Additionally, she has received comprehensive training in cognitive remediation therapies such as goal management training and traditional psychotherapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, and on emotional regulation strategies. Jordana believes that learning how to feel and secure within one’s body following a traumatic experience is essential to pave the path for post-traumatic growth and recovery.

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