Toronto Team

Lynn Imai, Ph.D.

I strongly believe that self-awareness is the precursor to many outcomes we want in life. My personal mission is to help you develop self-awareness on your patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving in a warm, non-judgmental space, so that you can live a more fulfilling, meaningful, and authentic life.

I mainly work with adults on a variety of challenges including anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem, interpersonal relationships, trauma, and multicultural issues pertaining to identity and adjustment. As we work together, it is very important to me that I deeply understand who you are in your full complexity as a multi-faceted, unique human being. As such, I take into consideration the multiple identities that define who you are, and the different layers of social context that influence you.

Our first session involves me listening to your story about what challenges you are currently facing, and us setting goals together on what you would like to work through during therapy. Subsequent sessions will involve me helping you derive self-understanding on the causes of your current challenges, and developing targeted strategies to foster positive change. I like to rely on evidence-based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-Based Therapy (e.g., MBCT), as well as psychometrically valid and reliable assessments.

When I am not at CFIR, I work as an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Ivey Business School at Western University where I have been for the past nine years. My research expertise is on how societal cultures impact human behaviour in a variety of workplace contexts such as negotiations, conflict management, team dynamics, motivation, performance management, and ethics. I have assessed and counselled undergraduate, Masters, and PhD students on their cross-cultural leadership skills. Currently, I run a global program that sends students to developing economies (India, Peru, Vietnam) to gain emerging market consulting experience. I received my M.A. and Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology from the University of Maryland College Park, and my Hon. BSc. in Psychology from the University of Toronto.