Dr. Cotler is a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in reproductive and maternal mental health and parent-child attachment. As both a child and an adult psychologist she is uniquely able to understand and relate to parents and their children.She has extensive training and experience working with individuals across the developmental spectrum and a broad range of mental health challenges including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, addictions, trauma and relational trauma including loss (parent or child loss) and bereavement.
Dr. Cotler has a post-doctoral certification in Parent Infant Psychotherapy from Columbia University, NY and more than a decade of experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), mindfulness-based practices and Psychodynamic Orientated Psychotherapy. She has experience working at various levels of the mental health system – from emergency to inpatient and outpatient hospital settings – as well as in school- and community-based not-for-profit programs.
Dr. Cotler’s clinical work is supported by her doctoral research and thesis focused on the primary attachment relationship formed between a child and parent and the role it plays in a child’s emotion regulation, ability to connect, and feelings and thoughts about themselves and others. She has published a number of works (and book chapters) on connection and its implications in the real world.
I have a particular interest in parent -child attachment and understand that it is rooted in mindful attunement between parent and child. These themes factor heavily into my therapeutic approach and I also regularly host workshops on mindful parenting and attachment.