Dr. Lazar offers assessment and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for a wide range of difficulties, including depression, schizophrenia and psychosis, as well as anxiety, with particular interests in generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia and social anxiety disorder.
Dr. Lazar is certified by the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CACBT) in the provision of CBT, and takes an evidence-based, non-judgmental, empathic, and client-centred approach to his practice in order to suit the individual needs of each client.
Dr. Lazar completed his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Western University, and completed his clinical residency at St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton, in their Mood Disorders Clinic, Neuropsychology Service, and their Schizophrenia and Severe Mental Illness Clinic. He also worked in numerous inpatient and outpatient psychiatric clinics before beginning work full-time in private practice, and co-founding The Downtown Psychology Clinic in 2019.
Throughout his career, he has been actively involved in teaching and training endeavors. He designed and instructs many courses and workshops at the University of Toronto and the Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health. He has also taught in many other educational institutions, hospitals and workplaces. He is an Adjunct Lecturer with the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto, where he teaches the CBT seminar for 2nd year psychiatry residents. Dr. Lazar is also involved in supervising numerous clinicians-in-training in the use of CBT.