Emily Bushell is a Registered Counselling Therapist who is passionate about fostering resilience and wellness with her clients. Emily believes that all people are capable of achieving stability and growth in their lives.
Emily is a Registered Counselling Therapist with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists and a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy for treating trauma and is an Approved Consultant with the EMDR International Association. Emily believes that empowerment and connection are the cornerstones of healing and wellness and works with clients interested in exploring their lives and making difficult changes.
Before starting her own private practice, Emily worked as a Clinical Counsellor with Coast Mental Health and as a Concurrent Disorders Specialist with Fraser Health Authority in British Columbia. Emily worked in a variety of settings in the mental health system including treatment centres, outreach teams, methadone clinics and outpatient care. Upon returning to Nova Scotia, Emily decided to open her own private practice in order to work with her community from a different perspective.
As an EMDRIA approved consultant, Emily provides individual and group consultations to clinicians who are trained in EMDR and who are interested in honing their skills or pursuing EMDR certification. As a trainer, Emily works with the Crisis Trauma and Resource Institute to deliver trainings for clinicians and health care workers on the topics of trauma, addictions, concurrent disorders, vicarious trauma, resiliency, and wellness, among other topics. Emily also provides workshops and crisis support to federal agencies with Health Canada as part of the Specialized Organizational Services (SOS) team.
Emily Bushell holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Adler University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) from Cape Breton University.
Ayesha completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University and is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. Ayesha has completed her bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Sciences (M.B.B.S) with a focus of training in counselling various mental health issues. Ayesha is EMDR trained. Ayesha has previously worked in teaching hospital and educational settings and has an experience in working with diverse group of clients.
Ayesha is inclined to integrate the treatment modalities according to the individual needs and preference of the client. Her goal is to work collaboratively and walk alongside with the clients in navigating their cause of distress and moving in the direction that is empowering to them. Ayesha utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Trauma-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness Interventions. Ayesha will soon be getting trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) also.
Ayesha is interested in working with diverse populations and has experience working with anxiety, depression, trauma, emotional dysregulation, self-esteem issues, stress, anger, grief, relationship issues, interpersonal issues, as well as with LGBTQ+ community. Ayesha will welcome indigenous people as well as people from different ethnic or racial background. Ayesha also speaks Urdu language and will welcome people who prefer services in Urdu language. Ayesha is committed to build trusted therapeutic alliance that helps client in identifying themselves in a supportive environment and enhances their personal growth.
Ayesha is bilingual and offers services in both English and Hindi/Urdu.
Jessie views each client as an expert on their own experiences and works collaboratively with the client to develop and implement individualized treatment plans. She utilizes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, client-centered, and Mindfulness based approaches within her counselling sessions to assist clients in making meaningful changes within their own lives.
Prior to pursuing her degree in Counselling, Jessie worked in residential care facilities caring for adults with various physical and mental health challenges. Jessie also has experience working with at risk youth in residential group homes. These professional roles have shaped Jessie’s integrative approach to clients, which emphasizes the importance of, and interaction between, the physical, mental, social, and emotional aspects of one’s health and well-being.
Jessie is interested in working with diverse populations, and has experience working with mood and anxiety disorders, interpersonal relationship challenges, as well as individuals of the LGBTQ+ community.
Jessie completed her Master of Arts Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University and is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. Jessie also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Community Studies from Cape Breton University (CBU)
Matthew Hall has a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology, and is a Registered Counselling Therapist with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. Matthew has a trauma-informed approach to therapy rooted in Ericksonian psychosocial theory and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Matthew comes from a background of working with clients with a diverse array of mental health issues as a mental health worker in an assisted living setting.
Matthew is interested in a working with diverse populations, and has experience working with such issues as abuse/neglect, substance abuse, and depression, as well as experience working with LGBTQ+, First Nations, and BIPOC communities. Time spent as a mental health worker has also provided Matthew experience with a variety of mental health disorders and issues related to acquired brain injury.
Matthew enters sessions with open-minded understanding, and humanistic approach that aims to foster a sense of ease and acceptance with clients.
Jessica Gingras RCT CCC takes a collaborative and integrative approach to her work with clients, acknowledging that adverse or traumatic life events can impact individuals in many different ways throughout their lives.
Jessica is a Registered Counselling Therapist with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists and originates from Ontario. Before moving into clinical practice, Jessica served in the Canadian Forces as a clerk. Now, she is an active participant in military family culture and has a special interest in working with clients who share in this culture. Jessica is also passionate about working with clients who belong to marginalized groups. She acknowledges that every person has a unique experience of their own intersection of identities. Jessica brings a feminist framework and a social justice orientation to her work and is an advocate for BIPOC and LGBT+ rights. She integrates cultural competence, anti-racism, and inclusivity into her clinical practice.
Jessica has experience working with individuals with a history of trauma, those living with mental illness, and those who struggle to maintain healthy relationships. She encourages her clients to explore their past and current selves through a compassionate lens and uses an integrative approach to help them foster an understanding of their thoughts, behaviours, and emotional experiences to make meaningful changes in their lives.
Jessica tailors her treatment plans to suit each individual client. Her clinical approach is informed by the mind-body connection, somatic interventions, trauma-informed practices and client-centered care. Jessica also offers Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy as a trauma processing modality.
Jessica holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honours) from York University, and a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies (Honours) from York University.
Zarrin Ghaferi is a Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidate with the Nova Scotia of College of Counselling Therapists, and a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. Zarrin has experience working in the field of mental health and substance misuse at private practice, community-based organizations, and in both residential and outpatient treatment facilities. Zarrin offers individual counselling services to adults dealing with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, and interpersonal issues.
She is interested in working with diverse populations, and her experience as an immigrant has also helped her to connect and support other newcomers and racialized individuals who are struggling with their identity or are experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression due to migration and settlement. Zarrin can speak in both English and Persian/Farsi.
She takes on an integrative approach to counselling and is a strong advocate of evidence-based interventions, person-centered, and trauma-informed approaches, with an emphasis on mindfulness and self-compassion. Zarrin uses a strength-based approach and utilizes modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Narrative Therapy, within her counselling sessions to support, empower, and assist her clients to achieve their goals.
Zarrin holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) from Dalhousie University.
Karen Belliveau has been working in various human services fields for 24 years. Karen is EMDR trained. She is a bilingual (French and English) clinical social worker, registered with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW). She is a warm and friendly individual, who welcomes the use of humor in therapy as a form of healing. As a competitive bodybuilder, she understands how the mind and body function as one, which enhances her integrative treatment approach. As a clinician, she meets your unique needs with an eclectic therapeutic style.
Karen is strengths based and solution focused, trained in CBT, CBT -TI, CBT-ED and DBT. She has over 9 years experience working with concurrent disorders and specializes in the field of addictions (Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Harm Reduction Principals).
Karen is trauma informed and has worked closely with Indigenous and French Acadian populations in schools, clinics, and private practice settings. She has provided services to children, adolescents, and adults presenting with various concerns as individuals, couples, families, and groups. Other interests are working with suicide loss survivors, grief, divorce, co-parenting, and bullying.
Karen brings to her sessions, a respectful sense of curiosity about the people she serves. She strives to create a safe space for all and believes that therapy helps to locate, claim, and hone skills naturally occurring within us.
Karen holds a Master degree in Social Work (with distinction) from Renison-University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) from the University of Manitoba.
Nadine has her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She has special interest and clinical experience in working with perinatal mood disorders. Perinatal mood disorders are a common and significant pregnancy complication. Some of these complications include - Postpartum Depression, Postpartum Anxiety, Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Postpartum Psychosis.
Many women experience these complications during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Nadine also has experience dealing with the stressors that come with infertility and infant loss, along with trauma related to pregnancy and birth, Premenstural Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) and Premenstural Exacerbation Disorder (PME).
Nadine works with adolescent girls aged twelve and above who experience anxiety, depression, and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Nadine works with women across the lifespan. Her scope of work also covers grief, loss, and navigating gender identity.
Paige Jamieson graduated with Master of Arts and Counselling Psychology program at Yorkville University. She has previously completed her Bachelor of Art’s degree with a Major in Psychology at Cape Breton University.
Prior to moving to Cape Breton Island, Paige grew up in a small town in Guysborough County, Nova Scotia. This upbringing gave Paige the insight in how difficult mental health services is to access, as well as the stigma surrounding mental health. Paige knows firsthand how important it is to break the cycle and works with clients to overcoming their challenges and breaking the cycle.
Paige is interested in working with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT,) and hopes to add alternative therapies such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and Music therapy in the future. Paige comes with the understanding everyone has their own life experiences and views, and aims to work with each individual to find what works best for them. She believes that addressing trauma is important as helps the client understand their past, and current symptoms and work towards moving forward using effective coping mechanisms.
Deanne has over 25 years of front-line counselling experience with issues ranging from but not limited to:
Utilizing a strength-based approach with a Humanistic foundation, believing in the inner potential of all, and working to access that which is hidden from our usual way of thinking and of showing up in the world. Originally from Saskatoon, Deanne has worked and lived in Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia before settling in Nova Scotia in 2019. She has also been called upon to do workshops and presentations at Physicians’ General Meeting (Vancouver), Social Work Conferences (Red Deer, Calgary, Edmonton) and The University of Hong Kong (Risk Threat Protocol).
Deanne has experience in various treatment modalities to adapt to the client’s needs. These include:
Deanne is passionate about her chosen profession and the people she meets and serves.
Connect with Deanne today to see how her energy and creativity can assist in your healing journey and increase your quality of life.
Please note that Deanne is no longer accepting new clients and that online booking is reserved for her current caseload only.
Meaghan completed her Master of Education in Counselling at Acadia University and is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. Meaghan offers a collaborative, compassionate, and supportive counselling environment. Using a integrative lens, she believes in supporting social, physical, mental, and emotional aspects of health.
Prior to pursing her degree in Counselling, Meaghan worked in Student Services supporting young adults as they navigated stressors, change, and uncertainty during their post-secondary education. Having spent a majority of her own developmental and childhood years outside of Canada, where she was born, Meaghan appreciates the value of a differing life experience and the uniqueness of individual experiences.
Meaghan uses an integrative, trauma informed approach to care. She understands the powerful influence of thoughts and feelings and particularly draws on mindfulness and self-compassion practices. Meaghan incorporates strengths-based techniques and uses modalities from cognitive and behavioural approaches. Meaghan is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) as of Spring 2022.
Meaghan has experience working with young adults and adolescents experiencing anxiety, stress, relationship challenges, and depression.
Please note that Meaghan is no longer accepting new clients and that online booking is reserved for her current caseload only.
Sometimes life can throw you curveballs or be difficult to manage, but we don't have to navigate this process alone. Maintaining a mentally and emotionally balanced life is important in creating overall wellbeing and functioning. While striving for that balance, it is also important to know and understand your limitations and strengths. This process of creating balance can sometimes be difficult, but having an effective mental health professional accompany you along the journey of exploring and unpacking given thoughts, feelings, emotions, and behaviours along the way can make the journey that much easier and less overwhelming.
I am a Registered Counselling Therapist (Candidate) who believes that each individual deserves to feel heard and supported. I also believe that there is no bigger show of strength than embracing help when it is needed. I have experience working with individuals and their situations related to trauma, grief, anxiety, depression, substance use, and self esteem. I believe in creating an environment of support and compassion, which fosters a space for clients to better understand their needs.
My educational background is science focused and I have practice previously from a combined approach, ensuring that the therapy is person-cantered and tailored to the specific needs of the client. The integrative approach of therapy is effective at examining the overall needs of a client and aims to incorporate well-being in all the given areas of ones life.
Carolyn Hauser has her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology with Yorkville University. She had previously completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a focus in neuroscience from Acadia University in Wolfville, NS. Carolyn takes on a collaborative and integrative approach to counselling, drawing on solutions-focused, cognitive-behavioural, and trauma informed modalities. In addition to her developing skill base, Carolyn brings into each session her warmth and respect for each client’s unique life experiences. She is also EMDR trained and offers this therapy to her clients .
Prior to living in Nova Scotia, Carolyn grew up in rural Saskatchewan. This lived experience has provided insight into the difficulties associated with accessing mental health resources and education in rural areas, which has ultimately been a driving force behind her decision to enter the mental health field.
Carolyn is interested in working with diverse clientele and is engaged in allyship with the LGBTQ+, First Nations, and BIPOC communities. She brings with her a feminist and social constructivist perspective, allowing clients to explore their identities in a supportive environment. Carolyn has also gained valuable experience working with adults who are neuro-diverse and have unique mental health needs.
Carolyn aims to understand the individual perspectives and lived experiences of her clients, so that she can curate the treatment plan to suit their unique needs.
Please note that Carolyn is no longer accepting new clients and that online booking is reserved for her current caseload only.
Tara completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University and is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. Prior to pursuing counselling, Tara obtained a Bachelor of Science in Psychology (Honours) from Cape Breton University where she completed a thesis which focused on communication within healthcare settings. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Francis Xavier University and was previously employed as a Registered Nurse in palliative care. Tara strives to remain up to date with research and professional skills through ongoing continuing education.
Tara’s cumulative educational and employment experiences have led to a strong belief in the importance of integrative care and wellness. Her therapeutic approach uses a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities tailored to the individual needs of each client. She has completed postgraduate trainings in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Dialectical-Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). The foundation of her work lies in building relationships where clients feel listened to and validated.
Whether you wish to move beyond past wounds, learn new methods of coping or to enrich relationships, Tara aims to be an active and supportive presence in your healing journey. She has a warm interpersonal style that balances attentiveness with directness and humour. Tara offers a secure and inviting environment in which you can explore and make sense of your experiences. Her practice is collaborative and all adults are welcome.
Jane Gavin-Hebert is a Clinical Social Worker (RSW) with the Nova Scotia College of Social Work and is approved by Canada Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher with 250 yoga certification hours (RYT 250). Jane has specialization in trauma-informed approaches, yin yoga, and yoga nidra. As a social worker, anti-oppression and feminist methods are central to her therapeutic practice.
Jane has experience counselling youth and adults of all gender backgrounds through street outreach, needle exchange programs, and in a variety of settings including schools, prisons, and community-based organizations in her role as a trauma therapist. Specializing in working with survivors of gender-based and sexualized violence, Jane spent 11 years working at the local sexual assault centre.
As a EMDR Certified Therapist, Jane offers Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy as a trauma processing modality, and draws on self-compassion and narrative therapy techniques. Jane brings an affectionate curiosity and relational healing approach to therapy, and hopes to cultivate meaningful connection and attunement with clients.
Jane holds a Master of Social Work, a Master of Arts in Gender and Women’s Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Women’s Studies.
Please note that Jane is no longer accepting new clients and that online booking is reserved for her current caseload only.
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Lauren MacKenzie is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists and a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She holds a Masters of Education in Counselling from Acadia University. Lauren believes in whole-person care that incorporates the mind, body, and spirit in healing. She offers individual therapy for adults and older adolescents on their journey to wellness.
Lauren emphasizes an integrative and trauma-informed approach to client-centred counselling, weaving in strategies that respond to clients individual needs. She views clients through an attachment-focused lens embracing each client’s unique perspectives and life experiences with curiosity and playfulness. Her goal is to accompany clients as a compassionate guide through their times of crisis and transition as they work to integrate their experiences.
Lauren is informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) techniques. She encourages mindfulness, movement, and connection to the natural world in her practice to help clients thrive in their lives. She is also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) therapy as a trauma processing modality. She relies on evidence-based practices and believes in continually learning and expanding her practice.
Lauren invites work with clients experiencing difficulties in many areas of life, including anxiety, depression, grief, stress, and trauma. She welcomes clients from diverse demographics and strives to be an ally in social justice.
Kenzie is a Corporate Officer with Wholetherapy providing oversight of corporate and financial matters. Kenzie is Manager of Financial Policy at Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) where his work scope blends microeconomics, financial planning and analysis (FP&A) and policy analysis.
Kenzie holds a Master's of International Business from Smith (Queen's) School of Business and has studied both at University of Limerick, Ireland, and ESSEC, France.