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 moving home 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.
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 currently training 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.
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 holistic 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 currently being trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR).
Meaghan has experience working with young adults and adolescents experiencing anxiety, stress, relationship challenges, and depression.
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 holistic 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.
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 holistic 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.
Jessica Gingras RCT-C CCC takes a collaborative and holistic 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 Candidate 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 addictions 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 a holistic 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.
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.
Janice has a Masters in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate (RCT-C) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. Janice is also a certified art therapist, completing her training at the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute (VATI) in Vancouver, B.C.
Janice provides an integrative approach to therapy, utilizing a strengths-based, trauma-informed, client-centred framework. Through focusing on the unique needs her clients, Janice collaboratively works with clients to recognize their personal strengths and skills to develop effective and practical strategies toward change.
Janice specializes in working with children and youth to help address a broad range of mental health concerns such as trauma, anxiety, interpersonal relationships, emotional regulation and life transitions. Janice has over ten years of experience providing individual and group therapy in a variety of clinical settings such as government agencies, schools, community-based settings, and non-profit organizations.
Janice incorporates evidence-based treatments modalities in the treatment process, based upon the specific needs of the client. As an art therapist, Janice provides a safe space for clients to engage in creative expression as a means of developing insight into their lives, while expressing feelings and experiences in a non-threating way. Art therapy can support increased resiliency, support integration of a life experience or trauma that may be unresolved and can also assist in creating greater insight into a present life challenge.
Janice is passionate about supporting and empowering individuals to overcome obstacles and to realize their full potential. She focuses on all aspects of an individual, while providing an empathic and inclusive space for clients to live an empowered and joyful life.
Karen Belliveau has been working in various human services fields for 24 years. She is a bilingual (French and English) clinical social worker, registered with the Nova Scotia College of Social Work. 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 holistic 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 University of Manitoba. She will be offering phone and virtual sessions only.
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.
Beverly has a degree in Psychology and has a background as a Registered Nurse. Beverly is a certified Reiki Practitioner and has a certificate in Acupuncture. She has recently joined the Wholetherapy team as a Registered Counselling Therapist – C RCT-C and Canadian Certified Counsellor CCC. Beverly is an integrative holistic therapist and believes in supporting whole person wellness. Beverly is a Psychodynamic, CBT, Mindfulness based therapist and counsels from a Feminist based and trauma informed lens. She incorporates Somatic Experiencing, EMDR and Emotion Focused Therapy approaches.
As a counsellor, Beverly is focused on you as a client. She believes in each person’s inner resilience and strength, and the right to choose what changes they are ready to make in their lives.
As a counsellor Beverly will guide you to discover what you have successfully achieved thus far, what you believe is lacking in your life and what you feel could be better. She will help you to explore the best solutions and what is right for you. She will help you develop new skills to face the challenges of anxiety, past trauma and regain balance and healing in your personal life. Areas of concern that Beverly can support you with are:
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 holistic 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.
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 holistic 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.
Jane Gavin-Hebert is a registered Social Worker 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 Gavin-Hebert 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.
Lori Slaunwhite has been working in the fields of substance use, mental health, and trauma for over 25 years. Lori left a busy private practice in Toronto to return “home” to Nova Scotia where she has continued her work in addiction and mental health.
Trained in social work and psychotherapy, Lori completed her graduate studies in Contemplative Psychotherapy through the Nalanda Institute in New York City. She uses a trauma-informed, contemplative approach to her work, seeing the experience of her clients through an attachment-focused, family systems lens. Incorporating mindfulness into many of her sessions, clients share that they feel more grounded and more capable based on the work they are doing in therapy. Lori is also able to offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy as a trauma processing modality.
As Atlantic Canada’s first Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), Lori is excited to bring Dr. Patrick Carne’s model of treating sexual compulsive behaviours, particularly as they relate to men and women in substance abuse recovery.
In addition to being regulated as a Registered Counselling Therapist and Registered Psychotherapist, Lori is a Certified Interventionist, working with families to get their loved ones the treatment they need.
Brandy Gryshik is a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary. She believes that counselling is an opportunity to challenge relational patterns, develop skills to build a life worth living, and strengthen mental health through a therapeutic alliance. She is passionate about holistic healing which includes understanding the connection between social, mental, and physical health.
Brandy has experience as a Clinical Social Worker within the health care authority. In 2017, to meet the increased demand for services, she began offering private counselling services for children and youth 10 years and up. Her approach emphasizes balancing individual goals with family goals and exploring what it means for the family if those goals are similar or in conflict. Therapy sessions can include any of the following approaches: Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Kindness and Self-Compassion Therapy and/or Narrative Therapy. Each session balances comfort and growth for children, teens, and caregivers.
Whether a child or teen is feeling stressed, hopeless, or unable to meet the demands of school or daily life, or there is family or friendship conflict, alcohol or substance use, anxiety, depression, or emotional regulation concerns, every inquiry is taken seriously and met with kindness and compassion. Recognizing how difficult it can be for families to ask for help, the act of reaching out for therapy is treated as valid and commendable.
Maryam is a Clinical Social Worker offering individual therapy for adolescents and adults experiencing a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, trauma, difficulties with regulating emotion and adjusting to life transitions, and other issues that may be disrupting a person’s quality of life.
Maryam completed her Master of Social Work from the University of New England. She has worked in educational settings, First Nations Community Health Clinics, Community-Based Outpatient Mental Health and Addictions programs, and independently through her private practice.
Maryam’s approach to treatment draws from a variety of evidence-based models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Dialectical-Behavioral Therapy (DBT). She is also trained in Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, as well as evidence-based treatments for PTSD and other problems that arise due to adverse life experiences. Maryam has experience working specifically with veterans and RCMP for the treatment of Operational Stress Injuries. She believes that the relationship between client and therapist is the most important agent of change and as such, takes a genuine, supportive, and empathic approach to understanding each client and determining the best approach to treatment.
Kenzie is responsible for all finance and corporate matters at Wholetherapy. Kenzie is a member of the Board with Nova Scotia Municipal Finance Corporation (NSMFC) and also works in a Senior Finance Capacity with Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) and is a member of the Atlantic Association of Applied Economists (AAAE), a division of the Canadian Association for Business Economics (CABE).
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.
Ibiene Bidiaque is the Practice Manager at Wholetherapy, and handles the day-to-day operations at the practice, ensuring that processes and communications run smoothly.
Ibiene holds a Master of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from King’s College, London, and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Manchester. She is also a published author and graphics designer.