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.
Denise Perron has a Masters Degree in Social Work with experience in the field since 1979. Her clinical background includes work with mental health, addictions, trauma and recovery, stress management, occupational or life transitions, critical incidence stress, and work with couples, families, and children. She applies a holistic perspective and uses many different therapeutic techniques suited to clients' individual needs.
Denise is also experienced in program development and evaluation. She is a certified EMDR Practitioner and an approved EMDR Consultant with EMDRIA. She has authored and published works from her research on addictions treatment, vicarious trauma, and women’s career choices. Consulting on clinical work can be a great way to increase confidence, inspiration, and creativity, maximize clinical results, and prevent vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. It is highly encouraged that all health care professionals have a healthy support system and clinical consultation is one very valuable aspect of that.
As a trauma and mental health therapist since the early 1980s, Denise provides clinical consultation to agencies and individuals in the form of individual and group consultation and continuing education. Denise has experience working cross-culturally and in a variety of clinical settings. She is willing to travel and sessions are available both online and in person.
Specializing in EMDR Therapy and as a registered EMDR Consultant with EMDRIA, Denise also provides both individual and group EMDR Consultation for those who want to improve their EMDR Therapy skills or gain EMDR Certification.
Denise’s ongoing professional development includes an interest in mindfulness-based techniques for health and healing. Her holistic interests and her background training in Qigong have also led her to a deep interest in the relationship of emotions and their influence on the physical body.
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.
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.
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.
Karen Belliveau has been working in various human services fields for 24 years. She is a French speaking 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). 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:
Ayesha is completing her practicum placement for Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology with Emily Bushell at Wholetherapy. She has completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Sciences with a focus of training in counselling various mental health issues. Ayesha has previously worked in teaching hospital and educational settings and has an experience in working with diverse group of clients.
Ayesha takes on an integrative and evidence-based approach to treatment, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Trauma-Focused Therapy and Mindfulness Interventions. She 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 psychological distress and moving in the direction that is empowering to them. She takes on an authentic, non-judgmental, empathetic, and compassionate approach to make clients feel heard and understood.
Ayesha is interested in working with adult clients suffering from anxiety, depression, trauma, emotional dysregulation, self-esteem, stress, and much more. 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.
Paige Jamieson is currently a student in the 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. Paige is joining the Wholetherapy team for her practicum under the supervision of Emily.
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 is interested in working with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and hopes to add alternative therapies such as 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.
Julia is a Practicum student finishing up her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Diploma in Counselling and Human Services. Julia's counselling style is person-centered with a focus on the client being the expert on their own lives. She walks alongside the client for support as they continue on their journey. Julia has experience counselling folks from the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and is a proud and passionate ally and advocate.
Before starting her Practicum placement with Wholetherapy, Julia was the Executive Director at the Hepatitis Outreach Society of Nova Scotia (HepNS), largely specializing in working with people who use drugs and people who are incarcerated or have recently been released. Julia continues to be passionate about harm reduction and serving all people with dignity, respect, and care. Julia is currently seeing clients online using video conferencing, with a possibility of moving to some in-person work in the future.
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.
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.
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 Director of Finance and Strategy at Wholetherapy - responsible for all corporate matters. Kenzie is a member of the Board with Nova Scotia Municipal Finance Corporation (NSMFC) and 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 Clinical Office Administrator at Wholetherapy, and handles the day-to-day operations at the practice, ensuring that client bookings 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 content developer.