Our team of Practitioners

Emily Bushell


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


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.

Lori Slaunwhite


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.

Jane Gavin-Hebert


Jane Gavin-Hebert is a registered Social Worker with the Nova Scotia College of Social Work and a certified 200hr yoga teacher with 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 Therapists, 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.

Colleen D’Orsay


Colleen D’Orsay holds a Master of Arts Counselling Psychology degree and is registered with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (RCT-C). She brings a warm and calming energy to her therapy practice and loves getting to know people in all their forms. Colleen takes a strengths-based approach in making meaningful, therapeutic connections to help her clients overcome challenges. Her counselling focus is on injury recovery, mental wellness, addictions, and overcoming trauma; she also offers Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy as a trauma processing modality.  Collen has special interests in working with first responders, veterans, and individuals who self-identify as Indigenous and First Nations.

Colleen’s therapeutic interests were peaked as a young adult during her time as a medical assistant with the Canadian Armed Forces (Reserves). Colleen has also lived and worked in First Nations communities and within 2SLGBTQ+ populations and as a result, is very sensitive to cultural differences, commonalities, diversity, and the nuances of the human experience.

Before moving into private practice, Colleen worked clinically in a treatment centre for addictions. She also has many years of experience in the social services and helping professions. Colleen has served as a hospital chaplain and has received masters-level training in spiritual care and counselling. From a policy development perspective, she has worked closely with Indigenous communities and treatment centres across the province to provide support in the development of healing and learning needs promotion and advocacy. Colleen is responsible for pioneering, founding, and facilitating the Cape Breton Anxiety and Depression Support Group.

As major life events bring about uncertainty, it can be helpful to access someone who can not only listen, but provide new tools to help cope and thrive. Colleen recognizes the importance of looking at things from different perspectives and finding meaning in major life changes. Colleen is also proficient in assisting her clients develop coping and distress tolerance skills. Developing these skills can help clients achieve new insights, personal growth, and well-being. Colleen takes an evidence-based and eclectic therapeutic approach. She works from a trauma-informed, mindfulness-based perspective and uses techniques from Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. Colleen tailors her treatment planning to each individual’s needs and unique set of circumstances. In this way, clients can be assured that they are receiving the most meaningful and change-oriented care.

Jessica Gingras


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.

Maryam Mohseni

MSW, RSW, Clinical Social Worker

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.

Brandy Gryshik


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.

Courtney Munroe


Courtney is a registered massage therapist and a member of the Massage Therapist Association of Nova Scotia (MTANS). Her interest in massage began in 2015, emerging from her belief that the body and brain are intimately connected as well as her desire to provide a service that delivers both physical and mental benefits.

Courtney's treatments are unique, as they are tailored to the individual needs of her clients. She aims to provide a therapeutic and relaxing experience to calm the mind and ease bodily tension.

Courtney has practiced across Canada. She has additional training in Kinesio Taping, hot stone massage, cupping therapy, and aromatherapy, all of which she is able to incorporate into clients' treatments upon request.

Carolyn Hauser

Carolyn Hauser is currently completing her Counselling Psychology practicum placement with Emily Bushell here at Wholetherapy. She is working towards 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.

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.

Bertha Stone


Bertha Stone MA RCT-C  is a kind, empathetic therapist who listens deeply to her clients and advocates for them with respect.  She is dedicated to helping people find the courage, skills, and strength to become happier, more purposeful, and confident individuals. Bertha believes that taking a holistic approach to therapy can empower clients to make the changes they want to see in their lives. It is Bertha’s belief that people can change, if they choose to, and are willing to put in the work.  

With 30+ years of experience, her area of expertise is working with clients who are experiencing concurrent disorders. That is, counselling clients who are managing both a substance misuse or abuse issue and a mental health concern or illness.  For example, Bertha has clinical experience working with people who are battling addiction and have also been diagnosed with: Depression, Anxiety, Acquired Brain Injury, PTSD, or FAS/FAE. In addition, she is skilled at helping clients develop skills to manage anger, relationship issues, grief, and religious trauma syndrome.  

Bertha takes an eclectic, collaborative, and holistic approach to her therapeutic work that acknowledges the complexity of life. She uses various modalities that work best with her clients and their individual needs. She has a belief that a collaborative approach is most effective when clients are ready to actively participate in the counselling process.  She believes it is important for all of us to be aware of our strengths and weaknesses, and to acknowledge our limits.  She brings these beliefs with her into her counselling work. Bertha takes a mindfulness approach with her clients to help them help them to begin to create changes from wherever they are in life.   She combines clear communication with empathy to empower her clients to make  healthy choices and to unpack the consequences of those choices. To help with behavioural change and manage mental health concerns, Bertha draws on a number of therapeutic approaches including motivational interviewing, reality therapy, CBT, solution focused counselling.  

Bertha acknowledges that people are complex and sometimes, the issue that brings a client into the therapy office is often not their primary concern.  She is committed to her collaborative process of working together with her clients to decide where the therapy process should start, and which issues to address together.  

Bertha is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists and is a member of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association. She is also a Registered Clinical Counsellor from the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors.  She has completed a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Dalhousie University. Bertha has worked in the counselling field for 30+ years and feels it been a privilege to work with her clients.

Wholetherapy provides counselling services to: Individuals, Families, and Couples

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