36 Solutions Dr Suite 440, Halifax, NS B3S 1N2
P: 902-406-6734 F: 902-406-6736
MA, Registered Psychologist
Andrea Cook is a Registered Psychologist with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology. Andrea received her Masters of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University in 2003. Her undergraduate credentials include a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Honours Equivalency) from Saint Mary’s University in 2001, Criminology Certificate from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1999, and Bachelor of Arts from Saint Mary’s University in 1997. Andrea has worked in a variety of settings including Dalhousie University Counselling Services, Department of National Defence, Montreal Children’s Hospital’s Adolescent Day Treatment Program (Internship), Newfoundland and Labrador youth correctional services, and private practice. Andrea was a part-time faculty member at Saint Mary’s University teaching Adolescent Development and Personality; Normal Abnormal from 2004-2010, and the chair of the APNS’ Post-Trauma Services Committee from 2005 to 2008. She has been a member of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia, Canadian Psychological Association, and Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology since 2003. Andrea is also a member of the Canadian Register of Health Services Psychologists, The International Association of Trauma Professionals, and a general member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Andrea’s areas of interest/specialties include: DND, veterans, and first responders posttraumatic stress disorder work-related stress/burnout depression anxiety Adult Children of Alcoholics emotional regulation family of origin relationship issues
She enjoys combining evidence based approaches such as cognitive-behavioural therapy with more Eastern philosophies, reflecting her direct and practical, yet open treatment style. She believes in a collaborative and supportive approach to therapy.
MA, Psychologist (Cand. Reg)
Patricia MacDonald received her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from McGill University with work experience in counselling, crisis intervention, career and vocational counselling, and psychometric assessment administration and interpretation.
Patricia’s current clinical interests and experience include treating adolescents and adults experiencing difficulties with; anxiety disorders (panic, social, specific, and generalized anxiety disorder), depression, trauma (sexual, physical, psychological, developmental, and emotional), Post- Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), emotion regulation, and interpersonal difficulties. Patricia enjoys working with adult children of alcoholics (ACOA), military, first responders, and the veteran population, including assessments and treatment. She has received specialized training in best practices for working with this population in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Patricia currently co-facilitates an overcoming anxiety workshop with her colleague Caelin Nadin where they integrate yoga therapy and various empirically validated treatments for anxiety disorders.
In working with individuals, Patricia values a collaborative approach built on openness and trust; establishing a secure and stable environment is important to her. She relies on empirically validated interventions such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), CPT, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), while also integrating other interventions based on the client’s individual needs. Patricia also recently completed her training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched with demonstrated effectiveness for the treatment of trauma and many other mental health problems.
MPsych, Registered Psychologist
Hilary Stephenson (MPsych) completed her graduate training in clinical psychology at Bond University in Queensland, Australia. Hilary is a Registered Psychologist specializing in veteran and military treatment and assessment along with clinical interests and experience in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders (adult, adolescents), depression, addiction, chronic pain management, post traumatic stress disorder, and psychosis. Hilary is proficient in various cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, and motivational-interviewing techniques.
During her time in Australia, Hilary worked at Mirikai, an in-patient drug rehabilitation centre where she provided psychological services including assessment, formulation, treatment to individuals with both addiction and mental illness. She worked with the Early Psychosis Team (Queensland Health, Australia) where she provided psychological services to clients, between the ages of 15 and 25, experiencing their first episode of psychosis; including substance-induced, bipolar, schizophrenia, schizoaffective, and depression with psychotic features. Hilary is also trained in couples’ therapy and is currently expanding her practice in this area.
MA, Registered Psychologist
Sarah Williams is a Registered Psychologist. She offers Psychoeducational Assessments, ADHD assessments, and counselling supports. Sarah has extensive experience working with individuals of all ages regarding ADHD and Learning Disabilities. Sarah also worked with children and youth regarding a range of challenges including stress/anxiety, sleep hygiene, social skills, developmental delays, behavioural difficulties, and emotions. Sarah works within a multi-disciplinary model, collaborating with various professionals.
M.Ed, R. Psych.
Rodney Keddy has been a registered psychologist since 2007. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a Masters of Education degree. Since then Rodney has gained extensive experience working with Corrections Canada, in medical clinic settings, and also in private practice. Rodney has worked with a wide variety of clientele with concerns related to trauma/PTSD, anxiety, transition (i.e. military to civilian), substance abuse/addiction, ADD, depression, stress management, and behavioural health/lifestyle change. His counselling approach is client-centred and draws mainly from the areas of cognitive-behavioural and solution-focused therapy.
Dr. Jeff Buttle is a psychiatrist working with the Canadian Forces in General Mental Health at Stadacona Halifax and the Operational Stress Injury Clinic in Dartmouth. He conducted his medical training at Dalhousie University, then served in the Canadian Forces as a Medical Officer. Recognizing the acute need for mental health services, Dr. Buttle returned to school, completing his residency in Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and continued to work for the armed forces. He is Board Certified with the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Disability Analysts and has been working in the field of addiction and complex psychiatric disorders, including stress and trauma related disorders, for over 20 years. Prior to returning home to Nova Scotia, Dr. Buttle worked with Deepak Chopra and Nirmala Raniga to create the Chopra Addiction Treatment and Wellness Centre in Paradise Valley , British Columbia where he served as Medical Director until 2014. Dr. Buttle brings significant trauma and addictions expertise to True North Psychological Services.
Psychologist, Candidate Registered
Patrick Bazinet graduated from Acadia University in 2017 with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. He has worked with True North as a health researcher and clinical assistant since 2012 and did clinical training with the NSHA Adult Mental Health team in the Annapolis Valley. His diverse background includes work as a fitness trainer, martial arts coach, organic farm worker, and conducting academic research on the effects of nutrition on mental health.
Patrick’s practice with adults focuses on helping people take positive action in their lives to overcome fear, low mood, emotional instability, and difficult life changes. His therapy approach combines cognitive-behavioural, Acceptance and Commitment, mindfulness, and dialectical behaviour therapy. He also conducts assessments with adults for educational needs (e.g. learning disabilities, ADHD) and enjoys helping clients develop plans that capitalize on personal strengths and work around areas of weakness.
C-IAYT, CERTIFIED YOGA THERAPIST
Caelin is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) with The International Association of Yoga Therapists (www.IAYT.org) who specializes treating anxiety, depression, PTSD, and chronic pain. Caelin is certified as a Trauma Informed Yoga Therapist (TIYT), and is the first Canadian Yoga Therapist to become certified to facilitate The Overcome Anxiety Clinic (www.overcomeanxiety.org). As the Canadian Director of Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy (TIYT), she is currently working on coordinating training programs in Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy throughout Canada and the collaboration of research in Canada and the U.S. Stay tuned for information on training and potential research recruitment.
BBA, Office Manager
Holly is our trusty office manager who keeps everything running smoothly at True North. She completed her Bachelor of Business Administration from Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax in 1999 and has worked for several years in both the financial and health service sectors. She loves to travel, has a certificate in Holistic Nutrition, and practices yoga regularly.
70 Exhibition Street,
P: 902-365-3544 F: 902-365-3185
MD, FRCP (C), Psychiatrist
Dr. Johnston firmly believes counselling should form the core of most mental health treatment plans. However, as a medical doctor, his role is often confined to diagnosis and medical treatment. For this reason, he works closely with psychologists and refers his patients to them for counselling. In his experience, patients are best served by this collaborative team approach - with psychologists conducting counselling and psychiatrists managing medications, when appropriate.
Ph.D., R. Psych.
Dr. Kjerstin Baldwin (Ph.D., R. Psych.) received her Masters and PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. She focuses primarily on cognitive-behavioural therapy as well as EMDR, both evidence-based approaches to treatment. Her specific interests include post-traumatic stress, stress and pain management, occupational mental health, depression, and anxiety. She has worked with individuals, employers, and third party referral sources to address coping with pain and illness, to support return to work, and to manage mental health. Additionally, Dr. Baldwin has worked extensively with developing and current national team athletes providing performance enhancement and personal counselling services, and has attended numerous multi-sport events including several Canada Games as well as Pan-Am and Olympic Games.
Operations and Finance Manager
8873 Commercial Street, Unit #1, New Minas, NS
P: 902-681-0235 F: 902-681-0215
MSc., R. Psych.
Elaine Boyd-Wilcox clinical background includes working with adults, children, and adolescents in the areas of therapy, assessment, and consultation. Areas of assessment have included general psychological, parental capacity, custody/access, learning difficulties, children's needs, substance abuse, and risk. She also completes assessments for military personnel and Veterans Affairs benefits eligibility. Areas of therapeutic practice have included domestic violence, anger, anxiety (including PTSD), depression, trauma and abuse, parenting challenges, and relationship difficulties. Elaine mainly uses cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) in her general practice. She also uses eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) in the treatment of trauma and abuse.
MSc., R. Psych.
Debbie's clinical background includes working with children, adolescents, and adults in the areas of assessment, therapy, and consultation. Areas of therapeutic practice have included anxiety (including PTSD), depression, domestic violence, anger, parenting challenges, workplace issues, trauma, and abuse. Areas of assessment have included learning difficulties (including services to intellectually disabled individuals), parental capacity, custody/access, children's needs, general psychology, risk, substance abuse, assessments for military personnel, and eligibility for Veterans Affairs benefits. Debbie mainly uses cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) in her general practice and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) in the treatment of trauma and abuse.
MSc., R. Psych.
Laura is a Registered Psychologist with a focus on children, youth, and families. She has experience working with a variety of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavioural issues, and parenting challenges. Laura works with clients both individually and in a group setting. Group work includes the Women's Coping Group and the Mood Group. She has also been involved in the Positive Relationship Program. Laura has worked with youth with severe emotional, behavioural, and psychological difficulties, and has experience working with clients across the lifespan, from children to the elderly. Areas of focus included obesity, chronic pain, anxiety, depression, relationships, and dress.
MSc., R. Psych.
Susan's areas of practice are assessment with children and adults (general psychological, psychoeducational, needs, parental capacity, and substance use needs) as well as therapy with adults, couples, and families. Areas of interest include mood, anxiety, pain, relationships, interpersonal problems, stress, anger, and assertiveness. With regards to therapy, Susan uses a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) approach with aspects of Acceptance and Commitment, Interpersonal, and Gottman-based theory. Susan also co-facilitates a weekly Mood Group with Laura Lang.
Psychology Assistant / Psychometrist
Jamie attended Saint Mary's University in Halifax where she earned her BAH in Psychology in 2006. She has worked as a Psychology Assistant since 2009, and currently works as a Psychology Assistant and Psychometrist.
694 Main Street, Kingston, NS B0P 1R0
P: 902-681-0235 F: 902-681-0215
MA, Psychologist (Cand. Reg.)
Bryanne Harris is a licensed Counselling Psychologist specializing in therapeutic work with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Bryanne has experience working at the Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System, where she conducted court-related assessments and facilitated therapy groups for children. Currently, Bryanne uses a cognitive-behavioural (CBT) approach, along with eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) in her therapy.