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LHA Students

About Chantal Piercy

I am a student currently enrolled on the Masters in Counselling & Psychology (MACP), with Yorkville University, Canada. I have a passion for play and expressive arts, which I bring into all my work. I am an inclusive, person-centred practitioner, exhibiting empathy, acceptance, congruence, and unconditional positive regard for all my clients. I am naturally warm and open, creating a safe holding environment for children, youth, and young adults to express themselves fully and work through overwhelming feelings. I enjoy working with parent-child dyads and families through attachment-based lenses. I am trained in non-directive play therapy, Theraplay, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and clinical counselling methodologies. I enjoy empowering my clients by using CBT through a developmentally sensitive playful lens.    


I am from England and have been in beautiful Nova Scotia since 2018. Here in Canada, I have been working with children and families who have experienced domestic violence. In the UK, I worked as a play therapist and lead therapeutic special needs teacher. I have worked with children, youth, and adults with diagnoses including trauma, learning disorders, autism, ADHD, attachment disorder, oppositional defiance disorder, conduct disorder, Tourette’s, OCD, selective mutism, anxiety, and depression. As a lead specialist teacher in various schools and colleges, l wrote behaviour plans, implemented adaptations for my students; alongside teaching, collaborating with other professionals, and training teaching staff. In mainstream schools I provided play therapy sessions to children and youth with mental health concerns and learning differences. I possess masters level qualifications in teaching, special educational needs coordination and play therapy. 

About Toni Spinella

I am a clinical psychology Ph.D. student at Dalhousie University. Currently, I wear multiple hats at Lesley Hartman & Associates Inc. Through my role as an Intake Worker, I am eager to help clients find a therapist or program that suits their needs. I am also very excited to be a part of the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) team, working with folks who have difficulties regulating their intense emotions. I have experience working with adults who struggle with symptoms of anxiety, depression/low mood, and trauma, using various treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). I also have experience providing psycho-diagnostic and cognitive assessments.  


Growing up in Ottawa, I completed an Honour’s degree (B.A.) in Psychology at Carleton University. I also received a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University before starting my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. As part of my graduate training, I have been involved in research related to substance use, substance use disorders, and cannabis, including potential harms and medicinal effects associated with THC and CBD.  


Overall, I strive to develop a strong working relationship with my clients and am committed to providing a safe and inclusive space for individuals from all walks of life. I look forward to working collaboratively with each individual to help move them towards their goals

Chantele Piercy
Ton Spinell
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