Our Team

Lesley Hartman, M.A. Psychologist
Lesley Hartman

M.A., Psychologist | She/Her

On leave from client work

I have had the privilege of working as a Psychologist since 1995. My clients have been my greatest teachers. It is they who have inspired my unshakeable belief in the resilience of the human spirit to rise above adversity. I have worked with adults, adolescents and couples over my career, but currently the focus of my work is solely with adults. People consult with me about a variety of concerns, from PTSD, anxiety, depression, coping with acquired brain injuries, work problems, school problems, recovery from illness, grief, difficulties with career choices, family of origin, abuse, attachment issues or relationships. I enjoy working with diverse groups of people—of different genders, sexual orientations or identities and cultural backgrounds or experiences, can provide therapy in Spanish or English.  Being trained in diverse therapeutic modalities, I provide an integrative approach using the tools that fit best with each person. A primary tool that I use is EMDR. EMDR is an evidence-based therapy that effectively treats Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as problems that arise due to any adverse life experience.  I am an Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist and also integrate Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness approaches into my work. I believe that the relationship between the client and therapist is the most important agent of change, however, and bring a big heart to my work. I am authentic and use humour, stories, and metaphors to help illuminate experiences.

In 2006, after working for over 10 years in hospital and community-based settings, I opened my own private practice. I'm blessed to have a team of colleagues at Lesley Hartman and Associates Inc. who go above and beyond for our clients. These compassionate, highly skilled colleagues share my vision of making high-quality, specialized psychological services more accessible to Nova Scotians.

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Nicole Ali 
PhD, Psychologist (Candidate Register)| She/Her
Offers your choice of virtual or in-person appointments

I am a psychologist conducting psychoeducational assessments for children and adults, including assessing for learning disorders and ADHD. I also conduct psychodiagnostic assessments with children and adolescents. I have experience providing intervention for children and adolescents experiencing challenges related to anxiety, low mood, emotion dysregulation, social challenges, low self-esteem, and chronic pain. I can also work with parents to provide practical parenting strategies to support children experiencing internalizing and externalizing challenges.


My approach is gentle, open, and curious. I strive to develop an understanding of who my clients are as individuals and to use this to ensure they feel comfortable and understood. My training base is in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and I also introduce elements of dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) where I believe they can be beneficial. I particularly enjoy working with youth who are exploring their gender and sexual identity, offering an atmosphere of acceptance and empowerment. 

I have undergraduate degrees in Sociology, Psychology, and Elementary Education. I worked for several years as an educator which I believe gives me insight into the school experiences of children and youth. I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. My dissertation research focused on the development of an online professional development program for teachers of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I completed my residency in Regina, Saskatchewan where I worked with the Complex Diagnosis Assessment Team and with the Children’s Program at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre. I also provided out-patient intervention in a community mental health setting. 

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Heather Arsenault
MSW, RSW, Clinical Social Worker | She/Her
Offers your choice of virtual or in-person appointments

I am a Clinical Social Worker offering individual therapy for adolescents and adults and a safe space to process emotions or difficult life experiences. I graduated with a Master of Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary and started my career working in Community Addictions and Mental Health in Calgary where I worked with people of all ages and with a variety of concerns including (but not limited to) anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship concerns, personality disorders, substance misuse or abuse and self-harming behaviours. I relocated to my home province of Nova Scotia in 2015 and began working in Community Mental Health as well as private practice.

I have formal training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and work closely with people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) to develop skills to regulate their emotions, enhance relationships and learn to cope with distress and pain. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and am dedicated to helping individuals resolve past trauma and pain. I am a WPATH trained clinician and am able to complete transgender assessments for hormone and surgical readiness while creating a safe, gender affirming space. Additionally, I have training in Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Mindful Motherhood (mindfulness practices for pregnant women and new mothers) and draw on other modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and lifestyle therapies including sleep hygiene, nutrition and exercise.

I believe in working collaboratively with individuals to reach their goals in therapy. My approach is supportive and I believe in the importance of building a strong therapeutic relationship.

Jennifer Bartlett, Ph.D., Psychologist
Jennifer Bartlett
Ph.D., Psychologist | She/Her
Offers your choice of virtual or in-person appointments

I am a registered psychologist who enjoys working with adults and older adolescents grappling with a variety of challenges. My training and education has taken me across Canada from the East coast (B.Sc. in Neuroscience (Honours) from Dalhousie University and M.Ed. in Counselling from the University of New Brunswick) to the prairies (Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta).


I have experience working with a wide range of issues including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, perfectionism, emotion dysregulation, self-harm, trauma, borderline personality disorder, cancer and cancer-related concerns. I specialize in working with eating disorders and body image issues and I have formal training in Emotion-Focused Therapy which I use to treat numerous clinical concerns. The role of emotions greatly informs my work. I value the wealth of knowledge that emotions can offer us, and in using this approach I promote change by helping my clients explore, understand, regulate, and transform their emotions. In addition to these specialties, I have experience and training in a number of other therapeutic approaches including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I am also trained in conducting formal psychoeducational assessments for both children and adults for concerns regarding learning disorders, ADHD, and overall cognitive functioning.


I strive to foster a warm, supportive, and genuine relationship with all my clients, and am committed to working collaboratively with you to meet your goals. In order to do this, I draw on and integrate a variety of therapeutic approaches to best meet my client’s needs based on their personal experiences, beliefs and worldview.

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Kendra Blackburn

MA, RCT-C Registered Counselling Therapist | She/Her
Offers your choice of virtual or in-person appointments

Navigating life can be tough, next to impossible some days. You may need coping skills, a supportive, non-judgemental sounding board, an environment where you can feel safe enough to explore what you are feeling, or help processing past events that are holding you back. Whatever challenges you are facing, I promise you are not alone and there is hope.  

Therapy sessions are time and space – it’s an environment that is more than four walls. Here, you need to feel safe, unjudged, and free to be authentically you. This space is about your unique story and background, your healing and growth, and your goals to move you forward.  

I help my clients learn how to manage stress, anxiety, and depression, to develop self-compassion, healthy boundaries, and to build or strengthen their foundation of self-care. Many of those I work with have experienced ‘Big T’ trauma, like childhood or adulthood abuse, or motor vehicle accidents, or an accumulation of ‘small t’ traumas over their lifespan or recent past. Whatever has brought you here, we will collaborate to come up with a treatment plan to get you through it.   

I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and passionate about helping clients process unresolved trauma. In addition, my qualifications include a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University. During my graduate studies I was fortunate to gain experience as a Counselling Therapist intern at a pro bono clinic in Halifax, The Peoples’ Counselling Clinic. 

I started my private practice ‘KB Counselling Therapy’ in 2019. In March 2020, I joined a multidisciplinary clinic as their primary Counselling Therapist, serving clients in five of their locations. Before becoming a Counselling Therapist, I also worked in small option homes for residents with severe mental health and developmental disabilities and in the insurance industry in the claims department. I believe my work experiences have given me unique insights and skills to help guide clients on their journey.   


I am honored to be part of the incredible, dynamic LHA team, where I will continue to grow and develop my skills as a Counselling Therapist.  

Alisa Brown
BScKIN, MSc(OT), Reg OT (NS) | She/Her
Virtual Appointments Only

I have been working as an occupational therapist since 2010 and have experience working with clients across the lifespan. I have worked in several areas of practice, such as return-to-work, ergonomics, long term care, adult residence care, and child/adolescent community mental health, gaining experience in supporting clients with both physical and mental health concerns. Originally from New Brunswick, I completed a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick prior to relocating to Halifax and completing my Master of Science in Occupational Therapy degree at Dalhousie University.  


In addition to my academic studies, I have formal training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). As an occupational therapist, I work with clients of all ages to overcome challenges that may be interfering with engagement in meaningful activities. In addition to working with clients dealing with anxiety, mood disorders, and borderline personality disorder, I also have experience supporting children and youth with ADHD, sensory processing concerns, and behavioural and emotion regulation challenges.  


I believe in client-centred care and working collaboratively with clients to provide an individualized approach to reach their treatment goals. I strive to create a warm and empathetic therapeutic environment where each client feels safe and supported. I also believe in the power of laughter and am known to throw a dash of humour into my work. 

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Anne Dobson

MEd, RCT, CCC Registered Counselling Therapist | She/Her
In-person and Virtual Appointments

It has been my honour to provide personal counselling to individual adults and couples since 2010, as a Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) in Nova Scotia and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.  

In my home province of New Brunswick, I was fortunate to attend Mount Allison University for my undergraduate degree (BSc, psychology/biology). It was not until many years later, after returning to the Maritimes with much work and life experience, that as a ‘mature student’ I was finally able to pursue a long held dream of becoming a counsellor, completing a Master’s of Education (Counselling) degree at Acadia University. My experience spans helping and leadership roles in social services, government, group insurance and employee assistance programs, and with diverse populations and life challenges. As a counsellor, rehabilitation consultant, long term disability case manager and caseworker, I have worked closely with clients as they navigated difficult life circumstances, such as transition and loss, physical and mental health challenges, workplace issues, family and parenting difficulties, relationship concerns, and separation and divorce. With knowledge gained through years in leadership roles of clinical manager and director, and my own career and life experiences, I have a particular interest in career transition, opportunities and challenges in workplaces, organizational stress, and burnout.      


There are many reasons and times in our lives when seeking help is indicated - feeling dissatisfied, unfulfilled, worried, overwhelmed, sad, anxious, angry, confused, and more. It takes courage to begin and to continue, yet with a safe space to be heard and for trust to develop, we can focus on hope, resilience, growth and desired changes. As a counselling therapist, I am integrative and strengths-based, drawing mainly from the frameworks and strategies of Person-Centred Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  I collaborate with clients to define their goals in counselling and a pathway to reach them, often with the language of values, courage and a preferred future.   


I engage in ongoing professional development as well as personal growth. As an avid reader and a lifelong learner, I bring that curiosity and resourcefulness to my work just as I have to my own life choices, challenges and transitions. I look forward to joining with clients on their journey as they bravely explore and address their own areas of need and growth and a life of greater fulfillment and joy.  


I am proud to call Halifax and Nova Scotia home. When not working, you might find me with a book open, or spending time with my young adult sons, or planning the next get together or trip with treasured friends and family, and most recently, enjoying the company of our first puppy.    

Alex Doley
Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate RCT-C 
Offers your choice of virtual or in-person appointments

My name is Alex Doley, and I am a Registered Counselling Therapist - Candidate (RCT-C) from Acadia University, working with adult clients. When I'm outside the clinic, I work as a Primary Care Paramedic in Halifax.  Emergency medicine reminds me that there is something new to learn no matter what I encounter, and I believe that sentiment holds in counselling. Clients and colleagues are an extraordinary wellspring of knowledge to behold.

My approach to therapy comes from the field of contextual behavioural science, specifically Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. What attracted me to this approach is its flexibility. ACT is evidence-based and effective in treating anxiety, depression, OCD, Chronic Pain, Substance use, Psychosis and Trauma-Related Issues. The goal of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is to increase psychological flexibility. In a session, we describe, evaluate, and problem-solve to help raise awareness and understand the choices ahead of us. Along with ACT, I incorporate a range of modalities into my work.  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Narrative Therapy. 

The word "change" is used often in counselling, but I think it is helpful to consider other metaphors, including "shifts," "movement," or "growth. In therapy, the change may be subtle; sometimes, quite remarkable. Ultimately, these shifts move us further along the path towards wellness. If you have any questions about the credentials I hold or modalities I use, please ask, as it is your right as a client to be informed about treatment and service.

Marie Josette Durup, Ph.D., Psychologist
Marie Josette Durup
Ph.D., Psychologist | She/Her
Virtual Appointments Only

I work with all age groups of clients as well as families and couples, to assist with a variety of problems and concerns. In addition to bringing a perspective of diversity, I maintain a full tool-box of therapeutic approaches, strategies, and techniques on which I draw to address the problems my clients face. The choice of tool I use is arrived at through a collaborative process with the client, taking into consideration the nature of the problem, the characteristics of the client, and the stage of change where the client finds himself or herself. I aim to improve the quality of my clients lives by helping them overcome the stresses they face, learn to cope with personal difficulties and find a sense of calm and joy.

I was trained in Nova Scotia (M.Sc. in Clinical/Community Psychology from Acadia, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie). My work has taken me across Canada and to the USA. Over the past 20 years, I have served clients of varying ages, and coping with a broad range of problems. My clinical experience is broad; I have served work-based, hospital-based, court-based, prison-based, military-based, and general populations. My clinical work is very much informed by the literature, and I have an extensive background in teaching and research. My research has been in the area of Work and Family Stress, and I have specialized in these areas in my clinical work. I work with children, teens, adults, couples and families.

In addition to my clinical work and research, I have taught and trained Clinical Psychology students at the University of Manitoba, the University of Colorado and Dalhousie University. I have also been very active in my community with volunteer work, serving on several boards/committees, promoting psychology to the public, organizing continuing education activities for my colleagues, working with a community action group to establish a battered women’s home, policy advising and activities to improve and create a better community for military families and carrying out public education initiatives for adults and youth in the community. Be inspired and inspire others.

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Jessica Heidebrecht
MSW, MDiv., RSW, Clinical Social Worker | She/Her
Offers your choice of virtual or in-person appointments

I am a Clinical Social Worker, trained in multiple therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Radically Open-Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO-DBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE)/DBT-PE, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization). I provide therapy for various concerns such as personality disorders, substance or gambling misuse, trauma, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.

I received my Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) and Bachelor of Social Work degree from Dalhousie University. I received a Master of Social Work (Healthcare) from University of Waterloo, and also have a Master of Divinity (Counseling) for clients interested in exploring issues of spirituality. I have worked in a variety of settings including community mental health, Borderline Personality Disorder clinic, and Operational Stress Injury clinic for Veterans and RCMP.

It has been and continues to be a privilege to hear people’s stories, and an honor to witness their resilience and recovery. I have a passion for using evidence-based therapies, tailored to an individual’s needs to help client’s reach their goals and always practice from a strength-based lens. I enjoy working collaboratively with my clients, while simultaneously providing a supportive therapeutic relationship. Ongoing professional development is very important to me, and in my spare time I enjoy reading and hiking.

Brad Holley
B.Sc., M.O.T. | He/Him
Offers your choice of virtual or in-person appointments

I am an occupational therapist (O.T.) with 12 years of experience. I work with adults of all ages, including seniors. I have worked in the mental health field for seven years, assisting people with eating disorders. Prior to that, I worked in a variety of areas assisting people with concerns such as: returning to the community after a psychiatric hospitalization, recovery from stroke, post-operative recovery from knee, hip, and back surgery, and assisting children with fine motor delay. I recently began intensive DBT training and along with other LHA team members, provide individual DBT therapy for those with a diagnosis of BPD or others who are experiencing problems regulating their emotions. I also assist people with career transitions and overcoming career hurdles.


As an O.T., I am skilled at maximizing a person’s independence and happiness by assisting them to find and participate in purposeful and meaningful activity. I am particularly passionate about helping people who are preparing to retire by offering Retirement Lifestyle Planning. Retirement Lifestyle Planning helps you to find the retirement that will give you joy by answering the question “what will I do when I retire?” My approach to therapy is client-centred and respectful. I have a dry sense of humour, and enjoy making people smile. In my free time, I do woodworking, which is another passion of mine.

Sam King
BScN, RN, Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse | She/Her
Virtual Appointments Only

Mental Health Nurses are specialized RNs who have additional education, training, and work experience assessing and treating a wide range of mental health concerns. My areas of expertise are traumatic loss, occupational stress/trauma (especially first responders), moral injury/distress, and PTSD.

I have worked in mental health and addictions since 2014, and also as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (S.A.N.E.) for 3 years. I am trained in multiple therapeutic modalities including EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD (PE Certified), Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD (CPT Provider Status), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Radically Open DBT (RO-DBT).


I am a Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse in good standing with the NSCN, and a member of The Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (CACBT). In addition to my extensive professional development as a RN, I also hold a Masters in Social Work (MSW).

I believe that everyone has wisdom within themselves. In therapy, I work with intention to support my clients in tapping into their wise mind, as well as actively listening to their stories. I also believe in the healing power of humor and incorporate this into my practice when fitting. 

Outside of work, I am passionate about the outdoors and love to explore it through riding motorcycles, hiking, camping trips, and travel.

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Sheila MacNeil
Ph.D., Psychologist | She/Her

Currently not accepting new clients.
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Sarah Mansfield
M.A. Applied Psych.
Psychologist (Candidate Register) | She/Her
Virtual Appointments Only

I am a Psychologist (Cand. Reg.) working with adult clients to improve their emotional/psychological health and relationships by accessing their inner wisdom and resilience while cultivating a more fulfilling life. I am a client-centered and strength-based clinician who is committed to establishing a strong therapeutic relationship with client’s, taking an integrated approach to treatment.  


Born and raised in Northern Ontario, I relocated to Nova Scotia in 2018 to continue my work in the field of psychology and to be closer to the ocean. I hold a Master of Arts in Applied Psychology from Laurentian University and have experience working in private practice, forensic institutions, and, most recently, public mental health. I have had the privilege to work with clients from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds with varied presentations, including depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, disordered eating, personality disorders, and criminogenic need. Currently, my focus has been working with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) delivering Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) to improve client’s ability to regulate their emotions, tolerate distress, and be effective in their relationships while increasing mindfulness and present moment awareness.


My foundational training is in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), which places great emphasis on recognition, acceptance, and processing of emotions via experiential methods. The importance of emotion and the vital information it provides informs much of my clinical work. I have training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PET), Brief Solution-Focused Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). As well as delivering therapeutic interventions, I am trained in conducting psychological assessments evaluating various presentations/needs.


I am an open, enthusiastic, and humorous individual who values authenticity, collaboration, and self-inquiry. Connecting with others brings me great joy and I look forward to helping you reach your goals. 

Laura Mitchell
M.A., Psychologist  | She/Her

Offers your choice of virtual or in-person appointments

I am a Psychologist who works with adolescents and adults. I can assist individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, perfectionism, low self-esteem, self-harm/injury, trauma, phobias, substance abuse, and relationship and family issues. I hold an honours degree (BSc) in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. Prior to my graduate studies, I received specialized training in addictions counselling, crisis management and motivational interviewing.

I have worked in educational settings, residential treatment centers, and non-profit organizations to advocate for individuals and assist them in meeting their goals. My approach is empathic, collaborative, client-centered and feminist, viewing each person and their presenting concerns within a larger sociocultural context. First and foremost, I believe strongly in a client’s ability to create positive change through their own strengths and resources. I am continuously inspired by human resiliency and the capacity of people to overcome difficult challenges.

My clinical training has been integrative, combining modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioural, Emotion-Focused, Dialectical Behaviour, Systemic, Feminist and Humanistic therapies. I believe in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship and am dedicated in providing evidence-based treatment that is tailored to the unique needs of each person. To best help clients reach their goals, I am committed to updating my skills through regular professional development. Most recently I have completed training in EMDR, enabling me to work with clients with PTSD.

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Derrick Neubauer
M.S., Psychologist | He/Him
Offers virtual appointments

Asking for help is an act of bravery. Just taking that first step requires courage and commitment. It can be hard work, often filled with difficult discoveries, but providing opportunities for great personal insight, victories and growth. My approach is to help you along your journey with compassion, utilizing techniques gained from years of experience. I am here as a partner and collaborator in creating a safe space to provide you with tools and insight to unbind what is holding you back, and clarify what drives you forwards.  


My years of practice began with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Texas, and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Texas A&M University. A large portion of my career has been spent as a therapist, diagnostician, and consultant with the Texas State Psychiatric Hospital System, working with some of the most challenging and notorious cases in the United States. I’ve also worked with youth and adolescents entrusted to the state, helping them to work through a wide spectrum of issues. I’ve enjoyed prior work in both private practice and as a college lecturer. Over the years, I have employed a wide variety of techniques, allowing me to work with you to create an individualized plan that is specifically tailored to your needs and goals.  


Moving to Nova Scotia has long been a dream for myself and my family. I am very excited about the move and look forward to working with you. I will bring to each therapy session patience, experience, expertise, and compassion… and just a dash of Texas country wisdom. 

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Meaghan Norris
MSW, RSW, Clinical Social Worker | She/Her
Offers your choice of virtual or in-person appointments

I am a Clinical Social Worker who works primarily with adolescents and adults who are experiencing a variety of difficulties. I hold a Bachelor of Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of Social Work from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in Health and Mental Health. I have experience working with clients across the life span, and helping them navigate and treat anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, coping with stress, dealing with emotional dysregulation, treating addictions, managing difficult relationships, and work through life transitions. 

I was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, and I have lived and practiced social work in Natuashish, NL; Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL; Toronto, Ontario; and Halifax, NS.


I love working with individuals to help them use their resiliency to make positive changes in their life situations. I have training and experience using various models of therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). 

Outside of my clinical work, I enjoy stargazing and connecting with friends and family.

Jessica Parker
Ph.D., Psychologist | She/Her
Offers your choice of virtual or in-person appointments

I am a psychologist working with children and youth aged newborn to young adulthood, and their families. I see clients working through a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, emotion regulation/dysregulation, and grief. I also work collaboratively with parents of young children dealing with various difficulties.

In every therapeutic relationship, I work with my clients to find an approach that will best suit their particular needs. I aim to create a space where my clients feel comfortable, safe, and empowered. Much of my training has been in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and EMDR and I am comfortable guiding my clients through how their thoughts, feelings, behaviours, and experiences can influence their life. I also use narrative therapy, play therapy, mindfulness, relaxation, guided imagery, story telling, writing, and other strategies or modalities based on what works well for my clients. I have completed EMDR basic and child specialist trainings to support a variety of clients and their needs, particularly those who have experienced trauma. I love this work and I am passionate about providing the evidence-based treatment that suits my clients best. I love working with diverse groups of people and will do what I can to make you feel comfortable and supported.

I completed my B.A. (Honours) from St. Francis Xavier University, my M.A. and PhD from the University of British Columbia. My dissertation research focused on the relationships between families and schools, particularly when it comes to helping support vulnerable children. My education has been in School and Applied Child Psychology, and I have a great deal of experience working within schools, and with children and youth that have learning difficulties and developmental disabilities. Throughout the years, I have spent time expanding my experiences in a variety of therapeutic areas. I have worked with young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families to create behaviour support plans to help them improve positive behaviours. I have also worked in community mental health with children, youth, and families.

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Jennifer Volsky Rushton
Ph.D., Psychologist | She/Her
Virtual Appointments Only

I am a clinical psychologist who works with adults experiencing a wide variety of concerns. In particular, I have special interests in working with people and their family members affected by Huntington's disease, people experiencing relationship issues, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, career and life transitions, self-esteem, and post-concussion syndrome/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Having worked at a University Counselling Centre for 14 years, I have an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by students, and particularly enjoy working with young adults.

I've been in the field for many years, and have extensive training and experience working with people who are grieving. Because there are so many things and relationships that we have to say goodbye to in our lives, I have had the privilege of working with many people from all walks of life who are feeling many different things. I find it very rewarding to help people move through pain and loss, to peace and new meaning.

I tailor my approach to the person I am working with. I primarily use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), but I also incorporate Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal and Solution-Focused approaches into my work. I have years of experience delivering both individual and group therapy. It is important to me to build a space for my clients to feel safe and understood. I am approachable and easy to talk to, and I work at putting my clients at ease. I enjoy using humour in therapy; we can have fun even as we do important work together!

My goal for my clients is that they find value and meaning in their lives, and I endeavour to give them tools to feel more empowered and fulfilled. I primarily use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), but I also incorporate Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal and Solution-Focused approaches into my work. I have also completed training in EMDR, enabling me to work with clients with trauma and PTSD.

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Catrina MacPhee
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Student | She/Her
Offers your choice of virtual or in-person appointments

I am a second year PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program at Dalhousie University. As part of my training, I am completing a practicum at Lesley Hartman and Associates Inc. where I will be conducting psychoeducational assessments (including assessing for learning disorders and ADHD) and psychodiagnostics assessments with adults. 


During my training, I gained previous experience in the psychoeducational assessment and neuropsychological assessment of both adults and adolescents. I also have prior experience providing individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for adults with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and a history of trauma. My approach involves creating a safe space for clients with non-judgemental curiosity and compassion. I believe it is important to build a strong therapeutic relationship with clients and to ensure they feel comfortable. I am a firm believer in evidence-based practices and strive to work collaboratively with clients to identify and reach their goals. 


Originally from Cape Breton, I moved to Halifax in 2014 to complete an Honour’s degree in Psychology (BSc) from Mount Saint Vincent University. I then completed a Master’s degree (MSc) in Clinical Psychology at Acadia University. Throughout my graduate studies, I have conducted research examining a new at-home treatment for a common debilitating neurological disorder called spatial neglect that typically results from stroke. 

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Jolène Doucet
Psy.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology Student | She/Her
Offers your choice of virtual or in-person appointments

I am a Doctor of Psychology (Psy. D.) Candidate at the University of Moncton. As part of my clinical training, I am completing a year-long internship at Lesley Hartman & Associates Inc. under the supervision of Lesley Hartman (M.A., Psychologist) and Jessica Parker (M.A., Candidate Register). During my internship, I am able to provide individual therapy in English and French to youth and adults working through a variety of concerns, including anxiety, depression, and emotional dysregulation. Previously, I have gained experience conducting psychodiagnostic and psychoeducational assessments with children and adults and have been fortunate to train in Community Mental Health as well as within private practice.


My clinical training to date has been anchored in evidence-based therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). As such, I primarily draw from this approach in my work with clients. I also enjoy incorporating interventions from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) into my work. To help my clients reach their goals, I strive to adopt a collaborative approach tailored to each person's needs and priorities. I am firmly committed to creating a safe therapeutic environment and believe that clients are their own best experts on themselves and their lived experiences. More importantly, I aim to support clients in exploring the nature of their concerns while emphasizing their strengths and core values.


Originally from New Brunswick, I hold an honours degree (BSc) in Psychology from the University of Moncton. Throughout my graduate studies, I have conducted research on the negotiation of household labor among emerging adult couples and feelings of role overload with members of the Romantic Relationships Laboratory at the University of Moncton. 

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Mandy Hagen

B.Sc. (Honours), Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Student | She/Her
Offers your choice of virtual or in-person appointments

I am a Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. As part of my training, I am thrilled to be part of the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) team at Lesley Hartman and Associates Inc. On the DBT team, I help facilitate skills groups as well as provide individual therapy for individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) or who otherwise struggle to regulate their emotions.

I have prior experience providing cognitive behaviour based individual and group therapy for adults with mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and a history of trauma, including Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for trauma. I also have experience providing various psychological assessments, including diagnostic, forensic, personality, and neurocognitive assessments.

While originally from Alberta, I received an Honour’s degree in Psychology (B.Sc.) from Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario). As part of my Ph.D. here at Dalhousie, my research focuses on co-occurring disorders, primarily the co-occurrence of alcohol misuse and major depression. I am a big believer in research and continuing education as the basis of providing evidence-based treatments, which ensure that I deliver the most effective care for clients. However, I value all forms of learning, and as such I deeply appreciate the ways I learn from clients through their stories and resilience.

A strong therapeutic relationship is important to for me to build with all clients to best support them through treatment. I aim to provide an authentic and open environment in sessions, which at times may include metaphors and humour. I foremost believe in working collaboratively with individuals to identify and reach the goals that are most aligned with their values.


Madeline MacIntyre

BA, BSW, Master of Social Work Student | She/Her 
Offers your choice of virtual or in-person appointments

I am a Master of Social Work Student at the University of Waterloo, the only health-focused Master of Social Work program in the country. Under the direction and supervision of Jessica Heidebrecht, MSW, MDiv., RSW, Clinical Social Worker, I will be completing my placement requirements at Lesley Hartman and Associates Inc. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Depression and Anxiety. 


I received a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Criminology and Sociology from Saint Mary’s University, followed by a Bachelor of Social Work at the University of Victoria. I have worked in various social work settings, including mental health services, child and family services, and victim services. These opportunities have afforded me the ability to learn and grow alongside individuals of all ages, gender identities, abilities, and sexualities, as well as most cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. 


I have a passion for anti-oppressive approaches that build upon strengths and resiliency from within a person, including a comprehensive integration of the social determinants and barriers to health outcomes for clients. I place value in working with clients across all social locations to recognize their internal and external stressors caused by experiences of oppression, trauma, and violence. I believe in a therapeutic relationship that works to promote empowerment and build upon client autonomy and self-determination. I aim to be self-reflective in the helping process and place value in providing clients with a genuine, respectful, listening presence and conscientious, client-centered support system. 


I enjoy living an active lifestyle outside of my professional life, and sports always have been my main hobby and interest. I also have a two-year-old golden retriever with my partner, who is the center of our whole world.  

Mitherayee Augustine
Intake Worker | She/Her/Hers

I am currently pursuing my MA in International Development Studies at Dalhousie University. I graduated with a Combined Honours BA in Psychology and International Development Studies. This provided me with a unique lens of seeing the personal being in continuous conversation with the political. 

As a first generation Canadian I am passionate about the Eelam-Tamil community that I hail from. My research explores issues of identity, liberation culture, intergenerational and community trauma concerning Eelam-Tamil women. I look forward to providing you with a safe space and assisting you with getting started on your wellness journey. 

Cori Bradley
Practice Manager | She/Her

Our dedicated practice manager, Cori, has worked in and managed a busy veterinary practice for many years before deciding to enter the human field. 


She keeps us running smoothly, helping us provide our clients with more efficient service.


If you have any complaints or concerns, please let Cori know! She'll be sure to assist you.

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Toni Spinella

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Student | She/Her
Intake Worker

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

Kelly Jacques
Administrative Assistant | She/Her

Kelly works closely with Cori to ensure clients’ have the best experience. She has extensive administration experience primarily working with university students.


She is life-long learner, recently completing a Boulanger & Baking Art program at NSCC - always open to new experiences.


She is committed to using her skills to help people. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, Kelly is here to help you!