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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MSW, RSW, Clinical Social Worker | She/Her
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.
Ph.D., Psychologist | She/Her
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.
BScKIN, MSc(OT), Reg OT (NS) | She/Her
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.
Marie Josette Durup
Ph.D., Psychologist | She/Her
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.
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Ph.D., Psychologist | She/Her
I am a clinical psychologist who works with adults and couples of all ages, genders, sexual identities, and backgrounds. In general, I work with two broad groups of people. First, I am passionate about helping individuals and couples through many types of difficult experiences including anxiety, sadness and depression, stressful life events or transitions, low self-esteem, identity development, and interpersonal or romantic relationships (e.g., problems with communication, affection, or the larger family unit; exploring consensual non-monogamy). Second, I specialize in providing sex therapy to individuals and couples who are experiencing difficulties related to their sex lives (e.g., problems with desire, arousal, erection, orgasm, or atypical sexual interests), which may also be related to or impacting their romantic relationships.
My approach to clinical practice involves integrating the best available scientific evidence with my own clinical expertise and each client’s values and preferences. I believe that a strong relationship between therapist and client is the foundation of meaningful change. As such, I take a genuine, warm, empathic, and open approach to understanding my clients. I view each client as the expert on their own life and each initial session as an opportunity to understand the client’s perspective. I select evidence-based interventions that fit with the client’s worldview, including interventions from diverse therapeutic frameworks (e.g., cognitive behavioural, dialectical behaviour, acceptance-based, mindfulness-based, emotionally-focused, Gottman method, motivational, solutions-focused, and interpersonal frameworks).
I am originally from Newfoundland and was trained in Atlantic Canada (Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of New Brunswick, B.A. (Honours) in Psychology from Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus). I have specialized training in evidence-based therapy for sexual concerns and dysfunction. I have also been involved with research related to sexuality (e.g., people’s feelings about their genitals, online and text-based sexual activity), which has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Most importantly, I am firmly dedicated to continued growth and education – I believe in growing along with (and often because of) my clients.
MSW, MDiv., RSW, Clinical Social Worker | She/Her
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), 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. Currently I am only providing service to clients accessing the DBT or RO DBT program (evenings and Sunday appointments).
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 the public mental health system (outpatient, community, and crisis), a specialized DBT 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 travelling and hiking.
B.Sc., M.O.T. | He/Him
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.
BScN, RN, Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse | She/Her
Mental health nurses are specialized nurses who have additional education, training, and work experience assessing and treating a wide range of mental health issues.
I have worked in mental health and addictions for the last six years, and also have experience working with survivors of sexualized violence as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. I am trained in multiple therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD (Certified), Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD (Provider Status), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Radically Open DBT. I am a Certified Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse, and a member of The Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies.
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, camping trips, and travel.
Ph.D., Psychologist | She/Her
In sex therapy, clients discuss their sexual concerns, expectations, and ideals in therapy sessions and complete homework exercises either alone or with their sexual partner(s) to help resolve problems and/or enhance their sexual lives. In my experience, it is helpful for both members of a couple to attend therapy sessions together because a sexual problem often affects the sexual relationship as a whole. However, individuals experiencing sexual dysfunction can benefit from sex therapy even when their intimate partner is unavailable or unwilling to attend sessions. Clients inform me that I provide a supportive and professional environment in which to challenge preconceived notions about sex, address factors that interfere with their sexual lives, and identify factors that enhance their sexual satisfaction.
I have specialized training in evidence-based therapy for sexual concerns and dysfunction (sex therapy), and earned a Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of New Brunswick where I received supervised training in sex therapy and research from Dr. Sandra Byers, an internationally renowned sex therapist and researcher. I have ten years experience providing sex therapy to individuals and couples and have conducted and collaborated on research in the areas of sexual communication, sexual dysfunction, and sexual satisfaction. My work has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and textbooks in the area of human sexuality. I am a member of both the Society for Sex Therapy and Research and the Canadian Sex Research Forum and currently collaborate on research conducted in the Sexual Health Lab of Dr. Natalie Rosen at Dalhousie University.
M.A. Applied Psych.
Psychologist (Candidate Register) | She/Her
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.
M.A., Psychologist | She/Her
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.
PhD., Psychologist (Candidate Register) | She/Her
I am a psychologist (Candidate Register) 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.
Jennifer Volsky Rushton
Ph.D., Psychologist | She/Her
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.
Ph.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology Student | She/Her
I am Ph.D. Candidate in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University and a member of the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) team at Lesley Hartman and Associates. As a member of the DBT team, I provide individual therapy, as well as facilitate DBT skills groups and orientation sessions.
I have experience providing both individual and group therapy for adults with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, and borderline personality disorder. Additionally, I also have experience providing psychodiagnostic, personality, cognitive, and hormone and surgical readiness assessments. My training to date has predominantly been in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and DBT. As such, during my work with clients I draw from these two evidence-based approaches. During sessions, I strive to create an empathetic, genuine, and collaborative therapy environment.
In addition to clinical work, I am also passionate about research. While I have researched wide-ranging topics such as eating behaviours, cognitive processes, and addictive behaviours, my research expertise is in the field of alcohol and cannabis use and misuse. I currently conduct and publish research on this topic with members of the Personality Research Team and the Mood, Anxiety, and Addiction Co-morbidity Laboratory at Dalhousie University. My findings have been published and disseminated in a number of peer-reviewed scientific journals, as well as local and international news outlets (e.g. Daily Mail, Chronicle Herald).
Psy.D. Candidate, Clinical Psychology Student | She/Her
I am a Doctor of Psychology (Psy. D.) Candidate at the University of Moncton. As part of my clinical training, I am completing a practicum placement at Lesley Hartman & Associates Inc. under the supervision of Lesley Hartman (M.A., Psychologist) and Jessica Parker (M.A., Candidate Register). During my placement, 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.
B.Sc. (Honours), Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Student | She/Her
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.
B.A. (Honours), Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Student | He/Him
I am Ph.D. Clinical Psychology student at Dalhousie University and a practicum student at Lesley Hartman and Associates Inc. (LHA). Originally from Toronto, I received an Honours Bachelor of Arts (BA) from York University. As part of my work with LHA, I provide psychodiagnostic and personality assessments for clients with presenting problems such as anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder (BPD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other concerns.
I have experience conducting psychodiagnostic assessments for both adults and teens, and similar experience conducting psychoeducational assessments for clients across the lifespan. My therapy training to date has primarily consisted of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) with clients of varying ages. My approach to treatment is evidence-based and draws primarily from these orientations. I aim to meet clients at a level that feels comfortable for them, and I strive to provide support and facilitate growth in an empathic environment.
My research experiences primarily pertain to substance use and misuse, with a particular focus on behaviours surrounding prescription drug use. I currently conduct research in this area with the Mood, Anxiety, and Addiction Co-morbidity (MAAC) Laboratory at Dalhousie University. In addition to substance use and misuse, I have published in areas relating to sleep as well as chronic illnesses. I have had results from my research published in peer-reviewed journals, print interviews, conference materials, and newsletters. Outside of clinical work and research, I like to stay active, discover new music, and explore Nova Scotia.
Master of Social Work Candidate | She/Her
I am a Master of Social Work candidate at Dalhousie University who will be completing my practicum at Lesley Hartman & Associates Inc. under the supervision of Jessica Heidebrecht, MSW, MDiv., RSW.
My previous experience entails work with clients of all ages and backgrounds. I have worked with children and their families, and adults within hospital and community-based settings.
During my time at Lesley Hartman & Associates Inc. I will direct my focus towards working with adults utilizing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. My passion for clinical practice lies in the ability to support clients in unpacking and understanding the root of their concerns while developing new behaviors and skills to address them.
I am grateful to work closely with clients and bear witness to their stories, while working collaboratively towards their desired futures.
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Student | She/Her
I am a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at Dalhousie University, and I am completing a clinical placement at Lesley Hartman and Associates under the supervision of Jessica Parker (MA, Psychologist, Candidate Register). I offer individual therapy to youth (under 19) experiencing challenges related to anxiety, depression, OCD, and regulating emotions. I also work with parents who are navigating challenges related to their child’s mental health, behaviour, and emotions.
The majority of my training has been rooted in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I primarily draw from CBT when working with youth and parents, while also incorporating skills from other evidence-based therapies such as Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Emotion-focused Family Therapy (EFFT). I am deeply committed to providing a safe therapeutic space to all clients and parents I work with, and I value the perspectives that individuals who have been marginalized (e.g., Black, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQ+ people) bring to our work together. I take an approach that uses transparency, authenticity, and empathy. Above all, I believe in working collaboratively - each client and parent brings expertise to our work together.
My previous experience includes working in community mental health clinics with youth experiencing anxiety, depression, and trauma, as well as working on an inpatient mental health unit with youth who were experiencing acute mental health challenges (e.g., psychosis, suicidality). I also have experience conducting psychodiagnostic and psychoeducational assessments with youth.
Outside of clinical work, I am dedicated to advancing research in mental health. My research expertise primarily lies in the field of psychosis, trauma/adversity, and substance use. I currently conduct research with the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program (NSEPP) and focus on the overlap of trauma with psychotic disorders and substance use. As a human being, I love puns (the worse they are, the better!), dogs, travelling, rollerblading, and watching my clients experience success in therapy!
Intake Worker | She/Her
I have recently graduated with an undergraduate degree in psychology from Saint Mary’s University and I have a passion for mental health and therapy. I provide new clients with information they need about their desired services and offer details and insight about the practice at Lesley Hartman & Associates Inc.
As an aspiring therapist, I understand the complexities involved in mental health and the unique requirements of those seeking therapeutic support. I look forward to assessing your service needs and finding the right therapist and treatment for you.
Intake Worker | She/Her
I am a BSc Psychology student currently in the process of completing my undergraduate degree. I have a Food and Nutrition Management Diploma from Centennial College in Toronto.
I love to travel and have spent a year studying abroad, which I found to be an enlightening cultural experience.
I have done rewarding work with children and teens with autism spectrum disorder. I have several years of experience in customer service and enjoy seeking solutions to help others.
I am looking forward to helping you find a therapist that will be right for you!
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.
Administrative Assistant, B.A. | 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!