Our Team

Lesley Hartman
M.A., Psychologist

I have been working as a Psychologist since 1995. I work with adults, adolescents and couples. 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 ages, genders, sexual orientations or identities and cultural backgrounds or experiences. I can provide therapy in Spanish or English. I am trained in diverse therapeutic modalities, and provide an integrative approach using the tools that fit best with each person. I am a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) practitioner. 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.  My clinical work also integrates Internal Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness approaches. 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. My clients have been my greatest teachers. It is they who have taught me to have an unshakeable belief in the resilience of the human spirit to rise above adversity.

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 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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Alex Anderson
M.Sc., Psychologist (Candidate Register)

I work with adults and older adolescents who experience a variety of difficulties and concerns. I have experience working in hospital, university, and private practice mental health care settings assisting individuals with anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, and grief. I also help individuals struggling with lifestyle changes and transitions, anger, assertiveness, and relationship concerns.


I adopt a compassionate, open-minded approach and provide supportive guidance to help clients identify their strengths and resources. Above all, my practice is client-focused and collaborative. I strongly believe in the therapeutic relationship, and meeting my clients where they are in the change process to help them define and achieve their goals. I believe that empathic understanding, patience, and an accepting environment are key elements in supporting positive change. I assist clients in identifying and coping with difficult thoughts and feelings, and offer evidence-based strategies and recommendations to facilitate this process. As a therapist, helping people reach their goals and recognize their potential for greatness is the most rewarding part of our work together.


I have completed an honours (BSc) degree in Psychology from Mount Allison University and received a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Clinical Psychology from Acadia University. My clinical training is primarily based in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT); however, I also integrate multiple therapeutic models including mindfulness-based theory, attachment theory, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to suit the specific needs of each client.I have participated in additional training in suicide risk assessment, Emotion-Focused Therapy for caregivers, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and EMDR training, qualifying me to work with clients with PTSD and trauma. I am committed to a therapeutic approach that is current and evidence-based, and I continually seek to update my skills.

Heather Arsenault
MSW, RSW, Clinical Social Worker

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 W-PATH 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.

Marie Josette Durup
Ph.D., Psychologist

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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Miranda Fudge
Ph.D., Psychologist

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 though, I am firmly dedicated to continued growth and education – I believe in growing along with (and often because of) my clients.

Jessica Heidebrecht
MSW, MDiv., RSW, Clinical Social Worker

I am a Clinical Social Worker, trained in multiple therapeutic modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Radically Open-Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (RO-DBT), Prolonged Exposure (PE), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). I am an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Certified Clinician and a DBT-Linehan Board of Certification, Certified Clinician™. 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 my 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 First Responders.

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.

Brad Holley
B.Sc., M.O.T.

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.

Kay Jenson
M.Sc., Psychologist (Candidate Register)

I am a clinical psychologist (Candidate Register) who works with adults struggling with issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, interpersonal relationships, burnout, religious conflict, and trauma. I am committed to creating a safe space for clients of different gender identities, sexual orientations, religions, and people with different types of romantic and/or sexual relationships. With each client, I take a collaborative, feminist, and empathetic approach, ensuring I am providing evidence-based treatment. I cater my approach to the client’s needs and find it tremendously rewarding to help clients become aware of their emotional experience and teach new coping strategies. 

 

I work with both clients who hold a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder and caregivers (e.g., romantic partners, family members) to provide the best support using a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy approach. I also have training using approaches such as Mindfulness-based therapies, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, and Interpersonal Therapy. I am continuing my training in EMDR to further assist me in working with clients who have experienced trauma. I am also a W-PATH trained clinician, enabling me to complete Trans Health Readiness Assessments for both hormone treatment and gender affirming surgeries. 

 

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Utah and a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Acadia University. I have experience working in non-profit, crisis intervention, private practice, and psychiatric hospital settings. I look forward to creating a trusting relationship, a process I find profoundly fulfilling and healing.

Sheila MacNeil
Ph.D., Psychologist

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.

Laura Mitchell
M.A., Psychologist (Candidate Register)

I am a Psychologist (Candidate Register) 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.

Jessica Parker
M.A., Psychologist (Candidate Register)

I am a psychologist (Candidate Register) working with children and youth aged newborn to 19 years, 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 I am comfortable guiding my clients through how their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours 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 am continuing training in EMDR 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 and my M.A. from the University of British Columbia. I am currently working on my PhD from the University of British Columbia and my research is focused on the relationships between families and schools, particularly when it comes to helping support vulnerable children. My education has been in School 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 my PhD training, 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.

Kate Rancourt
Ph.D., Psychologist (Candidate Register)

Sometimes, life throws a challenge that feels difficult to manage. These challenges disrupt our understanding of ourselves, our relationships, or our world, and leave us feeling uncertain, afraid, overwhelmed, or angry. We may even direct that anger inwards, scolding ourselves for having such a hard time. These experiences, which cause great suffering, are common. I work with adults and couples who are having trouble adjusting to such challenging life circumstances, which may include health problems, relationship issues, sexual and/or reproductive difficulties, or other emotionally trying experiences (e.g., anxiety, depression, loss, trauma). As a health psychologist, I have worked extensively with individuals challenged by chronic medical conditions. As a sex and couple therapist, I have expertise working with women and couples experiencing genital and pelvic pain.

 

I believe that people have a great capacity to heal themselves and their relationships; therapy is a way to help them find acceptance of difficult circumstances, an inner sense of direction, and a deeper ability to love themselves and others. The foundation for this work is a strong therapeutic relationship, which makes you feel understood, accepted, valued, and empowered. Connecting with you is the heart of my approach because I believe that caring relationships help people to find their momentum in life. In therapy, I focus on understanding who you are and where you want to be, and use evidence-based strategies to inform our work. While I have a strong foundation in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), I heavily integrate theory, practices, and skills from other evidence-based approaches (e.g., attachment theory, emotion-focused therapy (EFT), compassion-focused therapy (CFT), and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)).

 

I am originally from Alberta, but now call Nova Scotia home. I hold a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Dalhousie University. I completed my residency in health and rehabilitation psychology in Ontario. I am fortunate to have worked in a wide range of environments, including: hospitals (medical and non-medical units), university campuses, and research settings. However, I never consider my learning complete, and am in awe of the many ways that my personal and professional growth are ever-evolving. My clients are among my greatest mentors, and they inspire me to help us all find a little bit more understanding and meaning in life’s greatest joys, deepest struggles, and all the moments in between.

Jennifer Volsky Rushton
Ph.D, Psychologist

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.

Nicole Ali
Intake Worker

I am a Clinical Psychology student currently completing the fifth year of my doctoral degree through Dalhousie University. I work with the team at Lesley Hartman & Associates Inc. completing intakes with individuals who are seeking services or looking for more information about the practice. I look forward to helping you find the therapist who will be the right fit for you!

My clinical experiences to date have included both assessment and intervention work with children and adolescents. My work in assessment has been focused on cognitive assessments for learning challenges and ADHD, assessing for autism spectrum disorder, assessing for eating disorders, and screening for various mental health disorders. In terms of intervention, I have worked with children with autism, children and adolescents with anxiety, depression,and eating disorders. I have recently been involved in a pilot program for families with children/adolescents with disruptive behaviour disorders. I have been trained in a variety of different intervention approaches including traditional Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Family Therapy, and Family-Based Treatment for Eating Disorders.

Anna Deacon
Intake Worker

I have completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Diploma in Disability Case Management at Dalhousie University. I also have an Addictions Care Worker Diploma from McMaster University. I have worked as a Case Manager in the field of Mental Health and Addiction since 2017.

I am an Intake Worker here at Lesley Hartman & Associates for individuals looking to access services. I hope to place you with the most appropriate therapist and answer any questions you may have in the process. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you take this first step!

Sara Bartel
Ph.D. Psychology Student

I am a second year Clinical Psychology student completing my PhD at Dalhousie University. I am continuing my training at Lesley Hartman and Associates. Previously I have completed psychodiagnostic, cognitive, personality, and risk assessments with adults in university, general community and forensic settings. In addition, I have facilitated a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy group for anxiety. My training thus far has been based in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but is expanding to include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. While at Lesley Hartman and Associates, I will co-facilitate Traumatic Brain Injury and Dialectical Behaviour Skills groups, as well as conduct assessments with individual clients.

           

My goal is to take an empathetic, open, and collaborative approach with each client with whom I interact. I aim to create a space that allows clients to feel safe and comfortable. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship is important for both assessment and intervention. I am constantly working to build my skills in order to provide the best possible care.

 

I am originally from Western Canada and hold an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. I have researched wide-ranging topics, including eating patterns, cognitive processes, and addictive behaviors. I currently conduct and publish research with members of the Personality Research Team and the Mood, Anxiety, and Addiction

Co-morbidity Laboratory at Dalhousie University.

Cori Bradley
Practice Manager

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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