Everyone faces challenges in life. Our mission is to be an advocate and offer help to navigate life’s ups and downs while you discover things about yourself. You are the expert of you, and we will walk along side of you.
Hello, my name is Jennifer Banks and I have been working with children & youth for almost 20 years in various schools. I hold a Bachelors in Fine Arts, Bachelors in Education, Masters in Counselling and a Masters with a focus in Leadership of Inclusive Education. I am a member of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association, Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists, and College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. With these governing bodies, I uphold the highest of standards and ethics. I also hold a Nova Scotia Teachers' License and work as a School Counsellor during the day. With my education and experience, I will do my best to help you achieve your goals.
My counselling promise is to be there for you every step of your therapy journey through Individual counselling, couples counselling, or EMDR therapy. Available online, my goal is to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward to where you want to be in your life. As well, if you are attending with a partner, as a couple, you will have the opportunity to explore your patterns and emotions in a safe, secure environment.
Hello I am Angela Peh. I have been a practicing Social Worker since 2006 after graduating with a Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) from Dalhousie University. I completed a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from the University of Waterloo in 2018. I have spent my career working with children, youth, parents and seniors.
During my career I have been practicing in the field of mental health since 2018, working on the child and youth team with Community Mental Health. I have been trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and to provide hormone readiness assessments through the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). I have been certified to provide the Cool Kids anxiety group to children and youth. I am in the process of becoming a certified CBT practitioner through the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies (CACBT).
As a mental health clinician I have supported children and youth with anxiety, low mood, trans youth and educated parents of trans youth. Additionally, I work with youth who have engaged in sexually aggressive behaviors to reduce recidivism.
My core belief is the value of relationship. I believe that through authentic relationship we can work together and ultimately accomplish your goals. If you are struggling in one or more of my areas of practice or are seeking general supportive counselling please reach out to determine if you are interested in working together.
In my spare time I enjoy running, lifting weights, watching my children play sports, spending time with family and friends, reading, and watching movies. I volunteer with our local minor hockey association as the mental health program coordinator; the overarching goals of this program are to include mental health awareness as a core component of athlete development and to normalize mental health discussions in the hockey community.
Lisa Beck is a clinical social worker who works with people of all ages to overcome mental health and
emotional issues to help them resume an optimal level of functioning in daily life, employment and
interpersonal relationships. This is done by providing a non-judgmental space to explore individual challenges, validating emotional responses and learn new skills to create change. Her philosophy of practice is that we are all doing the best we can at this moment with the knowledge and skills we have.
We are also constantly growing and changing and when we attend to the present we can develop
ourselves in ways to impact our future how we wish to.
Lisa holds a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University and has been practicing as a registered social worker since 2001. She has pursued additional training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Transhealth (WPATH trained), Play Therapy, Theraplay and Triple P Parenting Program. She has worked both in community-based mental health and in private
practice in both Ontario and Nova Scotia during her career.
Hello, my name is Beth-Ann Prime. I am a registered social worker who has been offering
clinical services for 20 years. For most of my career, I have engaged in psychotherapy with youth and adults experiencing significant challenges with mental health or addiction-related issues.
I bring a warm and non-judgemental approach to understanding what brings you to therapy and how I can best work to support your goals. My approach is collaborative and recognizes the unique and diverse experiences of my clients. I work to instill hope and optimism when things feel bleak or overwhelming. I want you to leave the session with me feeling heard and with a sense of direction. I’ve worked with people of all ages and stages of life across a wide range of issues.
I’ve been trained in a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. These approaches are shown to be helpful with anxiety, depression, life transitions, grief/loss, stress and trauma. This knowledge combined with a safe space creates a solid foundation for figuring out what matters most to you and how to get there.
Hello, my name is Tracey White. I have been working with children & youth for almost 25 years. I see and understand how many families can struggle to cope with the demands of everyday life. I have always felt passionate about making time to listen and provide support. I hold a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor’s in Education, Masters in Educational Psychology as well as a Masters in Counselling. I am a member of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association, the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists, I also hold a Nova Scotia Teachers' License. In my career I have had many roles, I presently work as a School Counsellor, I have been a teacher, vice-principal and principal. Although much of my focused work was with students and their families, I have supported many staff members over the years and feel that with my education and experience, I can support my clients and help them to achieve their goals.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counselling therapy, EMDR, or couples counselling, we will work together to recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life and relationships. As well, to walk with you through the healing process of any trauma or distress you may be carrying.
Relationship counselling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy sessions are held with both individuals in a supportive place where we will find solutions to better strengthen your relationship. This is done through Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), which is grounded in science. This therapeutic multi-step process, based on Dr. Sue Johnson's work, has shown to have a 75% success rate of moving from distress to recovery, and 90% show improvements in their relationships. https://iceeft.com/
We offer individual counselling therapy for children of all ages that may be struggling with anxiety, depression, anger, ADHD, ODD, bullying issues, self esteem, and school refusal, in a caring, safe environment. As well, we will assist parents with community supports and how to navigate the mental health supports through the IWK/central referral process. Children often show they need an advocate through their behaviour. Could your child benefit from having someone to talk to?
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and panic disorders. EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about the distressing issue or completing homework between sessions. EMDR therapy allows the brain to resume its natural healing process and is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies. EMDR can change negative, traumatic memories, into more manageable ones that may allow one to live a life free from distress and in peace and acceptance.
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Please email us to inquire about hourly fees for therapy, EMDR Therapy, or Couples Counselling.
Most Insurance Providers cover Registered Psychotherapists, Registered Counselling Therapists and Social Workers.
(Pre-approved by Blue Cross, Medevie, Manulife)
**Please check with your individual plans
5216 St Margarets Bay Road, Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia B3Z 0P3, Canada
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