Lauren Marsh-Knickle, M.sc., registered psychologist (902)209-3908
Lauren has been a Registered Psychologist since 2000. She worked as a Psychometrist and later as a Psychologist (Candidate Register) for Hayes Psychological Services from 1990 until 1999 under the supervision of Dr. Charles Hayes. She also received informal supervision from Dr. Charles Mate-Kole. She completed an M.Sc. in applied Psychology at Saint Mary’s University in 1994, with a thesis focusing on the neuropsychological effects of Sick Building Syndrome. Lauren then joined The Environmental Health Centre as a staff Psychologist, taught part-time at Saint Mary’s University and started Marsh-Knickle Psychological Services. She also served as the Executive Director of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia and as the Chair of the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology. After engaging in consultation with a published Sport Psychologist, she expanded her practice to include mental skills training with athletes. She spent several seasons as a mental skills coordinator and trainer with the Dalhousie University Athletic Department and as a provider with the Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic. She is also affiliated with the sports medicine side of Medicine in Motion.
Lauren’s philosophy for the development of Marsh-Knickle and Associates was to surround herself with like minded professionals. Independent Practitioners who are passionate about their work, with an ongoing desire to stay current in evidence-based approaches and interested in sharing their knowledge and skills.
In order to fully understand the person who sits in front of me, if appropriate, our first session typically involves listening to a detailed history. This helps us to get a better understanding of all of the variables that are contributing to why they are thinking, feeling and acting the way they are. Once we agree on a conceptualization, we then discuss the various types of approaches that have been shown to be helpful and decide on a treatment plan. If I feel another colleague or service facility would be better suited for the client’s needs I make referral recommendations. As the therapeutic relationship is an essential part of the session’s effectiveness, I recommend that clients evaluate whether they feel like I am the best fit for them. As a collaborative process, we continue to evaluate the effectiveness of our sessions on a regular basis. Once goals are met, we often schedule a follow up session at a later date for relapse prevention purposes. Clients always have one foot on the accelerator and the other on the brake to pace sessions according to their needs.
Areas of interest include (but are not limited to) depression, anxiety, trauma, family of origin issues, burnout and solution focused counselling. Mental skills training for individuals and teams is also available. Various Workshop topics are also offered.
Approaches are evidence based, best fit practices chosen in collaboration between client and therapist.
VICTOR DAY, PH.D., REGISTERED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Vic has more than 30 years experience as a psychologist, following his M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Queen’s University. He was previously Director of the Counselling and Psychological Services Centre of Dalhousie University, where he also provided individual therapy for personal problems. At various times he has led group programs for exam anxiety, public speaking anxiety, stress management, anger management and overcoming procrastination. Additionally Vic has taught courses for the Psychology Dept, and communication skills within the Faculty of Dentistry, of Dalhousie University. Vic has served previously as president of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia, and chair of the Board of Examiners in Psychology of Nova Scotia.
Vic’s areas of expertise include problems with anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem, addictions and problematic habits, anger management, and procrastination. He works with adults and older adolescents (16 and up). His approach to therapy is called “cognitive-behavioural”, which means understanding personal problems as learned habits of thinking, feeling and behaving, and focusing therapy on learning new ways of thinking and coping.
Vic grew up in Nova Scotia, and is married with 3 grown children, but finds that people of very diverse characteristics can share understanding.
His practice at Marsh-Knickle is a part-time activity and he is available for appointments on Wednesday mornings and afternoons as well as Thursday evenings.
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KELLY BRUSHETT, M.SC., RMFT (902)488-5975
Ms. Brushett received her BSc with Honours in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University in 1999. She then obtained a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of New Hampshire in 2002; a highly concentrated degree. This program is approved by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and is conducted by clinical members and approved supervisors of AAMFT. Furthermore, this clinician has obtained professional licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist from the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health and AAMFT Clinical Membership. Kelly is listed as a Registered Clinical Member of the Registry of Marriage and Family Therapy Canada.
For years in New Hampshire, she had worked as an outpatient Marriage and Family Therapist (Youth and Family Therapist) for a community mental health agency. Utilizing a high regard for appropriate ethics and standards, therapy was provided to couples, families, children, and adolescents experiencing a wide range of presenting problems. Additionally in NH, the position of Co-facilitator was held to facilitate “Child Impact”, a court-mandated seminar in NH. This seminar addresses the impact of separation and divorce on children and adolescents, a most pressing issue in society today.
Kelly provides brief solution-focused therapy to couples, families, and individuals. This therapist believes in, “empowering family and individual well-being through genuine supportive care”. Her specialization is with Couples Issues (for married and unmarried partners) that may involve conflict resolution, divorce, co-operative parenting, premarital concerns, sexual difficulties, or other relational problems. Other specialties answer to Family Problems involving the impact of separation and divorce on children and adolescents. Additional family problems addressed involve general adolescent problems, behavioral difficulties with children, school-related concerns, family violence, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or other emotional and/or mental health disorders. This therapist addresses Family Stress Management to support coping with stressful events such as grief and loss, death, illness, or divorce. Available services also address Adjustment Problems for coping with normal life situations or transitions such as remarriage and stepfamily concerns, single parenthood, singlehood, gender or sexual orientation, or career dilemmas.
From 2005 – May 2008, Kelly worked as a Family Mental Health Worker for the Colchester Regional Hospital. This position allowed her to work with children, teenagers, and families who are experiencing emotional, behavioral, or mental health problems.
Kelly Brushett, M.Sc., RMFT is committed to a treatment approach whereby individual growth and development is best understood and promoted within the context of family and community relationships.
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KEVIN RICE, M.A., REGISTERED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Mr. Rice holds a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan (1999) and an Honours Science degree in Biology and Psychology from Acadia University (1996). He has provided psychological assessment, therapy, and consultation services in numerous clinical settings since 2000.
Mr. Rice specializes in helping adults experiencing issues related to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and exposure to many types of trauma. With two decades of experience providing services to members of the RCMP and military (active and retired), Mr. Rice has considerable expertise adapting empirically-derived PTSD treatments to the ‘real world’ needs and concerns of front-line personnel and first responders. From his research background with adult survivors of childhood abuse, Mr. Rice also has a longstanding special interest in helping people who grew up in difficult family environments.
In a collaborative fashion, Mr. Rice works with people to create an individualized treatment plan with an emphasis on developing healthy coping and awareness skills. Particular attention is devoted to building on existing strengths and personal resources and incorporating specific goals for change.
Mr. Rice aims to offer a balance of support and gentle, respectful challenge; an approach that facilitates the development of increased self-awareness – a critical skill that enables us to respond to life experiences in an adaptive / healthy manner (rather than taking actions driven by strong / automatic emotional reactions).
In addition to his clinical work, Mr. Rice is a past President of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS) and former Chair of the Association’s Post-Trauma Services Committee. His curriculum vita is available for download in Word or PDF format.
MARCIA VOGES, PH.D., REGISTERED CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Dr. Voges received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary in 2005. She has provided psychological services as a registered psychologist in both inpatient and outpatient settings since 2007.
Dr. Voges works with adults seeking to cope more effectively with a variety of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems, assertiveness, and grief. Dr. Voges specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders (e.g. panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety, and OCD). Dr. Voges’ clinical training has included models of therapy such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), and interpersonal therapy (IPT). Her approach to therapy is a collaborative process which is informed by evidence based practice guidelines and the nature of the presenting difficulties.
Dr. Voges works Monday and Tuesday evenings.
JOANNA BUISSERET-MCKINNON, M.A., REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST (902)433-5701
Joanna Buisseret-McKinnon received her Masters of Arts in School Psychology in 2002 from Mount Saint Vincent University. Having previously completed her BSc Honours in Psychology, with First Class Honours, Joanna worked as a counsellor for 4 years with adolescents harmfully involved with substance use. After graduating with her Masters, Joanna worked as a School Psychologist with the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. In that setting, Joanna was responsible for conducting Psychoeducational assessments, individual therapy, and facilitating group workshops for students and teachers. For the years following, Joanna worked providing psychological services to at-risk youth in residential, community settings who presented with a variety of emotional and behavioural concerns.
In her clinical practice, Joanna’s areas of interest include anxiety, depression, school-related problems and family issues. Other areas of practice include attentional concerns, aggression, social skills, stress management, grief and loss, and issues related to self-esteem. When assisting children, adolescents, young adults and families to cope with a range of challenges, Joanna’s approach to the therapeutic process emphasizes a cognitive-behavioural orientation, although other theoretical approaches are incorporated to support individual client needs. Joanna uses a range of strategies that include empirically based techniques, which encompass a problem-solving/solution focused approach, and that build on individual strengths.
Additionally, Joanna has expanded her practice to assist athletes with mental skills training to improve their focus and emotional regulation skills. Athletes learn tools which can be combined with their physical skills to help them in their sports performance, as well as in other areas of life.
Joanna offers flexible hours at Marsh-Knickle and Associates, including after-school and evening appointments.
GISELLE ELLEFSEN, M.SC., REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST
Giselle Ellefsen is registered psychologist who provides services to individuals with developmental, learning, behavioral and social/emotional challenges. She works collaboratively with children, adolescents, young adults and their families to assist them in clarifying issues, identifying goals and creating possible solutions towards change.
Giselle received her Masters of Science in Applied Psychology from the University of Calgary and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Dalhousie University. She has developed a wealth of experience and knowledge from her work at the Calgary Board of Education where she worked on a multidisciplinary team with students in traditional learning environments as well as a specialized treatment centre for at-risk and behavioral disorders.
Giselle provides high quality psychoeducational assessments by identifying obstacles to learning and by determining the best instructional strategies to improve school success. She offers consultation to schools and acts as a liaison for parents and teachers regarding their child’s learning needs.
Giselle encourages wellness and resiliency by strengthening communication and social skills, problem solving, anger management, emotional regulation and optimism. She also helps identify and address behavior problems, teaches parenting skills and offers counseling for a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, and grief and loss.
Giselle emphasizes a cognitive behavioral approach to treatment and is committed to offering support, encouragement and hope to you in times of difficulty. She offers flexible hours at Marsh-Knickle and Associates including after school and evening appointments.
TRACY IVESON, M.SC., REGISTERED COUNSELLING PSYCHOLOGIST
Originally from England, Tracy moved to Northern Ireland in 1999 to study Psychology at Queens University Belfast. She received her BSc in Psychology and MSc in Counselling Psychology in Northern Ireland. In her clinical practice she specialized in the treatment of post traumatic stress disorder; initially in the community and then extensively with both serving and retired police officers and their family members. Tracy arrived in Nova Scotia in October 2015 and has enjoyed making it her home since this time.
In her clinical practice with adults, Tracy has worked with a broad range of presentations including post traumatic stress, anxiety disorders, depression, bereavement, complicated grief, improving self-esteem, relationship issues, work-related stress/burnout, adjustment to major life changes – including return to civilian life, retirement and health, chronic pain management and anger issues.
Tracy is a certified EMDRIA therapist and has been practicing EMDR therapy with trauma since 2010. EMDR therapy is an evidence based integrative psychotherapy used for the treatment of post traumatic stress and can treat panic attacks, phobias and several other conditions. She is a member of ACBS Atlantic Canada for ACT and has a diploma in CBT; she was an accredited Psychotherapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies from 2013-2017.
Whilst Tracy has experience with several treatment modalities including (but not limited to) those mentioned above, she is foremost an integrative practitioner and will work closely with you to encapsulate the most suitable therapeutic elements to best fit your current needs and support you in identifying where to focus your valuable time in therapy.
Tracy views therapy as a flexible space to advance self-exploration, curiosity and present moment awareness and wholly encourages expansion of knowledge about the personal relationship you have with yourself and the impact this may be having in your life. She believes that exploring how you engage with your whole self, others and life events ‘in the moment’ can create the opportunity to cultivate a future surrounded by informed choice and values driven decision making.
MEGAN FISHER, MASP, REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST
Megan received her Masters of Arts in School Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2012. She is a Registered Psychologist who specializes in the assessment of school-aged children and adolescents who are experiencing learning, mental health, and behavioural challenges. Megan provides comprehensive psycho-educational assessments by identifying obstacles to learning and by determining the most appropriate instructional strategies to improve school success. She is currently working as a School Psychologist for the Halifax Regional School Board and her experience within the school setting allows her to plan supportive and practical school-based interventions. Megan believes in whole child assessment and achieves this by working collaboratively with other professionals, parents, and educators.
Megan offers after-school and evening appointments.
MAGGIE MCCULLOCH, MSW, CLINICAL THERAPIST
Maggie believes that all of us, as human beings, can get caught up in unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving that limit our full potential. Sometimes we just need someone who can help us get unstuck and moving again in a direction that feels more meaningful and fulfilling.
Maggie works with adolescents and adults, providing support for difficulties with anxiety, depression, stress management, relationships and communication, goal setting, and personal growth and wellness. She also has experience helping individuals with emotion regulation, self-injury, psychosis and issues related to sexuality (e.g. gender identity, healthy sexual development, problematic sexual behaviour in children and youth).
Maggie is a Registered Social Worker who has more than 15 years’ experience working in public and non-profit organizations. She has been employed in mental health settings by the Department of Health in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia since 2005, and currently works part-time for the Nova Scotia Health Authority. She has completed training and receives ongoing supervision in cognitive behavioural therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy, and also borrows from solution-focused and narrative approaches in her work.
Maggie obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of New Brunswick in 1998, her Bachelor of Social Work from Dalhousie University in 2008 and her Master of Social Work from Memorial University in 2014. She has been registered in good standing with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers since 2008, and was a member of their Social Justice Committee from 2014 to 2017.
JACQUELINE KUEFLER, MSC (MFT), RMFT, REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST
Ms. Kuefler received her BSc with Psychology from University of Alberta 2006. She then obtained a Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Loma Linda University Canadian Campus in 2009 with honors. She is currently registered with both the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT). Currently, Jacqueline is listed as a Registered Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist both in the states as well as in Canada. Furthermore, she is also a Registered Clinical Psychologist since 2014.
Jacqueline specializes in Structural Family Therapy and is qualified to use other systemic approaches to therapy including but not limited to Emotion-Focused Therapy, Strategic Family Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Systemic Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Therapy. She has extensive pre and post graduate supervision and experience to work with families, siblings, dyads, triads, couples, groups and even individual clients.
Her main role in working with family systems/couples or individual clients is to create insight by bringing the unconscious to conscious awareness during sessions by making specific dynamics explicit that cause stuckness. Stuckness is when the client or family members experience negative effects that result in boundary violations, unhealthy roles, triangulation, coalitions, increased stress and more. Both couples, families and individual clients learn to apply Gottman principles that come from various theorists in therapy are applied as clients learn turning toward, tracking, we-ness, communication, conflict resolution, sharing dreams and love maps.
Jacqueline has obtained advanced EMDR training and utilizes a sematic approach to therapy that enhances the brain’s ability to process the trauma experience(s). She has completed the clinical traumatology training offered by Dr. Anna Baranowsky in TraumaLine1, allowing her to provide services following a disaster and to also provide trauma sessions for clients diagnosed with PTSD that include individual or family counseling. She intends to complete courses offered by COCA in order to specialize in trauma care following a disaster. Furthermore, she is a qualified Compassion Fatigue Specialist and Trainer to support and assess individuals and professionals who experience vicarious trauma that potentially leads to burn out.
Jacqueline’s training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy allows her to work with trauma symptomology and or various symptoms of anxiety, phobias or food aversions.
Jacqueline aims to offer a supportive and directive approach to therapy that promotes safety, empowering opportunities and acceptance in a non-judgmental manner as needs are addressed. She is comfortable addressing biological/step family concerns, relationship problems within the family, sibling, parent or couple subsystem and individual client as well as issues that arise from depression, divorce, separation or trauma on the family. She also comfortable addressing client’s intimate concerns regarding sexual intimacy. She includes Christian counselling for clients who request a Christian approach to therapy.
Jacqueline ran the Family Care program in Red Deer, Alberta between 2007-2010 working with couples, families, dyads, groups and individual clients. Group work focused anxiety, grief and loss, anger management and couple work. In 2010-2012 she worked with clients in Edmonton,
Alberta who had PGO status and were transitioning to either foster care or adoptive parents. Most of the latter clients experienced some form of trauma. Finally, from 2012 -2018 she worked within the Alberta Health Services Mental Health and Addiction stream in Camrose Alberta providing therapy for young children, adolescents and presenting with chronic and at times, severe symptoms related to trauma, thought problems, personality disorders, adjustment issues and more.
REGINA SHUSTER, M.SC., PSYCHOLOGIST (CANDIDATE REGISTER)
Regina is a Psychologist (Candidate Register), who completed her M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Vienna in Austria (2013). She provides psychological services to adults (19 & over) using (CBT) Cognitive Behavioral and (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment therapy approaches. Ms. Shuster also has an emerging interest in hypnotherapy and is a current member of the International Society of Hypnosis. Prior to immigrating to Canada, she was a Vocational Psychologist with a leading HR market leader for organizations in Israel and worldwide.
Her area of interest includes:
Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Self-Esteem, Career Issues, Anger & Adjustment to life issues.
“I believe in creating a supportive and empathic environment in order to build a good therapeutic relationship. I help clients identify their needs and define their goals in a collaborative manner and help them achieve these goals using internal resources and strengths”.
Ms. Shuster provides services in English, Hebrew and Russian.
Dr. laura scallion, PH.D., registered psychologist
Dr. Scallion is very excited to be back home in Nova Scotia after living out west for 7 years, where she completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. Since moving home, she has worked within the Nova Scotia Health Authority for the past two years and continues to work there part-time. Her therapeutic approach is a collaborative process grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and incorporates dialectical behavioral, mindfulness-based, and problem-solving/solution focused approaches.
Dr. Scallion thoroughly enjoys, and is trained in, working with adults with a range of mental health difficulties including anxiety disorders, acute stress, low mood/depression, low self-esteem, and trouble regulating emotions. She has specialized training in treating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in military and RCMP using two gold-standard treatments for PTSD including Prolonged Exposure Therapy and Cognitive Processing Therapy. As such, she also has a particular interest in working with individuals with a history of trauma including military, RCMP, first responders, police, and adult survivors of childhood abuse.
Dr. Scallion is passionate about providing services to as many people as possible, which contributes to her enjoyment in providing workshops and co-facilitating various therapy groups. In particular, she has ample experience co-facilitating DBT skills groups with inpatient and outpatient clients across various settings and she is looking forward to offering groups in the future.
Dr. Scallion works part-time at Marsh-Knickle & Associates and is available for appointments on Monday evenings, Tuesday mornings and afternoons, and Wednesday mornings.
LOUIS OLIVER MARSH KNICKLE, THERAPY DOG IN-TRAINING
Louis Oliver Marsh Knickle is the office Schnauzer and therapy dog in-training. He is hypoallergenic and loves to say hello, but also respects that he’s not for everyone. If he’s around, feel free to shake his paw!