Do you find yourself stuck in a cycle of emotional pain, where you seem to be living through the same suffering over and over again? You may have insight into some areas of your troubles but feel overwhelmed when it comes to making changes. Persistent struggles represent ways of coping that have developed over time, usually starting in childhood. As a therapist, I intend to support you as you move away from ways of being that no longer serve your goals and well-being.
Life can present us with difficult challenges, but we do not have to face them alone. I provide a safe environment to help you gain the tools to promote growth and the healthy changes necessary to move forward. In my fifteen years of experience in this field, some of the common reasons for referrals include anxiety, boundaries, self-esteem, anger-management, self-harm and sports performance. I will listen without judgment and help you to gain insight and achieve growth. My goal is for you to feel supported and heard. I am committed to helping you develop the skills you need to address your challenges.
I believe that each us carries inherent goodness inside of us, and sometimes we can become stuck. As a therapist, I see my role as creating a space where you can feel supported to explore the parts of you that are hurting and also to nurture your own inner compassion and wisdom. Working from a non-pathologizing approach, I believe that all behaviour meets a need. The work of therapy is to develop a deeper understanding of what purpose protective mechanisms like addiction, anxiety, and self-harm have played in your life, and what you need to feel supported to grow and change.
I am a Halifax-based counsellor, psychotherapist, and creative arts therapist with a background in mindfulness, body-based, and trauma-oriented modalities. I believe that to struggle is a fundamental part of human experience. As humans are relational beings, we need to be witnessed, supported and deeply heard in order to process and expand beyond our grief and our pain. We all have the innate capacity for healing. With the right space to hold and befriend our difficult memories and emotions, our minds and bodies learn that there can be safety, freedom, and possibility in our lives.
I help adults and couples who want to have healthy and supportive relationships but instead find themselves feeling misunderstood, unheard, and unhappy. My clients find that issues with romantic partners, family or friends, can be difficult and unfulfilling. They feel lonely and disconnected.
Hi, my name is Steve Gates and I have been working in mental health for 15 years with 7 years working as a counsellor with the Nova Scotia Health Authority. In my work, I try to blend my training with your expertise about you. Using this approach, I have seen people make progress through situations that truly seemed impossible. In my experience, once people accept where they are and make realistic goals, they tend to make progress. The “feel better” part does seem to take time, but it tends to follow the changes.
I assist a wide range of clients navigating challenges such as stress, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, life transitions, and relationship issues. My work with clients often involves the development of skills in emotional awareness and regulation, self-compassion and mindfulness, empathy and emotional validation, or intra- and inter-personal conflict resolution. I also support clients in their goals toward behaviour change, personal growth, and career exploration. As a therapist, I work from a perspective that recognizes the shared human needs within all of us, as well as the uniqueness of each individual's personal story.
I have been working as a psychologist for over 20 years specializing in the areas of eating disorders, grief, and women's issues. I believe in working collaboratively with adult individuals, and my work is informed by an emotion focused therapeutic approach and an attachment perspective.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BED CCP, BA, BSW, MSW, CAMFT, RSW
Life can be overwhelming and sometimes even exhausting but I’m here to guide you through any obstacles you may be facing. Perhaps you are feeling low or anxious - maybe you are unsure about the future of a relationship or just feel that you are not living the life you were meant to lead. My goal is to help you understand yourself more deeply while better coping with change. Whatever your needs may be, I am here to offer support and work with you to achieve your personal goals in a safe, effective environment that is respectful of your personal needs, beliefs, history, personality, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender.
I have a PhD in Counselling Psychology from UBC, and I have worked as a counsellor for over ten years in private practice. I have also worked for the Vancouver School Board and SFU. I have experience working with individuals on a wide range of concerns such as: self-worth; anxiety and depression; shame; grief/loss; identity concerns (e.g., related to sexual orientation and/or gender identity); life transitions; cross-cultural issues; deep existential concerns, such as aging, uncertainty, isolation, and meaning. Please note: In 2020, my practice went fully online, and I am now only seeing clients through a secure video platform.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist (R0912) who is certified in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) through the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT-ACTCC). I also hold designation as a Certified Health Executive (CHE) with the Canadian College of Healthcare Leaders). I provides assessment and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, eating disorders, OCD, and PTSD at my Telepsychology private practice. I have over a decade of experience as a psychologist, workshop trainer and consultant.
Are you experiencing stress? Grief? Loss? Anxiety or depression? Difficulties at work or in your relationship? Are there difficulties in your life that find you needing help? As a therapist who has been providing therapy to adults, couples and teens for the past 26 years, I bring extensive experience, insights and passion to help you cope with life's hardships. This is an opportunity for you to speak to a professional and be heard, and to gain clarity and perspective on your situation. I am an excellent listener with a love for helping others. I believe in your worth and in your potential to create a better life.
Angela believes in creating a safe place for her clients so that they may feel heard, seen, and supported while exploring and discovering their authentic selves. Angela is trustworthy to be mindful, present, engaging, and to meet you where you are in your journey. Her areas of practice include ADHD, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, mood and personality disorders, trauma, sexual orientation, gender identity, and many others. She possesses previous experience working with adults from the 2SLGBTQ+ and polyamory communities.
I believe that people are inherently healthy and resilient, and capable of recovering from areas where they may be stuck by finding new insights, knowledge and tools. I see my role as helping people find their way through mental health challenges, challenges with family relationships or with work, struggles with chronic illness, loss and grief, or through life transitions to see their highest potential.
"I do things that I later regret." "I can't sit still." "Everything seems to distract me." "I read slowly and sometimes the words move on the page." "I avoid crowded places." "I get irritated by sounds." "The lights bother me." "My headaches or dizziness won't go away." We can help you overcome these challenges using a systematic approach. Rehabilitate the brain by focusing on interventions that improve neuroplasticity (the ability of the brain to change itself). Providing cutting-edge rehabilitation such as Neurofeedback to children adults suffering from brain based disorders.
You have lost a loved one recently or a while ago. My heart goes out to you. You're here because you're looking for a way to heal and, at the same time, find a safe space to talk about your feelings without being judged. The Healing for Grieving Hearts program gathers my personal experiences and expertise with grief. We focus on the therapeutic art interventions I have used for years as an art therapist. You will discover compassionate actions and rituals that you can use when needed in the future.
Stressful situations can eat away at our ability to cope and function, or we can get stuck in unhelpful patterns of thinking, behaving, and relating to others that interfere with our living a meaningful life. It can be scary to think about making changes. I will take time to listen and understand your situation so we can identify and move towards your goals. Together, we can learn how you respond to stressful situations and relationships, and find new ways of coping to build a life worth living. I believe everyone has the capacity to heal and grow: my job is to create a space where you are empowered and supported in this journey.
*Taking New Clients* I help clients deal with anxiety, depression, anger, low confidence, stress, trauma and more. I am also passionate about bringing my 15+ years experience in career counselling to help clients navigate the emotional and practical aspects of work and career-related challenges. Whether it’s about overcoming conflict, gaining a new perspective, finding solutions to problems, needing a job change or career remake, or just having someone to talk to, my goal is to help you focus on what matters and take positive steps guided by your values. I am here to help you get unstuck so that you can live in your potential.
My practice is general in scope, and I work with individuals presenting with anxiety, stress, obsessive-compulsive disorders, major depressive disorders, and other mood-related conditions. I also work with individuals presenting with personality disorders, trauma and other relational/interpersonal difficulties. I also provide comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological assessment services (e.g., ADHD, ASD, Brain Injury, Personality and Interpersonal Functioning). Over time, my client's ' symptoms reduce, and we shift focus to finding meaning and fulfillment in life.
Some of us feel challenged by anxiety, depression, or anger. Some by the relationships in our lives with partners, family, or in the workplace. Parenting never fails to challenge our best intentions, or we can also find ourselves repeating behaviours and ways of thinking that no longer work for us. My clients are typically active partners in change – sometimes to change those habitual behaviours or ways of thinking, sometimes to interact more effectively, sometimes to nourish personal growth, and sometimes just to clarify and explore.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Halifax are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Halifax then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Halifax, or Child Psychologists in Halifax.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Halifax psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Halifax specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.