Attachment-based Therapists in Halifax, NS

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Breanna Young
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I use an integrative and supportive approach in my work, primarily using an attachment-based perspective to conceptualize an individual’s concerns.
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist (Candidate Register), and have completed a Bachelor of Science (Bsc) with Honours in Psychology (Acadia University), as well as a Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology (Adler University). I have worked in a variety of clinical settings including private practice, community agencies, and hospitals. This diversity in population and work setting has allowed me to gain confidence in providing services to children, youth, parents, and individual adults.
(902) 901-5294
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Halifax, NS B3K
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Angela Funari
Counsellor, MA, RCT-C
Verified
Verified
Angela takes an integrative approach, utilizing her training with psychodynamic, somatic, affirmative, trauma-informed, attachment-based therapies, and CBT.
Now accepting NEW clients! Angela believes in creating a safe place for clients to feel heard, seen, and supported while exploring and discovering their authentic selves. Angela is mindful, present, and passionate and wants to meet you where you are in your journey. She possesses previous experience working with adults from the 2SLGBTQ+ and poly communities. Her areas of practice include ADHD, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, mood and personality disorders, trauma, sexual orientation, gender identity, maladaptive patterns, and many others.
(782) 400-6409
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Halifax, NS B3K
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Christine Christensen
Counsellor, MEd, RCT-C, CCC
Verified
Verified
She uses approaches that are rooted in emotion and relationships, and those that are attachment-based and trauma-informed.
Online booking - Chris (She/Her) recognizes that it is sometimes challenging to feel a sense of purpose and to feel connected to your life and to others around you. People often seek counselling when they are feeling overwhelmed or are looking for ways to heal from the past. Chris’s approach to counselling is a collaborative one that meets clients where they are. She works with clients to identify goals and strategies. Chris uses a relational, client-centred approach to counselling that integrates strategies from various methodologies including Emotionally Focused and Strengths-based approaches.
(782) 222-7010
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Halifax, NS B3K
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Jess Sherman
Counsellor, RCT-C, MA
Verified
Verified
I may draw from attachment-based , psychodynamic, and narrative or cognitive behavioural approaches where appropriate for each client.
Are you a member of the LGBTQ+ community who is struggling with family, co-workers, and society accepting you for who you are as a person? Have you faced discrimination at work, in the medical field or even with counselors? Perhaps you are having difficulty navigating infertility, parenthood, or neurodiversity. I may be able to help you. I am queer-affirmative, kink allied, sex-worker friendly and practice from a place of acceptance of all sexualities, genders, and ethnicities. I can help to guide you through feelings of unease, stress, and self-discovery as we work together.
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Halifax, NS B3L
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Jenna MacNeil
Counsellor, MEd, RCT-C, CCC
Verified
Verified
When working with children and families, I utilize play therapy and a variety of attachment-based treatment modalities.
Hi, my name is Jenna, owner and Counselling Therapist at Mountain View Counselling. I specialize in infant and early childhood mental health. When working with children and teens, I work closely with you, the child’s caregiver. You are the most important person in your child’s life, and therapy will be most effective if we work together as a team. Sessions may include parent coaching sessions, child-focused sessions or family sessions. Often, a combination of these sessions is involved. In addition to these services, I also provide counselling services to new mothers; supporting women during their postpartum period.
(902) 901-5906
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Halifax, NS B3L
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Yasmin Kawar
MA, MTA, RCT-C
I am a Certified Music Therapist (MTA) and Registered Counselling Therapist - Candidate (RCT-C) working in the K’jipuktuk (Halifax) area. I provide counselling and music therapy for individuals and groups in the public sector and private practice. I specialize in addictions recovery, and with those impacted by addiction, depression, anxiety, ADHD, trauma, abuse, and the criminal justice system. My approach to therapy is anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, and person-centered. I work collaboratively with clients to support their personal goals and well-being while considering the holistic, intersecting aspects at play in their lives.
(782) 820-4224
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Halifax, NS B3H
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Erin Dempsey
Psychologist, PhD, Cand R
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
The many twists and turns of life can be challenging to process and navigate. You may have experienced new or longstanding adversity that can make relationships challenging, cause overwhelming anxiety, or lead you to become withdrawn and depressed. I will collaborate with you to develop a warm, compassionate therapeutic relationship to help you explore how your body and mind respond to the complex emotions that emerge with such life adversity. For most of us, these patterns are automatic, but as you get to know yourself you can uncover new choices and options for meaningful, lasting change.
(782) 400-0441
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Halifax, NS B3K
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Dr Nina Woulff, Psychologist & Associates
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Dr. Nina Woulff, Psychologist & Associates, established in 1991 in Halifax, Nova Scotia has provided psychotherapeutic assistance to thousands of adults, children and families over the last 27 years.The goal in establishing this private practice has been to provide effective, individualized and timely response to referrals. The Associate therapists have been chosen by Dr. Woulff because they are experienced, highly trained professionals with specialized areas of practice. All Associates have over 12 years professional experience.
(902) 901-5352
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Halifax, NS B3H
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Judith Singer Bates
Registered Social Worker, MSW
Verified
Verified
I am best able to help clients who are desirous of making changes in their lives and understand that "the slower you go, the faster you get there". My practice provides a safe space for patients to put all of their thoughts and feelings into words. As patients talk, they learn about themselves and better understand their journey. As the unconscious becomes conscious, patients are able to make more thoughtful and meaningful choices and thus begin to live more full and meaningful lives.
(902) 901-5250
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Halifax, NS B3K
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Anna von Maltzahn
Counsellor, MSc, MEd, RCT-C, CCC
Verified
Verified
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.
(782) 400-6342
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Halifax, NS B3H
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Maki Sakata
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I strongly values collaborating with clients to support them in their growth, journey and healing process to achieve fulfillment, happiness, and harmony within yourself or with others. I can support you better cope with many stressors and decisions that can easily overwhelm your life. I am here for you to guide you on your journey to better understand yourself, your relationship with others, and environments around you. My practice stems primarily from a strength-based approach and I am passionate about helping clients achieve their life goals, while validating, supporting and challenging them in a compassionate manner. 
(902) 406-3400
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Halifax, NS B3L
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Brenda Coish-Ginn
Counsellor, MEd, RCT, CCC
Verified
Verified
When we are experiencing a stressful life event, a challenging medical diagnosis or chronic condition, or just facing a difficult period of our life, it is not uncommon that we may feel overwhelmed with new changes, unsettled thoughts and emotions, and need someone to talk to. Both individuals and caregivers may feel stressed and uncertain about the future. As we encounter life's difficulties, we all may need help coping at some point in our life. I am committed to helping my clients ease their distress, and find a healthy sense of well-being and more helpful and bonding connections in their relationships.
(902) 707-1176
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Halifax, NS B3K
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Madeleine Stobbe
Psychologist, MA
Verified
Verified
Accepting new clients experiencing postpartum depression, perinatal mood disorders, perinatal loss/miscarriage, and infertility. I am a licensed Psychologist currently working with adolescents (16+) and adults. In my practice I offer specialized treatment in postpartum depression and perinatal mood disorders. I also work with clients experiencing a variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, issues related to identity, school/workplace stress, self-esteem and assertiveness, relationship difficulties, trauma, and grief.
(902) 701-7352
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Halifax, NS B3K
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Maya Sloan
Counsellor, MSc, MEd, RCT
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
When you become aware that your protective system is not letting you live the life you want to lead, therapy helps unburden the parts that keep you stuck. Through Internal Family Systems therapy you can get to know your inner system of protection, distraction and inner freedom. Protection may be anxiety, anger, depression and distraction may be numbing, dissociation, addiction and procrastination. You learn that some of your protection is based on what worked in childhood but is no longer serving you now. With couples I focus on learning to become relational through the work of Terry Real's Relational Life Therapy.
(902) 700-7652
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Halifax, NS B3L
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Yvette Scattolon
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
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.
(902) 701-9630
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Halifax, NS B3H
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Lynette Gillis
Registered Psychotherapist, RP, RCT, MFA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Hello, and welcome. You may be interested in coming to therapy because you're feeling lonely, unsatisfied in your relationships, suffering from a difficult life event, or wondering if life can be better. There is no problem too big or too small to bring. I provide a space for you to be seen and be known. To say, and feel, what is difficult. To find what gives you hope. I seek to understand your unique experience and what may be preventing you from living your life more authentically. Together we look at ways you protect yourself and whether these ways are still serving you.
(902) 517-0283
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Halifax, NS B3H
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Laura Burke Counselling
Counsellor, MA, CCC, RCT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
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.
(902) 701-9957
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Halifax, NS B3K
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Ioan Tiberiu Mahu
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I provide assessment and therapy services to adult clients presenting with a wide range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, chronic pain and other chronic health conditions, psychosis, complex trauma, PTSD, grief, relationship difficulties, and other issues. I hope to provide a safe space for clients of all identities and presenting concerns. I worked in several clinical and academic settings, including hospital, military, and para-military (i.e., RCMP, first responders). I have specialized training in assessing and treating trauma-related disorders (e.g., PTSD), including operational stress injuries.
(782) 800-0931
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Halifax, NS B3K
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Cheryl Aubie
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I work with adults and couples to help improve their mental health and wellness, particularly those with emotional difficulties including feeling anxious or depressed, stressed about life events and transitions, and relationship difficulties. My work with couples and parents uses an attachment and emotion focused approach but I have been trained in several psychotherapeutic modalities including, EFT, EFFT, CBT, group therapy and motivational interviewing.
(902) 700-5138
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Halifax, NS B3K
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Melissa Hum
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified
Verified
I am an experienced, thoughtful and dedicated Clinical Social Worker available to help you develop goals for managing emotions, dealing with stress, coping strategies and increased self-awareness. I work with pre-teens, adolescents, young people and adults.
(782) 800-7350
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Halifax, NS B3K
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Attachment-based Counsellors

Is attachment-based therapy the same as attachment therapy?

Attachment-based therapy may be confused with what is called “attachment therapy” (sometimes called “holding therapy”), a discredited and dangerous approach to treating children with attachment disorders, autism, or other mental health concerns. Attachment therapy—not attachment-based therapy—may involve restraining a child, forcing eye contact, and other coercive or abusive techniques. None of these practices are used in attachment-based therapy and the two modalities are in no way related.

What should I expect from attachment-based therapy?

Attachment-based therapy is based on attachment theory, which posits that children’s early relationships with their caregivers strongly influence their ability to navigate the world later in life. Thus, adults who seek attachment-based therapy should expect to deeply explore their childhood, identifying the dynamics or experiences that disrupted their attachment and the steps necessary to overcome challenges that arose as a result. Parents and children should expect to explore the possible factors that disrupted the parent-child relationship and work toward restoring trust and connection.

How long does attachment-based therapy last?

Certain forms of attachment-based therapy, especially those designed for parents and children, last for a set number of sessions; for example, Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up, a specific attachment-based approach for young children who have undergone early adversity, unfolds over 10 one-hour sessions. When attachment-based therapy is practiced on adults or combined with other modalities, it may not last a specific length of time; clients may wish to ask prospective therapists how long they expect treatment to take.

Does attachment-based therapy work?

Most of the research on attachment-based therapy focuses on children and adolescents. Some of this research shows a positive effect, especially for attachment-based family therapy (ABFT). Other studies, however, have found that attachment-based therapy is no more effective than other approaches to childhood depression, anxiety, or suicidality. Less is known about the therapy’s efficacy on adult populations.