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.
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 Psychologist 902-830-4641
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 over the past 15 years.
Mr. Rice specializes in psychotherapy to assist adults with coping and adjustment following many types of loss and life transitions such as trauma, death, physical injury and chronic illness. He addresses a wide range of general adult mental health issues in his practice including depression / grief, anxiety / PTSD, and stress-related concerns.
With over a decade of providing services to members of the RCMP and military veterans, Mr. Rice has considerable experience adapting empirically-derived PTSD treatments to the ‘real world’ needs and concerns of front-line personnel and first responders. From his extensive clinical background in interdisciplinary physical rehabilitation, he also has expertise in helping individuals in the aftermath of serious injuries (particularly car accidents) learn to self-manage chronic, painful conditions and regain an improved quality of life. From his research background with adult survivors of childhood abuse, Mr. Rice 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.
Currently, Mr. Rice divides his time between his practice with Marsh-Knickle & Associates and his role as a consulting Psychologist with several local multidisciplinary physical rehabilitation teams, where he works with individuals experiencing complex and persisting pain issues. In addition to his clinical work, he is a past President of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS) and former Chair of the Association’s Post-Trauma Services Committee.
Marcia Voges, Ph.D., Registered 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.
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.
Barbara Fox, Ph.D., Registered Psychologist
It is with great regret and sadness that I inform you of my retirement from practice effective October 1, 2014. Personal health issues and family responsibilities have led to this very difficult decision. My colleagues at Marsh-Knickle & Associates have been hugely supportive and are pleased to accept clients into their practice. I will, as will my practice colleagues, make every effort to help you find another psychologist to follow you.
Thank you for allowing me into your life and sharing a part of your journey. It has been a privilege.
Dr. Barbara Fox
Marsh-Knickle & Associates
Mark Russell, M.Sc., Registered Psychologist
I provide both individual psychotherapy and couples/marital therapy. Working with individuals, my areas of practice include depression, anxiety disorders (panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety, phobias, PTSD), anger management, grief/loss, self-esteem/self image, divorce/separation, habit change/impulse control (e.g., weight loss/management, gambling, “sexual addiction”, “internet addiction”), assertiveness/social skills, stress management, and lifestyle change/life coaching.
I believe the role of a psychologist is to facilitate the process of coping with and/or overcoming personal concerns and life challenges and assisting in personal growth. I believe strongly in self-determination and encourage increased self-awareness/mindfulness. My approach/philosophy to assisting individuals includes a combination of respect, empathy, support, Mindfulness-based therapy and Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). CBT assists individuals in recognising and learning to modify the interactions between their beliefs/thoughts, emotions, behaviours and physiological/bodily responses. This approach has been shown to be effective with a wide range of concerns but especially depression, anxiety and anger management.
Working with couples involves the above approaches but also includes an emphasis on working with both members of the couple to achieve a balance between individual and couple needs, wants and goals. I work with both individuals to increase respect, trust and understanding within their relationship. Specific approaches include Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), communication skills, problem-solving, conflict resolution, but the emphasis remains on establishing and maintaining mutual respect, trust and understanding and balancing individual and relationship needs.
Victor Day, Ph.D., Registered 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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Lina Crossin, M.A., Registered Counselling Psychologist 902-441-3377
Lina received her M.A. in Counselling Psychology from Adler University in Vancouver and has taken advanced, post-graduate training in Attachment-Focused EMDR and Self-Regulation Therapy. She has completed her Yoga Teacher Training, and in addition has certification in Conflict Resolution (Justice Institute of BC) & Human Resources Management (BC Institute of Technology).
Before joining Marsh-Knickle & Associates, Lina worked in full-time private practice at the Alpine Anxiety & Stress Relief Clinic in Vancouver and she brings over 15 years of combined professional experience in psychotherapy, human resources, employment counselling and mediation.
Lina’s areas of interest include anxiety disorders, depression, trauma and PTSD, critical & terminal illness, grief & loss, chronic pain, difficulties in return-to-work, workplace conflict, and employment counselling.
A long-term cancer survivor (touch wood), Lina brings deep compassion to the therapy session. Her approach to therapy is client-centered and somatically oriented. She interweaves mindfulness-based CBT with the emerging research in self-regulation therapy, neuroplasticity, attachment theory, EMDR and sensorimotor psychotherapy.
Clients can expect to learn effective & practical solutions to current problems, and if desired, to address the source of current problems by healing from past issues.
Carlye Smith-Burke, M.A.S.P., Registered Psychologist 902-489-4295
Carlye Smith-Burke received her Masters of Arts in School Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2010. She is currently working as a school psychologist for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board. Carlye has a special interest in helping children learn and has expertise in the area of psychological assessments. She has a strong understanding of the ways in which learning disabilities, cognitive deficits, intellectual delays, ADHD and giftedness may lead to challenges at school and at home. She is passionate about working with students, their families and their schools to assist them in understanding their individual strengths and challenges and supporting them in achieving their academic goals and developing into happy and confident individuals.
Carlye offers flexible hours at Marsh-Knickle and Associates, including after-school, evening appointments.
Ailís R. Walker, Doctor of Clinical Psychology (UK), Therapist (NS)
In 1990, driven by a curiosity in the concept of resilience, I began my formal studies in human psychology, which initially spanned an eight-year period and the attainment in 1998 of a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Glasgow. The simple question of why we do what we do, either as a response to tragedy and trauma or simply as a response to the demands of living in the agitated age of information-overload, is the question that remains the basis of my inquiries into the psyche. In my work as a therapist I draw on a range of theoretical frameworks from both western and eastern thinking, to bring insight and awareness to those factors that may be contributing to the difficulties you are experiencing and to empowering you to overcome those difficulties. Ultimately, I believe in the resilience of the human spirit to not only survive adverse life circumstances, but to grow in consciousness beyond those difficulties.
Over the years, I have had the honour of working with some incredibly resilient individuals who despite enduring considerable mental anguish taught me the value of hope and persistence. I have learned that resilience comes in many forms. I have also learned that there are times in life when we need someone to believe in us until we are able to believe in ourselves.
I currently work with adolescents, adults, individuals, and couples. The following types of difficulty are those that I regularly assist people to embrace and overcome: addictive habits, anxiety, bereavement, depression, family of origin trauma, impulse control, obsessional thinking, post-traumatic stress, relationship difficulties and distorted view of self.
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 902-240-0539
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.
Angela Dufour, MEd, PDt., IOC Grad Dip Sports Nutr, CFE 902-441-3990
Angela is your KEY to building a healthy diet and healthy YOU! Angela is one of the most credible professionals in the sports nutrition and food service industry locally and nationally. Angela takes the guess work out of how to fuel your body properly for an energetic YOU!
Since 1999 Angela has been working as a Professional Sports Dietitian within the health and sports and foodservice industries in Halifax, Nova Scotia and abroad. Angela graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology degree (BScHE) Nutrition, in 1995 from Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU), Halifax, NS and completed her Masters degree in Adult Education (MEd) also from MSVU, 1998. She also completed a post graduate dietetic internship from the Calgary Regional Health Authority, AB, in 1999. Angela is also a graduate from the inaugural International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) Graduate Diploma in Sports Nutrition program, December 2007.
Angela has worked with the Canada Summer and Winter Games, 2009/2011 and Molson Canadian Hockey House/2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, delivering high quality mass meals for athletes. Angela currently owns and operates Nutrition in Action, Bedford, NS, a private counseling and nutrition services practice for athletes, coaches and the general public. Angela has recently been featured in Chatelaine Magazine, Global TV BC, CTV: Live at Five, CTV Morning live, local radio and various print as a credible local spokesperson on all areas of sports nutrition.