I am a registered psychologist in Halifax, Nova Scotia, working in private practice as part of the Inspired Living Medical team. I also work as the clinical lead for the Medically Unexplained Symptoms Clinic at the QE II hospital.
I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. I have expertise in neuropsychological assessment across the lifespan and a wide range of therapy models to help treat thinking, feeling, and physical symptoms experienced by teens and adults.
Neuropsychological assessments can be helpful for individuals experiencing difficulty completing day-to-day activities as a result of changes in thinking ability (e.g., attention, memory, problem solving). There can be many reasons for changes in our thinking abilities:
- Dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s Disease)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- head injuries
- mood and anxiety disorders
- and many more.
Though often thought of as separate, our mental, emotional, and physical states are very closely connected.
My uncommon combination of neuropsychological, cognitive behavioural, and psychodynamic expertise allow me to generate high quality assessments that provide clear actionable recommendations capable of targeting mental, emotional, and physical symptoms caused by psychological distress.
I deliver treatment using a range of therapy models. I typically use a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach when helping people develop new thinking strategies (e.g., how to remember new names, remember what you read in a book). I also use an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach to help people clarify their values, practice being present in their own lives, and to get unhooked from unhelpful thoughts and feelings.
However, my primary therapy approach for individuals is Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). ISTDP is an emotion-focused form of psychotherapy. It is a challenging form of therapy that is not for everyone. However, ISTDP has been shown to be especially effective for rapid relief of:
- Irritable Bowl Syndrome (IBS)
- migraine headaches
- painsome forms of attention and memory difficulties
- personality disorders
- difficulties in interpersonal functioning