I am a part-time professor, Registered Psychologist, and owner of Cornerstone Psychological Services in Halifax. I offer therapy for children (10+), teens, adults, couples, and families. I work collaboratively with my clients to address a wide range of issues from depression and anxiety to existential concerns.
I consider myself a theoretical integrationist, drawing primarily from attachment, psychodynamic, and existential models of therapy. I strive to understand the whole person and will tailor therapy to the needs of each client. My aim is to provide experiences that address core issues while promoting real and lasting change.
I have a keen interest in helping people address longstanding problems that may have gone unresolved in previous therapy. I am very passionate about my job and enjoy the challenge of uncovering the obstacles that get in the way of each person finding their way to a fulfilling life.
Through my experience working with adolescents, adults, and families, I understand that problems may arise at any point in a person's life, for any number of reasons. I work with individuals and families to improve family functioning and relationships, work and school success, as well as anxiety, depression, learning, and anger problems. Through your work with me, we will address the problems you are experiencing by exploring both how the issue first began, as well as what factors are contributing to maintaining it today.
In your first session with me, I will work with you to develop your therapeutic goals, and conduct a scientifically-based and thorough assessment that will help you gain a greater understanding of your concerns, as well the unique strengths you possess that will help you achieve your goals.
I am a licensed clinical social worker. I love my job and am passionate about helping individuals and families navigate through obstacles and difficulties they are facing. I help clients relate their thoughts, feelings, and actions and empower them to make positive choices to reach their highest potential. I work from a strengths-based perspective and encourage clients to play an active role in their own treatment. I utilize a holistic approach to therapy, pulling from various approaches, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy and client-centered therapy. I treat various disorders including, Mood Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma/Abuse, and ADHD
I currently have daytime and late afternoon openings
Are you hoping to achieve more intimacy and caring in your relationship? Whether you come in by yourself, or as a couple, you can learn the tools of better communication.You can learn how to maintain emotional strength and stability in the midst of open and honest discussion, leading you to the relationship of your deepest desires.
I have been working with couples since 2010, and have received training from the Couples Institute in California. Their Developmental Model helps people open up to their partners in a way that reduces the anxiety of conflict, by working with attachment theory and increasing differentiation skills. Communicate better - love better.
My background has given me the chance to work with a wide variety of people, from inner-city seniors to women seeking reproductive health services. Social justice is the backbone of my practice and I aspire to treat you with the compassion and sensitivity deserved, due to the trust you have put in me.
I deeply value my relationships with clients and believe that significant healing occurs in the context of a safe, supportive environment. I empower clients to look honestly at difficult issues and make the changes necessary to enhance their lives. I believe therapy is a collaborative effort where I help client's access inner strengths and resources. We work together to get past barriers that are keeping you stuck in unproductive behavior patterns and unsatisfying relationships. The process of therapy often leads to greater self-awareness and self-acceptance, new ways of coping with life's challenges, and more fulfilling relationships.
I have been providing therapy to individuals and couples for over twenty years. I enjoy working with adults and older adolescents. I specialize in depression, anxiety, relationship issues, career/life transitions, and women's health issues including eating disorders, infertility, pregnancy loss, and menopause.
Our practice, The Brandywine Center, has been providing services to the community for over twenty years. We listen. We understand. We challenge. We help. We have created an environment that is warm, welcoming and supportive, where your voice will be heard. We are a group of therapists you can trust.
I work exclusively with adults and have broad skills and experiences for helping people with various mental health concerns (depression, anxiety, eating disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, stress, grief, relationship difficulties, work conflicts, anger and many others). I have a special interest in working with law enforcement/first responders (police, corrections officers, paramedics, military).
Having completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology by a Canadian Psychological Association accredited program, I have extensive and broad clinical training helping diverse populations (4000+ supervised hours of psychotherapy and assessment). I also have special experience working in the correctional (prison) system and completed my thesis on Correctional Staff.
I pride myself on being warm, non-judgmental and easy-going. I take my clinical work seriously and am dedicated to ongoing professional development in evidence-based practice. I employ diverse theoretical approaches and a collaborative, integrative style, to help my clients achieve their individual goals for wellbeing.
My approach to therapy relies on establishing a collaborative relationship with my patient(s) so that we can work together to identify the habitual patterns of thinking, feeling and acting that keep you from enjoying the quality of life you would like for yourself. I create a supportive environment that allows you the patient to talk openly without fear of judgment. By the time you leave therapy you will not only have solved the problem that brought you in, but you will take away a set of skills that will help you effectively cope with whatever challenges life may present in the future.
I specialize in working with trauma loss and grief across the development spectrum. I see patients as young as five years old whom I engage in play therapy, adolescents and adults. I also treat depression and anxiety disorders. I see individual couples and families.
I provide services in Spanish. I also see patients from a variety of cultural backgrounds and ethnicities. I have developed some expertise in cross cultural issues.
I enjoy working with people one on one, in couples and families toward restoring personal well being and healthy relationships. Through play-based therapy, I am able to assist children to understand their emotions, how to better communicate their feelings and thoughts with their parents or caregivers, and develop effective coping skills to manage behaviours.In a confidential and safe environment, couple therapy solutions include help with conflict resolution and communication skills, all part of necessary work in restoring and rebuilding relationship foundations.
Individual, couple and family counselling, to address stress management, anxiety and depression, conflict, relationship breakdown, life transitions and support for caregivers. Models used include Cognitive Behavioural and Narrative Therapies, Solution Focussed Therapy.
Play-based therapy for children addressing anxiety, depression, and adjustment to separation/divorce. Effective strategies are provided for those dealing with chronic pain. I can direct people to find solutions via useful resources online or in the community.
I am a therapist who works from where people are at, wherever that may be. This involves being non-judgemental, respectful, and providing a safe environment where individuals can work through and explore their personal issues. In the words of the therapist Carl Rogers, it is my hope to instill "unconditional positive self-regard". When someone enters my office, I try to fully understand, to the best of my ability, that individual's circumstance so that we can work collaboratively together and meet that person's goals. Together we explore one's inner and outer experience.
I often work with people who's underlying issues are related to anxiety, low self-worth, addiction, and depression. These experiences often can be the result of major life changes, trauma, grief, relationship issues, work stress, or a myriad of other stressors.
I draw from therapeutic tools such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR (for trauma), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and DBT (for overwhelming emotions), as well as the simple tool of listening and working together to unravel the complexity that is each individual's life story.
Connie has specialized experience in DBT, CBT, ACT, mindfulness (informed); developmental services, forensic, addictions, children's mental health, adult mental health, medical social work (adult and paediatric), consultant, workshops and coaching.
With 19 years of post Master of Social Work (MSW, Wilfrid Laurier University, 1998) experience, Connie brings a well informed perspective to clinical practice. She offers a holistic approach to mental health and wellbeing that is evidence based, creative and spiritual.
Experienced in working with women, children, men, couples, families and agencies, Connie has a certificate from U of T in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy as well as training in CBT, concurrent disorders, mindfulness/meditation, solution focused brief therapy, motivational interviewing, emotion focused interventions, narrative therapy, experiential therapies and addiction treatment. Connie is also an Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) with McMaster's Department of Family Medicine teaching Mental Health and Behavioural Sciences.