AboutMindful Therapies

Mindful Therapies is a mental health and wellness clinic in Nova Scotia, our team is made up of clinical social workers, and psychologists . The name Mindful Therapies is derived from putting together two main driving concepts for the clinic: Mindfulness and Psychotherapies. Some of the mindfulness-based psychotherapies used at Mindful Therapies include: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (for depression and anxiety), Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR; for trauma symptoms), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills (DBT-Skills for emotional regulation).

We are pleased to offer both in-person, group and virtual appointments, as well as serving vetrans with our therapists in the Dartmouth-based and Kentville-based offices. In addition, we have a team of therapists who work in a fully virtual capacity. We are dedicated to serving clients across any and all areas of Nova Scotia.

 

Meet OurTeams

We are pleased to offer both in-person and virtual appointments with our therapists in the Dartmouth-based and Kentville-based offices. In addition, we have a team of therapists who work in a fully virtual capacity. We are dedicated to serving clients across any and all areas of Nova Scotia.

Mindful Therapies Kentville Team

Offering both in-person and virtual sessions.

Tom Osborne, MSW

Maggie Logue-Prest, MSW

Clinical Social Worker

Emotional Intelligence
Healthy Behaviour Change
Military Transitions

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Maggie Surette, MSW

Maggie Logue-Prest is a Clinical Social Worker who loves supporting people in making meaningful changes in their lives. She has a warm and compassionate approach to therapy and helps her clients identify their strength and apply those strengths in the difficulties they are having.

Ms. Logue-Prest enjoys helping her clients when they feel overwhelmed and are struggling to navigate difficult circumstances in their lives. She deals with a range of mental health issues in her practice and is especially skilled in helping others:

  • understand their emotions and navigate emotions effectively
  • create and maintain healthy changes and behaviours
  • improve self-esteem
  • learn about personal boundary setting (saying no, learning assertive communication)
  • establish personal identity and purpose

Ms. Logue-Prest also enjoys working with currently serving or former military members, especially during periods of transition- whether that be a new career or integrating into civilian life.

Maggie received her Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Toronto. She has experience providing individual and group therapy in a number of clinical settings, including healthcare, adult and children’s mental health, and private practice.

Maggie’s therapeutic modalities include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Structured Relapse Prevention (SRP).

Virtual and in-person sessions available (Kentville clinic).

Dr. Carissa Clement

Dr. Carissa Clement

Psychologist

Trauma
Post-Traumatic Growth
Resilience

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Dr. Carissa Clement, PSY.D.

Dr. Clement is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology and a Master’s in Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has diversified experience in a variety of settings including rural and urban community mental health, university health services, inpatient psychiatry and medicine, and private practice. Dr. Clement completed her residency in the valley (2009/2010), and has stayed in Nova Scotia since that time. She has worked in a number of areas within the health authority, including forensics, operational stress, and adult mental health.
Dr. Clement believes in meeting each client with a sense of compassion and curiosity, and values the significance of empathy and therapeutic alliance as both the foundation and catalyst for enhanced self-awareness, personal growth and meaningful transition. She works with adolescents (15+) and adults, providing individual and group therapy for people challenged with issues related to chronic medical conditions, trauma, emotional distress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, sexual orientation, sexuality, attachment, school/workplace stress and life transition.

Dr. Clement’s training is grounded in humanistic and existential theory, which she considers to be at the core of her therapeutic approach with clients. However, she also integrates theories of mind/body science with psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness-based approaches. She also has expertise in several trauma-focused therapies including EMDR, CPT, and PE.

Mindful Therpies Virtual Team

Offering virtual only (video or telephone) sessions.

Tom Osborne, MSW

Jennifer Gracie, MSW

Clinical Social Worker

Addictive Behaviours
Emotional Stabilization
Workplace Burnout

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Jennifer Gracie, MSW

Ms. Gracie utilizes various evidence based therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Mindfulness. She has experience in client assessments, intervention, consultation and treatment planning. Her focus is on client strengths, offering respect, advocacy and empathy.

Ms. Gracie’s areas of expertise and clinical interest are in helping clients with behaviour change (e.g., addictions issues, compulsive gambling or spending), as well as stress, overwhelm and workplace burnout.

Ms. Gracie, MSW is a Clinical Social Worker, licensed with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. She completed her Master’s Degree from University of New England and has over 15 years’ experience providing services to adults within hospital and community mental health settings.

Brittany Eisener, MSW

Danielle Harris, MSW

Clinical Social Worker

Behaviour Change
Life Transitions
Mood Difficulties

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Danielle Harris, MSW

Danielle Harris is a Clinical Social Worker who has always had a passion for helping others. She offers a welcoming and accepting space for all individuals; one in which a sense of safety and trust can be fostered. Danielle views therapy as a partnership, drawing from individual strengths and experiences, while offering feedback and practical tools to manage mental health difficulties. She is authentic, non-judgmental and inviting of discussions about any challenges her clients might be facing. She has noticed the value in using each individual session as an opportunity to inspire adjustment and growth; and she has observed the progress that can happen from gently guiding clients through their own personal recovery journey.

Danielle completed her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Toronto, with a specialization in Health and Mental Health. She is registered with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers and has been providing mental health and addiction therapy since 2011. She has training and education in the areas of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Structured Relapse Prevention and Motivational Interviewing.

Population: Individuals aged 19 and up

Presenting Issues: Anxiety, Depression, Self Esteem, Addiction, Behavior Change, Emotion Regulation, Life Transitions, Adjustment, Coping Skills

Mindful Therapies Dartmouth Team

Brittany Eisener, MSW

Selina Haltom, MSW, RSW

Clinical Social Worker

Women’s Trauma
Family Therapy
Depression and Anxiety

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Selina Haltom, MSW, RSW

Ms. Selina Haltom, Registered Social Worker, recently returned to Nova Scotia from North Western Ontario where she worked professionally with children, youth and adults impacted by sexualized violence. With over 15 years of therapeutic experience, Ms. Haltom looks to create a safe and judgement-free therapeutic space for each client. Ms. Haltom practices mind-body work and enjoys working with clients who struggle with common forms of anxiety, triggers, intimate relationship challenges, self-esteem, nightmares, panic attacks, intrusive thoughts and parent/caregiver support work.

In addition to her Master’s degree in Social Work, Ms. Haltom has specialty post-graduate training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Internal Family Systems therapy, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFT), and Sand-Tray therapy. Sessions can also include creative approaches, traditional CBT work, and narrative-informed practice.

Colin Gjesdal, MSW

Jeannine Guenette, MSc

Candidate Registered Psychologist

Anxiety, Panic
Family and Relationship Issues
Life Transition

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Jeannine Guenette, MSc

Ms. Guenette’s therapeutic style is warm, collaborative, and led by genuine curiosity. She is committed to providing an open and compassionate environment where her clients can feel heard, respected, and supported. Her background in cultural theory and philosophy informs her passion for co-creating new possibilities that help clients navigate difficult circumstances, shift unhelpful patterns, rediscover themselves, and enhance their skills and capacities.

Ms. Guenette provides individual therapy for adults (19+) experiencing anxiety and panic, emotional distress, family of origin and relationship concerns, life upheaval or challenging transitions, and difficulties managing overwhelm or burnout. She has a special interest in concerns related to ecological issues and climate change (or, ‘eco-anxiety’).

Ms. Guenette’s therapeutic approach is integrative and trauma-informed––she draws from Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Existential Therapy as well as body-focused and mindfulness-based strategies to tailor her approach to her clients’ particular needs. She has also completed specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Ms. Guenette is a Counselling Psychologist (Candidate Register) with a Master of Science in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. She has experience working with a highly diverse clientele in university wellness settings.

Colin Gjesdal, MSW

Colin Gjesdal, MSW

Clinical Social Worker

Behaviour Change Specialist
Addictions
Couples Counselling

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Colin Gjesdal, MSW, RSW

Mr. Colin Gjesdal is a Clinical Social Worker who received his Masters Degree from Dalhousie University. With over 10 years of experience working in both hospital-based outpatient clinics as well as private practice settings, he has worked with youth, adults, and families to improve their mental well-being and quality of life.
Mr. Gjesdal has a keen interest and expertise in behaviour change (including addictions), spiritual and religious exploration, and moral and ethical decision making. He is a warm and knowledgeable clinician who helps his clients not only better understand the nature of their difficulty, but also provides solution-focused and practical skills that assist in addressing their concerns.

Mr. Gjesdal has been trained and is competent in several treatment strategies, all of which are considered best practices including motivational interviewing, cognitive-behavioural therapy, and mindfulness-based therapy.

Danielle Butler, MSW

Danielle Butler, MSW

Clinical Social Worker

Caregiver Fatigue
Mood Management
Academic Stress

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Danielle Butler, MSW

Ms. Danielle Butler is a Clinical Social Worker, licensed with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. She completed her Master’s Degree from Dalhousie University and has over 7 years’ experience providing culturally-sensitive and non-judgmental services to youth (13+) and adults within hospital, school, community mental health and private practice settings.

Ms. Butler’s work experience includes supporting individuals long-term who are struggling with depression, grief and loss, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, along with everyday life stressors. Ms. Butler also works with the Nova Scotia Health Authority in Recovery and Integration working with individuals living with severe and persistent mental illness.

Ms. Butler draws from various therapeutic approaches including Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Emotion Regulation, Mindfulness, and Narrative Therapy. She has a warm and relaxed approach to therapy and is truly passionate about helping others work through their difficulties.

Dr. Maureen Campbell-Balcom

Dr. Maureen Campbell-Balcom

Psychologist

Mood Difficulties
Family and Relationship Issues
Trauma

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Dr. Maureen Campbell-Balcom

Dr. Campbell-Balcom received her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland after earning a master’s degree in Counselling at Acadia University, and has recently returned ‘home’ to Dartmouth, NS.
Dr. Campbell-Balcom offers a warm, open and non-judgmental approach to her therapeutic work. She combines her passion to support personal growth in her clients with her background and education in international development and social justice. Dr. Campbell-Balcolm’s doctorate research focused on anti-discriminatory practice; with this experience, she is very keen to continue working with diverse cultures and identities with sensitivity.

Dr. Campbell-Balcom works with adults (18+) with a range of difficulties including anxiety, low mood/depression, transitions, relationship difficulties, issues of self-worth, and recovery from the effects of PTSD and trauma. In particular, she has experience working with family of origin issues and complex trauma.

Her therapeutic approach is integrative and draws on her specialist training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Person-Centred Therapy, while also drawing on Mindfulness-Based therapies, Schema Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy.

Tessa Barrett, MSW

Tessa Barrett, MSW

Clinical Social Worker

Anxiety and Panic
Depression. Addictions
Trauma

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Tessa Barrett, MSW

Ms. Tessa Barrett is a Clinical Social Worker with a passion for teaching and employing the skills of mindfulness, self-compassion and present moment awareness to help individuals reduce suffering, enhance well-being and optimize experiences of happiness and joy.

Ms. Barrett completed her Master of Social Work (Health and Mental Health stream) at the University of Toronto, where she interned at the Centre for Mental Health and Addictions (CAMH) in Toronto. She has been working in community-based outpatient Mental Health and Addictions programs across Nova Scotia since April 2015.

At Mindful Therapies, Ms. Barrett provides psychological treatment to adults experiencing a range of difficulties including depression, general anxiety and panic, substance use, trauma, difficulties with regulating emotion and adjusting to life transitions.

Her approach to treatment draws from a variety of evidence-based models including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical-Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). Ms. Barrett is also trained in Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, evidence-based treatments for PTSD. She has experience working specifically with Veterans and RCMP for the treatment of Operational Stress Injuries.

As a certified yoga instructor (200-hour RYT), mindfulness and increasing present moment awareness are weaved throughout Ms. Barrett’s work, where she is skilled in guiding experiential exercises and meditations in-session.

Dr. Stephanie Taillefer

Dr. Stephanie Taillefer

Psychologist

Assessment
Post Traumatic Stress
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

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Dr. Stephanie Taillefer

Ms. Taillefer completed her clinical training at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. Her training is primarily rooted in cognitive-behavioural therapy, including third wave approaches; acceptance and commitment therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy, and mindfulness. Stephanie has expertise in treating posttraumatic stress disorder using Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy.

Ms. Taillefer works with adults (18+), providing individual and group therapy for obsessive-compulsive and related disorders (obsessive-compulsive disorder, hair pulling, skin picking, hoarding), trauma, anxiety, mood, relationship difficulties, and difficulties with adjustment/transition.. She also specializes in working with members of the military, veterans, and first responders.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys the Nova Scotia coastline, participates in equestrian activities, and competes internationally in the sport of dog agility with her border collies and cocker spaniels. Through her own sporting endeavors, she has developed an interest in sports psychology, and enjoys working with athletes to improve the cognitive aspect of their performance.

Dr. Carissa Clement

Dr. Carissa Clement

Psychologist

Trauma
Post-Traumatic Growth
Resilience

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Dr. Carissa Clement, PSY.D.

Dr. Clement is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Michigan School of Professional Psychology and a Master’s in Forensic Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has diversified experience in a variety of settings including rural and urban community mental health, university health services, inpatient psychiatry and medicine, and private practice. Dr. Clement completed her residency in the valley (2009/2010), and has stayed in Nova Scotia since that time. She has worked in a number of areas within the health authority, including forensics, operational stress, and adult mental health.
Dr. Clement believes in meeting each client with a sense of compassion and curiosity, and values the significance of empathy and therapeutic alliance as both the foundation and catalyst for enhanced self-awareness, personal growth and meaningful transition. She works with adolescents (15+) and adults, providing individual and group therapy for people challenged with issues related to chronic medical conditions, trauma, emotional distress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, sexual orientation, sexuality, attachment, school/workplace stress and life transition.

Dr. Clement’s training is grounded in humanistic and existential theory, which she considers to be at the core of her therapeutic approach with clients. However, she also integrates theories of mind/body science with psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness-based approaches. She also has expertise in several trauma-focused therapies including EMDR, CPT, and PE.

Brittany Eisener, MSW

Brittany Eisner, MSW (Returning April 2024)

Clinical Social Worker

Anxiety
Life Transitions. Life Circumstances
Issues of Self-Worth/ Self-Esteem

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Brittany Eisner, MSW

Brittany is a Clinical Social Worker who received her Masters in Social Work from Dalhousie University. She has experience in both non-profit and clinical settings and draws from her background working with survivors of abuse. Brittany practices from a warm, non-judgmental, and person-centered approach. She is passionate about exploring values, rediscovering self, and building on the skills and resiliency people are already bringing to the table. She works with individuals struggling with a range of issues, including anxiety, low mood, life transitions, issues of self-worth, and healthy boundary-setting.

Brittany’s therapeutic modalities include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Mindfulness-based Therapy. She integrates these approaches with an empowerment, strengths-based, and trauma-informed lens. She is also trained in the WPATH Standards of Care and has experience providing readiness assessments for hormones and gender affirming surgeries.

Dr. Stephanie Taillefer

Adrienne Buckland, MSW, RSW

Clinical Social Worker

Pregnancy
Early Parenting
Trauma

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Adrienne Buckland, MSW, RSW

Ms. Buckland (she/her) is a highly trained and experienced Clinical Social Worker. She is especially passionate about working with folks in the perinatal period, which includes pregnancy, post-partum, and the early years of parenting. Ms. Buckland has both clinical training and lived experience in navigating the perinatal period, and genuinely grasps the challenges of this time where folks are often bombarded with information and advice from the internet, social media, healthcare systems, family members, and friends; much of which can feel more overwhelming and triggering than helpful.

Ms. Buckland also has extensive expertise in working with trauma, with a specialized focus on attachment trauma, sexualized violence, gender-based violence, relational trauma, familial trauma, generational trauma, systems trauma, and the long-term impacts of oppression and marginalization. Ms. Buckland maintains a lens that is anti-oppressive, feminist, relational, and grounded in neuroscience to support folks on their healing journey.

Ms. Buckland is committed to building therapeutic relationships centered on compassion, care, and collaboration, and fosters a presence that is warm, non-judgemental, safe, and inviting. Adrienne is committed to ensuring that the therapeutic journey feels fitting for each client, and will tailor her practices accordingly. She is eager to provide therapeutic support, resource navigation, and advocacy to folks from all walks of live, and invites and celebrates diversity of lived experiences.

Along with her graduate work, Ms. Buckland has post-graduate training in perinatal mental health, Internal Family Systems, EMDR, and structural dissociation. She likes to use an eclectic approach to therapy and also brings in aspects of social justice work, narrative-informed techniques, CBT and DBT-based strategies, mindfulness and meditation practices, and creative approaches to the therapeutic journey. Ms. Buckland is a strong feminist, queer ally, and anti-oppressive practitioner who is always open to meaningful conversation and feedback from clients.

Ms. Buckland works with youth 16+, adults, seniors, and families.

Clinic Support & Management

Dr. Rebecca Boehm

Practice Owner, Registered Psychologist

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Dr. Rebecca Boehm

Dr. Boehm is a Registered Psychologist, who received her PhD at the University of Saskatchewan. She worked for a number of years in the Nova Scotia health care system in the areas of Addictions, Operational Stress Injury and Forensic Assessment. She started Mindful Therapies in 2016, and continues to offer diagnostic assessment services related to trauma and military service. She is currently on leave from therapy services.

Kelly Abi-Daoud

Operations Manager

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Kelly Abi-Daoud

Kelly was born and raised in Halifax. She completed a professional administrative course through the YWCA for young mothers in 1997. Kelly also studied Sociology and Psychology at Mount St. Vincent, then obtained her counselling diploma in 2005 from the Counsellors Training Institute in Halifax.

Through her work and many volunteer roles, Kelly has consistently supported adults diagnosed with mental illness living in our community. We admire her strong work ethic and robust knowledge and experience in both the administration and mental health fields. Kelly has graciously represented the face of Mindful Therapies since 2017; she was promoted to Office Manager in September of 2018.

Michele Walker

Intake & Administrative Support

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Michele Walker

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Dartmouth
168 Ochterloney Street
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia

Kentville
25 Webster Court
Kentville, Nova Scotia

902.576.3576
info@mindfultherapies.org

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