Halifax Psychologists and Therapists
Our team of Halifax-based psychologists and therapists specialize in most areas of counselling, therapy, and assessment for children (ages 10 and up), adolescents, teens, adults, couples and families.
With professionalism and sensitivity, our psychologists use a science based model of therapeutic practice to find the quickest way to resolve core issues. All of our psychologists are registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology.
Brad Peters, Psychologist
Brad is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. He holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Clinical Life-Span Psychology. His graduate training involved 3 years, including doctoral-level coursework, at the University of Victoria. He has conducted research related to family and child development, including pediatric pain and issues related to parental separation and divorce. Brad is a part-time psychology professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax. In his therapy practice, Brad works with children (10+), adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Brad considers himself a “theoretical integrationist.” His approach begins with an understanding that we each have a unique experience of the world and have our own story to tell. Brad emphasizes that while we are in large part driven by biological processes, that requisite biology has been shaped and is constantly being shaped, by our relationships with other people (both past and present), and by larger sociocultural influences. In psychology terms, his therapy work would draw upon humanistic-existential, neuroscientific, attachment, and psychodynamic theories. Brad uses a variety of therapy interventions and will use an approach that best serves a particular individual, couple, or family.
Suzanne Farmer, Psychologist
Suzy is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She completed her undergraduate training at Mount Saint Vincent University, and received a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from Acadia University. Suzy’s therapy practice involves working with individual adults struggling with depression and anxiety, self-esteem issues, healthy lifestyle change (e.g. obesity), complicated grief, trauma, and relationship difficulties. Suzy’s training is grounded in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), though her therapeutic work integrates additional theoretical models, including Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and aspects of mindfulness-based therapy, motivational-interviewing, and solution-focused approaches. In addition to individual therapy, Suzy provides Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples, and assists her clients in identifying and resolving maladaptive patterns of communication, and assist in relationship repair after infidelity or breach of trust, in order to improve intimacy and a felt sense of connectedness. Suzy strives to empower all of her clients by helping them rediscover hidden strengths, remove obstacles to life goals, and by engaging with them in the present moment of therapy to promote meaningful and lasting change.
Katherine Wilson, Psychologist (Cand. Reg.)
Katherine is a licensed Clinical Psychologist (Candidate Register). She completed her Honours B.A. degree in Psychology from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, and holds a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Clinical Psychology from Acadia University. Her master’s research focused on emotional distress and helplessness in mother-child relationships, and other research interests include the impact of anxiety and perfectionism on relationships. With experience in hospital, university, and private practice healthcare settings, Katherine’s therapy practice involves working with individual adults and young adults (18+) who are struggling with feelings of anxiety and depression, regulating moods and emotions, stress in school or the workplace, low self-esteem and initiating lifestyle change, as well as difficulties with identity, adjustment, and relationships. In addition to seeing individual clients, Katherine also provides couple therapy using a primarily Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) approach. She aims to help partners understand one another’s perspectives and feelings, recognize and adjust unhelpful communication patterns and cycles, as well as improve intimacy and closeness in the relationship. Katherine’s training is primarily based in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), however she draws from other theoretical models as well, such as mindfulness, acceptance and commitment, attachment theory, motivational-interviewing, emotion-focused, and solution-focused approaches. Above all, Katherine aims to provide a client-focused environment that is comfortable, accepting, and empathetic, and she believes that the therapeutic relationship is of utmost importance in working towards personal growth and lasting change.
Madeleine Stobbe, Psychologist (Cand. Reg.)
Madeleine Stobbe is a licensed Psychologist (Candidate Register). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University and a Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. She has worked in a variety of settings including university counselling services, the education system, the public health sector, community-based organizations, and private practice. Madeleine currently works with adolescents (12+), adults, and couples, using a trauma informed approach for a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, postpartum mood issues, anger, sexual orientation, relationship difficulties, abuse/trauma, grief, and life transitions. She has a special interest in immigrant and refugee mental health as well as the challenges experienced by international students when adjusting to life in Canada.
Using an integrative approach, Madeleine draws from multiple therapeutic models, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness-based therapies, and solution-focused approaches. When working with couples she uses an Emotion-Focused Therapy approach to understand unhelpful communication patterns that are causing dysfunction in the relationship and work towards improving a sense of connection and intimacy. Madeleine believes that the therapeutic relationship is the most important factor in facilitating meaningful and lasting change.
Breanna Young, Psychologist (Cand. Reg.)
Breanna is a licensed Clinical Psychologist (Candidate Register). After receiving her Bachelor of Science (Bsc) with Honours in Psychology at Acadia University, Breanna completed the Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) program in Clinical Psychology at Adler University. Breanna’s doctoral dissertation examined the positive impacts that can result from a trauma, specifically appreciation of life among young adults who experienced childhood chronic illness. Throughout her doctoral program, Breanna is grateful to have gained a variety of clinical experiences in private practice, community, and hospital settings. This diversity in population and work setting has allowed her to gain confidence in providing services to children, youth, parents, and individual adults. Breanna’s practice includes, but is not limited to, working with those who may be experiencing: anxiety, depression, adjustment, behavioural dysregulation, struggles with co-parenting, adjustment to medical diagnoses, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, and workplace or school stressors. Breanna uses an integrative and supportive approach in her work, primarily using an attachment-based perspective to conceptualize an individual’s concerns. She uses therapeutic techniques that are appropriate to each client she sees, integrating modalities such as Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Narrative Therapy, and Play Therapy. Breanna will also be providing couples therapy using Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), in the near future. Breanna is continually learning and growing from her clients, and believes in using a client-centered, culturally sensitive approach to form strong connections and relationships. By acknowledging the system an individual exists in and bearing witness to their difficulties, Breanna aims to lend insight and guidance to sustained personal growth.