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.

At Cornerstone Psychological Services, our goal is to provide our clients with experiences that promote real and lasting change. Please contact us for more information or to book an appointment.

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 (Cand. Reg.)

Suzy is a licensed Clinical Psychologist (Candidate Register). 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 (Cand. Reg.). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University and a Master’s 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, providing therapy for a wide range of concerns including anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, anger, abuse/trauma, grief, and life transitions. 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.

Laura Mitchell, Psychologist (Cand. Reg.)

Laura is a licensed Psychologist (Candidate Register) who holds an Honours degree (B.Sc.) in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Counselling Psychology from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. She has experience working in private clinics, university counselling settings, high school guidance services, residential treatment centers and non-profit organizations. Laura’s training has been integrative in nature, drawing from emotion-focused, cognitive-behavioural, systemic, existential and humanistic therapies, in addition to mindfulness and solution-focused approaches. Her practice involves providing individual therapy to teens (13+) and adults who are dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, self-harm/injury, substance abuse, self-esteem issues, workplace stress, lifestyle changes, and relationship and family issues. Moreover, she works with individuals of different genders, sexual orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds. Laura aims to help clients better understand their emotions, their patterns of coping and communication, and provides support in adopting effective solutions to make meaningful life changes. Above all, Laura’s approach is client-centered and collaborative, recognizing the importance of the therapeutic relationship in the healing process. She strives to understand each client’s presenting concerns within their surrounding sociocultural context, and believes in helping people identify their strengths and resources in order to facilitate positive change.

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Debra Garland, Psychologist

Debra Garland, MA is a Registered Psychologist with 20 years’ experience. She has worked in a variety of settings both private and public: private practice, university counselling centre, mental health clinic, and school boards. Her areas of practice include: individual therapy with adults and teens, couple counselling, family counselling, and parenting counselling.

Using an eclectic approach that includes Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT), Behavioral, and Solution-focused techniques, Debra woks with individuals who are experiencing depression, anxiety, grief/loss, pain, low self-esteem, emotional / mood / anger issues, and concerns related to relationships, school/work stress and life changes. Debra is focused on assisting clients achieve meaningful change.

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