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Dr. Rebecca Boehm

Dr. Boehm

Dr. Rebecca Boehm

Practice Owner, Registered Psychologist
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 individual therapy (EMDR, interpersonal process) and diagnostic assessment services related to trauma, military service, workplace stress, family of origin issues, women’s wellness and workplace burnout.

Administrative Support Team

Kelly Abi-Daoud
Office 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.

Therapists

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.

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.

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.

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. 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.

Brittany Eisener, MSW

Brittany Eisner, MSW

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.

Tom Osborne, MSW
Tom Osborne, MSW

Clinical Social Worker

Depression and Anxiety
Self-Esteem
Life Circumstance Issues

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Tom Osborne, MSW

Tom Osborne is a Clinical Social Worker, an artist and song writer, and has a profound appreciation for the beauty of nature in all of its forms. As a native Nova Scotian, Tom appreciates the beauty, culture, and history of this province.

Tom knows deeply that people face various stresses as they go through different phases of their lives. It might be stress caused by difficulties in relationships, work environment, things that have happened in the past, or even just moving from one phase of life to another. Tom believes that every phase of life brings its own challenges, and he is equally comfortable working with older adolescents and adults.

Tom completed his Master of Social Work at the Dalhousie School of Social Work, and has worked in the local public mental health organizations for many years. He has a strong belief in personal continuing education resulting in a clinical background that encompasses many schools of treatment.

Tom’s treatment approach draws from a number of evidence-based models, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression and Anxiety. He combines his clinical education with extensive experience to design a unique treatment experience for each client.

Maggie Surette, MSW

Clinical Social Worker

Early Adult Transitions
Goal Setting
Healthy Coping and Habit Formation

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Maggie Surette, MSW

Maggie is a Clinical Social Worker who received her Masters in Social Work from University of Toronto. She practices from a compassionate, strengths-based, trauma-informed lens and has a warm and non-judgemental approach to therapy. Maggie provides therapeutic support to young adults working through early life transitions, which may include gaining independence, identifying life goals (educational/ employment), and navigating relationships. She recognizes the inherent strength and resilience in her clients and provides a safe and inviting space for them to develop goals and healthy habits to move toward their valued direction in life. Maggie works with individuals with a range of presenting concerns, including early adult transitions, healthy coping and habit formation, addictions, anxiety and depression.

Maggie has been working with community based Mental Health and Addictions in Nova Scotia since 2016. She has experience providing individual and group therapy in a number of clinical settings, including healthcare, children’s mental health, and corrections. Maggie’s therapeutic modalities include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Structured Relapse Prevention (SRP).

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