Spectrum Founding Counselling Therapist

Felicia Burchell, B.Sc.O.T., (Reg NS,NB), MEd (Counselling), RCT, CCC

I graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1989 and from Acadia University with a Master of Education (Counselling) in 2005.  I am a member of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. I am elected member and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists.

 

Originally from the North End of Halifax, Felicia has primarily lived and worked in Dartmouth and Cole Harbour for the last 25 years. Raising her children through the schools, sports and other community activities she has learned so much about her communities She loves and values pets and plants in her life (she has a small collection).  In her spare time Felicia can be found watching the occasional home design show.

 

Accepting new clients.

Vivica Steer, B.A., M.A. (Counselling), RCT-C, CCC

My passion for helping has led me on a path to achieving an M.A. in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University, NB and a B.A. in Guidance and Counselling – minor; Applied Behaviour Analysis, at Jamaica Theological Seminary, Kingston, Jamaica. I also hold a Diploma in Marketing from University of Technology, Kingston Jamaica, and a  Associate Customer Service (ACS) Diploma from Life Office Management Association (LOMA), Atlanta GA, USA. I am competent in Jamaican Sign Language (JSL), and Deaf Culture Communication.  
 

Like many, I struggled with a career path in high school, but I have always been good with people. I worked for many years in customer service and finance which has helped in building my passion for working with people. In life, as in counselling, establishing relationships is very important to me. I look forward to exploring my new home, Nova Scotia. 

 

Accepting new clients.

Jean Mason B.A., M.A. (Dual in School and Clinical Counselling), RCT-C

Thrilled to announce that Jean Mason is now accepting clients. Jean has an extensive background supporting children, youth and families. She has practiced at all levels of the public school system (K-12), with guidance centres and in clinics. Jean holds a B.A. in Psychology from PENN State University and a dual M.A. in School Counselling and Clinical Counselling from New Mexico Highlands University.

 

Jean has a keen interest in others and a desire to make a difference. Her professional interests include learning more about structural therapy, cognative behavioral therapy, and other areas of counselling. She has an extensive background and commitment to supporting minority voices, the young, the marginalized, and many other high-risk groups where prevention is so important. She seeks to use all her skills and knowledge to help people heal.

 

Jean’s focus is on the family; in whatever form it takes. Working with the individuals, the children, teens and adults, Jean supports you identify the challenges and helps you set and achieve your goals.”

 

Jean is accepting clients.

Stephanie JacksonBA Psychology, Primary Care Paramedic, MACP Practicum student, NSCCT & CCPA student member

Do you feel stuck with your trauma, depression, or anxiety? Are you overwhelmed by burnout or stress? Do you feel like you can’t share what’s happening or that no one understands? Would you like to be the one in control of your thoughts and emotions?
 
I am committed to providing a safe space and meeting you where you are; working collaboratively with you, as a partner. I believe that you are the expert of your experiences and will highlight your strengths and the skills and tools that have been successful for you. 
 

As a paramedic with military-related service and three decades of educational leadership experience, I use an evidence-based Person-Centered approach to make connections with your lived experiences and your nervous system, and an eclectic combination of interventions that resonate with you.

 

Together, we’ll help you name your distress, identify your triggers, and create strategies to move you toward change that you design, at a pace that is manageable for you.

 

Courage means moving forward despite fear and uncertainty. If you are ready to take the first steps, I am ready to walk beside you on your journey.

Stephanie Jackson
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Jessica Glennie - MA in Counselling Psychology Practicum Student

Jess is completing her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. She has also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Development Studies from the University of Waterloo and a Diploma in Therapeutic Recreation from Georgian College. Jess is passionate about connecting with and helping others foster resilience and self-acceptance, leading to personal growth.

 

Jess draws from a person-centered approach to honour and respect clients’ unique perspectives, cultures, and values and creates a safe place for clients to feel heard and supported. Jess leads with compassion, respect, and curiosity and incorporates mindfulness and self-compassion principles.

 

 

She collaborates with clients using strength-based approaches such as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), solution-focused therapy (SFBT), narrative therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). Some areas of interest are helping clients with grief or loss, challenging life or career transitions, anxiety, low self-worth, and burnout (caregiver, career).

 

Jess enjoys spending time with family and friends; she is a novice curler and an avid team paddler, spending many hours training on beautiful Lake Banook, and competing and coaching when time permits.

 

 

Sean Maddox B.A., M.I.A.

I graduated from Dalhousie University with an B.A. Advanced Major (Political Science), and a Masters of International Affairs with a Major in International Development from Ohio University.

 

From the mid 1990s watching people deal with the ravages of Aids across Africa to the streets of Ottawa, Kingston, Cornwall and Dartmouth where people struggle for basic human needs, I have witnessed first hand, societies diverse mental health challenges and how stretched our mental health systems are. 

 

From an early age I sold the most chocolate bars and ran the most laps, as I have always been about the cause. At Spectrum I get to work with front line workers making a difference; helping people just like all those I have learned from in the past.

 

My personal life and work has taken me around the world allowing me to listen and learn. As a father of two I know how important it is to listen and be listened to. When I’m not supporting the clinic you will likely find me in my studio.

Meghan MacPherson MA Candidate

Meghan Macpherson is doing her Master of Education in Counselling at Acadia University. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Cape Breton University, an Advanced Diploma in Human Resources Management from Nova Scotia Community College, and a Diploma in Massage Therapy from the Canadian College of Massage Hydrotherapy.

 

Until recently, Meghan practiced as an Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) and ran her own business in Dartmouth . She has gained extensive experience connecting with clients and building a knowledge of the link between physical and mental health. Her early training and work in human resources and management have also greatly influenced her career.

 

Meghan loves her community (downtown Dartmouth) and all it offers. That includes the spaces for her to relax, stroll with her dog and friends. Nature surrounds her and is a constant in her life.

Inclusivity

We are committed to the promotion of diversity and place a high value on the dignity and worth of all individuals regardless of their gender, ethnicity, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, age, physical and mental abilities and socioeconomic status. Counselling, counselling therapy should help all with mental health challenges.

Why Spectrum?

We use a number of treatment approaches preferring mindfulness based stress reduction and cognitive-behavioural therapy.  Each person’s situation is unique so our counselling therapy focus is provide a safe, caring and supportive environment so you feel heard and understood. Whether in our Dartmouth office or virtually the counselling process can assist you to gain insight and learn the tools to help you to move forward in a way that is helpful to you. Mental health counselors are ready to assist. Don’t wait. Call today.

Our Therapy

Healing Begins Here

Therapeutic Counselling Services

We provide individualized therapeutic counselling, helping our clients address personal challenges and promote emotional growth.

Occupational Therapy

Our occupational therapy program empowers individuals with skills for daily living, helping them enjoy fulfilling, independent lives.

Group Therapy

We offer supportive group therapy sessions, where clients can share experiences and learn from others in a safe, facilitated setting.

Community Programs

At the core of Spectrum is our commitment to learning and sharing. To that end we provide Masters level counselling students the space, support, supervision and mentorship to meet the practical requirements of their programs. This includes hundreds of counselling hours, covering individuals, couples, family and group counselling.  It is based on first come first serve. 

 

Starting September 4th, we have two students starting. Together, they have 400 hours of counselling therapy available between September and the end of December. All student delivered counselling therapy at Spectrum is free. 

 

Sessions will fill fast. Don’t wait.