About Us

Welcome to Strong Roots Therapeutic Solutions. We are a group of private practitioners who provide a range of therapeutic solutions to meet your needs. We recognize that therapy is not “one size fits all” and we want to help you find the right person and the right solution. We strive to help people to become self-determined and empowered by creating a strong root system. We are located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

“A tree stands strong not by its fruits or branches, but by the depth of its roots.”
― Anthony Liccione

What types of Therapy do we offer?

We offer a variety of different therapeutic styles to give our clients the flexibility to find the right approach to meet their goals.

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy is personal therapeutic approach that provides a safe and confidential space for your one-on-one counseling sessions in order to support you in meeting your goal.

Activity Based Therapy

Activity Based Therapy is for people who are interested in learning by doing. This is often a great approach for adults, adolescents, and children who struggle in traditional individual therapy sessions. This style of therapy allows you to take therapy on the go – to exercise your body as well as your brain.

Family Therapy

Family Therapy helps families make changes in communication in order to connect and develop skills to support one another. We help parents who are struggling to manage difficult behaviors through behavioral interventions, intervention plans, and coaching.

Meet our Clinicians

Shawn D Wood
Shawn D WoodFounder - MSW,BSW, RSW, CYC-P
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Partick Daigle
Partick DaigleFounder- MSW, BSW, RSW
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Shauna Stuart
Shauna StuartAssociate- MSW, BSW, RSW
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Patricia Mugridge
Patricia Mugridge Associate - MSW, BSW, RSW
Learn more about Patricia
Angela Peh
Angela PehAssociate - MSW, BSW, RSW
Learn more about Angela

Some examples of types of services we offer

Are you or a loved one affected by problematic video gaming? Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) placed “gaming disorder” in their 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD). They have cited the following as symptoms:

  • Impaired control over gaming (frequency, intensity, duration)
  • Increased priority is given to gaming
  • continuation or escalation of gaming despite negative consequences

If you are experiencing similar symptoms, you are not alone. One study suggests that 1 in 10 adolescents in the Ontario school system from grades 7 to 12 experience problematic gaming.  At Strong Roots Therapeutic Solutions, we want to help those suffering from problematic video gaming and support people to find balance, rediscover their own avatar (themselves), and develop skills to cope with the “real world”.

Whether you wish to explore gender confusion or are ready to have your assessment completed, we are here to help and support you. We understand this can be a challenging time for some and an exciting time for others. Whatever you are feeling, we ensure respect and non-judgment in a safe environment that allows you to feel supported and have your questions addressed.

Strong Roots provides two types of behavioural approaches.

Behavioural Intervention works one-on-one with a child or youth to implement an individualized Behavioral Plan of Intervention to improve maladaptive coping and help families set boundaries. We are committed to providing a family-centred practice to foster independence, help build relationships, and increase community inclusion.

Behavioural therapy goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment takes a hands-on, practical approach to problem-solving. Strong Roots Therapeutic Solutions creates a safe, comfortable environment to explore yourself and learn skills and techniques to incorporate into your daily life.

Support for Families and Loved Ones:

Is your loved one struggling with mental health and/or addiction issues?
Through a supportive and educational lens, we strive to understand what you are experiencing and can offer tips, techniques, resources, and skills.

Some skill areas include:

  • Protecting Self-care
  • Increasing Communication skills
  • Setting boundaries
  • Enabling behaviour (for example less helpful ways of supporting loved ones)
  • Are you struggling with harmful involvement with substances and/or gambling?

Whether you have struggled for years or have recently recognized unhealthy patterns of use, we are here to support, educate, and develop coping strategies with you to meet your personal goals for recovery.

Using an evidence-based approach, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is a couples therapy that helps you strengthen your relationship in a way that does not feel forced or inauthentic. Our trained clinician creates safety through empathetic responsiveness with the goal of guiding partners into caring emotional responses that foster secure bonding between partners.

“No one can dance with a partner and not touch each other’s raw spots. We must know what these raw spots are and be able to speak about them in a way that pulls our partner closer to us.”

― Sue Johnson, Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.

Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.

Getting effective treatment after PTSD symptoms develop can be critical to reducing symptoms and improving function.


Personality is the way of thinking, feeling and behaving that makes a person different from other people. An individual’s personality is influenced by experiences, environment (surroundings, life situations) and inherited characteristics. A person’s personality typically stays the same over time. A personality disorder is a way of thinking, feeling and behaving that deviates from the expectations of the culture, causes distress or problems functioning, and lasts over time.1

There are 10 specific types of personality disorders. Personality disorders are long-term patterns of behavior and inner experiences that differs significantly from what is expected. The pattern of experience and behavior begins by late adolescence or early adulthood and causes distress or problems in functioning. Without treatment, personality disorders can be long-lasting. Personality disorders affect at least two of these areas:


  1. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). American Psychiatric Association. (2013).

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“Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.”

Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free

“When we work together, we have power to take problems head on and make a huge difference in our life and in the lives of others around us.”

David DeNotaris

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