Shawn Wood
Shawn Wood Founder - MSW, BSW, RSW, CYC-P
In 2017, Shawn completed his Master’s in Social Work at the University of Waterloo in Canada. For over a decade, he has been assisting children, youth, and families dealing with mental health and addiction issues.

One of Shawn’s most fulfilling therapeutic approaches is Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). ACT serves as a guide, helping people navigate the challenges of life. It teaches us to accept our thoughts and emotions without judgment. By aligning with our core values, ACT empowers us to take meaningful actions that lead to personal growth and a stronger sense of purpose. It’s like having a toolkit for navigating life’s twists and turns with resilience and authenticity.

Shawn has also worked with the LGBTQ+ community and has conducted readiness hormone and surgical assessments for the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).

Shawn creates a secure and non-judgmental environment for his clients to explore their goals and advocate for themselves. With supportive and educational interventions, Shawn helps clients achieve their self-identified goals and attain positive outcomes.

In his leisure time, Shawn enjoys playing Dungeon and Dragons with his friends in Canada. He prioritizes self-care by regularly going to the gym and engaging in various sports activities.

Areas of Expertise:
Substance use and Gambling
Personality Disorders
Anxiety
Depression
LGBTQ+
Life Transitions
Men’s Issues
Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
Anger Management
Oppositional Defiance (ODD) and Conduct Disorders (CD)
Relationship Issues
Self-Harming and Suicidal Ideation
Trauma and PTSD
Video Game Addiction

Specialized Training:
ERP (Exposure Response Prevention) (2022)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (comprehensive) (2021).
Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) (2015)
Attachment Regulation Competency (ARC) (2014)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) (2017)
Motivational Interviewing (MI) (2017)
Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) (2020)
Prolonged Exposure (PE) (2022)
Connect Attachment Program (2014)
Gottman Method Level 1 (2023)

Patrick Daigle
Patrick Daigle Founder - MSW, BSW, RSW
Passionate about personal health and well-being, Patrick is both a private practitioner and a health services manager in the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA). He holds a Master of Social Work from Dalhousie University and enjoys being a life-long learner in various therapeutic approaches in order to support others.

Patrick spent thirteen years working clinically in the Mental Health & Addictions Program, NSHA, where he grew his skills in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Structured Relapse Prevention, and Brief Therapy. During this time, he became proficient in working with those struggling with mental health and addictions. Additionally, he helped to establish and implement services for those struggling with their loved ones’ addiction.

Patrick has completed his externship in emotionally focused therapy (EFT). EFT for couples and families is a short-term therapy focused on the adult relationship and attachment to each other. He looks forward to continuing his goal in 2019-20 to become one of the few certified EFT clinicians in Nova Scotia.

Volunteerism is important to Patrick. He has been an active member in numerous LGBT* community organizations, including the Youth Project and the AIDS Coalition of Nova Scotia. Patrick is also an active member of MADD Canada.

Through these experiences, Patrick has developed the skills necessary to effectively help those questioning or curious about their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. Furthermore, he is also trained to conduct transgender hormone assessments in a safe and supportive environment.

Patrick is grateful to be able to work collaboratively with others to reach their goals.

Shauna Stuart MSW, RSW
Shauna Stuart MSW, RSWAssociate - MSW, BSW, RSW
Shauna Stuart has been a registered social worker for over 25 years and has spent the last 18 years as a Masters-level clinician working in the mental health field. Shauna uses an eclectic approach tailored to individual needs, drawing from a number of evidence-based modalities, including Solution-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Additionally, Shauna is trained in WPath standards of care for the purposes of assessing readiness for gender-affirming hormone treatment and surgeries.
Patricia Mugridge MSW, RSW
Patricia Mugridge MSW, RSW Associate
Patricia has been involved in trauma-informed social work practice for over thirty years, with 20 plus years working with troubled and vulnerable youth and children in the child welfare system using a relational treatment lens. Patricia values the dignity and worth of each client, treating them with compassion and respect – mindful of the impact of structural oppression in their day-to-day living.

Patricia is a trained Dialectical Behaviour, Motivational Interviewer, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, and Solution-focused Therapist who also works with those in Prolonged Exposure settings; she practices in both individual and group treatment.

A clinical therapist working with adults in a mental health and addictions clinic today, Patricia works with adults who have experienced trauma and PTSD, addictions, family of origin issues, life transitions, adjusting to change, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance. Patricia believes adopting self-compassion is a key ingredient for growth and healing.

“Our success and failures come and go- they neither define us nor do they determine our worthiness” – Kristen Neff.

Angela Peh
Angela PehAssociate - MSW, BSW, RSW
Angela has been a practicing social worker since 2006, working with children, youth, families, and seniors. She has been practicing in the field of mental health since 2018, working on the child and youth team with Community Mental Health. She has been trained in Cognitive
Behavior Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), and Cool Kids program for anxiety. She is in the process of becoming a certified CBT practitioner through the Canadian Association of Cognitive and
Behavioral Therapies (CACBT). Angela’s core belief is that through the development of an authentic relationship, we can work together and ultimately accomplish your goals. If you are struggling in one or more of her areas of practice or are seeking general supportive counselling, please reach out to determine if you are interested in working together.
Arpi Parikh
Arpi Parikh Associate - MSW, RSW
Areas of specialties

Behavioural and/or Substance Addictions, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Eating Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Partum Depression / Anxiety, PTSD, Sexual Disorder, Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Sleep Disorder, Gambling Disorder, Narcissistic Personality Disorder, Life transitions, Relationship, Parenting, Career coaching, Anger management, teenager concerns,

SPECIALITIES

Developmental Disabilities, Gender-Affirming Care (TGNB), Grief and Loss, Chronic Illness or Pain, Learning or Intellectual Disabilities, Life Coaching, Marriage and Romantic / Sexual Relationships, Behavioural Addictions, Domestic or Intimate Partner Abuse Violence, Religion and Spirituality, Parenting, Racial / Cultural Identity, Racial Trauma-Informed, Abuse, Trauma, Harassment and Bullying, Psychosocial Oncology, First Responders, Military Veterans, Indigenous Healing Practices, Migrants / Immigrants / Refugees, Palliative / End-of-Life Care, Physical Disabilities, Infertility, Polyamory / Non-Monogamy, Victims of Narcissistic Abuse, Workplace Issues, Executive / Leadership Counselling

AGE GROUPS

Preteen (10-13 years), Adolescents (14-19 years), Adults (20-64 years), Seniors (65+ years)

LANGUAGES

English, Gujarati, Hindi

Earline Sharpe
Earline Sharpe Associate - MSW, BSW, RSW
Life can often be challenging and sometimes we need help to navigate the waters. If you have been struggling with mental health issues such as anxiety or depression, or issues with alcohol, substances, or gambling, reaching out for help can be one of the hardest things to do. Earline is a Clinical Social Worker with 15 years of experience currently working in the field of mental health and addictions. Earline brings a collaborative, non-judgmental, compassionate approach to her work with clients. In her practice, Earline draws from evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Solutions Focused Therapy (SFT). Earline acknowledges that the therapy process can be intimidating and maybe you are hesitant to start. Together you and Earline can work towards connecting the dots so you can better understand what is keeping you stuck and come up with a plan to help you find solutions that line up with your values and goals.

“We don’t have to do all of it alone. We were never meant to.”
― Brené Brown, Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution.