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
Oppositional Defiance (ODD) and Conduct Disorders (CD)
Self-Harming and Suicidal Ideation
Trauma and PTSD
Video Game Addiction
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.
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.
Shauna Stuart MSW, RSWAssociate
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.
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.
“Maintaining a client-centred approach, I meet you where you’re at, empowering you to navigate new ways of thinking that lead to a more positive life outlook and improved well-being. I am passionate about creating a safe space where you can reflect and re-evaluate, enabling you to make healthier life choices that will alleviate life stressors, leading to a more balanced and fulfilled life. My practice remains proactively non-judgmental and anti-discriminatory”. Jane
Jane completed her Master of Social Work (MSW- Clinical Specialization) in 2012 at the University of Bedfordshire (England). She is a registered clinical social worker across multiple Canadian provinces (Saskatchewan, Ontario, British Columbia, and Nova Scotia).
She holds the Authorized Practice Endorsement (APE); this demonstrates her extensive training and skills in various evidence-based treatment modalities such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Solution-focused therapy. Jane is an experienced addiction counsellor, mental health therapist, and relationship counsellor. She has extensive experience working with adults and adolescents from various backgrounds presenting with complex mental health concerns. Jane has worked in multiple settings, forensic in-patient hospitals, and community mental health teams.
Jane loves to spend time with her family and close friends. Her favourite pastimes are travelling and experiencing new cuisines and cultures. She particularly enjoys swimming, reading, and listening to music.