Shawn has worked for over a decade with children, youth, and families struggling with mental health and addiction issues. Shawn has trained in multiple treatment modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and trauma approaches (PE), including the Connect Attachment Program, the Attachment Regulation Competency (ARC) framework, and the Collaborative Problem Solving model. He is also trained to provide readiness hormone and surgical assessments through for World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
He is a dynamic speaker and presenter in large and small groups. His presentation skills foster interactive child and youth workshops to education and training events using an adult learning model to achieve the best outcomes. Shawn has had the pleasure of traveling throughout the Atlantic Provinces to provide professional development in a variety of settings and topics.
Shawn practices in a non-judgmental way, fostering a safe and secure environment for others to explore goals and self-advocacy. Through supportive, educational interventions, Shawn works with clients to reach self-identified goals and positive outcomes.
Shawn is also turning his attention to various research opportunities and plans to begin work in the field of video gaming addiction, an area he has studied and supported others in for many years
Patrick Daigle Founder - Clinician
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.