Our Team of Halifax Psychologists and Counsellors
Dr. Brent Conrad
I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with The Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and a member of The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia.
I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at Dalhousie University (just up the street from Green Leaf Psychological), my Masters and PhD. degrees in clinical psychology at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, and my Doctoral Internship at The University of Manitoba.
During my career (so far) I have worked in hospitals, forensic settings, psychiatric institutions, community services, universities, counselling centres, private clinics, and of course, as the owner of Green Leaf Psychological Services in Halifax.
I am comfortable offering therapy for a wide range of personal difficulties and have particular interests in helping clients overcome issues related to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, video game addiction, anger, shyness and social anxiety, abusive relationships, assertiveness, grief, breakups and divorce, panic attacks, and perfectionism. For more information on what therapy is actually like, please read about my approach to therapy, and my thoughts on what makes a good psychologist at my professional website Halifax Psychologist.
I provide assessments for Learning Disorders, Child ADHD, Adult ADHD, Dyslexia, IQ, Giftedness, and Academic issues. I take great pride in every assessment I offer, do everything possible to make sure that it is a relaxed and enjoyable experience (especially for child assessments), and will personally sit down to discuss the results and answer all questions when the final report is complete.
Assessments can be a significant investment of your time and energy. But, they can also answer questions that you have wondered about for many years - and can provide direction and guidance to significantly improve the quality of your life (or the life of your child). This is a responsibility I take very seriously and my goal is to always exceed your expectations for an assessment.
Questions? Please send me an email - I personally respond to every inquiry I get, regardless of whether you are a current client or not.
Anne-Elise O'Regan, M.Sc.
(Currently on maternity leave)
I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with The Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology as well as a member of The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia.
I completed my Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Psychology at St. Francis Xavier University and my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Acadia University.
Throughout my time as a Psychologist, I have gained experience working with children, youth, and adults in hospital and university settings. I provide therapy for a range of emotional and personal concerns and I primarily use cognitive-behavioural and solution-focused approaches in my work at Green Leaf Psychological Services.
I believe in working collaboratively with clients and providing a warm and welcoming environment to allow for personal growth to occur. My areas of particular interest include (but are not limited to) anxiety and panic, relationship issues, self-esteem and self-confidence, family concerns, grief, social anxiety, and anger.
Dr. Sulaye Thakrar
I am a Clinical Psychologist with The Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and a member of The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia.
I completed my undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of New Brunswick, my Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, and my Doctoral Residency at the QEII Health Sciences Centre. I have worked in hospitals, community agencies, psychiatric institutions, and university counselling centres thus far in my career. In addition to Green Leaf Psychological Services, I also work at QEII Health Sciences Centre with patients in Cardiology, Respirology, and Burns.
I develop an understanding of the difficulties people face from Client-Centred, Cognitive Behavioural, and Systems perspectives. In therapy, I first get to know a person or a couple holistically by learning their culture, identities strengths, and what they wish to work on. I then draw upon influences from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based therapies, Motivational Interviewing and Communication (MI), Behavioural Change Strategies, and Systems Approaches to collaborate with people on individually tailored treatment plans in order to help them define and achieve their goals.
I am comfortable providing individual therapy for a wide range of challenges people face throughout adulthood. I have worked particularly close with people who have health difficulties and can help people with weight management, pain management, coming to terms with and managing chronic health difficulties (e.g. Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diabetes or a Heart condition), and dealing with insomnia or other sleep-related conditions. I am also skilled in helping people with anxiety (e.g. generalized anxiety, shyness, social anxiety, panic attacks), stress-management, depression, anger management, low self-esteem, difficulties with body-image, assertiveness, communication, grief, relationship difficulties, and break-ups.
I also provide therapy for couples centering on creating an understanding of mutual values and goals. Using this approach I help couples foster communication skills, build intimacy, get in touch with emotions, solve conflicts, fight fair, and manage difficulties with anger.
Need more information? Please visit my website or contact me with any questions.
Erin Clahane, M.Sc.
Psychologist (Candidate Register)
I am a Psychologist (Candidate Register) with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and a member of The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia.
I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Psychology at Saint Mary's University and my Master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Acadia University.
I began my career in the Annapolis Valley, working with adults through the Nova Scotia Health Authority. I have experience working with a wide-range of adults in university and hospital outpatient settings and am excited to be offering services at Green Leaf Psychological Services in Halifax. I am comfortable providing therapy to young adults and adults for a wide range of challenges and concerns including depression, anxiety, excessive worry, adjusting to change, burnout, low self-esteem, chronic pain/health concerns, grief, and self-harm. I am particularly interested in helping individuals overcome the challenges associated with shyness and social anxiety, panic attacks, interpersonal or relationship difficulties, and ADHD.
I use a client-centred approach to provide a space where individuals feel safe and comfortable working collaboratively with me to identify goals and the most appropriate treatment plan to suit their unique needs. I am sensitive to personal values and I welcome clients from all backgrounds. I have been trained in a variety of therapeutic models and draw upon tools and therapeutic techniques grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness.
For more information please contact me with any questions.
Shea O'Bertos, M.Sc.
Psychologist (Candidate Register)
I am a Psychologist (Candidate Register) with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology. I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Psychology from the University of Regina, before attending Acadia University, where I earned a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. I have offered assessment and intervention to clients across the lifespan at public and private practices.
At Green Leaf, I provide ADHD and learning assessments for adults. As a therapist, I work with clients of all ages and backgrounds to support their progress toward a wide range of mental health goals. I am particularly interested in partnering with clients who wish to navigate challenges related to: mood and emotion regulation, interpersonal relationships, identity, trauma, stress, anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
My style as a therapist is gentle, accepting, and collaborative. I draw upon a variety of evidence-based treatment models, including emotion-focussed therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive/dialectical behavioural therapy and the collaborative and proactive solutions model. Each of these approaches offers a unique way of understanding and addressing a given mental health concern. It is important to me to take the time to clearly explain the rationale for a variety of approaches to clients, so that they are able to actively participate in creating a treatment plan that makes sense to them and is a good fit based on their strengths and resources.
I approach each therapeutic partnership with an appreciation for the brain’s amazing neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity is the brain’s powerful ability to change in response to our inner experiences. This process makes it easy to get stuck in unhelpful ways of thinking, feeling, and relating to others, because the more we use particular neural pathways, the more efficient those pathways become. At the same time, neuroplasticity enables all of us to make meaningful changes to our brains, and, thereby, to the way we experience life.
I partner with clients to explore how their experiences have shaped their inner worlds. By mapping out how their thoughts, feelings, and relational styles make sense in the context of significant events in their lives, clients are able to develop a foundation of self-understanding and acceptance from which to safely explore new ways of being. As you become better able to identify where you are getting stuck, the path out of suffering and toward a more valued life becomes much clearer.
Lee Park, M.A.
Psychologist (Candidate Register)
I am a Clinical Psychologist, Candidate Register, with The Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and a member of The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia. I am thrilled and grateful to be an Associate member of Green Leaf Psychological Services in Halifax.
I completed my undergraduate degree with an Honours degree in psychology at Saint Mary’s University studying extensively in motivation. My Masters is from McGill University in clinical psychological counselling and therapy specializing in individuals and couples therapy.
I have worked in hospitals, education settings, psychiatric and psychological institutions, community services, universities, counselling centres, and private clinics working with students, individuals, couples and families in crisis situations and transitional difficulties.
I offer LGBTQ friendly, culturally sensitive therapy for individuals: adolescents and teens, high school students, university students, post graduates, working professionals, parents, adult clients who wish to overcome barriers related to anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship patterns, addictions, anger, social anxiety, relationships, grief, breakups and divorce, indecision, panic attacks, disorders, discovering your passion, finding purpose and identity.
I take great pleasure in my work, my approach is practical, transparent and collaborative. I see therapy as intensive individual training, investment to assist you to become your own therapist: to develop the ability to think for yourself, to find your own voice, to give yourself time to cultivate the courage to follow it. I will be there to support you and keep you accountable to your therapy goals.
I encourage resilience, self directedness, awareness, understanding, applying compassion to yourself and others. I promote making informed decisions, creating clear, concrete plans and taking immediate action towards a better future.
I have extensive training in insight oriented, psychodynamic therapy, and have seen the lasting benefits from this approach from my long term clients. I integrate basic core therapies such as CBT, Solution Focused, Emotion Focused Therapy, Narrative/Neuro-linguistics, Bio-feedback, Systemic Therapy as and when needed.
Caroline Bradley, M.Ed.
Registered Counselling Therapist
(Currently on maternity leave)
I am a Registered Counselling Therapist with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists. I am also a Canadian Certified Counsellor. I completed my Honors Degree in Psychology and my Master’s Degree in Educational Counselling at the University of Ottawa.
I spent the first years of my career working in Community Centres in Ottawa where I provided counselling to children, youth and adults. Since moving to Halifax, I have been working as a therapist in a University setting.
I am very client centered in my approach to counselling. I strongly believe in empowering clients and therefore work collaboratively with my clients to determine appropriate counselling goals and treatment plans.
I have been trained in a number of therapeutic models and use various components of these models in my work with clients. Specifically I utilize components of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. I have experience working with a diverse population on various issues such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, family issues and perfectionism.
I am comfortable offering counselling both in English and in French.
Sarah Brown, MA.SP.
School Psychologist (Candidate Register)
I am a School Psychologist (Candidate Register) registered with The Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and a member of The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia.
I completed my Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Psychology at Dalhousie University and my Master’s degree in School Psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University.
Throughout my career as a Psychologist, I have gained experience working with children and adolescents mostly in in the school setting and I have worked in several school boards across the province of Nova Scotia.
I provide comprehensive psychological-educational assessments to explore learning concerns in children and adolescents. A psychological-educational assessment will identify your son or daughter’s strengths and challenges, determine the reasons why he/she may be struggling academically, and provide recommendations for support in the classroom and at home.
Questions about assessment? Please contact me with any questions you may have and I will get back to you asap!
Brittany MacGregor, MA.SP.
Psychologist (Candidate Register)
I am a psychologist registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and a member of The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia.
I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Psychology at Saint Mary’s University and completed my Master’s of Arts in School Psychology degree at Mount Saint Vincent University. My education and practical experiences have provided me with a strong knowledge base for working with school-aged children and young adults who are experiencing a wide range of learning, mental health/and or behavioural challenges. I continue to develop my knowledge-base and understanding of evidence-based practices by attending additional training courses, conferences and workshops, and through ongoing consultation with colleagues.
At Green Leaf Psychological I specialize in conducting comprehensive psycho-educational assessments for children and adolescents. A psycho-educational assessment examines an individual’s learning strengths and challenges, reasons why they are struggling academically, and recommendations for interventions at school and home. As a psychologist who also works directly within the school systems, I am able to provide recommendations based on exactly what interventions are available within the public-school setting.
The disorders that I currently assess and provide evidence-based support for include: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Intellectual Disability (ID), and Specific Learning Disorders. I also provide interventions for emotional-regulation challenges using behavioural and cognitive-behavioural approaches.
If you are interested in a child assessment or have any questions, please contact me.
Jacqueline Boss, MA.SP.
Psychologist (Candidate Register)
I am a School Psychologist who is registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (NSBEP), and I am a member of The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Psychology and Child and Family Studies from the University of Guelph. I also received an Honour's Equivalency in Psychology from Saint Mary's University, and a Masters of Arts degree in School Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University. I am currently employed in private practice and with the Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE).
I provide comprehensive psycho-educational assessments for school-aged children and young adults who are experiencing learning, mental health, and/or behavioural challenges. Areas of specialty include Learning Disabilities (LD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), as well as other neurodevelopmental disorders such as Intellectual Disability (ID). My experience in the HRCE has enabled me to develop practical supports and recommendations that can be used to assist individuals within the school setting. I offers flexible hours at Green Leaf Psychological Services, including evening and weekend appointments.
Ashley Monk, MA.SP.
I am a School Psychologist registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology. I am also a member of The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia.
I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with an Honours in Psychology from Dalhousie University prior to completing my Masters of Arts in School Psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University. As a life-long learner, I am currently enrolled in a Masters of Education program focused on mental health at St. Francis Xavier University.
Since graduating with my Masters in School Psychology I have worked as a School Psychologist in two local regional centres. I have also worked in private practice. In my role as a School Psychologist I work with families, students, and school teams to address learning, mental health, and behavioural concerns that are impacting a student’s learning.
At Green Leaf Psychological Services I specialize in providing comprehensive psycho-educational assessments for children, adolescents, and young adults. This comprehensive assessment identifies a student’s strengths and challenges and helps determine why they are experiencing academic difficulty. Working within the local school system allows me to make meaningful recommendations for the student and those who work with them.
I offer flexible evening and weekend appointments. If you have any questions about psycho-educational assessments please feel free to contact me.
Jennifer Kilfoil, MA.SP.
I am a Registered School Psychologist with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology. I am also a member of the Canadian Psychological Association.
I completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University and then completed the Masters of Arts in School Psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University. Since graduation with my Masters in School Psychology in 2007, I have worked as a School Psychologist in the Halifax Regional Centre for Education. Additionally, I have also worked in private practice. My training and experience have provided me with an extensive knowledge base for working with students and families in order to provide support for individual’s learning, mental health, social, emotional, and behavioural functioning.
As an associate working at Green Leaf Psychological Services, I am able to provide comprehensive psycho-educational assessments for school aged children and young adults. A psycho-educational assessment will identify an individual’s strengths and challenges as it relates to learning and provide recommendations to support an individual’s learning profile and functioning at school and at home. I am able to offer both evening and weekend appointments.
Tracy Whittaker-Taggart, MA.SP.
I am a Psychologist, registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and a member of The Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia.
I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree, with Honors, at the beautiful Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB. After working with at-risk youth in group homes throughout HRM, I enrolled in the Master of Arts in School Psychology program at Mount Saint Vincent University.
Since graduating in 2000, I have worked in a Regional Center for Education, outside of HRM. I have held various roles within that Center, as both a School Psychologist and Behaviour Specialist. I have also worked in private practice throughout my career.
At Green Leaf Psychological I provide comprehensive Psycho-educational Assessments for children and young adults.
My areas of specialty include Learning Disabilities, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, as well as a comprehensive understanding of the impact of other mental health disorders on education.
I believe the first step in any Assessment is to ensure the student and the family are comfortable with the process, and understand the benefits of having a complete picture of the student’s strengths and challenges as a learner. I always spend time getting to know the person I am assessing, and believe the process should be relaxed and enjoyable.
With over 18 years of experience, I have particular strengths in providing relevant, practical, and achievable recommendations for schools.
I have flexible evening and weekend appointments and provide services in English.
Victoria Klimek, MA.SP.
I am a Psychologist registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and a member of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with Honours at St. Francis Xavier University in 2010 and my Masters degree in School Psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University in 2014.
My education and training have focused on the area of child psychology, with a particular emphasis on assessment of diverse learning and developmental needs, as well as social skills and behaviour support. Since beginning my career as a Psychologist, I have had extensive experience in a variety of roles and capacities working with children and adolescents of all ages and their families. I have worked across hospital and school settings in both research and applied practice. I previously worked as a School Psychologist and I am currently employed at the IWK Health Centre where I facilitate treatment services for preschool-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. My background has allowed me to develop knowledge and practical skills in the areas of assessment, consultation and intervention. Additionally, I have assisted in the development of educational groups for children to help students with learning disabilities (LD) better understand their diagnosis.
As an associate at Green Leaf, I offer comprehensive psychoeducational assessments for students experiencing learning difficulties. These assessments provide information on the individual's strengths and challenges, and help to identify possible Learning Disabilities. Based on the results of an assessment, I will be able to help determine appropriate supports tailored to each individual's needs.
When completing assessments, it is my personal goal to create a relaxed testing environment and to ensure that each client has a positive experience. I also strive to provide feedback and results in a clear but sensitive manner, as well as practical recommendations. Moreover, I feel it is equally important to empower clients and their families to advocate for their needs and, for that reason, I will spend time to thoroughly answer questions about the assessment and results to support those skills.
I am currently able to offer evening and weekend appointments. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to speaking with you.