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Individual, Couples & Family Counselling

111 Pennywell Road, St. John's, NL A1C 2L2
Ph: (709) 738-0432 Fax: (709) 738-3294
Email: Help@aholdingplace.ca

Helen MacKinnon

B.A.(Psychology), M.Ed.(Counselling Psychology), C.C.C.

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Helen has a wide range of experience working with individuals, couples, and families who are dealing with a variety of issues including anger, anxiety, aging-related issues, stress, grief, loss, relationship problems, self-esteem, life transitions, and separation & divorce. She is trained in EMDR therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy. She has facilitated mediation services as well as psycho-educational groups related to positive parenting, setting healthy boundaries, and support groups for separated and divorced individuals. Helen takes a holistic approach when working with clients and is open to include one’s spiritual beliefs and values in the counselling process.

Education:

  • B.A. Major-Psychology, Minor-Sociology, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, NS
  • Specialized courses in Gerontology, Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS
  • M.Ed. Counselling Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL

Certification:

  • Certified Counsellor – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, #4097

Professional Membership:

  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Member of EMDR Canada
  • Member of EMDR International Association
  • EMDR Qualified

Janis Campbell

B.Mus, M.Ed (Counselling Psychology), C.C.C.

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Janis Campbell works with individuals and couples using an integrated approach that draws from person-centered therapy, creative arts therapies, positive psychology and mindfulness techniques. She is an EMDR therapist and has training in Emotionally Focused Couple’s Therapy. She has worked successfully with clients experiencing a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, anger, stress, grief and loss, trauma, relationships, self-esteem, communication skills, career and life transitions.  She has also co-facilitated groups on separations and divorce, anger management and programs for youth.  She believes that every person is unique and focuses on their own strengths and goals in session.

Education:

  • B.Mus – Major in Music Performance with First Class Honours, St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia
  • B.Mus.Ed – Major in Music Education, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
  • M.Ed – Major in Counselling Psychology, Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland.

Certification:

  • Certified Counsellor – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association – #6978

Professional Membership:

  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Member of EMDR Canada
  • Member of EMDR International Association
  • EMDR Qualified

 

Tracy Duffy

B.A.(Psychology), M.Ed.(Counselling Psychology), C.C.C.

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With a diverse range of work experience, Tracy believes in working with people from both a strengths- based and client- centered perspective. Having gained vast experience in a variety of setting, Tracy is a skilled counsellor, facilitator and educator, with training in mediation, conflict coaching, crisis intervention and various counselling methodologies.  Special areas include: working with children (under 12yrs), incorporating play therapy methods to assist on issues of stress, grief and anxiety.  Working with adults, she has successfully assisted clients in dealing with grief/loss issues, crisis intervention, life transitions, self- esteem/assertiveness, anxiety/stress, and conflict management/communication work.   With proven skill in both individual and group work, she has also developed and facilitated a broad range of groups on the topics of: stress management, assertive communication, compassion fatigue, play therapy and self-esteem. Tracy approaches all challenges with positive energy, and looks forward to sharing many insights in therapeutic work as a collaborative process with clients.

Education:

  • B.A. Major-Psychology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
  • M.Ed. Counselling Psychology, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL
  • Various training/certificates including: Foundations of Play Therapy, Trauma interventions with children, grief therapy, suicide intervention/prevention, critical incident group de-briefing, crisis intervention, conflict coaching and mediation skills.

Certification:

  • Certified Counsellor – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, #2908

Professional Membership:

  • NLCPA (NL Counselling and Psychologists Association)
  • CACPT (Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy)
  • FMC (Family Mediation Canada)
  • CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association) – NL Director

 

Arwa Brown

B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology), C.C.C.

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Arwa has a natural ability to connect with clients using a holistic counselling approach.   She helps clients to understand the essence of being present through mindfulness in order to see more clearly how personal growth is possible and attainable.  Arwa has expertise in working with diverse clients – individually and in groups—experiencing a wide range of client issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, job loss and career transition, childhood sexual abuse, transition from adolescence to adulthood, and coping with adult effects of parental divorce.  Arwa draws from a variety of counselling theories and perspectives and also uses imagery and visualization techniques when working with clients.  She believes the counsellor-client connection is integral to effective counselling and helps clients to look at themselves with compassion, openness, and curiosity.

 

Education:

  • B.A., B.Ed., Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL
  • M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

Certification:

  • Certified Counsellor, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, #2380
  • Personality Dimensions® Facilitator Certificate, Career/Lifeskills Resources Inc.
  • Sexual Abuse Group Counsellor Training Program Certificate, York Region Abuse Program

Professional Membership:

  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador Counsellors’ and Psychologists’ Association (NLCPA)

 

Jenna Kean

BSc.(Hons), MSc.(Clinical Mental Health Counselling). C.C.C.

Jenna’s focus is on assisting children and youth, ages 6-18, thrive in their environments. She believes that all children want to succeed and she has a passion for helping parents, youth and children learn the necessary skills. She also enjoys working with families and individuals in the areas of depression, anxiety, anger, parenting, stress management, trauma, and self-esteem. Jenna has considerable experience conducting risk assessments and working with individuals experiencing suicidal ideations. She has run psycho-educational groups for parents on topics such as Collaborative and Proactive Solutions and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and group therapy for youth displaying abusive behaviors towards their parents, and those experiencing anxiety. Jenna generally works from a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy approach, but also has training and experience in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. Jenna remains client-centered and adapts from other treatment modalities when necessary.

Education:

  • HBSc. Specialization in Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario
  • MSc. Clinical Mental Health Counselling, Niagara Falls, New York, USA

Certification:

  • Certified Counsellor – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association – #0417

Professional Membership:

  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

 

 

Michelle Quinlan

 MSc, MA,(Psychotherapist). C.C.C.

Michelle’s clinical training includes the integration of the principles of Buddhist psychology, neuroscience, and the practice of psychotherapy. Michelle works with individuals from a contextual framework, taking into consideration one’s relationships, family system, community, cultural values, and societal dynamics. Guided by mindfulness, harm reduction principles, and client-centered approaches, Michelle has experience forming effective working relationships with adults from a variety of sociodemographic locations experiencing challenges such as depression, emotional instability, social stigma, trauma, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and substance misuse. She has facilitated dialectical behavior therapy and psychodynamic process groups, and is a certified mindfulness meditation instructor. She also has three years of teaching experience in a clinical graduate program, training budding psychotherapists in the context of dance/movement and somatic psychotherapy. She is grateful for the privilege to support individuals to refine their sense of creativity, curiosity, spontaneity, and agency for their own lives, through the development of a deeper sense of self-awareness and self-compassion.

Education:

  • MA Contemplative Psychotherapy and Buddhist Psychology – Graduate School of Psychology; Naropa University; Boulder, CO
  • MSc – Medicine (Neuroscience) – Division of Biomedical Sciences; Memorial University of Newfoundland; St. John’s, NL
  • Bachelor of Science; Neuroscience & Nutrition Biochemistry Memorial University of Newfoundland; St. John’s, NL

Certification:

  • Certified Counsellor – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association – #13293

Professional Membership:

  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)