Monthly Archives: November 2022

Amy Lethbridge

Amy Lethbridge

Amy Lethbridge

Registered Psychotherapist
B.Ed. (Counselling Psychology), R.P.

Individual Counselling
Ages: Young Adults (18-24), Adults, Seniors


The counselling environment is a unique space as it allows individuals to express themselves without fear of judgment. Amy recognizes that it can take a great deal of courage and effort to come to therapy and do the work involved. Amy’s goal is for clients to feel accepted and safe in the counselling relationship so that they can work towards increased self-awareness, compassion, and growth. Amy uses a client-centered approach that is informed by the following theoretical orientations: Emotion Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Mindfulness Practice. 

Amy has provided counselling and psychotherapy services in various settings including: an EAP company, providing assessment and crisis intervention for employees struggling at work and in their personal lives; at a University Counselling Centre providing individual and group counselling to the university student population; and at a community counselling centre providing individual counselling to the LGBTQ2S population. Amy has experience working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, gender identity, self worth, relationship issues, stress management, trauma, grief and loss, and life transitions. 

Amy is passionate about perinatal mental health and has a special interest in working with women, mothers to be and new mothers. As a mother herself, Amy understands that the journey to pregnancy, as well as the pregnancy and postpartum periods, all can have a significant physical, mental and emotional impact on a woman. From fertility challenges, pregnancy and infant loss to managing changing roles and relationships and postpartum anxiety and mood changes, there are many challenges women face during this period of time. 

Amy Lethbridge

Education

  • Bachelor of Physical Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Bachelor of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Master of Education (Counselling Psychology), Memorial University of Newfoundland

Registration

  • Registered Psychotherapist with The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) #002754

Professional Membership

  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) #11244228
  • Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists of Canada #22-6740

Certificates and Training

  • Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT)
  • Bringing Baby Home Educator Training, The Gottman Institute
  • Perinatal Mental Health, Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings
  • Pregnancy and Infant Loss, PESI

Contact:

Email: help@aholdingplace.ca 
Tel: (709) 738-0432

Arwa Brown

Arwa Brown

Arwa Brown 

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

Individual & Family Counselling
Ages: Teens (13-17), Young Adults (18-24), Adults, Seniors


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. She draws from a variety of counselling theories and perspectives and also uses imagery and visualization techniques when working with clients.

Arwa believes the counsellor-client connection is integral to effective counselling and helps clients to look at themselves with compassion, openness, and curiosity.

Arwa Brown Counsellor

Arwa Brown

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
  • Certified Member of The Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists (ANN), #19-6363

Professional Membership

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

Contact:

Email: help@aholdingplace.ca 
Tel: (709) 738-0432

Sarah Hunt

Sarah Hunt

Sarah Hunt

Registered Social Worker

B.A.(Psychology/Sociology), B.S.W., M.S.W., R.S.W.

Individual & Family Counselling

Ages: Teens (13-17), Young Adults (18-24) and Adults, Seniors


Sarah has experience providing empathetic and non-judgemental therapeutic services to children/youth, adults, and seniors within individual, family, and group settings. She has extensive experience in providing group therapy and workshops in relapse prevention, suicide and mental health interventions, challenging phobias, general wellness, as well as psychological first aid and incident debriefing.

Sarah has a passion for helping people through utilizing integrated approaches that build on client strengths, are solution focused and are client centred. Her approach is evidence based and holistic in nature, integrating concepts of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and other methods into individualized treatment.

During her downtime, Sarah enjoys partaking in activities which she endorses for mental health and wellness, including meditation, hiking, and painting.

Sarah Hunt

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of New Brunswick, Psychology and Sociology - Double Major
  • Bachelor of Social Work, Dalhousie University, Graduate with Distinction
  • Master of Social Work, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies for outstanding academic achievement and performance of special merit

Registration

  • Registered Social Worker with Newfoundland and Labrador College of Social Workers, #3124

Professional Membership

  • Newfoundland and Labrador College of Social Workers (NLCSW)

Certificates and Training

  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Psychological First Aid and Debriefing
  • Suicide Intervention
  • Mental Health First Aid for Youth
  • Cultural Competency
  • Substance Use, Recovery and Aftercare
  • Indigenous Mental Health

Contact:

Email: help@aholdingplace.ca 
Tel: (709) 738-0432

Mark Cole

Mark Cole

Mark Cole 

Certified Counsellor
B.Ed., M.Ed.(Counselling Psychology), C.C.C.

Individual Counselling
Ages: Young Adults (18-24), Adults


Mark has been working in the school system for 20 years; the past 10 of which have been with youth with complex mental health and behavior challenges. He also has experience working with young adult and adult populations in private practice.

Mark is trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which is a proven effective treatment for trauma, as well as anxiety, depression, and anger. He takes a holistic approach to working with clients and helps guide them in identifying strengths, new skills, and effective self care practices.

Mark has the ability to develop strong, trusting relationships with clients by creating a safe, supportive non-judgemental setting.

Mark Cole

Education

  • B.Ed. (Primary/Elementary), Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL
  • M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology), Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL

Certification

  • Certified Counsellor – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, #10001191
  • Certified Member of The Academy of Naturopaths and Naturotherapists (ANN)  # 21-6578

Professional Membership

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

Training

  • EMDR Level One and Two completed 2018

Contact:

Email: help@aholdingplace.ca 
Tel: (709) 738-0432

Meghan Churchill

Meghan Churchill

Meghan Churchill

Registered Social Worker
B.S.W., M.S.W., R.S. W.

Individual & Couples Counselling
Ages: Young Adult (18-24), Adults, Seniors


Meghan has a range of experience working in the field of mental health and addictions. She has worked with diverse individuals and couples who experience various issues including, anxiety, depression, addictions, relationship problems, relationship abuse, self-esteem, stress management, anger management, grief and loss, communication, interpersonal relationships conflict, and life transitions.

Meghan uses best practices in the field of mental health and addictions and implements therapeutic approaches that meet the individual's needs. Primary approaches include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Gottman Method. Meghan believes practice and persistence are important to the individual’s progress and provides tools and resources that can be used outside of session. Meghan works from a collaborative and strengths based perspective; she is person-centred and strives to facilitate self-empowerment. Meghan values and considers all areas of an individual’s life and believes recovery is possible for all.

Meghan Churchill - A Holding Place

Meghan Churchill

Education

  • BSW, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • MSW, with Specialization in Mental Health and Health, University of Toronto.
  • Some courses include Psychodynamic Theories and Clinical Social Work Practice, Cognitive Behavioural Theories in Clinical Social Work Practice, Advanced Social Work Practice in Mental Health.

Registration

  • Registered Social Worker with Newfoundland and Labrador College of Social Workers #3230
  • Medavie Blue Cross Provider #32300

Professional Membership

  • Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW) #3230

Training

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Level 1 training, present
  • Gottman Method, Treating Affairs and Trauma, present
  • Single Session Brief Solution Focus Therapy Training, 2017
  • Drug Overdose Prevention Training, 2015
  • Seeking Safety, Trauma Informed Care, 2015
  • Motivational Interviewing, 2015
  • Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training, 2015
  • Adult Smoking Cessation, 2014

Contact:

Email: help@aholdingplace.ca 
Tel: (709) 738-0432