Category Archives for "Counsellors"

Melanie Hickey

Melanie Hickey

Melanie Hickey

Registered Social Worker
B.A. (Sociology/Women’s Studies), B.S.W., M.S.W., R.S.W.

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


Melanie is a Registered Social Worker (R.S.W.) practicing for over 17 years in various roles. She adopts a down to earth, compassionate and person-centered approach to therapy. Melanie has extensive experience working with a diverse range of clients. Melanie is committed to helping her clients reach their full potential and live fulfilling lives. With a passion for helping others, she creates a safe and supportive environment where her clients feel heard and understood. Valuing each client's unique experiences and perspectives, Melanie builds trust and mutual respect in the therapeutic relationship. She builds her foundations on trauma- informed care and incorporates evidence-based techniques.

Melanie has training in: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT). She is also a certified Mental Health First Aid (Seniors) Instructor. Melanie is experienced in working with individuals in the areas of trauma, various mental health problems, addictions, coping skills, impulsivity, life transitions, relationships, grief, loss, stress, and suicidal/self-harm ideations. Counselling is tailored to the unique needs of the person, providing space for the individual to find meaning through exploring their emotions and feelings and working through tough situations. Melanie will work with you to develop coping techniques to support you with your mental health and well being.

Melanie Hickey

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, Memorial University, Sociology and Women’s Studies
  • Certificate in Criminology, Memorial University
  • Bachelor of Social Work, University of Victoria
  • Master of Social Work, Memorial University, 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, #2657

Professional Membership

  • Newfoundland and Labrador College of Social Workers (NLCSW)

Certificates & Training

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Level 1 training
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), present
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Seeking Safety
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Cultural Competency
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Substance Use, Recovery and Aftercare
  • Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW), Field Instructor Certificate Program
  • Mental Health First Aid-Seniors, Certified Instructor, Mental Health Commission of
    Canada (MHCC)
  • Memorial University School of Social Work, Field Instructor, BSW & MSW programs
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Training (CBT)
  • Therapeutic Crisis Intervention
  • Child Abuse Investigation Training, Memorial University
  • Single Session Counselling Certificate, Wilfrid Laurier University School of Social Work
  • Harm Reduction and Recovery, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Person Centered Case Management, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness (CAEH)

Contact:

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

Shelley Butt

Shelley Butt

Shelley Butt

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

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


Shelley has over 27 years of experience in the field of social work and specializes in working with youth, adults and families to manage the impact of trauma and abuse histories. She has experience with relationship building and interpersonal difficulties, anxiety and mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief and loss, stress management and self-care.

Her clinical approach is trauma-informed and strengths based, using various treatment modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person- Centered Approach, Mindfulness, and Solution Focused Therapy.

Shelley provides client-centered treatment plans for her clients that are inclusive of the unique challenges they have identified; providing validation for their lived experiences while empowering them to define and achieve their goals.

Shelley Butt

Education

  • Bachelor  of Social Work, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Master of Social Work, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Registration

  • Registered Social Worker with Newfoundland and Labrador College of Social Workers, #1930

Contact:

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

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

Dana Diamond

Dana Diamond

Dana Diamond

Registered Psychologist
B.A., B.Ed., B.S.W., M.Ed., R.Psych

Individual & Family Counselling
Ages: Children (5-11)


Dana has over 10 years experience working with children and adolescents in school, clinic and private practice settings. She helps children and families dealing with anxiety, attachment issues, grief/loss, self esteem, social phobias, stress, emotional regulation and adjustment to life changes (divorce, mourning).

She uses an integrative play therapy approach, she makes use of music, art, sand tray and traditional counselling to help children process emotions, foster problem-solving skills, nurture resiliencies and make sense of their experiences.

Dana Diamond

Education

  • Bachelor of Social Work, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL
  • Master of Education in Counselling Psychology, University of Alberta, AB
  • Conjoint Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education (Major in Psychology, Minor in French), Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL

Registration

  • Registered Psychologist – NL & Lab Psychology Board #524
  • Registered Psychologist – College of Alberta Psychologists #4220
  • Registered Play Therapist – American Play Therapy Association #T3019
  • Medavie Blue Cross Provider #5240

Professional Membership

  • Psychologists Association of Alberta (PAA) - #13251
  • Association for Play Therapy United States #T3019

Contact:

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

Samantha Rose

Samantha Rose

Samantha Rose

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

Individual & Family Counselling

Ages: Children (10-12), Teens (13-17), Young Adults (18-24), Adults


Samantha has a BSW and MSW from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador. She is currently working on her PhD in Social Work from Memorial University.

Samantha has been practicing as a social worker for over 9 years in numerous capacities. She has experience providing individual counselling, family counselling, group counselling and play therapy to children, youth, and adults. Samantha has also developed and facilitated psychoeducational groups as well as mutual-aid support groups.

Samantha practices from a person-centered perspective and utilizes solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, and sand-tray therapy. Samantha has training in brief focused counselling, and sand-tray therapy. She believes in a strengths-based approach to underpin her therapeutic modalities.

Samantha Rose

Education

  • Bachelor of Social Work, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Master of Social Work, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

Registration

  • Registered Social Worker with Newfoundland and Labrador College of Social Workers, #3306

Contact:

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

Katie Walsh

Katie Walsh

Katie Walsh

Registered Social Worker
BA.(Sociology/Psychology), B.S.W., M.S.W., R.S.W.

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


Katie has over a decade of experience working alongside individuals, couples and families both in-person and virtually. Most of this time has been spent in community health care supporting individuals experiencing severe/persistent mental health challenges, persons/families living with addiction, those experiencing a mental health crisis and/or suicide ideation, providing counselling/therapy using a variety of modalities, as well as completing critical incident debriefs for those whom just experienced a traumatic event.

In her work, Katie is grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). She is a solution focused and strengths-based practitioner who puts emphasis on a motivational interviewing lens to ensure she is using a client-centred approach. She is dedicated to lifelong learning and post-graduate training is something that she values when it comes to staying current and using best practice.

Katie places emphasis on creating a non-judgemental, open and comfortable environment to support others.

Katie Walsh - A Holding Place

Katie Walsh

Education

  • Master of Social Work - Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
  • Bachelor of Social Work - Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL
  • Bachelor of Arts - Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL

Registration

  • Registered Social Worker with Newfoundland and Labrador College of Social Workers, #3309

Professional Membership

  • Newfoundland and Labrador College of Social Workers (NLCSW)

Contact:

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