“HELPING PEOPLE RISE ABOVE WITH RESPONSIVE COUNSELLING & PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES”
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Our vision is to provide individuals of all ages, families and community groups a place where they can become empowered by experiencing their own capacity to heal themselves.
WHO WE ARE
We are a vibrant team of competent, compassionate psychologists and therapists. We have unique and diverse skill sets, extensive training and are passionate about our work. We believe in the power of the human spirit to rise above.
The vision of the psychologists and therapists at Lesley Hartman & Associates Inc. is to provide individuals of all ages, families and community groups a place where they can become empowered by experiencing their own capacity to heal themselves. Through these experiences our psychologists and therapists hope to assist people to be contributors to the wellness and healing of their families, community and world.
We know about this power through our successful work with those who have been burdened by great pain and who have rebuilt their lives. We are committed to assisting people to reach the joy and wholeness they yearn for but may feel far away from. There are many paths to wholeness on this precious journey through life. We invite our clients to explore new paths and to follow their soul’s yearning. We invite them to see that a new day is dawning.
Our space is private, with a quiet waiting area. Our psychological services are confidential. We are all licensed within self-regulating professional bodies. This provides the public with protection and assurances of our training and competence. We abide by the ethical codes and standards of our licensing bodies.
Examples of the tools our psychologists and therapists use include (but are not limited to) Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MCBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-informed Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) and Sex Therapy.
- Our offices are in a quiet, private space on Joseph Howe Drive in Halifax, N.S., which is centrally located close to the bridges, highways, Halifax Shopping Centre and Bayers Lake Industrial Park.
- Lesley Hartman, the practice leader, has been a practicing Community/Clinical Psychologist since 1995 and is a registered psychologist with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology. As a dynamic and diverse team of psychologists and therapists, we provide comprehensive care to assist people to rise above a wide variety of psychological concerns, life problems and challenges.
- Each psychologist/therapist, in addition to having a broad range of skills, has specialized training, for example in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (MCBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Trauma-informed Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) and Sex Therapy.
- We have Laura, our intake worker, to take your referral and assist you with finding the psychologist/therapist who will be the best fit for you. She is a skilled professional who will discuss what you are seeking over the phone. As with the psychologists/therapists, she will treat your information with the highest level of confidentiality. This process can help save you time in your first session so that you and your psychologist can quickly start to work together to address your concerns.
WHAT WE OFFER
- Individual counselling or psychotherapy
- Family Therapy
- Couples and Sex Therapy
- DBT Skills Groups
EXAMPLES OF THE TOOLS WE USE INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing EMDR
- Mindfulness-based CBT
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Sex Therapy
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
Some common concerns that people consult us about include:
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- Traumatic brain injury / Post-concussion syndrome
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Depression and another mood disorder
- Anxieties - social anxiety, health anxiety, panic disorder, etc
- Self harm
- Drug/Alcohol/ Gambling abuse
- Relationship problems
- ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Traumatic experiences and symptoms
- Occupational stress
- Career choice and transitions
- Coping with a chronic illness
- Coping with a terminal illness
- Bullying, assault, abuse
- Problems in school or work
- Negative self esteem or body image
- Disordered eating
- Trouble socializing
- Making important decisions
- Sexual dysfunction, sexual difficulties, or sexual dissatisfaction (sex therapy)
- Being from various cultural, ethnic or religious backgrounds and seeking culturally competent professionals
- Gay, lesbian, bisexual, questioning and transgendered people seeking services from people who are knowledgeable and queer-friendly
We provide culturally competent and LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender)-friendly services.
Private psychological and counselling services are not covered by M.S.I. If you have private health benefits, you may have coverage for psychological services, psychotherapy or counselling. You can check with your provider to determine whether you have coverage. We do provide some sliding scale services, based on client need and our ability at any given time.
Our psychologists are all registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and are either Masters or Ph.D. trained. We follow the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia recommended rate for psychological services.
$170.00 per 50-minute session for individual, couple or family therapy as of January 1, 2017.
Registered Counseling Therapist’s fees:
$100 plus HST per 50 minute session.
Determined according to individual group.
MEET OUR TEAM
I am a trauma-informed psychologist who works with adults, adolescents and couples. I help people with a variety of concerns, from PTSD, anxiety, depression, and traumatic brain injury to problems in living, including: work, school, recovery from illness or injury, grief, career choices or relationship concerns. Whether you want practical solutions to current problems, or prefer to address the source of current problems by healing your past, I can help. I love what I do, and enjoy working with diverse groups of people—of different ages, genders, sexual orientations or identities and cultural backgrounds or experiences. I can provide therapy in Spanish or English. I am continually inspired and awed by my clients. They have been my greatest teachers, and have taught me to believe in the resilience of the human spirit.
My orientation to clinical practice has as its foundation a solid training in both Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT) and Feminist therapies. I have also trained in Narrative Therapy, an approach whose philosophy of privileging client knowledge about their own lives, and acknowledging the importance of others—family, friends, teachers, the wider culture, past and present– in supporting a client’s changed views of self and preferred identities—assists me in more deeply integrating my core values with my clinical work. I continue to draw on these approaches; also integrate more recent training in Mindfulness approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). I am a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) practitioner. EMDR is an evidence based therapy that effectively treats Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). I also have training in Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) which I use as a foundation in my work with couples. EFT is an evidence based approach for helping couples develop a more satisfying and stronger relationship. Above all, I believe that the relationship between the client and therapist is the most important agent of change, and I bring a big heart to my work. I am authentic and use humour, stories, and metaphors to help illuminate experiences.
I have been a practicing Community/Clinical Psychologist since 1995, registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology. In 1995, I obtained a Master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Community and Clinical Psychology. This training has given me a foundation for clinical skills ranging from psychotherapy with individuals, couples, families and groups to community skills such as developing, implementing and evaluating prevention and training programs.
Among my clinical experiences, I have had the opportunity to work in such varied settings as: community-based agencies, university counselling centres, hospital crisis services and outpatient clinics as well as various private practice settings. In 2006, I opened my own private practice, Lesley Hartman and Associates.
I seek to continually update my skills. In my ongoing professional development, I have received specialized training in a number of areas. Brain Injury Intervention, advanced training in Trauma work, updated approaches to helping people deal with various anxiety disorders (panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety; phobias), and career counselling are among some of the areas.
M.Sc., Psychologist (Candidate Register)
I work with adults and older adolescents who experience a variety of difficulties and concerns. I have experience working in hospital, university, and private practice mental health care settings assisting individuals with anxiety disorders, depression, trauma, and grief. I also help individuals struggling with lifestyle changes and transitions, anger, assertiveness, and relationship concerns.
I adopt a compassionate, open-minded approach and provide supportive guidance to help clients identify their strengths and resources. Above all, my practice is client-focused and collaborative. I strongly believe in the therapeutic relationship, and meeting my clients where they are in the change process to help them define and achieve their goals. I believe that empathic understanding, patience, and an accepting environment are key elements in supporting positive change. I assist clients in identifying and coping with difficult thoughts and feelings, and offer evidence-based strategies and recommendations to facilitate this process. As a therapist, helping people reach their goals and recognize their potential for greatness is the most rewarding part of our work together.
I have completed an honours (BSc) degree in Psychology from Mount Allison University and received a Master of Science (MSc) degree in Clinical Psychology from Acadia University. My clinical training is primarily based in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT); however, I also integrate multiple therapeutic models including mindfulness-based theory, attachment theory, and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to suit the specific needs of each client. I have participated in additional training in suicide risk assessment, Emotion-Focused Therapy for caregivers, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and EMDR training, qualifying me to work with cases of PTSD and trauma. I am committed to a therapeutic approach that is current and evidence-based, and I continually seek to update my skills.
Marie Josette Durup
I work with all age groups of clients as well as families and couples, to assist with a variety of problems and concerns. In addition to bringing a perspective of diversity, I maintain a full tool-box of therapeutic approaches, strategies, and techniques on which I draw to address the problems my clients face. The choice of tool I use is arrived at through a collaborative process with the client, taking into consideration the nature of the problem, the characteristics of the client, and the stage of change where the client finds himself or herself. I aim to improve the quality of my clients lives by helping them overcome the stresses they face, learn to cope with personal difficulties and find a sense of calm and joy.
I was trained in Nova Scotia (M.Sc. in Clinical/Community Psychology from Acadia, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie). My work has taken me across Canada and to the USA. Over the past 20 years, I have served clients of varying ages, and coping with a broad range of problems. My clinical experience is broad; I have served work-based, hospital-based, court-based, prison-based, military-based, and general populations. My clinical work is very much informed by the literature, and I have an extensive background in teaching and research. My research has been in the area of Work and Family Stress, and I have specialized in these areas in my clinical work. I work with children, teens, adults, couples and families.
In addition to my clinical work and research, I have taught and trained Clinical Psychology students at the University of Manitoba, the University of Colorado and Dalhousie University. I have also been very active in my community with volunteer work, serving on several boards/committees, promoting psychology to the public, organizing continuing education activities for my colleagues, working with a community action group to establish a battered women’s home, policy advising and activities to improve and create a better community for military families and carrying out public education initiatives for adults and youth in the community.
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I am a clinical and forensic psychologist who works with adults and older adolescents. I specialize in helping people who struggle in two broad areas. First, I have advanced training and experience working with individuals who struggle with Borderline Personality Disorder and trauma. Second, I specialize in providing assessment and treatment for violence, stalking, arson, and inappropriate sexual behaviour, either prior to or following involvement with the justice system. In addition to these areas, I have worked with individuals struggling with depression, self-injury/harm, eating disorders and social skills deficits.
I have a background in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and have also been trained and am experienced in the practice of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and other therapies. I tailor the approach I use to the unique needs of each of my clients with the goal of achieving the best possible outcomes. I spend a significant time building a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients, as I believe this is often the most important component of therapy.
I began my psychology training at Acadia University, and completed my doctorate at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. I have worked across a range of settings, including community mental health centres, public and private hospitals and prisons.
I am passionate about the work I do, and I maintain and update my skills through regular professional development. I am a strong advocate for my clients and for the field of mental health more broadly, and I am active in professional organizations for this purpose. I’m excited to be back home in Nova Scotia after some time in Australia. If you are thinking of making an appointment with me, I look forward to our work together.
I am a warm and engaging clinical psychologist with more than 10 years of experience working in hospital, university and community settings. I work with adults, older adolescents and couples, and I have an integrative and flexible approach to psychotherapy. While I have been trained in Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Dialectical Behavior therapy and Interpersonal therapy, I also draw upon Compassion-focused and Emotion-focused methods, as well as Mindfulness and Motivational approaches. My specialties are in the treatment of eating disorders, borderline personality disorder and trauma, and I have extensive experience working with anxiety and mood disorders, self-injury, identity development and relationship concerns. I value diversity and I have broad training and proficiency in multicultural competencies. I am creative and respectful, and my approach is specifically adapted to the person and the presenting issue at hand. I believe in a genuine acceptance of you as a whole person while providing you with the support and safety to make the changes you desire. My goal is to collaborate with you to build practical and effective solutions that empower you to live a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.
Trained at McGill University in Montreal, I am licensed and registered in both Quebec and Nova Scotia. Aside from my clinical work, I also enjoy teaching and was a faculty lecturer at McGill University where I taught courses at the graduate and undergraduate level. I have a special interest in supervision and training, and I value education and learning for myself, as well as for others. As such, I continually seek out opportunities to update my skill set and be active in research.
M.Ed. Counselling, RCT-C
I work with children, adolescents and university-aged clients who are seeking counseling for anxiety, depression, work-related or school-related stress. In terms of clients with anxiety, I work with those struggling with generalized anxiety; social anxiety; OCD tendencies as well as panic attacks.
I have experience working in private practice as well as the university-setting. I currently work at Dalhousie University, where I counsel university students with a wide range of concerns, pertaining to their personal and academic life.
I embrace and respect anyone coming to counseling to better themselves. I adopt an open-minded approach and believe that empowerment, education and a strong therapeutic relationship are key aspects to counseling.
In addition, I am also the intake worker at the practice! Thus, I get to speak to all of you who call our practice looking for an appointment. I conduct a brief initial assessment – this is done over the phone and is used to assist you in finding the best therapist to suit your individual needs. I handle client information with the utmost confidentiality and aim to have you matched with a therapist promptly and efficiently.
I look forward to assisting you – whether in the intake or therapeutic process!
I am a clinical psychologist, and provide sex therapy to individuals and couples. Sex therapy can help you with problems you may experience while having sex (like lack of arousal, orgasm, erection or pain during intercourse), a lack of desire for sexual activity that is interfering in your relationships, or distressing or interfering thoughts and feelings about your sexuality or sexual problems.
In sex therapy, clients discuss their sexual concerns, expectations, and ideals in therapy sessions and complete homework exercises either alone or with their sexual partner(s) to help resolve problems and/or enhance their sexual lives. In my experience, it is helpful for both members of a couple to attend therapy sessions together because a sexual problem often affects the sexual relationship as a whole. However, individuals experiencing sexual dysfunction can benefit from sex therapy even when their intimate partner is unavailable or unwilling to attend sessions. Clients inform me that I provide a supportive and professional environment in which to challenge preconceived notions about sex, address factors that interfere with their sexual lives, and identify factors that enhance their sexual satisfaction.
I have specialized training in evidence-based therapy for sexual concerns and dysfunction (sex therapy), and earned a Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of New Brunswick where I received supervised training in sex therapy and research from Dr. Sandra Byers, an internationally renowned sex therapist and researcher. I have ten years experience providing sex therapy to individuals and couples and have conducted and collaborated on research in the areas of sexual communication, sexual dysfunction, and sexual satisfaction. My work has been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and textbooks in the area of human sexuality. I am a member of both the Society for Sex Therapy and Research and the Canadian Sex Research Forum and currently collaborate on research conducted in the Sexual Health Lab of Dr. Natalie Rosen at Dalhousie University.
See the sex therapy link in the resources section on this web site for recommended links to web sites about sex therapy or sexual concerns.
M.A., Psychologist (Candidate Register)
I am a Psychologist (Candidate Register) who works with adolescents and adults. I can assist individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, grief, perfectionism, low self-esteem, self-harm/injury, trauma, phobias, substance abuse, and relationship and family issues. I hold an honours degree (BSc) in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. Prior to my graduate studies, I received specialized training in addictions counselling, crisis management and motivational interviewing.
I have worked in educational settings, residential treatment centers, and non-profit organizations to advocate for individuals and assist them in meeting their goals. My approach is empathic, collaborative, client-centered and feminist, viewing each person and their presenting concerns within a larger sociocultural context. First and foremost, I believe strongly in a client’s ability to create positive change through their own strengths and resources. I am continuously inspired by human resiliency and the capacity of people to overcome difficult challenges.
My clinical training has been integrative, combining modalities such as Cognitive-Behavioural, Emotion-Focused, Dialectical Behaviour, Systemic, Feminist and Humanistic therapies. I believe in the healing power of the therapeutic relationship and am dedicated in providing evidence-based treatment that is tailored to the unique needs of each person. To best help clients reach their goals, I am committed to updating my skills through regular professional development. Most recently I have completed training in EMDR, enabling me to work with PTSD cases.
Jennifer Volsky Rushton
R. Psych., Clinical Psychologist
I am a clinical psychologist who works with adults experiencing a wide variety of concerns. In particular, I have special interests in working with people and their family members affected by Huntington’s disease, people experiencing relationship issues, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, career and life transitions, self-esteem, and post-concussion syndrome/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).
Having worked at a University Counselling Centre for 14 years, I have an in-depth understanding of the challenges faced by students, and particularly enjoy working with young adults.
I’ve been in the field for many years, and have extensive training and experience working with people who are grieving. Because there are so many things and relationships that we have to say goodbye to in our lives, I have had the privilege of working with many people from all walks of life who are feeling many different things. I find it very rewarding to help people move through pain and loss, to peace and new meaning.
I tailor my approach to the person I am working with. I primarily use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), but I also incorporate Cognitive-Behavioral, Interpersonal and Solution-Focused approaches into my work. I have years of experience delivering both individual and group therapy. It is important to me to build a space for my clients to feel safe and understood. I am approachable and easy to talk to, and I work at putting my clients at ease. I enjoy using humour in therapy; we can have fun even as we do important work together!
My goal for my clients is that they find value and meaning in their lives, and I endeavour to give them tools to feel more empowered and fulfilled.
B.A., Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Student
I am a fourth year Clinical Psychology Ph.D. student at Dalhousie University. As a part of my training, I am expected to gain experience by completing a number of community practica. To date, my clinical work has included assessment and intervention work with children, adolescent, and adults from a variety of populations. Specifically, I have completed placements within the forensics system, in community mental health, and on inpatient units. I have worked with individuals struggling with psychotic, mood, anxiety, post-traumatic, substance-related, disruptive behaviour, and personality disorders. My training has been grounded in Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT) theory – including experience with third-wave psychotherapies like Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
I will be at Lesley Hartman and Associates for a year, beginning September 2016. Here, I will work with individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Under Dr. Amber Fougere’s supervision, I will co-facilitate DBT skills groups, see clients individually, and conduct psycho-diagnostic and other psychological assessments. I look forward to working with a new team and to helping clients better understand themselves and those things that make them truly unique!
B.Sc.(H), Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Student
I am a fifth year student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at Dalhousie University. Throughout my training program, I have completed a number of clinical placements working with adolescents and adults in various settings such as community mental health, health clinics, and inpatient units. These placements have allowed me to gain experience in providing assessment and treatment services for people with a variety of concerns, including anxiety, mood, psychotic, personality, and eating disorders, as well as chronic health conditions like diabetes and chronic pain. I have also gained specific skills in conducting neuropsychological and psychodiagnostic assessments and providing helpful feedback and recommendations based on this work.
I will be completing a clinical placement with Lesley Hartman and Associates from May-August 2017. Under the supervision of Dr. Amber Fougère, I will be conducting psychodiagnostic assessments and providing clients with feedback and treatment recommendations. I look forward to meeting you and assisting you in better understanding yourself and your goals.
B.Sc., Clinical Psychology Master's Student
I am a second year Clinical Psychology Master’s student at Acadia University. I am continuing my training at Lesley Hartman and Associates for a year. Previously, I have facilitated life-skills and processing groups with individuals struggling with trauma, sexuality, personality disorders, mood, anxiety, psychotic, and addictive behaviours. I have specifically worked in non-profit, crisis intervention, and psychiatric hospital settings. My research interests are related to sexual trauma, how couples navigate through sexual challenges, LGBTQ relationship functioning, and evidence-based treatments of major sexual dysfunctions.
While at Lesley Hartman and Associates, I will co-facilitate Dialectical Behaviour skills and trauma processing groups, and will begin seeing clients individually. I am continuing my training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and Families, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. With each client, I take a collaborative, empathic, feminist, sex-positive approach, making certain I am providing a safe space for queer individuals and accepting of different types of romantic relationships. I look forward to connecting with you and creating a trusting relationship, a process I find profoundly fulfilling and healing.
B.Sc., Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Student
I am in my fourth year of the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Dalhousie University. I am continuing my clinical training at Lesley Hartman and Associates beginning in May 2017. My previous clinical experience has included assessment and intervention work with adults from a variety of populations. I have worked with clients with mood and/or anxiety concerns in a university setting, inpatients with cognitive deficits associated with acquired brain injury, and outpatients with dementia or Huntington’s disease. In additional to my placement at Lesley Hartman and Associates, I will also be conducting group therapy, individual counselling, and psychological assessments in Seniors’ Mental Health at the Nova Scotia Hospital in the Spring/Summer of 2017. My training has been grounded in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).
At Lesley Hartman and Associates, under the supervision of Dr. Jennifer Volsky Rushton, I will be working with individuals and the loved-ones of individuals with post-concussion syndrome/Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or individuals with Huntington’s disease. I will also be working with people affected by depression and anxiety. I am excited to be working with the team at this practice and look forward to supporting clients as they adjust to changes and challenges in their lives
I have missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games.
On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the game winning shot…
and I missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life.
And that’s precisely why I succeed.- Michael Jordan
Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack in everything,
That’s how the light gets in.- Leonard Cohen
In the midst of winter,
I found there was within me an invincible summer.- Albert Camus
DBT Skills GroupsRead More
We are currently running a series of DBT Skills Training groups on the following topics–Distress Tolerance; Interpersonal Effectiveness and Emotion Regulation.
DBT Skills Group Dates:
Interpersonal Effectiveness – January 16, 2018 to February 27, 2018 & January 18, 2018 to February 29, 2018
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March 2016DBT Skills Groups 15.03.16
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