Psychologists & Staff
Dr. Kathy Hubley Carruthers
Dr. Kathy Hubley Carruthers holds a B.Sc. with honours (Psychology) from Acadia University (1994), a M.Sc. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary (1999), and a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the University of Calgary (2002). As part of her doctoral training, she participated in the Family Therapy Training Program through the American Association for Marital and Family Therapy (AAMFT) where her areas of concentration were couples and family counselling. She is a specialist in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She also incorporates Mindfulness-Based and Solution-Focused treatments in therapy.
Dr. Hubley Carruthers sees individuals, couples and families with a wide variety of concerns including relationship problems, anxiety and mood management difficulties, learning and attention issues, and job/career concerns. She has a special interest in relational issues such as co-parenting, recovering from the crisis of infidelity, trust building, intimacy building, and forgiveness. She also does work in rebuilding after separation/divorce. In addition to therapy, Dr. Hubley Carruthers offers psycho-educational assessment services for learning disabilities (LD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – offering testing for entrance and/or accommodation in high school, post-secondary school, or on the job.
Dr. Hubley Carruthers has extensive training and experience in the area of stress management and workplace wellness. She completed her doctoral research in the areas of stress management, burnout, and work-family balance. She continues to provide counselling services to men and women in the workforce on these issues.
Dr. Hubley Carruthers has 18 years of experience working in family service agencies, teaching hospitals and private practice settings in Calgary and Halifax.
Ms. Carlye Seamone
Carlye Seamone joined Dr. Kathy Hubley Carruthers Counselling & Psychological Services in May 2015. She received her B.A. with a major in Art and her B.Ed with a major in Art Education from the University of Lethbridge in 2007. Before joining Dr. Carruthers Counselling & Psychological Services, Carlye lived in Calgary, Alberta where she worked as a Mineral Land Administrator.
Carlye has a passion for helping others, which is evident in her work with Dr. Kathy Hubley Carruthers, Counselling & Psychological Services. As the Office Manager she is responsible for the daily running of the office, including scheduling appointments, invoicing, bill payments, marketing, and customer service. She works closely with Dr. Hubley Carruthers and her Associates to ensure the upmost care is provided to all clients.
Carlye is kind, caring and very approachable. Please contact her by phone at (902) 407-1234 or by email – email@example.com to arrange for an initial appointment or to schedule follow-up sessions. She would be happy to help you.
Dr. Adam Kayfitz
Dr. Adam Kayfitz is a registered psychologist with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Professional Psychology. He received a B.A. with honours (psychology) from Wilfred Laurier University (2004) and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Windsor in 2007 and 2011, respectively. Dr. Kayfitz completed his doctoral internship at the Hincks-Dellcrest Treatment Centre, a well-known child and adolescent mental health agency, in Toronto. At Dr. Kathy Hubley Caruthers Counselling and Psychological Services, Dr. Kayfitz sees children, adolescents, and young adults ranging in age from 8-25 as well as parents and families. He has experience working with individuals from diverse backgrounds on issues including anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, non-compliance, family relationship conflicts, and parent/child relationship difficulties. Dr. Kayfitz uses a variety of therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, solution-focused therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and emotion-focused therapy. He also uses mindfulness and positive psychology based approaches. He has a particular interest and focus on working with parents to support their loved ones with mental health challenges by using Emotion Focused Family Therapy. He helps to empower and support parents with skills to help their loved ones cope with strong feelings and mental health symptoms and he helps parents cope with the challenging feelings of raising a child/teen. He also works to help families repair relationships and heal from past wounds/situations/events that may have impacted on the way loved ones cope with their feelings He holds a strong belief that parents are the best hope to help their children heal from challenges. He adopts a collaborative, empathic, and playful approach to treatment that is guided by attention to the particular goals, strengths, and unique needs of clients and their families.
Amy Wiens, M.A.
Ms. Amy Wiens is a Psychologist with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology. She received her B.A. with honours in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University (2008) and her M.A. In Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University (2010). Ms. Wiens’ Master of Arts was focused on Marriage and Family Therapy, which has given her the specialized training to help couples, families and individuals.
Ms. Wiens works with individuals, couples, and whole or partial families. Her areas of specialization are in relational issues such as communication, handling conflict, emotional disconnection and building healthy relationships. Ms. Wiens has experience and interest in helping couples navigate through the hardship of infidelity and sorting through the emotional toll of separation / divorce. Another area of interest for Ms. Wiens is working with parents, teaching them ways of connecting with and utilizing affective disciplinary tools when raising children.
Ms. Wiens enjoys her work with individuals as well, seeing clients as young at 15 years old and onward. Her work with individuals includes a wide range of issues such as personal growth, self-esteem, depression, anxiety and other adjustment and mood concerns.
Ms. Wiens utilizes a diverse approach in her therapy, drawing on such theories as Cognitive Behavioural, Interpersonal, Systems and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Her diverse therapeutic approach helps her work with her clients in a way that suits them, while still relying on empirically supported treatment approaches.
Dr. Joanne Gillespie
Dr. Joanne Gillespie received her B.Sc. Honours (BioPsychology) from Mount Allison University (1997), a M.A. in Experimental Psychology from The University of Western Ontario (1999), and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of Western Ontario (2005). She completed a predoctoral residency in Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology at the IWK Health Centre in 2004, and has been registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology since 2005.
In addition to her work at Dr. Kathy Hubley Carruthers Counselling & Psychological Services, Dr. Gillespie is employed full-time at the IWK Health Centre in the Pediatric Health Psychology Service. She is also an Adjunct (Clinical Associate) in the Department of Psychology at Dalhousie University, where she is actively involved in teaching and clinical supervision of Ph.D. students.
Dr. Gillespie specializes in health psychology, and has expertise working with preschoolers, school age children, adolescents, and families experiencing challenges with chronic illness, medical and dental anxiety, pain, medication taking (including treatment adherence and pill swallowing), stress management, toilet training, enuresis (bedwetting and daytime urine accidents), and encopresis (fecal soiling). Given her broader training in child clinical psychology, she is also able to provide treatment for a variety of additional challenges (e.g., anxiety, sleep, adjustment difficulties) in children and youth.
Dr. Gillespie values the collaborative nature of the therapeutic relationship, and works with children, youth, and families to identify behaviours they would like to change. She provides evidence-based treatment that primarily involves behavioural, cognitive-behavioural, and motivational interviewing techniques.
Dr. Joanna Hessen Kayfitz
Dr. Joanna Hessen Kayfitz primary patient groups include older adolescents and adults. She received a B.A. with honours in Psychology from the University of Manitoba (2006) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Windsor in 2008 and 2013, respectively. Dr. Hessen Kayfitz completed her pre-doctoral residency right here in Halifax with the Capital District Health Authority Mental Health and Addictions Program, where she completed specialty training in Forensic Psychology through the East Coast Forensic Hospital, as well as Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy through the Centre for Emotions and Health. Dr. Hessen Kayfitz also completed generalist training through the Bedford/Sackville Community Mental Health clinic. During her residency, Dr. Hessen Kayfitz worked with a variety of adult patients, providing individual and group therapy, as well as both forensic and psychodiagnostic assessment. Dr. Hessen Kayfitz uses a variety of therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and psychodynamic therapy, which she selects and integrates based on her patients’ unique presenting difficulties and readiness for change.
In addition to her work at Dr. Kathy Hubley Carruthers Counselling & Psychological Services, Dr. Hessen Kayfitz is employed full-time at the IWK Health Centre in the Youth Forensic Service. She is also a research associate with the Centre for Emotions and Health, where she collaborates in research examining internal relational characteristics that are influential in treatment planning and outcome.
At Dr. Kathy Hubley Caruthers Counselling and Psychological Services, Dr. Hessen Kayfitz sees older adolescents (over the age of 16 years) and adults. She has experience working with individuals experiencing a variety of psychological difficulties, including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, relational/interpersonal problems, and adjustment difficulties.
Erica Lundberg, M.A.
Erica Lundberg joined Dr. Kathy Hubley Carruthers Counselling & Psychological Services in October, 2014. Ms. Lundberg received her Bachelor of Arts with honors specialization in Psychology, from the University of Western Ontario in 2009 and her Masters of Arts in
Counselling Psychology from the University of Western Ontario in 2014. She is registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology as a Psychologist (Candidate Register).
Ms. Lundberg works predominantly with adolescents and adults. Ms. Lundberg sees individuals; she works with children as young as 9 years old, adolescents, and adults. She focuses primarily on mood disorders, anxiety disorders, stress, and those coping with trauma (i.e., PTSD) and transition (i.e. family changes, grief). She has experience in health, community, and education-based treatments for a wide variety of issues. She has an extensive experience with counseling for depression and other mood issues, anxiety, transition, trauma, and relational issues. She helps clients with issues around perfectionism, workplace and academic stress; she also works with issues around body image and self-esteem. Ms. Lundberg is available to conduct mental health screeners and assessments.
Ms. Lundberg respects and celebrates human diversity. She welcomes members of the LGBTQ community and provides LGBTQ-affirmative counselling. She enjoys working with individuals from different cultural and religious backgrounds.
Ms. Lundberg draws from a variety of treatment approaches. She values a good fit between a clinical intervention and an individual’s presenting issue, circumstances, and personal wishes for treatment. She often works from a client-centered framework, incorporating techniques from cognitive-behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and solution-focused therapy. Ms. Lundberg is currently accepting eligible clients for counselling through the Department of Justice, Victim Services’ Criminal Injuries Counselling Program.
Angelina S. MacLellan, M.A. Candidate
Ms. Angelina S. MacLellan will be joining Dr. Kathy Hubley Carruthers Counselling & Psychological Services in June 2017. Ms. MacLellan will be registered as a Psychologist (Candidate Register) with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology, as of June 2017, following re-location to Nova Scotia from London, Ontario.
Ms. MacLellan completed her Master’s internship with Psychological Services at the Thames Valley District School Board where she provided individual and group therapy, as well as psycho-educational and mental health assessments. Ms. MacLellan was also hired at the London Family Court Clinic in London, Ontario where she completed her Master’s thesis: Exploring Mental Health in a Sample of Justice-Involved Youth: Relevance for Policy and Practice.
Prior to graduate school, Ms. MacLellan completed her Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Psychology with a Special Concentration in Forensic Psychology, at St. Francis Xavier University (2015). She completed a practicum placement at Nova Institution for Women in Truro and at Antigonish Crime Prevention Association.
Ms. MacLellan takes a collaborative approach to therapy and works with children, adolescents, and adults. Ms. MacLellan has formal training and experience facilitating treatment for individuals experiencing anxiety/depression and mood issues, behavioural problems, transitional/adjustment issues (e.g., family separation, educational changes), difficulties managing emotions, and relationship issues. Ms. MacLellan has also provided services and can assist with individuals who experience difficulties with self-esteem, substance use, anger management, and those coping with stress (work/school), grief, and trauma.
Ms. MacLellan offers evidence-based approaches with a focus on Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Behavioural, Motivational, and Mindfulness-based orientations, depending on the client’s presenting issue and goals. Ms. MacLellan also will be available in June to conduct mental health screeners and assessments.