Psychologists & Staff
Dr. Kathy Hubley Carruthers
Dr. Kathy Hubley Carruthers holds a B.Sc. with honours in 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). She is a specialist in couples and family counselling. She is extensively trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). She also incorporates Mindfulness-Based, Emotion-Focused and Solution-Focused treatments in therapy.
Dr. Hubley Carruthers sees adolescents, couples, and families with a wide variety of concerns including relationship problems, anxiety, 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 does work in rebuilding after separation/divorce.
In addition to therapy, Dr. Hubley Carruthers offers psychology assessment/screening for a wide variety of presenting concerns (i.e., PTSD, anxiety, depression, screening for ADHD, etc.). She also conducts Independent Psychological (Medical) Evaluations (IMEs) for solicitors working with clients who have experienced trauma (i.e., MVAs, slip & falls, assault, etc.).Dr. Hubley Carruthers has extensive training and experience in stress management and workplace wellness. She completed her doctoral research in the areas of stress management, burnout, and work-family balance. She continues to offer job coaching and job transition support services.
Dr. Hubley Carruthers has nearly 25 years of experience working in family service agencies, teaching hospitals and private practice settings in Calgary and Halifax. She supervises newly registered Psychologists through the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and leads an exemplary team of Associate Psychologists and staff at Dr. Hubley Carruthers & Associates.
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 received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Windsor in 2013. She completed her pre-doctoral residency right here in Halifax with the Capital District Health Authority Mental Health and Addictions Program. In addition to general mental health training, she also completed sub-specialty training in Forensic Psychology through the East Coast Forensic Hospital.
As an associate with Dr. Hubley Carruthers & Associates, 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, trauma, relational/interpersonal problems, and adjustment difficulties. Dr. Hessen Kayfitz uses a variety of therapeutic modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and psychodynamic therapy, which she selects and integrates according to evidence-informed practice based on her patients’ unique presenting difficulties and readiness for change. Dr. Hessen Kayfitz works collaboratively with patients to explore, process, and gradually resolve difficult emotions and emotional processes that drive behavioural, thought, emotional, and relational problems.
Dr. Hessen Kayfitz also has expertise in forensic psychology, specializing in psychodiagnostic and recidivism risk assessment with both adult and youth populations, and is qualified as an expert witness in the areas of clinical and forensic assessment in the Halifax Provincial Youth Court. She also has experience conducting Independent Medical Examinations (IME) as well as Psychological Insurer Evaluations (IE) with individuals involved in motor vehicle accidents.
Angelina S. MacLellan-Muise, M.A.
Angelina MacLellan-Muise takes a collaborative approach to therapy and works with both individuals and couples. At the current time, Ms. MacLellan-Muise is only accepting clients who can attend sessions virtually (i.e., video sessions). She has formal training and experience facilitating treatment for individuals experiencing anxiety and/or mood issues, relationship issues, and adjustment issues (e.g., separation, family changes, educational/career changes). Ms. MacLellan-Muise can also assist individuals who are coping with grief, stress, and burnout. She is trained in Emotion Focused Couples (EFT-C) therapy and works with couples to improve communication and build a stronger connection.
Ms. MacLellan-Muise believes a strong therapeutic relationship is essential to progress and she fosters an environment that is warm, non-judgemental, and supportive built upon empathy, openness, and trust. Ms. MacLellan-Muise offers evidence-based approaches for individuals with a focus on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), depending on the client’s presenting issue and therapy goals.
Ms. MacLellan-Muise is a Registered Psychologist with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. Alongside of her private practice work, Ms. MacLellan-Muise is working towards her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology and Law) at Dalhousie University. Prior to graduate school, Ms. MacLellan-Muise completed her Bachelor of Arts, Honours in Psychology with a Special Concentration in Forensic Psychology, at St. Francis Xavier University.
Céline Robert, M.Sc.
Céline Robert started her career in Switzerland after graduating with a Masters in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Fribourg, and a Masters of Advanced Studies in Clinical Social Psychology from the University of Lausanne. She has worked in various environments (hospital unit specialized in Cognitive Behavior Therapy, social rehabilitation, etc.) until 2013. She then moved to Winnipeg where she worked at the University of Manitoba in the Student Counselling Centre. In 2017, she had the opportunity to settle in the beautiful province of Nova Scotia where she works as a Psychologist, registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology.
Her philosophy is that everyone should be treated with respect and considered as unique. She cares that everyone coming to her office feels listened to and is treated with positive regard. She strongly values warmth and humor in therapy. Throughout her career, she gathered tools and knowledge that she is eager to share with her clients in order to help them in their journey of self-discovery. She has experience working with young adults and adults on issues such as depression, anxiety/worries, phobias, assertiveness, motivation, procrastination, emotion management, life transitions, and stressors associated with work, relationships or family. As an immigrant herself, she is very considerate and respectful of different cultural backgrounds.
Her practice of therapy includes theoretical elements and tools from Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Person-Centred Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Because everyone is different, she considers that mixing these approaches is more beneficial and provides more flexibility in therapy.
Etant de langue maternelle française, j’offre des services de thérapie francophone pour les adultes et jeunes adultes (18 ans et plus). Je n’offre malheureusement pas de service de thérapie ou d’évaluation pour enfants. N’hésitez pas à me contacter si vous souhaitez plus d’information.
Alicia Berze-Butts, M.A. (Candidate Register)
Alicia Berze-Butts earned a B.A. in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University (first-class honours), and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Windsor. She has received quality training and experience providing assessments and psychotherapy for adult clients (ages 17+ years) with a wide variety of mental health challenges, including issues with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, body image, work/school stress, grief, and interpersonal relationships (e.g., relationships with romantic partners, friends, and/or family members).
Ms. Berze-Butts’ master’s research thoroughly explored topics such as body image, social comparisons, self-photo editing behaviours, and the effects of social media. Additionally, she has assisted with numerous research projects at the University of Calgary studying topics such as romantic relationships and intergroup relations (i.e., involving the relationships between different groups of people). This extensive research informs her therapy work with clients struggling with intimate partnerships and difficult interpersonal challenges.
Ms. Berze-Butts utilizes evidence-based treatment methods to facilitate the well-being of clients, namely Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), which she tailors to the individual’s personal therapy needs, concerns, and goals. She highly values taking a collaborative, client-centred approach to therapy and maintains a warm and empathetic interpersonal style in order to provide a comfortable environment where clients can feel safe, supported, and understood.
Pavitra Desai, M.A. (Candidate Register)
Pavitra Desai holds a Masters degree in Psychology from the University of Mumbai and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology (equivalent to a clinical internship and degree) from St. Xaviers Institute, Mumbai. She is an experienced Psychologist (Candidate Register) with a demonstrated history of working in the mental health care industry in various environments such as hospitals, schools, clinics, and training centres. She carried out assessments, provided individual and group therapy, handled support group meetings, and conducted various programs with parents, teachers, and medical professionals on various mental health topics in these settings.
Ms. Desai is skilled in child, adolescent, young adult, family therapy and psychological assessment. Her clinical interests include depression, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, body image, relationship issues, transitions and adjustment concerns and trauma counselling. She is also adept in counselling clients with ADHD, autism-related challenges, disruptive behaviours, family relational problems, and those experiencing everyday stressors, as well as those in crisis situations, including violence, domestic abuse, sudden physical illness, and loss.
Ms. Desai believes in following a collaborative approach to help identify and explore thoughts and emotions, gain insight into behaviour, resolve concerns, and develop adaptive thoughts and behaviour. She provides her clients with innovative treatments to navigate psychological struggles. She provides ongoing client support through analysis, evaluation, diagnosis, and implementation of treatment. She has a strong sense of ethics and professionality and works collaboratively with other service providers (i.e., Psychiatry, social work) to ensure clients are supported wholly.
Ms. Desai follows a systemic, person-centred approach that is mindful of cultural, ethnic, and economic concerns. She believes that each individual must be treated with dignity and respect and places immense value on individuality and growth. As no two people are the same, treating every individual and their concerns and opinions as unique and vital is essential. With a warm and empathic approach, she aims to create a safe, non-judgmental space where clients feel heard and accepted and can begin to process, gain insight, gradually resolve concerns, and adopt more adaptive and healthy patterns.
Please note: Ms. Desai will be joining the team and accepting referrals from September 2023 onward.
Tami MacAskill, M.A. (Candidate Register)
Ms. MacAskill earned a B.A. in Psychology (with highest distinction) from San Francisco State University and an M.A in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in San Francisco, California. She is certified as a health and wellness coach and registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners as a Psychologist (Candidate Register). She is under clinical supervision as part of her re-location to Nova Scotia, although has practiced as a clinician in the United States for years.
Ms. MacAskill completed a pre-doctoral internship in neuropsychology and has extensive training and experience in individual assessment, psychotherapy, and evidence-based treatment interventions. Her background also includes considerable experience in conducting groups in hospital and clinical settings.
Ms. MacAskill utilizes an Integrative and Positive Psychology approach that focuses on a client’s personality strengths, mental health stability markers, and overall health and wellbeing. She has a collaborative, interactive and empathetic communication style with clients. Ms. MacAskill is well versed in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic therapy.
Ms. MacAskill’s research and clinical experience includes working with Veterans and adults with a variety of challenges including chronic pain, grief and loss, ADHD, trauma, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety, and stress. Specific experience and interests include working with individuals and groups experiencing chronic and prolonged grief, delayed grief, and disenfranchised grief.
Please note: Ms. MacAskill will be joining the team and accepting clients starting mid-June 2023.
Ms. Shania Badri joined the team at Dr. Hubley Carruthers and Associates in the summer of 2022. She graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) in Health Promotion.
Ms. Badri wishes to pursue a career in the field of community development and medicine. As part of this journey, she welcomes the opportunity to work with the clients and Psychologists of Dr. Hubley Carruthers & Associates, to provide quality health care services to individuals, couples, and families.
During her university years, Shania served in several student leadership and mentorship positions, and held executive roles in student societies. Prior to that, she worked as an administrative professional for an Acupuncture & Natural Medicine clinic in Halifax and in Bedford.
Her interest in healthcare comes from her strong belief that happiness comes from service to those in need. With that motto, Shania has always strived to be an active volunteer in her community and continues to serve community-focused and women-empowering organizations. With her hard-working and resilient nature, Shania brings an amiable and positive vibe to the office. She loves sharing her culture with others and is eager to learn more about other cultures, as well.
Shania looks forward to providing support and exceptional service to the clients of Dr. Hubley Carruthers & Associates.
Remote Office Support
Alisia joined the team at Dr. Hubley Carruthers & Associates in September of 2017. She moved back to her native Halifax after completing a B.Sc. in Environmental Science from the University of Lethbridge and spending several years working as an administrative professional for various energy and conservation companies throughout Alberta.
Alisia brought her positive attitude and bright perspective to this office for five years, and she is our beloved colleague and friend. She began a maternity leave in late 2021, welcoming a beautiful baby boy.
Alisia will continue to serve this office remotely during her maternity leave, and in the coming years, as she works with the Practice Leader and Associates at Dr. Kathy Hubley Carruthers Counselling & Psychological Services, virtually.
Alisia is an expert in the provision of all administrative support including scheduling appointments, payments, and invoicing. Although she will no longer be the friendly voice that greets you when you call the office, she will be providing support behind the scenes.