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 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 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., job pre-selection, PTSD, anxiety, depression, ADHD). She is a contract psychologist for Corrections Service Canada and the Public Service Commission as well as the RCMP.
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 offer job coaching and job transition support services. Dr. Hubley Carruthers has 19 years of experience working in family service agencies, teaching hospitals and private practice settings in Calgary and Halifax.
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 is excited to have the opportunity to work with such a great group of people and is looking forward to learning from these industry professionals. Alisia hopes to bring her positive attitude and bright perspective to this office so she can continue to provide superior service to the associates and clients at Dr. Kathy Hubley Carruthers Counselling & Psychological Services.
Alisia provides all administrative support including scheduling appointments, payments, and invoicing and is the friendly voice that will most likely greet you when you call the office. She can be reached at (902) 407-1234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. He is certified as an Advanced Therapist in Emotion Focused Family Therapy through the International Institute for Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. He uses a variety of approaches in treatment, including Emotion Focused Family Therapy, Emotion Focused (for individual work) Psychodynamic, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Mindful Based Approaches, and Positive Psychology approaches.
At Dr. Kathy Hubley Carruthers and Associates, Dr. Kayfitz has a primary focus on supporting parents to support their children of all ages who struggle with mental health challenges, such as anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, self-harm behaviour, anger, behavioural issues, self-esteem, past traumas, grief, as well as negative life events (e.g., divorce/separation). He does this by teaching parents to be their loved one’s emotion coach (e.g., dealing with and validating feelings and teaching emotion regulation skills) and behavioural coach (e.g., use skills to alleviate distress). He helps parents process their own feelings that arise in parenting and help to repair past hurts within their relationships. Dr. Kayfitz will also see children, adolescents, and young adults ranging in age from 8-25 from diverse backgrounds on an individual basis on the above related issues depending on the need of the particular client/family. 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.
In addition to his work at Dr. Kathy Hubley Carruthers and Associates, Dr. Kayfitz is employed full-time at the IWK Health Centre in the Mental Health and Addictions Program. He is also an Adjunct (Clinical Associate) in the Department of Psychology at Dalhousie University, where he is actively involved in teaching and clinical supervision of Ph.D. students.
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, M.A.
Angelina MacLellan takes a collaborative approach to therapy and works with both individuals and couples. She has formal training and experience facilitating treatment for children, adolescents, and adults experiencing anxiety, depression and mood issues, behavioural problems, transitional and adjustment concerns (e.g. family separation and 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.
Alongside her work in private practice, Ms. MacLellan is active in Dalhousie’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, offering contract work to individuals. Here, she has developed extensive experience providing manualized CBT treatment for individuals diagnosed with Depression, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder.
Ms. MacLellan 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. In regards to couples therapy, she is trained in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT).
Ms. MacLellan is registered as a Psychologist (Candidate Register) with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. 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 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
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 (Candidate Register), 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.
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