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 is the newest member to the team at Dr. Hubley Carruthers Counselling & Associates Psychological Services, joining in September of 2017. She moved back to her native Halifax after completing a BSc. 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.
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.
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 takes a cooperative approach to therapy and works with individuals including children as young as 9 years old, adolescents and adults. She focuses her clinical work primarily on mood and anxiety disorders, depression, traumatic stress and PTSD, as well as adjustment and transition issues. Ms. Lundberg can also assist with individuals who experience difficulties with issues such as body image, self-esteem and perfectionism as well as workplace and academic stress.
Ms. Lundberg provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and mindfulness-based approaches. She encourages clients to set their own goals for treatment according to their needs and values.
Ms. Lundberg celebrates human diversity, welcoming clients from different cultural and religious backgrounds, as well as clients from the LGBTQ+ community. She conducts hormone and surgical readiness assessments in accordance to the WPATH standards of care.
Ms. Lundberg is registered as a Psychologist (Candidate Register) with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honors Specialization in Psychology as well as a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.
Angelina S. MacLellan, M.A.
Ms. Angelina MacLellan takes a collaborative approach to therapy and works with individuals – children as young as 7 years old, adolescents and adults – as well as provides couples counseling. She has formal training and experience facilitating treatment for individuals experiencing anxiety, depression and mood issues, behavioural problems, transitional and adjustment issues (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.
Ms. MacLellan offers evidence-based approaches for individuals with a focus on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and motivational and mindfulness-based orientations, depending on the client’s presenting issue and therapy goals. In regards to couples therapy, she works from an Emotion Focused Framework (EFT for couples).
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 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. She 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 also worked 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 in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.