Clinicians

Derry MacKichan, M.A.

Registered Psychologist, BCBA

I completed my Master’s degree in Psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University in 2011. I am a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst specializing in Applied Behaviour Analysis. Using Applied Behaviour Analysis, I have provided service to youth with complex behaviour and mental health needs. I also work with parents, families, and caregivers on managing difficult behaviour in children, adolescents, and young adults. I have worked in the public P-12 system where I have provided services to children, adolescents, and young adults in the areas of learning difficulties, study skills, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and autism spectrum disorders. My treatment approach draws upon Applied Behaviour Analysis and cognitive-behavioural techniques.

Lori Parker, M.A.

Registered Psychologist

I completed my M.A. in Psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University in 1990. Since that time I have received extensive training in working with adults and families in the areas of parenting, depression, anxiety, stress, anger management, and infertility counselling. I taught in the graduate program at Mount Saint Vincent University for 4 years. In 2016, I earned my qualification to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through the Centre for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts. My treatment approach is a practical mix of cognitive behavioural and mindfulness strategies. I offer semi-annual MBSR programs to the public, and I am also available to provide these programs to businesses and organizations.

Stephen Perrott, Ph.D.

Registered Psychologist

I completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at McGill University in 1991. I have extensive experience working with police officers and firefighters here in Nova Scotia and have been involved in overseas training initiatives with The Philippine National Police and The Gambia Police Force. I specialize in treating depression, anxiety disorders, chronic pain, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I also have an interest in helping individuals with transitioning into retirement.

Elaine Stoffer, Ph.D.

Registered Psychologist

I completed my Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and my Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from The University of Calgary in 2001. I was a lecturer in the Psychology Department at St. Francis Xavier University for seven years. My areas of practice include treatment and assistance for depression, anxiety, self-esteem, disordered eating, stress management, workplace issues, career counselling, relationship issues, couples counselling, and sport/performance psychology. My treatment approach is primarily cognitive-behavioural.

Dawson Wambolt, M.A.

Registered Psychologist

I completed my Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Adler University in 2012. I have taught at Acadia University and Saint Mary’s University, and I am a former member of the Canadian Armed Forces. I am WPATH trained and am qualified to conduct hormone and surgery readiness assessments. I work primarily with military, veterans, first-responders, and their family members who are living with symptoms of PTSD. My other areas of practice include treatment for anxiety, depression, couples counselling, and LGBTQ issues. In addition, I administer assessments for PTSD, depression, anxiety, and gender dysphoria. I draw upon a number of evidenced-based theoretical orientations, but I use Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, a type of cognitive behavioural therapy, for the majority of my individual work.

Maryam Savari, MACP

Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidate

I completed my Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University in 2016. Since that time I have worked with military and Veterans Affairs Canada, first responders and civilian adults suffering with PTSD, mental health and substance abuse issues. My area of focus is in treating depression, anxiety, stress, substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When working with clients I draw from evidence based approaches including Solution Focused, Narrative and Mindfulness based therapies. I believe in helping clients to develop effective coping skills, make meaning of their experiences and find a sense of purpose in their lives. I speak three languages and have the ability to deliver treatment in Arabic, Farsi and English.