TRUE NORTH PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES - Key Persons


Amanda Gouthro

Amanda Gouthro is currently in her final year at Acadia University for a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. She is completing a portion of her practicum placement at True North under the supervision of Patricia MacDonald. Amanda has worked at True North in the past as a clinical assistant for three years, and as such has experience with individuals who have experienced trauma, anxiety, depression, and stress including active military members and veterans. Her training has focused on Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), an evidence-based approach to treatment. She is also developing her training in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) during the upcoming year. Amanda currently has an interest in working with children, adolescents, and adults to diversify her training experience

Bryanne Harris

Job Titles:
  • Registered Psychologist

Cheryl Oxford

Job Titles:
  • Candidate Registered Psychologist
Cheryl Oxford graduated from Acadia University in 2019 with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. She completed her clinical training with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) Adult Mental Health team in the Annapolis Valley. During her training, she provided individual psychotherapy to adults and older adults presenting with difficulties in areas of depression, anxiety, stress, adjustment, and grief. Additionally, she co-facilitated interpersonal psychotherapy group programs, and conducted psychodiagnostic assessments. Cheryl's practice is focused on helping adults and older adults overcome difficulties related to trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, stress, adjustment, health and aging. She is proficient in various therapeutic approaches including EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing), cognitive behavioural, acceptance and commitment, and mindfulness. She also conducts assessments with adults and older adults for psychological, cognitive, and vocational needs. Cheryl values a person-centered approach to therapy and fosters healing and personal growth on a foundation of trust, sincerity, and evidence-based practices. Cheryl provides a secure and comfortable therapeutic environment and offers the addition of her registered therapy dog (Nira) as a compliment to her practice. Outside of work, Cheryl enjoys hiking, collecting rocks, cooking, yoga, and meditation.

Corinne Sampson

Job Titles:
  • Registered Social Worker
Corinne has been a registered Social Worker within the province of Nova Scotia since 1998 and been involved in private practice since 2006. She has worked primarily within the Emergency Room/Crisis service, community-based agencies, clinics, programs, and institutions in a variety of counseling roles. She has comprehensive experience in assessment/evaluation. Corinne has worked at the provincial level as a Hyde Trainer, SRAI Trainer, and in the education of physicians. I have proficiency in working with clients conducting mental health assessments using DSM classifications, case formulations, provisional diagnosis, care/treatment planning, crisis intervention and stabilization and therapy. I am well versed in various treatment modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness based cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma focused, dialectical behavioral therapy, solution focused brief therapy, emotionally focused therapy, narrative therapy. I have worked with a diverse clientele across the life span providing individual, couple, group therapy and family therapy. I am interested in working with youth (1o years and older), adults and couples. I have experience working with clients providing telephone based, and tele health counseling on various internet secure platforms. Prior to Coronavirus I was conducting assessments and therapy primarily in person but also commonly through telephonic and internet.

Deborah Pick

Job Titles:
  • Registered Psychologist

Dr. Jeff Bailey

Dr. Jeff Bailey is a Registered Psychologist who received his PhD from University of New Brunswick in 2015. In his career, he has worked with Nova Scotia Health Authority, Worksafe NB, and has received training within the Operational Stress Injury Network. Jeff specializes in providing assessment (e.g., psycho-diagnostic, personality) and treatment for adults with a variety of presenting concerns including mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD, and chronic pain. He utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral, Acceptance-Commitment, and Dialectical-Behavioral modalities, and is well-trained and experienced in the delivery of Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure for PTSD.

Dr. Jeffrey Buttle

Job Titles:
  • Psychiatrist
Dr. Jeff Buttle is a psychiatrist working with the Canadian Forces in General Mental Health at Stadacona Halifax and the Operational Stress Injury Clinic in Dartmouth. He conducted his medical training at Dalhousie University, then served in the Canadian Forces as a Medical Officer. Recognizing the acute need for mental health services, Dr. Buttle returned to school, completing his residency in Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and continued to work for the armed forces. He is Board Certified with the American Board of Addiction Medicine and the American Board of Disability Analysts and has been working in the field of addiction and complex psychiatric disorders, including stress and trauma related disorders for over 20 years. Prior to returning home to Nova Scotia, Dr. Buttle worked with Deepak Chopra and Nirmala Raniga to create the Chopra Addiction Treatment and Wellness Centre in Paradise Valley, British Columbia where he served as Medical Director until 2014. Dr. Buttle brings significant trauma and addictions expertise to True North Psychological Services.

Dr. Julie Longard

Job Titles:
  • Psychologist
Dr. Julie Longard is a Psychologist (Candidate Register) who specializes in work with children/youth and their families. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie University in 2018. Dr. Longard works with a variety of children and youth experiencing challenges related to low mood, anxiety, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorder, disruptive behaviour, and developmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder. At True North, Dr. Longard is currently focusing on providing psychoeducational assessments for school-aged children and youth between 5 and 18 years of age. These assessments help to provide an understanding of children's cognitive and academic functioning, along with practical recommendations to help support their learning and development. Psychoeducational assessments provide an overview of a child's strengths and challenges and can also aid in diagnosis of disorders such as Specific Learning Disorder (previously known as Learning Disability) or Intellectual Disability.

Dr. Kjerstin Baldwin

Dr. Kjerstin Baldwin (Ph.D., R. Psych.) received her Masters and PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. She focuses primarily on cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) as well as EMDR, both evidence-based approaches to treatment. She is also trained in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Her specific interests include post-traumatic stress, stress and pain management, traumatic brain injury, depression, and anxiety. She has worked with individuals, employers, and third party referral sources to address coping with pain, injury and illness, to support return to work, and to manage mental health. Additionally, Dr. Baldwin has worked extensively with elite athletes providing performance enhancement and personal counselling services, and has attended numerous multi-sport events including several Canada Games as well as Pan-Am and Olympic Games.

Dr. Mark Johnston

Job Titles:
  • Psychiatrist
Dr. Mark Johnston has been practicing psychiatry for over 15 years. His focus has always been on our aging community and what can be done to improve quality of life. He is dedicated to contributing to the effort to find a cure for Alzheimer's disease through conducting numerous clinical trials at his research clinics in Kentville and Halifax.

Dr. Terri Lee Cordwell

Job Titles:
  • Registered Psychologist
Dr. Terri Lee Cordwell is a registered psychologist specializing in assessment and treatment services with children, parents, and families. Dr. Cordwell conducts assessments with children and their caregivers to identify causes and types of behavioural challenges, as well as child and family strengths and resources. These assessments are used to build a treatment plan with families and provide recommendations for assistance in the community. Dr. Cordwell provides therapy to children and parents using primarily Cognitive Behavioural (CBT), Interpersonal, and Parent-Child Interaction Models with a range of presenting concerns including anxiety, disruptive behaviour, gender dysphoria, family relationship challenges, self-confidence, and coping with changes in the environment.

Elaine Boyd

Job Titles:
  • Registered Psychologist

Janelle Taylor

Job Titles:
  • Clinical Social Worker
Janelle Taylor, MSW, RSW studied Psychology at Acadia University and Clinical Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. She has worked for over 20 years in health care providing therapy for PTSD, anxiety and depression.

Jennifer Moss

Job Titles:
  • Clinical Social Worker
Jennifer is a Masters level Social Worker with a clinical practice background working with individuals of all ages and families. Her areas of experience working with varying mental health concerns include depression, anxiety, trauma, emotional dysregulation, parent and teen conflict, crisis response, grief, difficulties with interpersonal relationships, self-harming behaviours, and suicidal ideation. Jennifer works from a cognitive-behavioural (CBT) approach as well as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

Kara Andrews

Job Titles:
  • Clinical Social Worker

Kimberley Blunden

Job Titles:
  • Candidate Registered Psychologist

Laura Lang

Job Titles:
  • Registered Psychologist

Leonor Alves

Job Titles:
  • Registered Clinical Psychologist
  • Registered Psychologist
Leonor Alves is a registered clinical psychologist with over 20 years of clinical experience nationally and internationally providing counselling and psychotherapy, clinical supervision and training of psychologists. She completed her graduate degree in Psychology at the University of Porto and the University of Minho, in Portugal. She has two Master's degrees: one in Counselling Psychology of Young Adults and Adults, and one in Clinical Psychology. Leonor has extensive expertise working with a wide range of clinical issues and has in-depth knowledge of clinical principles, methods, and procedures for psychological assessment and intervention. She has completed training in Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Narrative Psychotherapy, as well as Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). Leonor's areas of interest and expertise include: PTSD and complex trauma Anxiety (social anxiety, panic attacks, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety) and depression Grief and loss Pain and Chronic illness Work-related issues Gender identity and sexual orientation are areas of interest for Leonor, both clinically and in her research, and she welcomes LGBTQ people. Her psychotherapeutic orientation is integrative: she combines different therapeutic tools and approaches to fit the needs of the individual client. She believes her strengths as a psychotherapist are her knowledge, strong commitment to helping others, hard-work, authenticity, and ability to be attuned. Leonor provides therapy for young adults and adults. As a multilingual clinician, she is able to provide therapy services in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Megan Thompson

Job Titles:
  • Clinical Social Worker

Olivia Brown

Job Titles:
  • Candidate Registered Psychologist

Patricia Macdonald

Job Titles:
  • Registered Psychologist

Patrick Bazinet

Job Titles:
  • Candidate Registered Psychologist
Patrick Bazinet graduated from Acadia University in 2017 with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology. He has worked with True North as a health researcher and clinical assistant since 2012 and did clinical training with the NSHA Adult Mental Health team in the Annapolis Valley. His diverse background includes work as a fitness trainer, martial arts coach, organic farm worker, and conducting academic research on the effects of nutrition on mental health. Patrick's practice with adults focuses on helping people take positive action in their lives to overcome fear, low mood, emotional instability, and difficult life changes. His therapy approach combines cognitive-behavioural, Acceptance and Commitment, mindfulness, and dialectical behaviour therapy. He also conducts assessments with adults for educational needs (e.g. learning disabilities, ADHD) and enjoys helping clients develop plans that capitalize on personal strengths and work around areas of weakness.

Rodney Keddy

Job Titles:
  • Registered Psychologist

Shawn Mackenzie

Job Titles:
  • Clinical Social Worker
Shawn is a Clinical Social Worker who works to help people meet their goals related to a variety of mental health and addiction related concerns. He has experience in both assessment and treatment of a variety of substance use and behavioral addiction problems such as gambling, gaming and sexual behavior. He also works directly with concerns related to depression, anxiety, stress and grief. Shawn uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness to help people change difficult and overwhelming feelings, cope more effectively with stress and improve their quality of life. He has experience working in a variety of community and health care settings with both adolescents and adults, as well as members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Stephanie Dunsworth

Job Titles:
  • Candidate Registered Psychologist

Susan Squires

Job Titles:
  • Registered Psychologist

Tracy Whittaker-Taggart

Job Titles:
  • Registered Psychologist
Tracy specializes in comprehensive Psycho educational assessments. The results of an assessment determine a person's profile of learning strengths and challenges. A comprehensive assessment helps students, parents, and teachers understand an individual's abilities, and develop recommendations for both remediation and compensatory skill development. With 20 years of experience in education, Tracy brings a deep understanding of how learning challenges present in school, and she is able to make specific recommendations, which teachers can implement in the classroom. She understands available resources and will help parents advocate for their children's learning needs.