The professionals working at Jacqueline Milner-Clerk & Associates Inc. reflect this practice’s commitment to meaningful, quality care. Each has the relevant professional accreditation and experience and must adhere to both national and provincial standards of conduct and ethics in the practice of psychology. The associates have unique abilities and therapeutic backgrounds which enhances our ability to meet the needs of our clients.

Jacqueline Milner, M.Sc.

Registered Clinical Psychologist/Proprietor

Jacqueline Milner obtained her Bachelor of Science and Honours Certificate majoring in Psychology at Dalhousie University. She then obtained her Master of Science Degree in Community-Clinical Psychology at Acadia University.

Jacqueline has been working in private practice for over 24 years and has extensive experience providing counselling and other psychological services to children, adolescents and adults. She has taught university courses in psychology, conducted workshops and has provided interviews and articles for local and national television, newspapers and magazines.

In addition to overall management of the practice, Jacqueline provides psychological treatment to older adolescents, adults and couples experiencing a wide range of problems and concerns. Her empathic treatment approach is based on sound psychological principles and research and is primarily Cognitive-Behavioural in nature but draws on other psychological approaches (e.g., Emotion Focused, ACT, etc.) when relevant. Her strength lies in her ability to authentically connect and put clients at ease, facilitating the process of which health change can occur.

In light of the growing supportive research regarding the therapeutic benefits of contemplative principles and practices on emotional and mental well-being, Jacqueline has sought to integrate contemplative approaches within her current psychology practice. As a result, she has undergone extensive personal and professional study and training in the areas of mindfulness, mindfulness based cognitive therapy and mindful self-compassion. Through the accredited Applied Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy Program at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies, she has obtained the Core MBCT Facilitation Certificate and has obtained the MSC Trained Teacher Certificate from the Centre for Mindful Self-Compassion.  Her training and passion in the area of contemplative practice has led her to open Breathe Mindfulness Centre, which offers mindfulness and compassion-based workshops and programs to the public.

Farley MacLeod, M.A.
Registered Clinical Psychologist/Full-Time Associate

Farley MacLeod obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Psychology at Acadia University and went on to obtain his Master of Arts Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Regina. He has been in private practice for over 12 years.

Farley practices primarily in the area of adult mental health (e.g., adjustment issues, depression and anxiety) as well as health, sport and exercise psychology. His experience includes working with clients suffering from work-related and motor vehicle accident injuries to assist them in returning to work and dealing with ongoing pain and the emotional aspects of such injuries (e.g. PTSD, depression). Farley also works with individual athletes and teams to assist them in reaching high performance goals through the use of techniques such as goal setting, anxiety management and visualization.

Farley utilizes Cognitive-Behavioural techniques to assist clients with their concerns. Such techniques include relaxation and imagery, activity planning and scheduling, thought monitoring and reframing. In addition to helping clients cope with emotional symptoms, he is interested in assisting them to reach their full potential in life.

Farley’s strengths are in his ability to relate to his clients, to assist clients in understanding the nature of their concerns and helping clients realize their role in the treatment process. He provides clients with a "down-to-earth," practical and informed perspective in working through their concerns.

Andrea Ennis, M.Sc.
Registered Clinical Psychologist/Full-Time Associate 

Andrea completed her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology at Acadia University and holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has clinical experience in a variety of settings, including correctional, military, and university health services. Currently, she works full-time in private practice, providing psychological assessment and intervention to adults. Areas of interest include: PTSD, trauma and abuse, grief and loss, depression and anxiety disorders, stress and emotions management, substance use, and relationship issues.

Andrea’s therapeutic approach is primarily grounded in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy; however, in tailoring treatment to each client, she draws on training in other modalities, including: EMDR, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and Mindfulness-based therapies. She strives to create a comfortable, collaborative, empathic, and empowering environment in which to foster self-discovery, growth, and change.

 

Toula Creighton, M.A.
Clinical and Counselling Psychologist (Candidate Register)/Full-Time Associate

Toula Creighton attended Acadia University located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Honours. She then went on to complete her Master’s degree in Clinical and Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto (Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). Toula has experience working with clients from a wide range of backgrounds, including those from varying socioeconomic backgrounds and visible minorities.

Toula has experience conducting psychotherapy for adult individuals whom have difficulties with depression, anxiety, chronic worry, assertiveness, social skills, adjusting to change, interpersonal issues, self-esteem issues, and separation/ divorce/ relationship difficulties. Toula believes that integrating a holistic approach of evidence-based treatments within her practice is most beneficial, as every individual has different needs. She has experience integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment, as well as psychodynamic theories. She believes an integral aspect of every therapeutic relationship is one of compassion and empathy, which cultivates a trusting relationship between the therapist and the client. Such a relationship allows for collaboratiion toward improving the client’s quality of life, and meeting individualized goals.

Toula also has experience conducting psychoeducational assessments for adults that provide insight into cognitive strengths and challenges the client may be experiencing. By obtaining a clearer picture of clients’ cognitive abilities, Toula can help clients understand how to better use their strengths, and reduce the challenges experienced within academic, work, or everyday life settings.



Maria Angelopoulos PhD.
Registered Clinical Psychologist/Part-Time Associate

Dr. Maria Angelopoulos holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie University and has taught at St. Mary’s University. She has served on the Executive of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia and is currently serving as the Archivist. Dr. Angelopoulos has held positions in the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre, Nova Scotia Hospital, and Department of National Defence where she was Director of the Outpatient Day Treatment Program in Halifax. In addition to her employment in the public sector, she has also been in private clinical practice for the past decade. In addition to providing private practice services for Jacqueline Milner-Clerk & Associates, she is currently employed with Capital District Health Authority.

Dr. Angelopoulos’s primary areas of practice are adult mental health and health psychology. She has worked extensively with people experiencing anxiety problems, depression, bereavement/grief, PTSD, eating disorders, and personality disorders, as well as men and women from abusive relationships. She also has extensive experience in helping people cope with pain, adjustment following loss and trauma.



Karen Mercer, M.Sc.
Registered Clinical Psychologist/Part-Time Associate

Karen Mercer obtained her Bachelor of Science (with Honors), at Mount Saint Vincent University  in 2000.  She then went on to complete her Master of Science in Clinical Psychology at Acadia University in 2003.

Karen has held a variety of positions within the educational, public and private sectors, and brings an array of experience to the practice.   Throughout her career, Karen has worked with children, adolescents, young adults and and parents to provide evidence-based treatment and relies primarily on a Cognitive Behavior Therapy approach.  However, Karen works hard to individualize her treatment approach to meet the needs and personality of each client with whom she works.   Karen has particular expertise in managing childhood behavior concerns and brings empathy and compassion to her service.    Her extensive experience working with children and families struggling with Autism Spectrum Disorder is a welcomed addition to the practice. 


Marc Woods, PhD.
Registered Psychologist/Part-Time Associate

Dr. Marc Woods, originally from Newfoundland, completed his Master’s (1997-1999) and Doctoral (2001-2005) training in clinical psychology at the University of Regina. He provides assessment and treatment for adults and late adolescents experiencing a wide range of difficulties, including but not limited to such problems as depression, anxiety, stress, sleep difficulties, anger management, grief, acceptance, sexual and intimacy issues and behavioural problems. He has particular expertise in assessing and providing psychological treatment for people with pain and health problems. He has worked with members of the military and police force. He also played basketball with Memorial University of Newfoundland’s varsity team, and his research and clinical interests reflect his background in athletics.

Dr. Woods has over 12 years of clinical experience working in a variety of settings, including private practice, interdisciplinary health teams, in-patient psychiatric care, hospital settings, and a university counselling centre. He provided services for five years at the Chronic Pain Centre in Saskatoon and prior to moving to Halifax, was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan.
 
Dr. Woods has extensive training and experience using multiple therapy approaches, including cognitive behavioural, acceptance based, humanistic, interpersonal and emotionally focused. He practices therapy with a collaborative and client-centred focus that is holistic and solution-oriented. Practically speaking, this involves engaging the client actively and meaningfully in the therapy process (e.g., setting goals, identifying the focus in session). He will also use whichever therapy approach/tools best serve the client.

 

Elizabeth McFadden, Ph.D.
Registered Clinical Psychologist/Part-Time Associate

Dr. Elizabeth McFadden obtained her Bachelor of Science and Honours Certificate majoring in Psychology at the University of Prince Edward Island. She obtained her Master of Arts and PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Waterloo. Elizabeth has experience working in a variety of settings including interdisciplinary health teams, hospital settings, private practice, university counselling services, and the public-school system. She has extensive experience working with Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and consultation with Veterans Affairs Canada.

Elizabeth’s clinical practice includes providing assessment and individual psychological treatment to adults facing a wide range of difficulties and mental health issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, addictions, grief and loss, interpersonal difficulties, sleep difficulties, and finding work/life balance. Elizabeth’s approach to treatment is shaped by the importance of relationships, particularly the partnership between the client and the therapist. Her strengths lie in her ability to genuinely connect with clients and to help them recognize their own strengths and abilities in reaching their goals. Her practice is grounded in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and draws from other evidence-based practices such as Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and EMDR in order to best serve the client.

 

Igor Yakovenko, Ph.D.
Registered Clinical Psychologist/Part-Time Associate 

Dr. Igor Yakovenko holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary. He completed a pre-doctoral clinical residency at Yale University, and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta. He is also an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology & Psychiatry at Dalhousie University, where he has an active research program in addiction and co-occurring mental health problems, supervising clinical psychology and
psychiatry students.

Dr. Yakovenko’s primary areas of clinical expertise lie in adult mental health, addiction, and couples therapy. He uses a combination of cognitive-behavioural, motivational, and mindfulness therapies to create tailored evidence-based treatments (i.e., treatment approaches proven to be effective through research) for a variety of conditions. Dr. Yakovenko has extensive expertise in the treatment of addiction, mood and anxiety disorders, PTSD and trauma, pain, behavioural issues, coping with stress, self-esteem issues, anger management, chronic impulsivity, emotional disturbance, grief, family conflict, psychosis and personality disorders. In addition, he has Level 2 training in the Gottman Method for couples therapy, which is one of the most evidence-based approaches to strengthen relationships. Dr. Yakovenko also provides adult psychodiagnostic, personality, and behavioural assessments, which may be used to confirm a variety of issues such as post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders, maladaptive personality patterns, mood, and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Yakovenko works with clients in a tailored way, unique to each individual or couple, to try to understand how they can have more fulfilling and happy lives. He views psychotherapy as a safe, trusting, and collaborative space to engage in healing and create new possibilities. For him, the end goal is to build capacity for self-reflection such that therapy is no longer needed to maintain healthy habits. 

 

Angela Malcolm, MSW, RSW
Registered Clinical Therapist/Part-Time Associate

Angela received her Bachelor of Human Ecology degree with a major in family studies from Mount Saint Vincent University and her Master of Social Work degree from Dalhousie University. She has over 12 years experience working with adolescents, adults and families in various outpatient mental health settings.

Angela’s background includes providing assessments, crisis counselling and intervention, emotional regulation, parent/child relationships, anxiety, mood , adjustment and extensive experience in the field of substance abuse.

Her therapeutic approaches draw from evidence based practices in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution focused Therapy as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

As a clinical social worker, her approach includes a strong focus on the importance of attachment and relationships and a psychosocial approach to overall physical and emotional well being in order to empower individuals to reach their optimal growth. Angela’s strengths lie in her ability to genuinely connect with clients and work collaboratively with them in order to help each unique individual achieve their own optimal growth and development.

Colette Poirier, MSW, RSW
Registered Clinical Therapist/Part-Time Associate

Colette Poirier holds both Bachelor of Social Work and Master Social Work degrees from Dalhousie University as well as a Certificate in Child Development from Mount St. Vincent University and a Master of Arts from St. Mary’s University. She has worked in the social service sector for close to 30 years and has over 10 years of direct counselling experience in both public and private practice settings. She has helped clients resolve concerns surrounding addictions, depression, anxiety, anger, trauma, stress, grief and loss, parenting, conflict, and divorce.   


Colette works with adults, couples and youth and fosters compassionate awareness of the sources of distress in daily living. She believes that compassion between individuals and for ourselves can help to heal our wounds .She draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Transactional Analysis to address emotional, psychological and behavioral barriers to fuller lives.


Jon Sebesta,, M.A.S.P.
Registered Psychologist/Part-Time Associate

Jon Sebesta completed a Masters of Arts Degree in School Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax NS,  in 2002 .  He has worked with children, adolescents and young adults within the school systems in both Nova Scotia and Arizona, USA.   Jon specializes in conducting psychoeducational assessments to help shed light on an individual's learning style by highlighting their strengths and challenges.

Jon also spends time in schools consulting with parents, students and school personnel on a wide array of learning, behavioural and social-emotional issues that affect students and families.  Jon has also worked in private practice previously, and is one of the school board psychologists who works at the ADHD clinic in Truro, NS.

Jon believes in the importance of developmental and environmental factors in determining a child's learning needs and strengths, and that any assessment should be viewed as only "one piece of the puzzle".



Lisa Rubia
Office Manager

Lisa Rubia has a Diploma in Executive Office with Computer Applications. She has been employed with Jacqueline-Milner Clerk and Associates as an Office Manager since August 2000.

Lisa manages the administrative aspects of the practice which involves reception, facilitating referrals, co-ordinating appointments for clients with the best matched psychologist/counsellor, accounting and bookkeeping, computer operations, information and file maintenance.

Lisa’s numerous skills and abilities contribute significantly to the practice’s successful operation and her warm, genuine manner puts many clients at ease.


Shawn McGregor

Office Administrator

Shawn has a diploma in Computerized Accounting. She provides administrative support that involves reception, facilitating referrals, coordinating appointments, accounting, typing, computer operations and office organization.

With over 17 years of office experience, Shawn brings a vast array of skills and knowledge. Her professionalism and compassionate nature is a genuine asset to our practice.