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.
Psychologist (Candidate Register)/Full-Time Associate
Andrea Ennis received her Bachelor of Science with Honours degree in Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Acadia University. Andrea has diversified experience in a variety of settings, including the correctional system, the military, university health services, and private practice.
Andrea’s clinical practice includes providing assessment, crisis intervention, and individual psychological treatment to adults facing a wide range of difficulties and mental health issues, such as anxiety- and depression-related disorders, personality disorders, trauma and abuse, grief and loss, emotions management difficulties, and addictions. Andrea’s practice is primarily based in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy; however, she draws from a number of other evidence-based therapies, such as Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment, and Solutions-Focused techniques. She strives to create a comfortable, empathic, and empowering environment in which the therapeutic alliance is cornerstone to personal growth and change.
Dr. Maria Angelopoulos
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.
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".
Katrina Perks, TCTSY-F
Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga facilitator
Katrina teaches group yoga classes for self-care, as well as private/one-one-one Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY). She is the 1st TCTSY Facilitator in Atlantic Canada.
Katrina is a 500 hour Hatha Yoga trained instructor, as well as a 300 hour Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator. She trained with David Emerson through the Trauma Centre at the Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts USA, founded by Bessel van der Kolk- author of The Body Keeps the Score.
Katrina has been teaching yoga for 18 years, in Halifax and Dartmouth. Over the past decade, she has specialized in offering mixed-level yoga lessons for people in the workforce- focusing her skills on workplace injuries and stress related conditions. She owns and operates Yoga in the Workplace.ca
Katrina is also a trained yoga instructor in the yoga tradition of Krishnamacharya, and for the last decade has been studying the Alexander Technique iPAC.
Currently, Katrina teaches TCTSY in various therapy clinics as an adjunct to therapy.
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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 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.