With eight doctoral psychologists, we have specialists in most areas of counselling and therapy and assessment for adolescents and adults. All our psychologists are registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology. If you do not see the specialty you are seeking here, please call us for more information.
Dr. Myles Genest
Dr. Richard MacGillivray
Dr. Beverly Butler
Dr. Heather MacLatchy
Dr. Simon Sherry
Dr. Marc Woods
Dr. Connie Wanlin
Dr. Dayna Sherry
Ms. Sharon Genest
Ms. Shirley Gallant
Ms. Ashley Coombs
Myles Genest, PhD, Psychologist
Dr. Myles Genest (Registration #R0263) has over 30 years of experience as a clinician. He works with adults experiencing a wide variety of problems, including relationship problems, conflict, depression, anxiety, stress, anger, pain and health, posttrauma, and workplace difficulties. Working with individuals experiencing PTSD is a specialty.
He has a particular interest and long experience in working with couples.
(Please see Couples Issues to read about the way he works in couples’ counselling.)
Dr. Genest provides personality, forensic, posttraumatic stress (PTSD), and disability assessments for individuals, insurers and the courts. His research, writing, and extensive experience with assessments leads to work as an expert for legal, medical, insurance and rehabilitation purposes. Dr. Genest has testified as an expert witness in psychological assessment and the assessment of pain in Family and Supreme courts in Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan.
Dr. Genest is one of the pioneers in the psychological assessment and treatment of pain and other health-related problems. He is co-author of the text, Pain and Behavioural Medicine, which is widely cited as a classic in the field. The author of numerous chapters, papers, and books concerned with therapy and assessment, Dr. Genest is sought as a consultant by other health professionals.
Dr. Genest has a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Waterloo. He was Professor and Head of the Psychology Department at Acadia University from 1992 to 2000. Prior to that, he taught at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Waterloo, and Wilfrid Laurier University. He served as President of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia and Chair of the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and is Vice-President of the Canadian Register of Health Providers in Psychology.
Dr. Genest has offered clinical and consulting services to individuals and corporate clients since 1982. He provides assessment and consulting services for Royer Thompson Human Resources Consulting, including consulting on recruitment and conducting psychological assessments of candidates. Dr. Genest is listed in the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (#3069).
Richard MacGillivray, PhD, Psychologist
Dr. MacGillivray (Registration #R0226) specializes in individual cognitive-behavioural therapy, schema therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy for adults with generalized anxiety, social anxiety, hypochondriasis, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, PTSD, depression, adjustment disorders and personality disorders. He also provides pain management training.
Dr. MacGillivray provides adult psychological assessment services, including psychodiagnostic and personality assessment, assessment of career and vocational aptitude and interest, and behavioural assessments directed at specific emotional or behavioural problems such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, anger/violence, shyness, substance abuse and chronic pain. He also offers psychological testing services related to the assessment of intelligence, memory, school achievement and mental status.
Dr. MacGillivray has experience with assessment and psychotherapy with members of the clergy, armed services and police forces. He has experience in expert testimony and has been qualified as an expert in PTSD by the Supreme Courts of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Dr. MacGillivray has also had experience in the evaluation and remediation of community organizational problems, particularly in health-care and employee-assistance environments. These services are offered on an individual, contractual basis.
Dr. MacGillivray is the former president of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia and Chairman of the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology. He is active in committee work for NSBEP and has recently taught a graduate course in professional ethics in the school psychology program at Mount Saint Vincent University. He is licensed to practice as a psychologist in the provinces of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
Dr.MacGillivray’s curriculum vitae is available for download in PDF.
Beverly Butler, PhD, Psychologist
Dr. Beverly Butler, Psychologist (Registration #R0592) holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie University, where her major areas of concentration were in Clinical Neuropsychology and Health Psychology. Areas of particular clinical interest include neuropsychological assessment and treatment of adults experiencing cognitive difficulties, behavioural changes, and/or emotional distress after stroke, traumatic brain injury, and other neurological or medical conditions.
She has been very active in recent years researching attention difficulties after right-hemisphere stroke and remains committed to researching cognition after acquired brain injuries.
Dr. Butler’s curriculum vitae is available for download in PDF.
Heather MacLatchy, PhD, Psychologist
Dr. Heather MacLatchy is a registered psychologist in Nova Scotia (R#0469), who holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie University. Dr. MacLatchy specializes in an adolescent population (aged 12-19 years) with chronic, severe and complex mental health histories. She is able to work closely with multi-disciplinary teams, other health care providers and outside agencies (e.g., community services, schools). Her primary areas of interest include the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders, self-esteem issues, behavioural difficulties, anger management, parenting and school refusal. Cognitive-behavioural strategies are employed to help teens and their parents learn new ways to manage life stress and improve the overall quality of their lives.
For the past several years, she has been providing services at the IWK Health Centre, working with children, adolescents and adults with a broad range of mental health difficulties, family issues and life challenges. Currently, she divides her time between her private practice at Genest MacGillivray Psychologists and her work at the IWK Adolescent Day Treatment Service, where she is Team Leader in providing services for children, adolescents and their families.
Dr. MacLatchy’s curriculum vitae is available for download in PDF.
Simon Sherry, Ph.D., Psychologist
Dr. Simon Sherry (R#O667) holds a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Sherry sees adults for assessment and individual therapy. He provides treatment for a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, pain, health anxiety, body dysmorphic disorder, body image, bulimia, binge eating, alcohol misuse, work or academic problems (e.g., procrastination), stress, relationship problems, perfectionism, and personality disorders. His clinical services are grounded in evidence-based practices, including cognitive-behavioural, behavioural, motivational, and interpersonal approaches. Dr. Sherry also provides continuing education workshops for various health professionals.
He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. He conducts research on the role of personality traits (e.g., perfectionism) in depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and eating disorders. He won the Canadian Psychological Association President’s New Researcher Award in 2009, the H. J. Eysenck Memorial Fund Award in 2011, and the Discovery Centre’s Emerging Professional of Distinction Award in 2012.
Click to see Dr. Simon Sherry’s information about Perfectionism.
Marc Woods, Ph.D, Psychologist
Dr. Marc Woods (Registration #R0670), 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 (See his suggested 8 strategies for motivating yourself). 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 almost 10 years of clinical experience working in a variety of settings, including private practice, interdisciplinary health teams, in-patient psychiatric care, hospital settings, and university counselling centres. 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 emotion-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.
Dr. Woods CV is available for download in pdf format.
Connie Wanlin, Ed.D., Psychologist
Dr. Wanlin is a Registered Psychologist (Nova Scotia R# 710; B.C. registration 1491) and has practiced for 10 years. She has extensive training in the area of sport, exercise, and health psychology. Dr. Wanlin provides services to address a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues – women’s issues (postpartum depression, birth trauma, health issues, body image, and disordered eating), parenting challenges, relationship and couples therapy, family therapy, personal growth, self-esteem, grief counseling, health issues (chronic illness, terminal illness, chronic pain, traumatic injury, disability), stress (family, workplace), lifestyle change (exercise adherence, smoking cessation, weight management, procrastination), depression and anxiety.
Dr. Wanlin completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Masters degree in Sport Psychology at the University of Manitoba. She then completed a second Masters in Counseling and a Doctoral Degree in Sport Psychology with additional training in Counseling Psychology at West Virginia University. Her training was grounded in cognitive-behavioral therapy; she also incorporates developmental and systems approaches. She has specialized training in hypnosis, EMDR, Gottman Couples Therapy, and has completed an intensive course in the Developmental Attachment Approach to dealing with parenting/family/child issues.
Dr. Wanlin has practiced in a variety of settings, including private practice, employee assistance programs, in-patient psychiatric, medical rehabilitation/pain clinic and community counseling centres.
Dr. Wanlin takes a holistic, solution-focused approach to therapy. She understands that beginning the therapeutic process can be daunting and she hopes to reassure clients that this is a healthy, conscious, proactive step towards life change. She works collaboratively and compassionately with clients to reach their therapeutic goals.
Dr. Wanlin’s CV is available for download in pdf.
Dayna Sherry, Ph.D., Psychologist
Dr. Dayna Sherry (Registration #R0598) obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia. She sees adults for individual therapy for a variety of problems including adjusting to and managing chronic illnesses, promoting lifestyle changes, recovering from surgery, coping with and managing stress, anxiety and mood disorders, adjustment disorders, obesity/weight management, sleep disorders, somatization and health anxiety, grief, chronic pain, interpersonal problems, relationship problems, and personality disorders.
Her areas of expertise include a range of mental health concerns (e.g., anxiety and depression) as well as managing chronic health conditions (e.g., irritable bowel syndrome and chronic pain). She has a particular interest and expertise in weight management (e.g., obesity, bariatric surgery, and weight loss).
Dr. Dayna Sherry also provides couples counseling. She is trained in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), an empirically supported treatment approach designed to increase intimacy and connection between couples.
Over 20 years of empirical research suggest that EFT is an effective treatment for distressed couples. Research on EFT has found 70% of couples show improvements in marital distress. The effects of EFT also tend to be long lasting. EFT is effective for couples experiencing infidelity, depression, anxiety, or chronic illness. EFT is not recommended for couples experiencing ongoing violence. EFT is based on the empirically supported theory of attachment. This theory maintains that humans are designed to be connected to one another and the desire for human connection is natural, normal, and vital to well-being.
Dr. Sherry is committed to evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioural (CBT), behavioural, motivational, and interpersonal orientations.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. Sherry works as a Clinical Health Psychologist at the QEII Health Sciences Centre, providing assessment, consultation, and treatment for liver transplant recipients, kidney/pancreas transplant recipients, and living kidney donors in the Multi Organ Transplant Program.
Her previous experience includes work with individuals with traumatic injuries (e.g., motor vehicle accidents), brain injuries (e.g., strokes), and neurodegenerative and musculoskeletal diseases (e.g., multiple sclerosis and dementia) at the QEII Rehabilitation Centre.
Dr. Dayna Sherry’s CV is available for download in pdf.
Sharon Genest, B.I.S., Practice Manager
Since completing a Bachelor of Independent Studies degree at the University of Waterloo, Ms. Genest has pursued a range of research, treatment, and business development projects. She has worked extensively in developing and executing research with a variety of populations, including prenatal groups and patients suffering from pain, multiple sclerosis, breast cancer, and rheumatoid arthritis. She is the co-author of the book, Psychology and Health. Ms. Genest brings over 30 years of experience in administration and planning to our therapy clients and consultations with corporate clients.
Shirley Gallant, B.A., B. Com., Administrative Assistant
Shirley Gallant, our Administrative Assistant, is described by clients as kind and friendly. Shirley has Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts degrees from St. Mary’s university and comes to us from a rich health care background. She has operated her own successful business and served as a case manager and claims specialist for health care insurers for many years.
You will find Shirley at the end of your telephone when you call, as the receiver of your emails and at our front desk when you arrive. She can be counted on for knowledgeable and sensitive assistance and for ensuring that people are well-matched with the most appropriate psychologists.
Please complete and send our appointment request form. Shirley will contact you to answer your questions, help you choose the most appropriate services for your needs, and book your appointments.
Ashley Coombs, Receptionist
Ashley brings to Genest MacGillivray Psychologists her rich experience working with people in a range of capacities. Lively and outgoing, she is a friendly voice at the end of the telephone and a happy face at our front desk. You can count on her to be responsive to your needs and to help you make the best match with one of our psychologists
Ashley is a graduate of the Culinary Arts Program at the Nova Scotia Community College and a graduate of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and has worked in the food industry for many years. She has also provided administrative assistance in a variety of health care settings.