Elizabeth Church, PhD, Psychologist

Dr. Elizabeth Church is a registered psychologist in Nova Scotia (#R0457) and a Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Psychological Association. In 2019, she joined Genest MacGillivray Psychologists after having been Vice-President Academic and Provost for nine years at Mount Saint Vincent University, where she is currently Professor in the Faculty of Education and teaches in the Master of Arts in School Psychology program.

Dr. Church began practicing clinically in 1987 in Newfoundland. She works individually with adults and adolescents to address issues including anxiety, depression, stress, abuse, trauma, relationship problems, 2SLGBTQ+, loss and grief, sexuality and gender, adoption, parenting, separation and divorce, stress, anger management, and women’s mental health.

In therapy, she starts by developing a collaborative relationship with clients and identifying their needs, preferences, and goals for therapy. She uses an integrative approach, drawing on a wide range of evidenced-based therapeutic tools and approaches that are tailored to the individual client. Dr. Church has extensive experience and expertise in helping clients work through life transitions, including divorce, re-partnering, stepfamilies, parenting, and loss.

In addition to her practice, Dr. Church has written Understanding Stepmothers (Harper Collins, 2004) which was widely reviewed and read, and she was a monthly columnist on parenting issues in Canadian Living magazine. She was previously Coordinator of the School Psychology program at Mount Saint Vincent and Training Director of the Doctoral Internship in Psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Dr. Church has also been actively involved in community and professional service, including as current Chair of the CPA Working Group on Telepsychology, the past Board Chair at Phoenix Youth, and as a Board member and Chair of the Education and Training Committee for the Canadian Psychological Association, Coordinator of the Section on Women and Psychology, and a member of the Investigations Committee with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology.

Dr. Church is in part-time practice with GPS.