Health & Wellness

Mental Health

Staff


Erica McGill
Erica McGill, MEd, RCT, CCC
Director, Student Resource Centre

Erica received her BA and M.Ed from Acadia University. She has experience in both university counselling centers and private practice settings. She has completed training in EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) and works from a client-centered approach with experience in Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. She works with individuals, couples, and groups on issues related to anxiety, depression, stress, anger, LGBTQ, gender, relationship and interpersonal concerns.

Sarah Pittoello
Sarah Pittoello, RCT-C, MEd, MSc
Sarah received her BScH in Astrophysics from Queen's University, MSc. in Holistic Science from Schumacher College, and MEd in Counselling from Acadia University. Sarah brings a body-centered, mindfulness-based approach to her individual counselling and groups on campus. She has just completed the first year of Somatic Experiencing training and has taught yoga and mindfulness over the past 12 years. She brings deep curiosity, care, and a social justice lens to her work with students experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, grief, trauma, and challenges in social and intimate relationships. Sarah is also an organic grower and has taught and written on sustainable food systems.

Gina Spidle
Gina Spidle, MEd, CCC, RCT-C

Gina received a B.A. (soc) from Saint Mary’s University, a Corrections Diploma from Success College and an M.Ed in Counselling from Acadia University.

Gina pulls from a variety of therapies in her sessions but works primarily from ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and actively incorporates the practice of self-compassion and self-talk in her therapy sessions. Areas of focus include substance use, eating disorders, anger and relationships.

Gina is also the Career Counsellor and is qualified to administer the MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator) and The Strong Interest Inventory to help you explore your future career opportunities.


Chris Toplack

Dr. Chris Toplack
Christina Toplack is a physician who has been practicing medical psychotherapy for several years. Pronouns are she/her. Christina has trained in many therapeutic approaches including Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Logosynthesis, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Chi Gong, Somatics and Redecision Therapy and extensively uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Interpersonal Therapy in her work. She prescribes medications when appropriate. She works with people experiencing depression, anxiety, grief and loss, perfectionism, and other acute and chronic stress-reactions. Christina brings a feminist and gender-diversity-positive perspective to her work and strives to recognize and address the effects of stigma, bias, and violence on mental, physical, and spiritual wellbeing. She is happy to be a member of the Counselling Centre staff.


Julia Wassef
Julia Wassef, MA, MEd, CCC, RCT-C

I’m Julia and I love the challenge of working in a busy university counselling centre. I’ve always been interested in listening to people’s stories and am drawn to life on campus and the difficulties that students might experience.

I am a trauma-informed counsellor who has worked with students to help overcome anxiety, depression, loneliness, suicidal thoughts, sexualized violence, and adjusting to life on campus. I particularly enjoy working with culturally diverse and International Students and draw from an integrated counselling approach including ACT, Narrative, EMDR, animal-assisted, and feminist modalities.

I am a Registered Counselling Therapist - Candidate with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists and a Certified Canadian Counselling with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. I hold an M.Ed from Acadia University, an M.A. from Dalhousie University and have completed the Complete Basic Training for EMDR as well as holding a graduate certificate in Human Animal Connection from the University of Denver.


Michelle Kearney
Michele Kearney
Michele is the warm and welcoming Administrative Support in the Counselling Centre. She has previously worked in the Acadia Student Health Services Clinic and has over 20 years of experience in Health Care and Administration. Michele is committed to providing support, confidentiality and assistance to students who are seeking Counselling Services.

Graduate Interns

Practicum students training in the Masters of Education (Counselling) Program complement the Centre staff during the academic year.

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Contact us for an appointment:

Old SUB lower level

counselling@acadiau.ca
Tel: 902.585.1246

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30am - 4:30pm