Director, Health, Counselling, and Accessible Learning
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, 2SLGBTQIA+, gender, relationship and interpersonal concerns.
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.
Christina received her BFA in Music with a Minor in Religious Studies from Concordia University and holds a MA in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria. Having lived and traveled around the world, she brings an international lens to her counselling practice. She also speaks French and German fluently.
Christina’s approach is holistic, strength-based, and trauma informed. She draws from various modalities including Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, Focusing, mindfulness-based practices, dialectical behavior therapy, as well as music and art-based methods. She has extensive training in the areas of eating disorders, body image concerns, domestic violence, anxiety, life transitions, and grief and loss. She brings a warm-hearted approach to counselling with a deep respect for the integrity of the individual and their social and environmental context.
Christina is also a voice coach and a certified yoga teacher with a personal practice in meditation and pranayama. She is honoured to be living and working on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.
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.
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 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.
David is a Social Worker born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He has worked as a clinical therapist at CFS Saskatoon, the Suspected Trauma and Abuse Response Team at the IWK, the PAUSE Mental Health Walk-in Clinic at the North End Community Health Centre, and currently works for the Clinical Virtual Care Team at the Nova Scotia Health Authority. David has been committed to mental health promotion and awareness before his career as a Social Worker which included serving as the support person for the Mount Kenya HIV/AIDS Group, creating mental health awareness programming for the Ottawa and Eastern Ontario School Boards and addictions recovery work in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
David is trained in CBT for Groups and Individuals. Stemming from his work at IWK David is a Trauma-informed clinician. David's work at the Pause was primarily Brief Intervention Solution-Focused therapy. David has also been trained in Narrative Therapy during his graduate studies at Dalhousie University.
David is a husband, father and pet owner. He is also a comic book aficionado, music nut and avid hockey fan.
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.
Marissa has a BScH in Psychology from Queen’s University, and an MSc in Clinical Psychology from Acadia University. She has experience working in private practice, community mental health, and university settings.
As a clinician with African Nova Scotian and Caribbean roots, Marissa is committed to providing supportive and sensitive care to students of diverse cultural and racial backgrounds.
She is intentional about creating a safe environment for students to process and understand their experiences. She works with students facing a range of challenges including depression, anxiety, trauma, burnout, and difficult life transitions (for example, academic, professional, personal life adjustments, grief, and loss).
In sessions, Marissa uses various therapeutic techniques to help clients meet their goals. Some of these techniques include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), and mindfulness-based approaches. Marissa strives to offer clinical expertise in combination with a warm, empathetic environment for students to work through their difficulties, grow, and thrive.
Emilie works with students who are navigating complex challenges that impact mood, motivation, and relationships. She values the strength and insight that students bring into the therapeutic space. These resources are central to locating new and meaningful pathways forward.
Emilie’s approach is trauma-informed and compassion-focused, with an emphasis on embodiment, creativity, and relationality. She recognizes the importance of acknowledging the social and cultural influences that inform our experiences of, and responses to, stress. Emilie collaborates with students as they identify and move towards ways of being and relating that are consistent with their values and goals.
Emilie received her BA (hons) in Sociology and M.Ed in Counselling from Acadia University. She brings knowledge and experience in addiction services, community mental health, and international education into her role as clinical therapist.
Campus Health and Wellness Coordinator
Courtney completed her BSc specializing in Health Promotion from Dalhousie and is currently completing her M.Ed. for Health Interprofessionals with Acadia! Courtney organizes the Acadia@Night program, the Brain Health Rewards Program/YOU101, Keep it Social, and supports Athletics with the Acadia4U program. Courtney takes a holistic, population health approach to her work and is passionate about supporting students, staff/faculty, and the Wolfville community. Her instagram page is @healthyacadiau.
Practicum students training in the Masters of Education (Counselling) Program complement the Centre staff during the academic year.