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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hi Acadia, my name is Rania and I am a newer addition to the Counselling team. I want to let you know that I am here for you when you need to talk, require mental or emotional supports, or if you are simply seeking resources. Counselling can be scary at times, especially when you don’t know whom you are talking to. My virtual door is always open, we can always start with getting to know each other and building a safe space.
I use different therapy modalities and techniques which include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution Focused, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. These techniques are effective and used with numerous areas such as anxiety, depression, substance use, personality disorders, and that’s just to name a few. We all come from unique cultural backgrounds and have our own story to tell, therefore, I incorporate the use of multi-cultural counselling when working with clients.
I am looking forward to meeting you!
Practicum students training in the Masters of Education (Counselling) Program complement the Centre staff during the academic year.
Yevonne received her BA (Hons) in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University and holds BEd from Acadia University, MEd- Interdisciplinary Studies from University of Calgary and Post-Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health from University of Michigan. Yevonne is currently completing her final year in Acadia University’s MEd- Counselling program.
Outside her work and studies at Acadia, Yevonne is the Senior Program Director with Autism Nova Scotia. Her research, academic studies, and practice focus on developing social, emotional, sexuality, and relationship supports for autistic adults/adults with autism through fostering self-determination and autonomy.
Yevonne’s approach is holistic, person-directed, trauma informed and rooted in feminist, critical disability studies, narrative, social justice frameworks. Yevonne strives to create environments that are safer, inclusive, and accessible, that promote the rights and dignity of all people.
Yevonne spends her spare time reading, hiking/bike riding, creating art and sharing laughs with the people she loves.