All Therapists with Atlantic Counselling are qualified, skilled and experienced in providing assessment and intervention to clients. As practitioners, they hold both a Master of Social Work (MSW) and a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and/or MEd (Counselling Psychology) CCC as part of their credentials.

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Agatha Corcoran

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Bob Ryan

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Carolyn Bruss

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Denise Hillier

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Gordon Piercey

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Janet Meaney

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Jim Russell

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Maxine Paul

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Michelle Peddle

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Nancy Ossinger

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Natalie Benson-Goodyear

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Tammy Manning

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Valerie Mitchelmore

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Vanessa McEntegart

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Agatha Corcoran

Agatha Corcoran photoAgatha Corcoran, BSW, MSW, RSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been operating her own private practice (Atlantic Counselling) for the past 14 years. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Social Work Degree specializing in Addictions and Mental Health. Prior to that she earned a Bachelor of Social Work Degree and a Certificate of Criminology from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Agatha specializes in Alcohol and Drug Dependency and works continually with clients diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder who have been deeply affected by domestic violence/abuse/trauma. She also provides intervention to clients struggling with grief/loss, depression and anxiety. She is a Certified Responder in Critical Incident Stress Management for Individuals and Groups and has extensive experience in Crisis Intervention and conducting Suicide Risk Assessments.

Agatha specializes in Individual Therapy in the areas of Addictions, PTSD, Grief/Loss, Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Domestic Violence and Trauma/Abuse.

Bob Ryan

Bob Ryan photoBob Ryan BSW, MSW, RSW is a Registered Clinical Social Worker with over 21 years of experience in providing intervention to Individuals, Couples and Families. He graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Masters of Social Work Degree and a Bachelor of Social Work Degree.

Bob has worked extensively with clients in both Rural and Urban settings where he has gained valuable experience working in all areas related to Mental Health and Addictions. He has direct experience as a Clinical Supervisor of a Mental Health Therapist team.

Bob specializes in Individual, Relationship and Family Therapy. He has trained in and utilizes, Emotionally Focused Therapy in his work with Couples. He provides intervention for those struggling with Separation/Divorce, Depression, Anxiety, Grief/Loss, Parenting Challenges, Trauma, Anger, Stress Management, and Life Transitions

Carolyn Bruss

Caroyln Bruss photoCarolyn Bruss, BSW, MSW, RSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received both her Bachelor of Social Work and Masters of Social Work Degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

With over 26 years of experience, Carolyn has worked extensively in the field of Community Mental Health, providing Individual and Group Counselling. She has provided leadership to an Intensive Case Management Team who support individuals experiencing complex mental illness. Carolyn has received additional training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Trauma Informed Approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. She has a strong belief in each person's capacity to grow and develop a full and meaningful life.

Carolyn specializes in Individual Therapy in the areas of Mental Health including Anxiety, Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder and Trauma/Abuse. She also provides intervention in the areas of Grief and Loss, Separation/Divorce and Life Transition Issues.

Denise Hillier

Denise Hillier photoDenise Hillier, BSW, MSW, RSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 26 years experience. She received her Bachelor and Master of Social Work Degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Denise has extensive experience working in the field of complex Mental Health issues. She has provided direction and supervision to teams who support individuals coping with Mental Health and Addictions challenges. She has received training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Trauma, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Critical Incident Stress Management. She is a trained Facilitator on Compassion Fatigue and the Road to Mental Readiness. Denise specializes in Individual Therapy in Trauma, PTSD, Stress Management, Self-esteem/Empowerment, Depression, Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder and those who have been impacted by violence.

Gordon Piercey

Gordon Piercey photoGordon Piercey, BSW, MSW, RSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 26 years experience. He graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Master of Social Work Degree and a Bachelor of Social Work Degree.

Gordon trained in the areas of Child Development, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adolescent Mental Health. He has extensive experience in Provincial Health Care systems (Rural and Urban) and working in Hospital/Long Term Care, Child Health and Child Mental Health. Gordon is experienced working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder and Learning Exceptionalities. He also brings his knowledge as a Trainer/Facilitator with Violence Awareness and Action (Violence Prevention).

Gordon specializes in working with older Adolescents (16-18) and Adults through Individual, Couple and/or Family Therapy. He provides intervention in the areas of Anger Management, Depression, Anxiety, Trauma/Abuse, Parenting Challenges, and Relationship Difficulties.

Janet Meaney

Janet Meaney photoJanet Meaney, BBA, BSc(H), MEd (Counselling Psychology), CCC is a Canadian Certified Counsellor with over 16 years experience. She graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology, a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychology and a Bachelor of Business Administration.

Janet has extensive work experience in the area of severe and complex Mental illness and in providing Individual and Group Therapy. She is a Certified Responder in Critical Incident Stress Management for Individuals and Groups and has substantial experience providing debriefings following crisis situations. Janet is a well-versed presenter and has presented on Core Concepts of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Boundaries, Mental Illness and Debriefing Crisis to both community and government agencies.

Janet specializes in Individual Therapy in the areas of, Depression, Anxiety, Borderline Personality Disorder, Addictions, Trauma/Abuse, PTSD, Grief/Loss, Suicidal Thoughts, Self Injury, Stress Management, Anger Management, Emotion Regulation, Mindfulness, Impulse Control, Caregiver Burnout and Compassion Fatigue, Parenting Issues and Conflictual Relationships.

Jim Russell

Jim Russell photoJim Russell, BA, BEd, M.Div, MEd (Counselling), CCC is a Canadian Certified Counsellor. He graduated from Acadia University with a Master of Education(Counselling), and a Master of Divinity from the Atlantic School of Theology.

Jim has over 21 years experience including 5 years with the Correctional Service of Canada, 11 years within the Canadian Armed Forces and 4 years with Youth Corrections.

His approach draws on a variety of counselling styles that are primarily person centered. He focuses on building rapport, trust and a strong therapeutic relationship as he supports people through life's difficult crises and transitions. Jim's approach is Solution Focused and Strength Based whereby strengths, resources and solutions are identified and strategies developed together to achieve personal growth and the transformation of problematic thinking.

Jim has worked extensively with clients who are in need of Crisis Intervention, Grief Counselling, Suicide Intervention, and those struggling with Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Difficulties, Divorce, Job Loss and Chronic Illness.

Maxine Paul

Maxine Paul photoMaxine Paul, BSW, MSW, RSW is a Registered Social Worker licensed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW). Her Social Work education was completed at Memorial University of Newfoundland, with her Master of Social Work awarded in 1995.

Maxine has over 36 years of Social Work practice experience and has focused on clinical counselling and therapy since 1998. Much of her past work was with Mental Health and Addictions at Eastern Health. In 2018 Maxine worked at Island Health in Victoria, British Columbia providing Short Term Therapy to people experiencing Mental Health crisis.

Maxine specializes in working with Adults and older Adolescents (16 - 18) and Families who are being impacted by Mental Health crisis, Substance Abuse, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD/Trauma, Grief/Loss, Violence, and Relationship Difficulties including Parenting Struggles.

Michelle Peddle

Michelle Peddle photoMichelle Peddle, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from York University with a Master of Social Work Degree as well as a Bachelor of Social Work Degree (Honours). She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree Sociology and a Certificate of Criminology from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Michelle has over 16 years experience as an Individual and Group Therapist. She has extensive experience providing individual and group therapy to individuals struggling with and impacted by Addiction and Mental Health.

Additionally, she has worked extensively with children impacted by parental substance use, pregnant women who struggle with addiction and women who have experienced trauma in their lives.

Michelle is well-versed and experienced working with individuals who are suicidal, individuals who experience suicidal ideation and individuals who engage in self-injurious behavior.

Michelle specializes in the areas of Addiction, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Trauma, and Relationship Therapy.

Nancy Ossinger

Nancy Ossinger photoNancy Ossinger, BA, MA, RCC is a registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association for Clinical Counsellors with over 19 years experience. She graduated from Trinity Western University with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Crandall University. Nancy trained in the area of Marriage and Family Therapy with a focus on Adult Attachment Theory and Behavior.

Nancy's goal is to help clients find ways to care for themselves and to move towards becoming the people they desire to be. . Her approach to working with clients is Holistic, Strength-Based and draws on a variety of techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused- Brief Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Meaning Centred Psychotherapy, and Family Systems Theory.

She has worked in both the Public and private sector including Private Practice, and Community Services agencies. She has experience as an Individual, Family and Group Therapist and has worked extensively with clients who are struggling with Addiction/Codependency, Substance Affected, Relationship and Parenting difficulties, Anxiety, Depression, Compassion Fatigue, Anger issues, and lack of Healthy Boundaries.

Natalie Benson-Goodyear

Natalie Benson-Goodyear photoNatalie Benson-Goodyear, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Master of Social Work, Bachelor of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) and Certificate in Criminology.

Natalie has over 21 years of experience as an Individual, Couples and Family Therapist, and has worked in the Provincial Health Care System as well as Community based agencies. Natalie has received additional training in the areas of Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Narrative Approaches. Through meaningfully therapeutic relationships, Natalie creates a safe environment for clients to explore the core of their distress and what needs to shift to enhance clients quality of life.

Natalie has worked extensively with clients who have experienced difficult life transitions such as Relationship challenges, Separation/Divorce, Parenting concerns, Workplace Stress, Illness adjustment, Grief and Loss, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma/Abuse, and Addictions.

Tammy Manning

Tammy Manning photoTammy Manning, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 19 years of experience. She graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Masters of Social Work, Bachelors of Social Work, Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) and a Certificate in Criminology.

Tammy has worked extensively in the area of Mental Health and Addictions. She has comprehensive experience in working with individuals with Severe and Complex Mental Illness, Concurrent Disorders, Complex Trauma, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder using a variety of therapeutic approaches. Tammy has considerable experience as an Individual Therapist and Group Facilitator. Tammy builds strong relationships with clients and believes in client strength and resilience.

Tammy specializes in Individual Therapy in the areas of Addictions, Concurrent Disorders, PTSD/Complex Trauma, Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, Mood Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management and Compassion Fatigue.

Valerie Mitchelmore

Valerie Mitchelmore photoValerie Mitchelmore, MSW, RSW is a registered Social Worker who received both her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland. When she completed her MSW, she was awarded a Fellowship of Graduate Studies for Academic excellence. Since graduating, she has received additional training in Narrative and Brief Intervention Therapies, Addictions, Suicide Intervention, working with people impacted by Trauma, in addition to many other areas relevant to Social Work and Mental Health practice. She has worked primarily with Individuals, from Children to Seniors, as well as Families and Groups.

Valerie has practiced for over 31 years in the areas of Mental Health and Addictions, both in Rural and Urban areas, and primarily in Community Based Mental Health settings. She practices from a Strengths Based Perspective, and strongly believes in her clients' ability to make changes that will increase their coping, well-being, relationships, and improve their quality of life. She will work diligently with you to help you achieve your therapy goals.

Valerie's areas of specialty include providing intervention to with people affected by Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Trauma and Addictions. She also assists people impacted by Grief, Loss, Parenting Issues, and Emotional Regulation.

Vanessa McEntegart

Vanessa McEntegart photoVanessa McEntegart, BSW, MSW, RSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Vanessa graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with both a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work Degree.

Vanessa has worked extensively in the field of Mental Health and Addictions for over 10 years, in both rural and urban settings. Vanessa has a great passion for assisting and supporting individuals to improve the quality of their lives, She believes that all individuals have strengths and through identifying/fostering these strengths, healing and growth can occur.

Vanessa specializes and is deeply committed to the intervention she provides to individuals who are coping with Addictions, Trauma and Concurrent issues. Vanessa's experience in Therapeutic work has been both from an Individual and Group counselling approach. Vanessa also has experience in facilitating workshops and presentations in the area o f Mental Health and Addictions.