Our shared goal is to help you find meaning and contentment in your life. Our skilled and compassionate therapists will help you to heal, honour your authentic voice, and explore what you need to thrive.
Darren Fowler, MA
Darren is a psychologist at Shift. He specializes in the treatment of military veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). He also treats clients with depression, anxiety, anger, grief, and relationship issues. Darren believes that anxiety and depression can be the result of conflicted, stressful emotions that are not being dealt with. Such feelings may be rooted in traumatic life events, difficult life transitions, or current relationships. Darren helps individuals overcome obstacles and attain lasting change. With compassion, understanding, and acceptance, he is committed to helping clients deal effectively with their emotions so they can be happier. He helps his clients change unhelpful patterns and develop healthy alternatives. Darren has extensive post-graduate training in various models of treatment, including Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT).
Heather Higgins, PhD
Dr. Heather Higgins has been a Registered Psychologist for over 30 years. After receiving her Ph.D. from University of British Columbia, she worked in Vancouver and Toronto before “returning home” to Halifax. Before entering private practice, Heather worked in various settings, including community mental health, and a university graduate counselling program where she taught for several years. Currently, Heather provides therapy for adults who are dealing with anxiety, depression, stress, loss, relationship issues, career issues, and adjustment to life transitions. Heather believes that empathic understanding is essential in developing a strong therapeutic relationship and supporting change and growth. Her approach is primarily Humanistic-Existential, and she is interested in the field of Positive Psychology and how this approach can help people develop their strengths and improve their emotional well-being. Heather has a special interest in working with individuals in midlife and beyond, who are coping with change and transition in their lives.
Laurie Tracey, MA
Laurie provides counselling to adults, couples, youth, and to those identifying as LGBTQ. She specializes in anxiety and coping with life stressors, couples counselling, personal growth and wellness, trauma and abuse, depression and sex therapy. She is also skilled in helping individuals adjust to chronic pain and brain injury. She has extensive training in Emotion Focused Couples Therapy and complex trauma. Laurie's approach to therapy is collaborative, mindful, and empathic. She aims to help clients gain an understanding of their emotions, thoughts, and life patterns as a way to to feel more certain about decisions and goals, be aware of and assert needs, communicate effectively, and live with meaning and purpose.
Jamie-Lee Collins, PhD
Psychologist (Candidate Register)
Jamie is a candidate-registered psychologist, having completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology at Dalhousie University. She provides individual psychotherapy to adults presenting with a
range of issues including: anxiety (social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic), substance use/addiction, low mood/depression, adjustment difficulties, stress, poor self-esteem, communication difficulties, and trauma. Jamie has an empathic and non-judgmental approach to therapy, focusing on building a strong therapeutic relationships. Identifying and working toward client goals is done in a collaborative and supportive manner, helping clients discover their personal values and strengths to guide therapy. She has extensive training in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), as well as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and emotion-focused therapy (EFT).
Liza Gabriel, MASP
Liza is a registered Psychologist with a Masters of Arts in School Psychology. She has particular interest in assessment and intervention for individuals with Learning Disabilities. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, Exceptional Learners, as well as with individuals who have emotional/behavioral challenge, and those who have experienced Complex Trauma. Though the majority of Liza's work is conducted with school aged children and adolescents, she also works with adults. She has significant experience working within the public school setting. This provides her with greater insight into planning interventions that will work within home and school settings. Liza specializes in conducting comprehensive Psycho-Educational Assessments which can help determine an individual's unique learning profile, including areas of strength and challenge, and their impact on learning.
Adria Markovich-Pilon, MSc
Psychologist (Candidate Register)
Adria is a candidate-registered psychologist, having completed her Masters training in Clinical Psychology at Acadia University. She works with adult individuals in a broad range of areas, including depression/low mood, anxiety, stress, self-esteem, social anxiety, and panic. Adria brings a kind, genuine, and compassionate approach to therapy, believing in the importance of a supportive environment when navigating change. Whether clients wish to address struggles that are impacting their everyday lives, or they would like to experience more meaning and fulfillment, they are gently encouraged in working toward their therapy goals. Adria has an integrative approach to treatment, drawing from her training in cognitive-behavioural, acceptance and commitment, and emotion-focused therapies to suit each individual client’s needs.
Meg Taylor, MSc
Meg specializes in the comprehensive assessment of children, youth, and adults. These assessments can help to identify underlying difficulties that may be impacting the success of the client. She has worked extensively with clients experiencing challenges with learning, behaviour, and attention, as well as complex histories of trauma. Viewing the client as a whole person, Meg takes an approach to assessment in which life experiences, environmental factors, developmental history, and assessment performance, are each viewed as equally important in case conceptualization. Meg examines the unique profiles of strength and limitation to help create individualized recommendations which can be used to help each client reach their full potential.
Jessica brings 10 years of administrative experience and an authentic kindness to her work. She is eager to ease the process of seeking therapy and will work closely with you to find the most suitable therapist. She is also available to facilitate future appointments and other requests throughout your treatment. With her personal focus on mindfulness, Jessica genuinely believes in the work being done at Shift. She is an advocate for the well-being of everyone who comes through our doors.