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The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart.

                                                                            - Helen Keller 

Annapolis Valley Psychological Services
At AVPS Inc., we provide an accepting and non-judgmental environment by displaying unconditional empathy for all clients.
We want to create rapport with our clients so they may feel more comfortable sharing the events and struggles they face. It is our goal to provide clients with the tools they need to feel empowered and more in control. Contact us for a free 15-minute phone consultation or to book an appointment today.


Treatment of Ages 13 & Older:

• Abuse:

     - Emotional

     - Physical


Anger Management

• Anxiety

• Assertiveness Training

• Depression/Loneliness

• Family of Origin Issues

• Family Violence

• Grief/Loss/Bereavement

• Habit Change

• Low Self-Esteem

• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

• Pain Management

• Panic/Phobias/Fears

• Personal Growth/Wellness

• Personality Disorders

• Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

• Relationship Issues

• Sleep Difficulties

• Stress Management

• Thoughts of Suicide

• Workplace Issues:

     - Burnout

     - Stress

     - Retirement

Assessment of Ages 6 & Older:

  • ADHD

  • Anger

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Hopelessness

  • Learning

  • Memory

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Pain

  • Personality

  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Psychoeducation

  • Stress

  • Suicidality

Shelley West has experience in individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for adults (age 18 and older) who are struggling with challenging psychological issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, anger, grief, chronic pain, and difficulties with sleep and relationships.

Dr. Johan Reis has had a wide variety of experiences, specifically assisting in the treatment of stress, anxiety, stress, and depression with individuals throughout the life span, particularly with University Students, First Responders, Employees experiencing workplace issues, etc. His clinical focus is person-centred CBT as well as schema-focused psychotherapy.

Vanessa Wotherspoon has worked for several regional education centres and has been contracted through a number of post-secondary and community organizations to conduct assessments. The results of an assessment can help to understand a person's profile of learning strengths and challenges. A comprehensive assessment also helps students, parents, and teachers better understand an individual's abilities, and target support and programming. Vanessa brings a deep understanding of how learning challenges present in school, and she is able to make specific recommendations to help parents advocate for their children's learning needs. She also understands the importance of helping people discover their own strengths and needs and become their own advocate. In addition to the formal reports, Vanessa believes in writing an additional youth-friendly report to help students better understand their strengths and areas to work on.


Are You a Survivor of Abuse?

Shelley West also has expertise in working with clients who have experienced domestic violence in order to help them empower themselves to overcome its devastating effects and to make changes to avoid entering into these types of relationships in the future. She gained her initial interest in, and a wealth of hands-on experience with, helping young women and seniors in abusive situations when she volunteered with Chrysalis House from 1997-2003, and with the Senior Support Network of the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) from 2000-2003.



The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind                                                        ~ Psychologist William James

Now accepting referrals!
Services are available through in-person, virtual and telepsychology platforms, ensuring client confidentiality.