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Our Team

Shelley West
Shelley West

Shelley West, M.Sc.
Registered Clinical Psychologist (#R0665)
Founder and Executive Director of AVPS Inc.

Shelley West earned her Master of Science in Psychology from Acadia University in May 2006. In 2009, she established her private practice in the beautiful Annapolis Valley. After practicing psychology for a decade, Shelley expanded her practice in 2016 and named it Annapolis Valley Psychological Services Inc. Shelley is a Registered Clinical Psychologist, specializing in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), with a collaborative client-centered approach.  She is a member of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia.


Shelley has over 16 years of expertise working with clients who have experienced domestic abuse. She can help them empower themselves to overcome its devastating effects. She can also help them to make changes so they can avoid entering into similar relationships in the future. She has years of experience working with members of the RCMPCanadian Forces, as well as Veterans Affairs of Canada.

For more information on Shelley West, see her profile:  Shelley West, APNS

Appointments:  In-person and Virtual

Vanessa Wotherspoon
Vanessa Wotherspoon

Vanessa WotherspoonB.Ed., M.A.S.P.


Vanessa Wotherspoon is a Registered School Psychologist and former Resource Teacher.  For several decades, Vanessa has provided Psychoeducational Assessments in order to diagnose Learning Disabilities and screen for Attention and/or Executive Functioning difficulties. She has a declared competency in counseling and experience with behavioural consultation. She has also previously facilitated groups in areas related to managing emotions and self-regulation and has completed Yoga-in-the-Schools teacher training. Vanessa is a writer who writes poetry and children’s stories using rhyme, rhythm, and reason.

Appointments: In-person and Virtual

Brooklyn Sydlowski

Brooklyn Thompson, B.A.


Brooklyn Thompson is currently completing her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. She recently relocated to Nova Scotia from Alberta in July of 2022, and is amazed by the beautiful nature in this province! She joined AVPS Inc. in January 2023 as a counselling practicum student. Brooklyn is passionate about providing a judgement-free space where clients can begin their healing journey. She is passionate about helping individuals, couples and families navigate various life challenges, while supporting their unique needs and therapeutic goals. 

Appointments: In-person and Virtual

Brooklyn Thompson
Armita Hosseini
Armita Hosseini

Armita Hosseini, M.Ed., M.A.

C. Psych. Assoc.

(Reg # 7162)

Psychological Associate | Clinical and Counselling Psychology 


Armita is a Registered Clinical and Counselling Psychological Associate with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She has a Master’s of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Western Ontario (2013) and a Master’s of Arts in Clinical Developmental Psychology from York University (2015).


Throughout her clinical training, she has worked for publicly funded mental health agencies including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, East Metro Youth Services, Aisling Child and Family Discoveries Centre, and has been involved in private practice working with various difficulties and populations.


Armita specializes in adult ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)  assessments/treatments. Armita also treats and conducts psycho-educational and psychological assessments for children, adolescents and adults. Her practice is LGBTQ affirmative. She is particularly interested and experienced in working with members of diverse communities who struggle with the lack of acceptance from their friends, family, and community of their sexual identity. 

Appointments: Virtual only

Meagan Yarmey
Meagan Yarmey

Meagan Yarmey, Ph.D., RSW

Meagan (Dr. Meagan) is an insightful clinician, researcher, and educator with more than 20 years of experience in higher education and the private sector. Her practice is the result of her scientific knowledge and strategic approach to solving complex problems. Using an evidence-based integrated psychotherapy approach her practice includes the use of Cognitive Behavioural, Acceptance and Commitment, Mindfulness Based, Trauma Informed, and Solution Focused techniques that are customized to fit the specific needs of the client. She has worked in a number of universities and community settings and her experience includes helping adolescents, adults, couples, families, and groups. Meagan’s ability to use systemic thinking, build on social and performance psychology, and form meaningful therapeutic relationships with care and compassion, has proven effective across a range of client concerns.

Appointments: Virtual only

Debra Hickling

Deb Hickling, B.A.


Deb Hickling earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Gerontology from McMaster University in June 2002. In 2008, she earned her Post-Secondary Certificate with Distinction in Applied Counselling from Conestoga College. She is currently attending Dalhousie University, where she is studying to complete her Bachelor of Social Work degree, as well as a Disability Management Certification. After spending her career working in the healthcare industry in Ontario, Deb and her husband moved to the Annapolis Valley in the spring of 2020. In May 2021, Deb was thrilled to join AVPS Inc. as the Practice Manager.

Deb Hickling
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