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Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.

~ Anonymous

Shelley West, M.Sc. (She/ Her)

Shelley West earned her Masters 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, in 2016 Shelley expanded her practice and named it Annapolis Valley Psychological Services Inc. Shelley is a Registered Clinical Psychologist, specializing in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), with a client-centered approach.

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Dr. Johan Reis, B.Sc., D.C.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. (He/Him)

Dr. Johan Reis is a Registered Clinical Psychologist currently located in Waterloo, Ontario, but is also registered and practicing in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. He has been practicing as a Counsellor and a Psychologist since 1987. Dr. Reis' parents immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands and they landed at Pier 21 in Halifiax, making the province his favourite province where, to this day, his family resides.

Kimberley Therriault, B.A.(Hons) (She/Her)

Kimberley (Kim) Therriault is a graduate student in the Master in Counselling Psychology (MACP) program at Yorkville University. She joined the AVPS Inc. team in May 2022 as an intern. She works with clients ages 16 and older, including couples and families. Kim and her family moved to the Annapolis Valley in July 2021 from Ontario, and they are thoroughly enjoying everything that Nova Scotia has to offer. 

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Vanessa Wotherspoon, B.Ed., M.A.S.P. (She/ Her)

Vanessa Wotherspoon is a Registered School Psychologist and former Resource Teacher. For several decades, Vanessa has provided Psycho-Educational 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 behavioral 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.

Debra Hickling, B.A. (She/Her)

Debra Hickling earned her Bachelors 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. After spending her career working in the Health Care industry in Ontario, Debra and her husband moved to the Annapolis Valley in the Spring of 2020. In May 2021, Debra was thrilled to join AVPS Inc. as the Practice Manager.

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Life isn't about waiting the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain.

                                                                         ~ Vivian Greene

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