Jillian Rankin, Manager, Counselling Services

Jillian has a Master of Education in Counselling from Acadia University and a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University. She is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and a Registered Counselling Therapist.

Jillian has experience in counselling children, adolescents, and adults in various therapeutic settings since 2009. Her counselling experience includes providing support to individuals who have experienced depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, stress management, and study skills. Her areas of specialization include trauma, abuse, and sexualized violence.

In the past, Jillian has worked for 10 years as an Academic Strategist for the Centre for Accessible Learning at St. Francis Xavier University.

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact our office at (902) 457-6567 or email counselling@msvu.ca.

Kyle Cleversey, Counsellor, Counselling Services

Kyle has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from The University of Western Ontario (2016) and a Bachelor of Science with a Psychology Research Specialization from The University of Toronto (2014). Kyle is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and a Registered Counselling Therapist.

Kyle has experience counselling in a variety of therapeutic settings with a focus on post-secondary environments. His counselling style is integrative, client-centered, trauma-informed, and 2SLGBTQIA+ friendly. His past work with students has focused on issues of anxiety, depression, stress management, adjustment to university, relationships, trauma, addictions, gender, sexuality and identity.

Kyle’s past work in a post-secondary setting was as a Personal Counsellor with Fanshawe College’s Counselling and Accessibility Services in London Ontario.

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact our office at (902) 457-6567 or email counselling@msvu.ca.

Lisa MacNeil, Intake Counsellor, Counselling Services

Lisa is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate (RCT-C) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists and is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She holds an M.Ed. in Counselling from Acadia University and has experience working in not-for-profit organizations and in post-secondary where she supported students in experiential learning activities. Lisa holds a Certificate in Trauma Counselling for Mental Health Professionals: Level 1 and has completed training in suicide prevention, attachment, somatic experiencing as well as trauma integration.

Lisa recognizes that navigating life as a student can be challenging, and is committed to providing a safe, supportive environment where her clients can explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Lisa approaches counselling from a perspective that recognizes the unique and diverse experience of each person, all while honoring the collaborative nature of counselling. She works within an integrative counselling framework and draws on mindfulness-based and strengths-based approaches, such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindful Self-compassion, while also working from a trauma-informed lens.

Lisa meets her clients with openness, non-judgement and warmth. She is dedicated to holding space for clients as they navigate through obstacles and look to find greater well-being and fulfillment in their lives.

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact our office at (902) 457-6567 or email counselling@msvu.ca.

Chris Christensen (she/her), Counsellor, Counselling Services

Chris is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate (RCT-C) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Chris holds a Master’s degree in Counselling from Acadia University. Additionally, she has completed a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology, Human Relations, from Mount Saint Vincent University, a Bachelor of Education degree from Acadia University, and a Bachelor of Science degree with First Class Honours in Psychology from Dalhousie University. Chris has experience in the field of education and leadership. She holds a level 1 certification in Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy and has completed specialized training in the Integrative Trauma and Attachment Treatment Model as well as Teletherapy.

Chris welcomes all students at various stages of their academic programs and lives to connect with her through Counselling Services. She uses a relational, client-centred approach to counselling that integrates strategies from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Strengths-based approaches rooted in neuroscience, and those that are attachment-based and trauma-informed. Chris identifies as a member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community and she has experience working with diverse students in areas such as anxiety, depression, gender identity, sexuality, transition to university, relationships, and stress management.

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact our office at (902) 457-6567 or email counselling@msvu.ca.

Brandon Yeo, Counsellor, Counselling Services

Brandon has a Master of Education in Counselling from Acadia University and a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University. Brandon is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate (RCT-C) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists.

Brandon has focused his career on counselling students from diverse backgrounds in post-secondary institutions. Brandon recognizes that everyone has their own unique way of experiencing the world and strives to meet clients where they are at in their journey by creating a non-judgmental and safe space to explore their mental health. Brandon’s approach to counselling is trauma informed, client-centered, 2SLGBTQIA+ friendly, and strengths-based. Brandon uses a blend of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Person-Centered Therapy with a dash of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness. Brandon works well with neurodivergent clients (ASD, ADHD, LDs) and has a background in supporting adults with intellectual disabilities. Brandon has experience working with a range of issues including anxiety, depression, stress management, adjustment to university, men’s mental health, gender, sexuality, identity, and relationships.

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact our office at (902) 457-6567 or email counselling@msvu.ca.

Kyla Friel (she/her), Grief Counsellor, Counselling Services

Kyla has a Master of Education in Counselling from Acadia University, a Certificate in Public Relations Management from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in French from Mount Saint Vincent University. She is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and a Registered Counselling Therapist.

Kyla has had the privilege of working with young adults, adults, and families to explore sudden or tragic deaths, multiple deaths, significant loss, and anticipatory grief; working in hospital and hospice settings, live-in residences, and post-secondary. From experience, Kyla often finds that when we become aware of our grief or loss and pair it with compassion and micro-actions, we can navigate our way through. In this way, mindfulness-based approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Solution-focused Therapy can be useful in our work.

Students can expect a warm, respectful, and resourceful space to help them understand more — going at their pace — about the death or loss they’re experiencing and how they would like to show up in their relationships, commitments, and studies at the Mount. Grief is life-changing, after all.

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact our office at (902) 457-6567 or email counselling@msvu.ca.

Jenna Mosher, Counselling Intern, Counselling Services

Jenna is a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology Student at Yorkville University. She will be completing her counselling internship under the supervision of Jillian Rankin over the course of the summer 2022 and fall 2022 academic terms, and she is looking forward to becoming a part of the MSVU community and counselling team.

Jenna holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Acadia University (2019), followed by a Certificate in Human Resource Management (Psychology) from Saint Mary’s University (2020). Throughout her educational journey, Jenna has become passionate about providing support and acting as a listening ear to individuals navigating the various unique experiences and challenges that come with university life.

Jenna will be at the counselling centre every Monday and Thursday and looks forward to connecting with you!

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact our office at (902) 457-6567 or email counselling@msvu.ca.

Linda Liebenberg, Counselling Intern, Counselling Services

Kwe’! For the past 23 years, Linda has conducted research focused on supporting the mental health of children and youth from chronically marginalized and oppressed communities. This work includes a long-term research program with youth from Eskasoni First Nation. Linda is currently finishing her Master’s in Counselling at Yorkville University and she is especially interested in issues such as abuse and sexualized violence, stress management and chronic trauma with students from diverse backgrounds and communities.

Linda moved to K’jipuktuk (Halifax) in 2003 from South Africa, and she feels lucky to call both places home. In addition to her practicum at MSVU on Mondays and Tuesdays, Linda is continuing to work as a researcher. When she is not working she loves to read, garden, and take photos.

If you would like to make an appointment, please contact our office at (902) 457-6567 or email counselling@msvu.ca.

Leticha Lucas, Counselling Intern, Counselling Services

Leticha holds a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University followed by a Counselling Skills, Social Human Service diploma from Success College. She is currently finishing her Masters of Education in Counselling Degree from Acadia University. She will be completing her counselling internship under the supervision of Kyle Cleversey from September 2022 until December 2022 and she is excited to be a part of the MSVU community and counselling team.

Leticha’s work outside of the Mount is with Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. She has experience supporting and counselling survivors of sexualized violence. In her free time Leticha enjoys travel, live music and watching movies.

Wendell, Therapy Dog, Counselling Services

Wendell is a registered therapy dog with St. John Ambulance and is the most popular member of the Counselling Services team! Wendell is on campus on Mondays from 2-3pm on the Main Floor of the Library to give cuddles to the Mount community, as well as throughout the week to participate in wellness workshops with the counsellors. Wendell’s favourite things are to snuggle and nap when he’s at work.

You can check out Wendell’s fun adventures on his Instagram at wendell.msvu.therapydog. Wendell is excited to meet all friends at the Mount, so please come say hi if you see him walking around on campus!

 

 

 

Alex Bromley and Rachel Long, 2022-23 Peer Support Workers

Alex

Alex is originally from Vancouver. She moved to Halifax in 2013. She is in the second and final year of her Master of Science in Applied Human Nutrition. This school year she will be working on her research project that is on social justice health advocacy education for physicians. This will be her second degree from MSVU. She graduated with a BSc (Honours) in Applied Human Nutrition with a double minor in Gerontology and Chemistry in 2021. She also has a previous degree from Dalhousie University in Psychology.

Alex has been very involved in the Mount community. She was a volunteer, and later the student coordinator of the Breakfast Program Association of Fairview in 2018-20, she was a Mount Mentor in 2020-21, she has been a Teaching Assistant for the Chemistry Department since 2021, and she was Valedictorian for graduate and professional studies. She is very excited to continue to be involved in campus life and working to support students as one of the Peer Support Workers this year!

Rachel

Rachel (she/her) completed a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology & Anthropology with Communications in 2022 here at the Mount. She is continuing her education at MSVU this year in the Master of Education in Lifelong Learning program.

Rachel has a passion for positive mental health promotion, growth, and development… which is why she is so excited and privileged to be one of your Peer Support workers this year. Rachel has first-hand experience with mental health challenges and the work that goes into mental health maintenance. Working as one of your Mount Mentors last year, she is looking forward to chatting with all of you again, especially surrounding these important topics.

A few facts about Rachel: She loves to laugh and make music playlists, she’s a big fan of Drag Race, and she enjoys spending time outside exploring different walking trails.

Don’t hesitate to stop by or send a message saying hello. She looks forward to chatting with you!

 

If you have any questions or would like to access Peer Support, please e-mail peer.support@msvu.ca