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Jillian Rankin, Interim Coordinator, Counselling Services

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I have a Master of Education in Counselling from Acadia University and a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Psychology from St. Francis Xavier University. I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor and a Registered Clinical Therapist (Candidate).

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

In the past, I have 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

 Dr. Heather Patterson, Registered Psychologist

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I began my post-secondary career with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) from the Mount (2002-2006), where I developed a love of psychology and an interest in studying interpersonal relationships, gender, and sexuality. I received my Master's in Clinical Psychology from Acadia University in 2008, and went on to graduate with my doctorate from Memorial University in 2014.

I strive to provide a warm, open, collaborative and empathetic therapeutic space with the goal of helping students explore struggles and expand ways of coping. I have a particular interest in the areas of positive psychology, attachment, gender, and human sexuality, especially as it relates to one's interpersonal relationships and satisfaction with these relationships.

I have worked extensively with the post-secondary student population and I am comfortable working with a variety of psychological concerns including identity development, anxiety, depression, stress, relationship issues, grief, assertiveness/social skills, self-esteem issues, and behaviour change related to substance and/or alcohol use.

I am a 2SLGBTQ+ friendly practitioner who follows the WPATH standards of care. I am thrilled to be re-joining the Mount community and look forward to meeting and working with many students.



In April of 2013, the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre received a generous donation from Fred and Elizabeth Fountain in honour of their late son who died by suicide after struggling with depression. Their gift funds the Stay Connected Mental Health Project which makes our Peer Support program at the Mount, possible.

Our Peer Support team works in collaboration with the Students’ Union and receives supervision and support from Counselling Services. Throughout the week, they hold drop in hours in the Wellness Centre after Counselling Services is closed for the day, giving students the opportunity to come and talk about anything that is on their mind - especially topics around mental health. In addition to drop in hours, several campaigns related to mental health and stigma take place throughout the academic year.  

If you have any questions or would like to access Peer Support, please e-mail

Samantha Wright-Smith, Peer Support Worker


 I am an NSCC alumnae and have been working as a Child Support Worker for the past year, in which time I have also transferred to the Mount to finish my undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology with a minor in Psychology.

I have loved being on the Mount campus and appreciate its close-knit community and friendly faculty and staff. I hope to eventually take Occupational Therapy and work with children, as well as continue my training in therapeutic horseback riding.

I am very excited and humbled to be returning as a Peer Support Worker for my second year, and I look forward to meeting new and returning students this year!

Lauren Ross, Peer Support Worker


Hi! I'm Lauren. I am 20 years old and a third-year Psychology minor. I am originally from New Brunswick but came to the Mount for the small class sizes and friendly atmosphere.

I work as a Pharmacy Assistant and a Research Assistant. I hope to go further with psychology and focus specifically on psychoactive medications and schizophrenia, and it's effect on memory.

I am super excited to have the opportunity to be a Peer Support Worker for a second year. I can't wait to meet more of my peers and help my Mount community!