George A. Goldberger, B.Sc
Having over 35 years of business experience throughout North America and Overseas as well as being a person in recovery, George has the expertise and understanding to be the perfect fit to lead our organization. With his recovery experience and compassion George is the exact individual you need to talk with to understand our process of recovery. His Motto is “Its not about getting Sober, It’s about staying Sober.” Having a passion for Sobriety and Business has been the perfect combination to allow George to take the organization to the next level of being certified by Veterans Affairs and Department of National Defense. PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE
Dr. Carole MacInnis
Carole has her Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Psychologist in Nova Scotia. She also holds a Ph.D. in Education. Carole has many years of experience working in the fields of psychology and education. She has been the program director in educational, non-profit and for profit organizations. She has a strong background in assessment in a variety of clinical and educational settings. Besides her work at Ledgehill, she is currently teaching in the in counselling program at Acadia University as a part-time instructor and has a private practice specializing in transitions with adults, youth and families. During transitions, people often experience grief, anxiety and depression. To support her clients she uses evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Solution-focused Therapy to support the clients in learning new ways to deal with times of stress. Besides helping her clients to change ineffective patterns to more positive strength-based ways of being, she also works with them to examine the emotional triggers which have resulted in destructive behaviors. Through this exploration people begin to develop a different way of seeing and understanding themselves. Carole enjoys working with individuals, families and groups who are going through periods of change. She feels privileged to be a witness to the courage it takes to break old patterns and embrace the future as it emerges from one day to the next.
Operations Manager, RPR
Eileen has many years of experience working in Business Management, Finance and Human Resource Management. Having owned and operated her own business, she has a very strong background in operations. Along with being a Registered Professional Recruiter, Eileen is also very knowledgeable in areas of Conflict Resolution, Incident Investigation and Occupational Health & Safety and has level 1 MANDT training. Eileen attended Halifax West High School and Mount St Vincent University. Eileen has a passion for continuous learning and enjoys helping people.
Dr Drysdale, M.D.
Dr John Drysdale is a family physician in the Annapolis Valley Nova Scotia. He has a keen interest in addictions and withdrawal management, in addition to a full scope family practice. Practicing near a military base, he also has experience with veterans affairs matters, including PTSD, mental health, and chronic pain.
Mark Johnston, MD, FRCP (C), Psychiatrist
Dr. Johnston firmly believes counselling should form the core of most mental health treatment plans. However, as a medical doctor, his role is often confined to diagnosis and medical treatment. For this reason, he works closely with psychologists and refers his patients to them for counselling. In his experience, patients are best served by this collaborative team approach - with psychologists conducting counselling and psychiatrists managing medications, when appropriate.
Darlene Gavel RN
Bio coming soon
Leanne Cameron, MEd, CCC, RCT
Leanne has an Advanced Diploma in Addiction as well as a Masters of Education in Counselling from Acadia. She is a Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and was admitted to the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT) with the designation of Registered Counselling Therapist – Candidate. Leanne believes in a client centred approach, encouraging clients to determine their own intrinsic motivation for change in their lives. She uses CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused and Psychotherapeutic intervention strategies with her clients while integrating a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach with treatment planning. Leanne holds her clients recovery with great pride and support and feels honored to assist in their journey of insight and growth.
Agnieszka has a BA in Psychology from Dalhousie University where she focused her studies on learning theory and the interplay of environment and behaviour. Following her passion in how unhelpful habits and behaviours lead to dysfunction in interpersonal relationships and connection within, she continued her studies in applied behavioural analysis, completing her advanced diploma in behavioural intervention. She has since worked with young adults with challenging behaviours, and instructed for Dalhousie’s College of Continuing education where she helped students reach academic success through an understanding of how emotional reactions and behavioural patterns can lower one’s ability to succeed in reaching goals in life. With her Masters in Counselling Psychology, Agnieszka works as a counsellor in addiction focusing on compassion-focused therapy that is client directed, utilizing CBT, ACT and DBT. With her experience with treatment for eating disorders, Agnieszka understands the importance of reconnecting clients with their self-identity, self-worth and self-compassion in healing the whole and building emotional and physical health through multidisciplinary approaches.
Lisa is a very diversified counsellor. In addition other Masters in Social Work, she is also completing a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She has advanced training and education in the fields of addictions, PTSD, trauma, and sexual health. He present research is focused on sex and intimacy addiction in relationship to trauma. In addition to her clinical experience, she has experience in various capacities including finance and human resource management, harassment investigation, and conflict resolution mediation. A feminist practitioner, she encourage clients to discover their authentic self, while developing self-compassion. Lisa often works with individuals and families to navigate many of the complex pieces which affect their journey. She has many years of experience working with diverse populations including LGBTQQIA communities. She has extensive community involvement in mental health initiatives. Honesty and transparency coupled with confidentiality are the cornerstones of her practice. She primarily uses behavioural techniques coupled with an existentialist approach to help clients navigate their life changes.
Johnena (Jo) Kennedy
She comes from Piper’s Glen Inverness Co, Cape Breton . She has a BA in Community Development from Simon Fraser University. She spent the most of her career happily working for Addictions Services in Inverness, Ingonish, Cheticamp and much of the time in Glace Bay. Prior to Addictions she spent some time working for Correctional Services in Port Hawkesbury. She worked with Leeside Society and was instrumental in the building of Leeside Transition House in Port Hawkesbury. She comes to us with almost 30 years of Working with Women in Addictions which is her passion. She was also a member of the Provincial Woman’s Strategy for Women and Addictions in Nova Scotia. She has also worked as an Addictions Counsellor and an Outreach Worker within the field of addictions. She is a recovering person with 39 years of recovery. She has an endless supply of compassion and understanding of the recovering person on both a professional and personal level. She was the recipient of the Dr. Mian Award in 2016. This is an award given for outstanding effort in helping to improve the lives of folks with Addictions and Mental health. She enjoys working with a team of like minded professionals. She is studying Shamanic Healing. She is the Mom of four adult children and is Nana to an adorable little grandson. She loves music, story telling and loves to laugh. She also enjoys spending time with her kitten Luna Blue. You will find her happily doing her job as Addictions Counsellor for Oakhill Women’s Treatment Center.
Maryam Savari MACP, RCT-C
Maryam earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Mary's University and a Masters of Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Maryam is a Registered Counselling Therapist – Candidate that works with young adults, adults, couples and families who are struggling with addiction, mental health concerns including behavioural issues, grief, anxiety and stress. Maryam incorporates a trauma-informed approach to establish supportive and therapeutic rapport with young adults and adults and is aware of the sociocultural context surrounding counselling. She believes in personal development, meaning-making, and a sense of purpose and bases her strategies on personalized needs. Maryam provides a safe space in which to explore issues, develop practical strategies, and attain viable solutions. She incorporates a goal oriented strategy within her therapy so that lasting change can be achieved.
Elena Basevich, BA Psy.
Recreation and Healthy Living Coordinator
I have been teaching yoga for nine years and have been practicing for over sixteen. During these nine years I have taught yoga in the Annapolis Valley, leading public classes, specialty groups and meditation workshops. I love my work! I have also set up yoga classes in many of the public schools in this area, making yoga part of the gym curriculum and facilitating after school programs for staff and students alike. I enjoy cycling, skating, hiking in the woods with my dog and practice yoga every day. I feel that my calling is bringing health and fitness into people’s lives, becoming aware of their body and moving it as much and as often as possible is the path of happiness and health. Rural Annapolis valley is an amazing place to enjoy nature, the forest, the stars, and the stillness associated with country living. Being close to nature brings us back to ourselves.
Susan grew up, lived and worked most of her life in Nova Scotia. In the year 2010, after a career in private business and public service she relocated to the Annapolis Valley to begin her journey in recovery. Rather than return to the business world Susan chose to become part of our team as she truly believes part of her recovery is to “pay it forward” by sharing her personal “Experience, Strength and Hope” with others beginning their journeys in recovery. Susan’s passion for life and recovery is reflected in the growth she inspires with each client with whom she shares.
Wally and Oliver
Our therapy dogs
Wally joined our team all the way from Florida. Wally is a pure breed Standard Poodle. Still a pup he comes from a long line of therapy dogs. The clients love him as much as he loves them. Take Wally snowshoeing on our beautiful trails brings total serenity and is therapy in itself. What a great addition to our team. We all luv you Wally & Oliver