Robin is a clinical social worker registered with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers and has more than 25 years experience working with both teen and adult populations across a broad spectrum of issues, challenges, and concerns. These include addictions and substance misuse, anxiety, depression, past trauma, work and personal stress, self-esteem and self-worth, relationships and communication, career and life transitions, motivation, procrastination and goal setting, and personal growth and wellness.
After having spent more than a decade working with street involved youth Robin is particularly passionate about engaging with troubled teens and young adults. She has a deep understanding of the complex issues challenging this population and is skilled in supporting them as they work through mental health, addiction and life issues. Robin is also particularly skilled at working with addiction issues across the lifespan, as well as with school and social pressures and anxieties all too common with teenagers and young adults.
After gaining much professional—and life—experience working as a researcher in a forensic psychology lab at the University of British Columbia and as a clinician in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Robin relocated to Halifax and returned to school to obtain both bachelor and master degrees in social work from Dalhousie University, thus complementing previous degrees in psychology and law, both at UBC. She has an integrated, evidence-based practice which draws from a number of therapeutic modalities; primarily cognitive behavioural, motivational interviewing and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. She approaches the therapeutic relationship with holistic, strengths-based and client-centered perspective.
Using a collaborative, solution focused approach, Robin believes in working alongside clients to develop therapeutic goals and outcomes, supporting and empowering them as they effect change. She firmly believes that it is her clients who are the experts in their lives and that her job is to provide a safe, comfortable environment where they are listened to, heard and validated as they are offered fresh perspectives and new skills to guide and support their journey forward.
As a social worker with private practice accreditation, Robin is covered by most insurance plans.