Our Staff

 
Brian Schrock

Brian Schrock, MSW, RSW

Executive Director


Education: Master of Social Work (1993), Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Professional Memberships: Registered for the Private Practice of Social Work with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers.
Professional Interests: Depression, anxiety, conflict resolution and communication, family relationships, couples therapy, abuse/trauma.
Theoretical Orientation: Brian is influenced by Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family systems. He works from a client-centered approach incorporating these techniques when the needs of a client determine this.
Location: Brian works out of the Truro office.
Personal Interests: Brian enjoys watching a good movie and traveling with his family.

Paula Weaver, MSW, RSW

Therapist

Education: Master of Social Work (1991), Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
Professional Memberships: Registered for the Private Practice of Social Work with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers.
Professional Interests: Anxiety, children and adolescents, addictions, and family systems
Theoretical Orientation: Paula does not adhere to one particular model of treatment. Rather, she utilizes a range of approaches based on the presenting concern and the client’s needs. Paula’s training is in a psycho-dynamic and family systems approach. She also uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which is an evidence based approach found to be effective when treating anxiety and depression. Her approach is client-centered, working with the individual to find the model that works best for them.
Location: Paula works out of the Truro office.
Personal Interests: Paula enjoys traveling, camping, antiques and exploring the history of people/places.
Paula Weaver
Paula Weaver

Paula Weaver, MSW, RSW

Therapist

Education: Master of Social Work (1991), Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts
Professional Memberships: Registered for the Private Practice of Social Work with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers.
Professional Interests: Anxiety, children and adolescents, addictions, and family systems
Theoretical Orientation: Paula does not adhere to one particular model of treatment. Rather, she utilizes a range of approaches based on the presenting concern and the client’s needs. Paula’s training is in a psycho-dynamic and family systems approach. She also uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), which is an evidence based approach found to be effective when treating anxiety and depression. Her approach is client-centered, working with the individual to find the model that works best for them.
Personal Interests: Paula enjoys traveling, camping, antiques and exploring the history of people/places.
Janice Michels

Janice Michels, MA, MAdEd, RCT-C

Therapist

Education: Master of Biblical Counselling (1993), Providence Seminary, Otterburne, MB
Master of Adult Education (2005) St. Francis Xavier, Antigonish, NS
Professional Memberships: Registered with Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT) and the Professional Association of Christian Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Professional Interests: Depression, anxiety, addictions, grief, parenting, and communication.
Theoretical Orientation: Her primary therapeutic approaches are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solution Focused Brief Therapy. Janice will also use tools or methods from other models, such as Motivational Interviewing, and Narrative Therapy, according to the therapeutic needs of the individual client.
Location: Janice works out of the Lower Sackville office.
Personal Interests: Janice enjoys reading Classic British literature, watching German soccer, and listening to a variety of music. She also enjoys watching mysteries.

Kristi Garrido, MA, RCT-C

Therapist

Education: Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (2017), Yorkville University
Professional Memberships: Registered with Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT)
Professional Interests: children and adolescents, abuse/trauma, relationships, healthy communication, anxiety
Theoretical Orientation: Kristi’s primary therapeutic approaches are Narrative and Solution Focused. She values a strength-based, client-centred perspective, allowing for clients’ unique qualities to determine the course of the therapeutic work.
Location: Kristi works out of the Truro office.
Personal Interests: Kristi enjoys reading, cooking and baking, and traveling.
Kristi Garrido
Kristi Garrido

Kristi Garrido, MA, RCT-C

Therapist

Education: Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (2017), Yorkville University
Professional Memberships: Registered with Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT)
Professional Interests: Children and adolescents, abuse/trauma, relationships, healthy communication, anxiety
Theoretical Orientation: Kristi’s primary therapeutic approaches are Narrative and Solution Focused. She values a strength-based, client-centred perspective, allowing for clients’ unique qualities to determine the course of the therapeutic work.
Location: Kristi works out of the Truro office.
Personal Interests: Kristi enjoys reading, cooking and baking, and traveling.
Crystal Crossan-Zak

Cynthia Hunt, MSW, RSW

Therapist

Education: MSW, Dalhousie University, BSW, Bachelor of Arts (psychology), Mount Saint Vincent University.
Professional Membership: Registered Social Worker with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers
Professional Interests: Anxiety, Depression, grief, relationships and communication.
Theoretical Orientation: Cynthia practices from a strength based, client centered approach. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy are her primary therapeutic approaches, while also drawing on other methods and tools depending on the specific needs of each client.
Location: Cynthia works primarily out of the Sackville location
Personal Interests: Cynthia loves to spend time hiking in nature and camping with family and friends. She also enjoys music, film and learning new things.

Vivien Marira, MA, RCT-C

Therapist

Education: Master of Arts in Counselling (2011), Briercrest Seminary
Professional Memberships: Registered with Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT)
Professional Interests: Women impacted by abuse/trauma, parenting, children/adolescents, attachment issues, anxiety, Depression and Grief/loss.
Theoretical Orientation: Vivien’s primary therapeutic approaches are Emotionally Focused Therapy, Family Systems Theory and Narrative Therapy. She believes that every client has the tools and abilities inside of them to solve their problems alongside a supportive and caring person.
Location: Vivien works out of the Truro office.
Personal Interests: Vivien enjoys trips to the beach with her husband and two kids, foraging for wild mushrooms, listening to podcasts and gardening.

Crystal Crossan-Zak
Crystal Crossan-Zak

Vivien Marira, MA, RCT-C

Therapist

Education: Master of Arts in Counselling (2011), Briercrest Seminary
Professional Memberships: Registered with Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT)
Professional Interests: Women impacted by abuse/trauma, parenting, children/adolescents, attachment issues, anxiety, Depression and Grief/loss.
Theoretical Orientation: Vivien’s primary therapeutic approaches are Emotionally Focused Therapy, Family Systems Theory and Narrative Therapy. She believes that every client has the tools and abilities inside of them to solve their problems alongside a supportive and caring person.
Location: Vivien works out of the Truro office.
Personal Interests: Vivien enjoys trips to the beach with her husband and two kids, foraging for wild mushrooms, listening to podcasts and gardening.

Crystal Crossan-Zak

Crystal Crossan-Zak, CYC-P

Slate Youth Centre Director

Education: Nova Scotia Community College (2000), Human Services – Children and Youth At Risk
Professional Memberships: Child and Youth Care Practitioner with the Child and Youth Care Certification Board. Board member with the Nova Scotia Child and Youth Care Workers Association.
Theoretical Orientation: Relational Model, Child & Youth Work.
Personal Interests: Crystal enjoys gaming, movies, music, cooking, knitting, crocheting, and the great outdoors.
Karen Pratt

Karen Pratt

Program Assistant

Karen is the first point of contact with those who phone or come to Archway. Karen coordinates the front office procedures and administration. Her duties include administrative support for the Centre’s staff, scheduling appointments, and ensuring the office runs smoothly.
Personal Interests: Karen enjoys scrap booking, sewing, tole painting, yard sales, and spending time with her family. For the past 25 years she has held a variety of positions with Girl Guides of Canada.

Karen Pratt

Program Assistant

Karen is the first point of contact with those who phone or come to Archway. Karen coordinates the front office procedures and administration. Her duties include administrative support for the Centre’s staff, scheduling appointments, and ensuring the office runs smoothly.
Personal Interests: Karen enjoys scrap booking, sewing, tole painting, yard sales, and spending time with her family. For the past 25 years she has held a variety of positions with Girl Guides of Canada.
Karen Pratt

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