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.

Valerie Brown, MA, RCT-C

Therapist

Education: Master of Arts in Counselling (2015), Providence Theological Seminary
Professional Memberships: Registered with Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT), EMDR Canada
Professional Interests: Valerie has experience working with adolescents, the elderly, individuals and couples. Valerie supports and assists her clients to manage trauma, anxiety, depression, relationships, developing healthy communication, and other issues of concern.
Theoretical Orientation: Valerie’s primary therapeutic approaches include, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Solution Focused Therapy. Although she uses many of these approaches, Valerie will also blend elements from different approaches and tailor their treatment according to each client’s need. It is her desire to support her clients toward health and wholeness and understand their unique and intrinsic worth. For more information on EMDR Therapy click HERE.
Location: Valerie works out of the Truro office.
Personal Interests: Valerie moved here from Calgary, Alberta 3 years ago to be closer to family and further pursue her career in counselling. She is a Nova Scotian at heart and loves being back in her home province. She loves to travel and her greatest memory is her trip to Thailand in 2012. In Thailand she had the privilege of working with and learning about a rich and diverse culture. Valerie enjoys all kinds of culturally diverse foods and hopes to return to Asia someday for another visit.

Valerie Brown
Valerie Brown

Valerie Brown, MA, RCT-C

Counselling Therapist, EMDR Trained Therapist

Education: Master of Arts in Counselling (2015), Providence Theological Seminary
Professional Memberships: Registered with Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT), EMDR Canada
Professional Interests: Valerie has experience working with adolescents, the elderly, individuals and couples. Valerie supports and assists her clients to manage trauma, anxiety, depression, relationships, developing healthy communication, and other issues of concern.
Theoretical Orientation: Valerie’s primary therapeutic approaches include, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness and Solution Focused Therapy. Although she uses many of these approaches, Valerie will also blend elements from different approaches and tailor their treatment according to each client’s need. It is her desire to support her clients toward health and wholeness and understand their unique and intrinsic worth. For more information on EMDR Therapy click HERE.
Personal Interests: Valerie moved here from Calgary, Alberta 3 years ago to be closer to family and further pursue her career in counselling. She is a Nova Scotian at heart and loves being back in her home province. She loves to travel and her greatest memory is her trip to Thailand in 2012. In Thailand she had the privilege of working with and learning about a rich and diverse culture. Valerie enjoys all kinds of culturally diverse foods and hopes to return to Asia someday for another visit.

Cynthia Voegeli

Cynthia Voegeli, MA, RCT-C

Therapist

Education: Master of Marriage and Family Counselling (2013), Briercrest Seminary, Caronport, SK
Professional Memberships: Registered with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT)
Professional Interests: Life stages, grief, anxiety, depression, couples issues, family conflict, children/teens, abuse, trauma, spiritual formation. Cynthia has experience working with clients of various cultural backgrounds and with First Nations clients in Saskatchewan.
Theoretical Orientation: She enjoys working from a client-centered perspective, utilizing a narrative theoretical approach as well as incorporating solution-focused, systemic and psychodynamic theories.
Location: Cynthia works out of the Truro and New Glasgow offices.
Personal Interests: Cynthia loves being outdoors and spending time with her family.

Derek Voegeli, MA, RCT-C

Therapist

Education: Master of Marriage and Family Counselling (2013), Briercrest Seminary, Caronport, Saskatchewan
Professional Memberships: Registered with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT)
Professional Interests: Derek has counselled clients in the areas of depression, anxiety, relationship issues, sexuality, abuse and addictions, and has experience with First Nations clients in Saskatchewan.
Theoretical Orientation: He works with both individuals and couples and uses a narrative approach as well as mindfulness techniques to assist his clients in life issues.
Location: Derek works out of the Truro and New Glasgow offices.
Personal Interests: Derek enjoys deep sea fishing, computer gaming, and spending time with his young family.

Derek Voegeli
Derek Voegeli

Derek Voegeli, MA, RCT-C

Therapist

Education: Master of Marriage and Family Counselling (2013), Briercrest Seminary, Caronport, Saskatchewan
Professional Memberships: Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists
Professional Interests: Derek has counselled clients in the areas of depression, anxiety, relationship issues, sexuality, abuse and addictions, and has experience with First Nations clients in Saskatchewan.
Theoretical Orientation: He works with both individuals and couples and uses a narrative approach as well as mindfulness techniques to assist his clients in life issues.
Location: Derek works out of the Truro and New Glasgow offices.
Personal Interests: Derek enjoys deep sea fishing, computer gaming, and spending time with his young family.

Crystal Crossan

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

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
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.

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