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CAROLINE LEBLANC

Registered Psychologist, Owner SVR

Caroline graduated from the Masters program in Clinical Psychology from Universite de Moncton in 1991.  Her work background includes Correctional Services of Canada, Provincial government Corrections and EAP program, Veterans Affairs Office of Conflict Resolution and Director of Holland College’s Assessment Services for Adults.  Since 2002, she has been in full time private practice.  Her areas of interest are trauma, PTSD, first responders, anxiety and depression.  She has also been involved in the community by being an active member of the PEI Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Network for over 20 years, the Psychologists Association of PEI, the francophone community of PEI and was involved in the Swissair recovery in Peggy’s Cove. Caroline  completed training in EMDR in 2013, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy in 2017 and has been certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy since  2013. She is presently studying to become certified  in Body Rolling. 

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BARB JONES

Registered Psychologist

Trained as a contemplative psychotherapist, mindfulness practices are embedded in all Barb’s work. Barb has worked extensively with individuals and families presenting with issues including, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, relationship challenges, chronic illness, end of life and bereavement.

At Serene View Ranch, Barb continues as a mindfulness consultant to staff at the Ranch and as she moves into full-time retirement, is not taking on new clients.

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ALAN KOSTYNIUK 

Registered Psychologist

Alan is a Registered Clinical Psychologist in the province of Prince Edward Island. Originally from Alberta, he obtained his Masters of Education degree, specializing in Clinical/Counselling Psychology, at the University of Alberta in 1989. He has worked in a variety of settings within the public and private sectors, including operating his own successful private practice for more than twenty years.He is qualified to conduct adult assessments, individual and couples counselling and he is proficient in the application of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) and Flash Technique. Alan primarily treats victims of trauma at Serene View Ranch where he has been employed full-time since January 2017.

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BEN GOULD

Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate 

Ben is an Abegweit First Nation Mi’kmaq person and Clinical Psychology PhD Candidate from the University of Saskatchewan. He is an integrative therapist whose foundational work is from a Narrative Therapy framework. Other utilized therapeutic strategies include Interpersonal Therapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Ben’s generalist training has primarily been completed with teens, adults, and older adults in individual and group settings, and within multiple areas of concern (e.g., anxiety, depression, eating disorders, PTSD, self-esteem, personality-related challenges). His interests include culture and diversity, intergenerational trauma, trauma-informed care, community wellness, and ‘two-eyed’ seeing practices.

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DEREK ANDERSON

Registered Social Worker

Derek began his studies in this field when he attended the Child and Youth Care Worker Program at Holland College, graduating in 1998. His desire to learn led him to complete a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from St. Mary’s University and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Victoria. He obtained his Master of Social Work degree in 2012 from Memorial University. Derek has provided therapy to a variety of different populations over the past 20 years. He has worked in child welfare, criminal justice, addictions, and mental health settings. Derek has experience working with a wide range of mental health conditions, but his passion is working with simple and complex trauma. Derek feels privileged to be able to support others, and he enjoys working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. 

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RANDELL DUGUID

Registered Social Worker

Randell is also a registered equine facilitated psychotherapist and in addition to her time at the ranch, she works as a mental health therapist at Holland College. Her depth of experience has included community counselling clinics, rape crises centers, addictions facilities as well as contributing to the establishment of post-secondary education programs within correctional facilities.

Randell’s primary therapeutic focus and passion is working with people in the LGBTQ2+ community as well as victims of sexual violence and intimate partner violence. She is client centered, body focused and grounded in an anti-oppression framework. 

Randell maintains a close connection with the community, and is a Board member for the Women’s Network of Prince Edward Island and Fierte Pride Canada. In her spare time you will find Randell exploring the outdoors with her pup and partner.

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JODI PHILLIPS

Registered Social Worker

Jodi is a registered social worker at the Master's level with over 25 years experience working with a variety of populations in various settings. This experience has allowed her to see how the impacts of trauma are unique to the individual, based on many different factors, with symptoms that can manifest in a variety of ways. In her work, she would see how every person assigns meaning and interpretation to a traumatic event unique to their life experiences and belief systems. Jodi brings this experience and knowledge with insights made from advances in neuroscience showing the mind/body/nervous system connection, into her practice at Serene View Ranch where her clients have access to an experienced trauma informed multi-disciplinary team and resources outside of the individual therapy sessions with her. Jodi is passionate about her work, focusing primarily on still serving military members, military veterans, and first responders.

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JENNIFER BAXENDALE

Registered Social Worker

Jennifer began learning about the effect of complex trauma when she volunteered with incarcerated youth in Los Angeles, CA. After a career in visual art, she received her Master's in Clinical Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA so she could effectively support individuals in their healing process. Jennifer worked the majority of her career as a clinician at a community mental health clinic that specializes in trauma treatment and where she provided support and advocacy for transgender clients as the clinic's Transgender Liaison.

Jennifer graduated from the Post Graduate Fellowship in psychoanalysis at Massachusetts Institute of Psychoanalysis, Amherst, MA and most recently, completed her training in Attachment Focused EMDR through the Parnell Institute in San Rafael, CA. Additionally, she is a member of the Berkshire County, MA Psychedelic Community where she has begun her study in Psychedelic Assisted Treatment. Jennifer is especially excited and looking forward to training in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and being part of the team at Serene View Ranch.

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EMILY FREEZE

Registered Social Worker, MSW

Emily is a Registered Social Worker with 18 years experience in a variety of settings including Community Mental Health, medical social work and the education field. She is trained/certified in: WPATH, CBT, DBT, EMDR, Flash technique and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Emily works primarily with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, complex trauma and PTSD. Emily supports adults and youth ages 12 to 18. She has a special interest in supporting family members of veterans and police services. Emily resides in Charlottetown with her family and cockapoo, Fletcher.

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SARAH JAY

Registered Counseling Therapist (CCC)

Sarah (she/her) comes to the ranch with over 10 years social work experience across various PEI systems, including: child protection, foster care and adoption, and assessing individuals living with disabilities.  She returned to school to complete her Masters in Counseling Psychology and is happy to have found a home at Serene View Ranch.  Sarah’s broad experience helps to provide comfort for those seeking support with personal and family matters, mental health challenges, varying disabilities, and any number of personal goals, including areas of anxiety, depression, grief and loss, significant life changes, caregiver support, and complex trauma.  Her ongoing education has provided her with experience and training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy(DBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based approaches, among others.  Sarah leverages a non-judgmental, person-centered, trauma informed, and individualized strength based approach to support clients through past, present, and future challenges.  Sarah is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, a member of the PEI Counselling Association and a consistent supporter of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.

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JEFF HAVENGA

Registered Social Worker

Jeff is a Registered Social Worker with a diverse background in healthcare, child protection, corrections, and youth work. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from UPEI, a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary, and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Waterloo.  

He has received training in various therapeutic approaches, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Flash Technique, Mindfulness-based interventions, and Equine Assisted Therapy. In addition to his current training, he is currently pursuing training in Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR). Jeff provides individual therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. His primary focus is on helping individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, complex trauma, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). His empathetic and client-centered approach ensures that each person receives the personalized care and support they need. 

Jeff enjoys sharing his passion for the outdoors with his clients, exploring the picturesque walking trails at Serene View Ranch. When he's not at the Ranch, he enjoys spending time outdoors alongside his young family, fostering a well-rounded and balanced life. 

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DOUG ELLIS

Registered Counselling Therapist

Doug received his undergraduate in Psychology from UPEI, while continuing to work in the field of business. His passion for workplace mental health needs was what took him back to school to complete his Masters in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Post Baccalaureate in Chronic Pain Medicine from the University of Alberta. His experinces included working with Veterans as they transitioned from military careers to civilian careers. He had completed certification for working with individuals living with disabilities, vocational rehabilitation psychology, as well as simple and complexTrauma (EMDR).  Doug has been a lifetime supporter of overall life balance for adults, both in their professional and personal lives. He enjoys his work but also his volunteer time working with children with needs as a riding instructor. 

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CHRISTINE TRAINOR

Registered Counselling Therapist, CCC, TESL, EXAT (in progress)

Christine Trainor is a Counselling Therapist with the College of Counselling Therapy of PEI (CCTPEI) and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). She holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design University and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University, she is a professional visual artist who brings a wide range of skills (painter, printmaker, papermaker, bookbinder, and book artist) to art-informed counselling. She is currently completing a post-graduate program in Expressive Arts Therapy, Trauma- Informed (EXAT). Christine has also completed training in working with immigrant and refugee populations through IRSA and SACLI (TESL). Christine has a special interest in working with Veterans, first responders, and victims of sexual violence and intimate-partner violence. Her areas of focus include intergenerational trauma, trauma- informed care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT and CBCT for PTSD), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She looks forward to completing EMDR certification, and engaging in eco-therapy, equine therapy, and trauma-informed nature-based expressive arts therapeutic approaches, grounded in neuroscience and polyvagal theory.

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MEGAN PERRY 

CT, BCB, MMT, NMT

Megan Perry is a Counselling Therapist, Board Certified Biofeedback Clinician, and Certified Music Therapist. She graduated with a master’s degree in Music Therapy from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2013, and has since completed a post-graduate program in Neurological Music Therapy through Colorado State University. Megan has experience supporting a variety of populations including children, youth, and adults with mental health challenges, complex trauma, PTSD, developmental and intellectual delays, dementia, and acquired brain injuries. She uses a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach, and strongly believes that music provides a space for personal growth and development.

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TAYLOR BLACKETT

MMT, CT, BCB, RYT-200

Taylor is a Counselling Therapist with the College of Counselling Therapy (CCTPEI), a Board Certified Biofeedback Clinician with the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA), and a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-level. She graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University, receiving a Master of Music Therapy degree in music-centered psychotherapy, also completing specialized training in Neurologic Music Therapy (NMT). Taylor's clinical experience involves working with children, adolescents, and adults supporting individuals in inpatient and outpatient mental health, complex trauma, PTSD, developmental and intellectual delays, and dementia. Taylor believes in the power of the mind-body connection and uses a holistic and client-centered approach with a trauma-informed focus with clients to support their development, health, and well-being.

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LYDIA COULOMBE

MACP

Lydia (she/they) graduated with her Masters in Counselling Psychology in 2023 and joined the Serene View Ranch team after completing her internship here. Lydia has spent the past 5 years working with children, youth, and families both within the community and in the education system. Currently, Lydia is on track to becoming a Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) as well as a Board Certified Biofeedback Clinician (BCIA). Lydia also practices Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and is passionate about the potential for healing and growth in the human-equine relationship. Lydia takes an eclectic approach to therapy, utilizing elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Strengths-Based Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Mindfulness. In their work, Lydia strives to provide clients with non-judgmental, trauma-informed and person-focused support. When not at the Ranch, you can find Lydia spending time outside, with family, and with her own special horse, Finn.

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