Derek Smith
Derek Smith
Registered Counselling Therapist - Candidate
Low Cost Rate:
(currently full)
Sliding Scale:
Standard Rate:
Currently Practicing:
In Person, Online
Derek Smith
Registered Counselling Therapist - Candidate

Counselling therapy can be sought for many reasons. To increase well-being, to decrease discomfort, to manage a crisis, or even to clarify which of these is most pressing. My philosophy is that everyone has a unique perspective that makes them the experts on their own lives. People come to therapy with the ability to grow. This belief is grounded in neuroscience as well as outcomes research in psychotherapy.

I use many theoretical lenses, including those of attachment theory, social justice, trauma, and the neuroscience of psychotherapy. I use an integrative approach, drawing on many disciplines and traditions of therapy and using the most applicable techniques from each. I place particular emphasis on person-centred approaches.

Please reach out if you want to discuss whether we might be a good fit, or if you have any questions at all. I see it as my professional role to reduce barriers to therapy, stigma around mental health issues, and to make you comfortable with the whole process; from intake on.

Feel free to use my Online Booking Form.  An online intake form will subsequently be emailed to you, and please indicate there that you are seeking a sliding scale rate

Specialties & Experience
ADD/ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Burnout/Stress, Depression, Family of Origin, Relationships
Families, LGBTQ+, Men, Non-Binary, Parents, Partners/Couples, Teens, Trans-Specific, Women
Anti-Oppressive, Attachment Focused, Narrative, Strengths Based, Trauma Informed

Languages Spoken

* This Therapist provides In-Person Counselling in ​Nova Scotia
* This Therapist provides Online Counselling in ​Nova Scotia
* This Therapist is a Licensed Practitioner
In Person, Online
*This Therapist is a Licensed Practitioner

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