Derek Smith
Registered Counselling Therapist
Low Cost Rate
Currently Full
Sliding Scale
Standard Rate
Currently Practicing
Derek Smith
Registered Counselling Therapist


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.

Community Focus:
Women, Couples/Partners, Families, LGBTQ+, Men, Non-Binary, Parents, Teens, Trans-Specific
Anxiety, ADD/ADHD, Anger, Burnout/Stress, Depression, Family of Origin, Relationships
Trauma Informed, Anti-Oppressive, Attachment Focused, Narrative, Strengths Based
Languages Spoken:
* Available Virtually (Online) in Nova Scotia
This Practitioner is Registered - Talk to them about their approach to ensure their style, training, and experience are a good fit for you.
*This Practitioner is Registered - Inquire about their training and experience to ensure a good fit.

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