Dr. Eva Adriana Wilson, M.D., M.Ed, FRCPC
(Psychiatrist, Assistant Professor)
Dr. Wilson completed her Medical Degree at the University of Manitoba and completed her Residency in Psychiatry at Dalhousie University. Dr. Wilson also earned her professional designation as a Mediator in Conflict Resolution and a Master’s in Medical Education. She uses all of these daily in empowering her patients to make the choices that are healthiest for them. These experiences have been key to her role as an advocate for her patients in school, work, family and legal settings.
Dr. Wilson has over 20 years of experience with community mental health activism and innovation, a testament to her passion and commitment to her calling. Early initiatives included working to prevent social isolation in Nursing Home tenants who were without family support. This was followed by establishing two community based centers in the core of Winnipeg, servicing over 110 under-privileged youth annually for almost 10 years. These programs offered academic support, social skills training and conflict resolution training, while simultaneously providing cultural enrichment and healthy food to youth of low socio-economic status. These initiatives received letters of support from the Minister’s of Health, Education and Justice. Most recently, in collaboration with the world leaders in the areas of resilience, positive psychology and optimal aging, she founded of the Association for Positive Psychiatry of Canada (www.appc.ca).
Once in Medical School, Dr. Wilson sought to improve patient-physician interactions through the creation of physician based Conflict Resolution training. This was incorporated into both the under-graduate and post-graduate Core Curriculum at the University of Manitoba School of Medicine. She has also consulted on issues of Resident professionalism and remediation at both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels.
Dr. Wilson contributes professionally as a presenter at National and International level conferences, as well as presenting at the Department of Psychiatry’s Grand Rounds. Although her work is predominantly in private practice, Dr. Wilson is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine, teaching and mentoring residents and interested front-line workers in the field of mental health.
Dr. K. Ryan Wilson, PhD (R. Psych)
Dr. K. Ryan Wilson is a registered psychologist in Halifax, Nova Scotia, working in private practice as part of the Inspired Living Medical team. Dr. Wilson also works as the clinical lead for the Medically Unexplained Symptoms Clinic at the QE II hospital.
He completed his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. Dr. Wilson has expertise in neuropsychological assessment across the lifespan and a wide range of therapy models to help treat thinking, feeling, and physical symptoms experienced by teens and adults.
Neuropsychological assessments can be helpful for individuals experiencing difficulty completing day-to-day activities as a result of changes in thinking ability (e.g., attention, memory, problem solving). There can be many reasons for changes in our thinking abilities:
- Dementia (e.g., Alzheimer’s Disease)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- head injuries
- mood and anxiety disorders
- and many more.
Though often thought of as separate, our mental, emotional, and physical states are very closely connected.
Dr. Wilson’s uncommon combination of neuropsychological, cognitive behavioural, and psychodynamic expertise allow him to generate high quality assessments that provide clear actionable recommendations capable of targeting mental, emotional, and physical symptoms caused by psychological distress.
Dr. Wilson delivers treatment using a range of therapy models. Dr. Wilson typically uses a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)approach when helping people develop new thinking strategies (e.g., how to remember new names, remember what you read in a book). He also uses an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) approach to help people clarify their values, practice being present in their own lives, and to get unhooked from unhelpful thoughts and feelings.
However, his primary therapy approach for individuals is Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). ISTDP is an emotion-focused form of psychotherapy. It is a challenging form of therapy that is not for everyone.
However, ISTDP has been shown to be especially effective for rapid relief of
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Migraine Headaches
- painsome forms of attention and memory difficulties
- personality disorders
- difficulties in interpersonal functioning
Dr. Lesley Kirkpatrick, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., FRCPC (Psychiatrist)
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Persistent Depressive Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders (including Generalized Anxiety, Social Anxiety and Panic Disorder)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Bill Wood, Registered Counseling Therapist (Candidate)
Bill is a Registered Counseling Therapist (Candidate) with the Nova Scotia College of Counseling Therapists and holds a Masters Degree in Creative Arts Therapy from Concordia University specializing in Drama Therapy. He has experience working in Schools, Community Centres and Psychiatric Settings.
Bill works to help clients access their innate human capacity for creativity, connection and play so as to reduce the effects of anxiety and depression. His approach is influenced by Drama Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Play Therapy and theories of trauma informed care.
By practicing to be open, creative, adaptable and playful people can learn to live in the moment, be present and connect with their feelings, their loved ones and themselves. Using a mix of creative and talk based therapy Bill helps clients to increase self-esteem, build resiliency and coping skills to prepare for life’s natural inevitable ups and downs. He works with adults, families, children and adolescents and members of the 2ILGBTQ+ community.
Julie Doan – Office Manager
Kjersti McGuire – Administrative Assistant
Sara Skentelbery – Director of Innovation & Quality