About Catherine Phinney

Catherine Phinney, Psychotherapist, MA, MACP, RCT-C, CCC

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I am a registered counselling psychotherapist (candidate) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT) and a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).


I entered this profession after a career working as an executive for the federal government, both in Canada and internationally. I left that career when I realized that what really motivated me was bringing out the best in people by helping them to draw on their own strengths.

Experience and education


In addition to receiving a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, I have a Master of Arts in International Conflict Analysis and over fifteen years of experience mentoring, coaching, building and leading teams, and resolving conflicts in the workplace and internationally. My practice combines these skills with my knowledge and training in psychology and conflict resolution

I completed my clinical training at The Peoples' Counselling Clinic under the mentorship of Robert S. Wright. The clinic does invaluable work and I am proud to provide counselling services there on a part-time basis. I am also very grateful to practice with the guidance and support of

Dr. Jeffrey Hosick.

​Specialized training and certifications


I have received additional, specialized training and/or certification in:

  • Trauma-Informed Stabilization Therapy (TIST);

  • Somatic psychotherapy;

  • Treating panic disorder;

  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy;

  • Working with the body's nervous system to heal trauma;

  • Treating Dissociation and Self-Injury;

  • Parental capacity assessments; and

  • Providing online therapy.


I continually undertake professional training in treating and understanding mental health issues and trauma in order to incorporate the latest scientific research and approaches in my practice.

Catherine Phinney, MA, MACP, RCT-C, CCC

NSCCT #RCT-C21-042, CCPA #10008507