Our Halifax Psychology Team
Bird & Associates Psychological Services is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of mental health practitioners who strive to create tailored, evidence-based psychological assessment and treatment plans. We offer a gentle, compassionate approach as we assist our clients towards their journey of healing. You can learn more about each of our psychologists below. Please feel free to reach out if you have questions or want to schedule a session with one of our psychologists.
Deborah Bird, MSc.
Registered Clinical Psychologist
Deborah received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Capella University in 2003 after completing her Bachelor of Arts at St. Thomas University. She has over 17 years’ experience providing assessments and treatment to children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples in schools, outpatient mental health facilities, and private practice settings. Deborah is a registered clinical psychologist with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners (NSBEP) in Psychology.
Deborah’s Therapy Approach
She prides herself on using evidence-based techniques specific to her client’s difficulties to assist her in supporting a collaborative and holistic approach to her treatment practices. Among the many evidence-based therapeutic approaches, Deborah mainly focuses on using: narrative therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), emotion focused therapy, mindfulness therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy.
Dedication to Life Long Learning
Deborah believes that life long learning is important in order to remain up to date with evidence-based practices. Most recently, she has attended an externship on Emotion Focused Therapy for couples and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Adolescents and Adults.
Outside the Office
Outside of her private practice, Deborah spends time with her husband and two sons and volunteers on the NSBEP board aiding with the registration of upcoming psychologists.
Jacqueline Meisner, MSc.
Psychologist (candidate Register)
Jacqueline is a Psychologist (Candidate Register) with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (NSBEP) and a member of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS).
She received her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Acadia University and has experience working with children, adolescents, and families in private practice and research settings. This includes conducting psychoeducational and cognitive assessments, and the treatment of various concerns such as anxiety, mood, and behavioural problems.
Jacqueline’s Professional Experience
Prior to beginning clinical work, Jacqueline worked as a CBT coach for university students and school aged children in a research study focused on language and reading development at Dalhousie University. She also worked closely with members of the QEII and IWK in a clinical research setting conducting assessments and following the well-being of families.
Jacqueline’s Therapy Approach
Jacqueline has a strong foundation in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and also draws upon other evidence-based approaches and techniques including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and mindfulness. She believes that the best approach is one that is collaborative and tailored to the individual needs and goals of the client and the gentle way that she conducts herself while working with her clients will be an asset to our team.
Outside the Office
Outside of private practice, Jacqueline enjoys spending time with her husband and staying active in sports and outdoor activities.
Isaac Hahn, MA
Psychologist (Candidate Register)
Isaac is a Psychologist (Candidate Register), registered with the Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology (registration #C10836).
Isaac completed his Master of Arts (MA) degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Regina, following his Bachelor of Science (honours) degree in Psychology from Saint Mary’s University. His MA research focused on relationships between anxiety, intolerance of uncertainty, and chronic pain. His honours research examined social identity and group bias.
Isaac’s Professional Experience
Prior to beginning his career in private practice, Isaac completed a full-time internship in Community Mental Health here in Nova Scotia as part of his clinical training. There, he gained experience providing psychological interventions with a diverse client population. In 2019, Isaac joined Bird & Associates Psychological Services, and has continued providing psychological therapy to adults with a broad range of concerns and difficulties.
Isaac’s Therapy Approach
Isaac provides individual therapy for adults with a variety of concerns. Areas of practice include academic difficulties, anger management, assertiveness, chronic musculoskeletal pain, communication skills, emotional expression, depression, generalized anxiety, grief, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic attacks, panic disorder, self esteem issues, social anxiety, specific phobias, transition to university, and solution-focused therapy.
Isaac uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and related, evidence-based techniques to help clients successfully address their difficulties. He works collaboratively with clients in a respectful, caring manner.
Dedication to Life Long Learning
Isaac is a firm believer in the importance of continuing education, attending scientific conferences and professional development workshops to further his therapeutic skillset and keep up to date with current research.
Outside the Office
Outside of private practice, Isaac likes to read, spend time outdoors, and play music.
Ashley Gallant, MC
Ashley Gallant returned back home to Nova Scotia from Alberta to practice as a Registered Psychologist. She has been providing mental health services to adolescents, adults, families and couples since 2009.
Her current areas of focus include issues related to anxiety, phobias, depression, perinatal mood disorders, relationship conflict, couples work, complex trauma and abuse, additictions, grief and loss, as well as personal growth and wellness.
Among the many evidence based therapeutic approaches, she primarily focuses on using: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Ashley believes that empathetic understanding is essential in developing a therapeutic relationship and supporting personal change and growth. In a safe and judgement free environment, she hopes to assist her clients in gaining an understanding of their emotions, thoughts, and life patterns as a way to optimize functioning and well-being.
We are currently accepting new patients and referrals
Bird & Associates Psychological Services of Halifax welcomes anyone who may be interested in booking an appointment or receiving more information about our therapeutic approach or services offered to contact our office.