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.

Dr. Anne Sophie Champod

Registered Psychologist

Dr. Anne Sophie Champod is a Registered Psychologist who completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at McGill University (2010), an internship in the Clinical Health Psychology program at the University of Manitoba (Adult Neuropsychology Stream, 2008), and a post-doctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University (2014). She currently is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Acadia University. She co-leads the Acadia University Centre for Neuroscience and Cognitive Health conducting work that is advancing our knowledge of the brain mechanisms underlying cognitive functions in healthy individuals, how these mechanisms are altered with learning or by disease, and how they respond to various interventions.
Her research, clinical, and teaching activities are focused on brain-behaviour relationships in health and disease. Clinically, she has expertise in neuropsychological assessment and in the treatment of chronic pain in adults of all ages. Her current clinical practice is focused on the treatment of chronic pain that occurs in the context of a wide range of health conditions. Chronic pain induces changes in the central nervous system that amplifies the pain signal sent to the brain. Dr. Champod uses an active biopsychosocial approach that targets the brain and the body to provide pain relief. She uses a variety of evidence-based techniques from cognitive-behavioural and mindfulness approaches tailored to the individual’s needs that have been shown to help turn down the pain signal and improve quality of life.
Dr. Champod provides clinical services in both English and French.

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’s Training

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

Registered Psychologist

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.

Breanna Young (she/her)

Clinical Psychologist (Candidate Register)

Breanna is a licensed Clinical Psychologist (Candidate Register). After completing her Bachelor of Science (Bsc) with Honours in Psychology at Acadia University, Breanna entered the Doctorate of Psychology (PsyD) program in Clinical Psychology at Adler University. Breanna’s doctoral dissertation examined the positive impacts that can result from a trauma. Throughout her doctoral program, Breanna is grateful to have gained a variety of clinical experiences in private practice, community, and hospital settings.

Breanna’s practice includes, but is not limited to, working with those who may be experiencing: anxiety, depression, behavioural dysregulation, struggles with co-parenting, adjustment to medical diagnoses, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, and workplace or school stressors.

She uses an integrative and supportive approach in her work, primarily incorporating an attachment-based perspective to understand an individual’s concerns. She uses therapeutic techniques that are appropriate to each client she sees, integrating modalities such as Interpersonal Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness.

Breanna is continually learning and growing from her clients, and believes in using a client-centered, culturally sensitive approach to form strong connections and relationships. By acknowledging the system an individual exists in and bearing witness to their difficulties, Breanna aims to lend insight and guidance to sustained personal growth. Breanna offers a safe, inclusive, and queer-friendly space, and is very open to learning from her clients and adapting to meet their needs.

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.