Our Team of Professionals
Dr. Joan Wright
With 25 years of experience as a psychologist, Joan Wright is passionate about helping clients feel like themselves again. “People deserve to heal as quickly as possible with the best interventions available,” she says. Her training allows her to assess the interaction between the brain, body and mind to determine the best place to start the healing process.
“As we gain a deeper understanding of how stress and trauma affect the brain,” Dr. Wright says, “we can now help people heal faster and more effectively because we are starting where the problem is – the brain and once the brain waves are balanced, then we talk it out, breathe it out, stretch it out, meditate it out – whatever body or mind intervention works for the specific need.”
Through the MindShift Clinic, Wright’s goal is to offer clients tools that provide them with a greater capacity to experience healing so they can feel like themselves again as quickly as possible.
Kathleen completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors in Psychology and Sociology at the University of New Brunswick in 2013. She then completed a Master of Arts degree in Integrated Studies at Athabasca University in 2018. During both of her degrees, she completed qualitative research projects on women's childbirth experiences in New Brunswick, with a specific focus on the trauma that women have endured. These research experiences have led her to have a keen interest in helping individuals to heal after enduring traumatic experiences. Kathleen is grateful to be part of a team that integrates the mind, body, and brain into their treatment approaches to help individuals in their wellness journeys.
Mary is the Office Manager at Mindshift Clinic. She received a Medical Office Administration Diploma, with the highest academic standing in her class, from the New Brunswick Community College in 2008. Mary has worked in an administrative support role with Health Services, Government of New Brunswick since then.
“I’ve always been interested in mental health and overall wellness, so when the opportunity came up to join the MindShift team it was an easy decision for me to make. In the first few months of being here it became very evident that we were providing an invaluable service.”
With a solid 17 years of experience in the profession using short term solution focused therapy, Christine Crain, RSW is excited to become a part of the Mind Shift Clinic team.
"In my years of helping people with talk therapy, it has become evident that even though people are motivated to make changes, and have tried many interventions, some have challenges to sustain the changes. For these people neurofeedback may be a viable solution. In my experience, once clients are helped to get their brain waves rebalanced, therapy strategies are much more effective and the changes are sustainable.”
Ashley successfully completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree in 2012, since then she has had the pleasure of working with many people, from many walks of life, on their paths to mental and emotional wellness. Ashley has worked with youth, persons with mobility disabilities, expecting mothers and young families. When presented with the opportunity to work at MindShift Clinic, Ashley was thrilled to join a team that is focused on such an innovative and holistic approach to wellness.
"I had heard about all the great things that MindShift Clinic was doing long before I began working here. Now, to have the opportunity to witness firsthand the incredible changes that are occurring in our client's lives has been such a gratifying experience. This is a group of professionals that work collaboratively to ensure that each individual that walks into the clinic is treated with respect, understanding and provided with the skills and opportunity to heal"
Justine is a certified counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and holds a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University. She is fascinated by many mental health related topics, such as recovering from trauma, and is passionate about working with people who experience stress, trauma, and any experiences on the anxiety spectrum. Specifically, she holds an interest in emotion-focused and mindfulness practices. She has experience working with individuals with various mental health and substance use concerns. In her role as a biofeedback clinician, Justine hopes to facilitate self-awareness and personal growth by practicing from a client-centered and non-judgmental stance. Justine is able to offer services in both English and French and is thrilled to be a part of the MindShift team.
“I strongly believe that the clinic’s holistic and multifaceted approach to mental health and wellbeing fosters change, relief, and encourages clients to reconnect with their world in a meaningful way. I look forward to sharing the benefits of biofeedback and other mental health practices with clients.”
Ashley is a registered social worker, working towards completing her Masters of Social Work Degree (MSW). She has a variety of experience in adult and child mental health, education and child welfare. Ashley has been interested in Holistic treatment since 2011 when she began her career in First Nations Prevention & child welfare.
“Working in First nations communities and learning from Indigenous educators in the MSW program has provided me with the opportunity to learn about and embrace a holistic framework for helping and healing. As a Biofeedback counselor at the Mindshift Clinic, I am able to continue to support, advocate for and practice holistic approaches to mental health and wellness. I feel honoured to work in an environment that promotes and encourages continued education, growth and excellence”.
After successfully completing her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of New Brunswick, Jasmina began her career in the mental health field as a behavioral therapist working with youth on the autism spectrum. Jasmina then went on to join the MindShift Clinic team in 2016, were she became a certified Neurofeedback technician. She enjoys the opportunity to thoroughly discuss with clients their personal wellness goals, and how we can help assist them to become their best self.
"I am so thrilled to be working in such a great environment with a team of compassionate professionals that strive to meet the needs of our clients through a caring, innovative, and holistic approach."
Kristi joins the Mindshift Clinic team with a background in both mindfulness - based education and counselling. After completing her Masters degree in Counselling at UNB in 2016, Kristi was delighted to join the Mindshift Clinic in an effort to help others begin their path to wellness. As a Certified Neurofeedback Technician, Kristi aims to work one on one with clients in order to help them meet their individual needs.
“One model does not fit all – for me, listening to the client and collaboratively forming a plan for treatment is imperative. It is refreshing to work in a clinic that offers multiple services that are able to meet the unique needs of both children and adults. What I found to be most appealing about Mindshift, is that all of our interventions are entirely holistic.”
Lorraine is the Administrative Assistant at Mindshift Clinic. She received an Administrative assistant/Secretarial Diploma in 1996 and has worked in the Administrative field for the past 18 years. Lorraine obtained a certificate in Mental Health First Aid and always had an interest in the Mental Health field.
" I see people's health and wellness improving with the treatment we provide here at Mindshift Clinic and I am so excited to be a part of this amazing team".
Alyssa graduated from the University of New Brunswick with High Honors in 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology. After completing 3 years of her graduate degree in Clinical Psychology she was delighted to accept a position at Mindshift as a biofeedback technician while she pursues her Master's in Counselling part time.
Tammy is a Licensed Counselling Therapist with the College of Licensed Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick as well as a Registered Nurse with the Nurses Association of New Brunswick. Tammy received her education at the University of New Brunswick, and has additional training and experience in education, trauma-related injuries, suicide intervention and prevention, palliative care, population health, chronic and acute illness, positive psychology, and holistic health approaches to wellness. Her keen interest in evidence-based practices, continuing competencies on issues surrounding mental health, and having a Client-focused attitude, are attributes that attracted her to working at the MindShift Clinic. With Tammy’s combined experiences in nursing and counselling, she has over 12 years of experience as a professional helper.
“From a nursing perspective I understand the importance of evidence-based practices as it guides us in providing safe and competent care to our clients. Being a Counselling Therapist is about putting the client first. These were qualities that stood out to me at the MindShift Clinic, and it is uplifting and gratifying to be part of a team that full-heartedly places the client first every day!”
Marcie joins the MindShift clinic with an educational background in Psychology. Obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2009, she has been passionate about the study of the mind and behaviours for as far back as she can remember.
Preceding, becoming a certified Neurofeedback Technician, Marcie managed a yoga studio for a few years. Her time spent in this community expanded her knowledge immensely in many areas. Particularly, her interest in holistic approaches truly flourished.
“When given the opportunity to combine my education, passion and new found love in holistic wellness naturally I accepted. I feel so blessed to be apart of such a nourishing community. The atmosphere here feels so safe and supportive. Everyone; from my co workers to our clients feel a sense of family here at the clinic. I could not be more excited to be apart of the MindShift team, and involved with such a inspirational group of individuals.
Gabrielle recently joined the MindShift team as an intern working towards her Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy through Liberty University. She was elated to have this opportunity and considers it a true honor to have the privilege to work with each client she meets. Gabrielle is working alongside other trained counseling therapists at MindShift to develop the Couples Skills Mentoring Program and is working with couples to help them create a new way of interacting with one another.
“I have been amazed with my clients and how far they have come on their wellness journeys. It is exciting to be a part of such a supportive team of people with one common goal – to help our clients heal their brains, bodies, and minds so they can live the fulfilled lives they so deserve.”
Being an exceptional client centered therapist over the last 22 years, Kathy has continued to actively searched for and study techniques to help her clients achieve wellness. “When I first learned about the potential of Neurofeedback, I was so excited because it gives us a missing piece, rebalancing the brain to help rebalance the mind!” Kathy’s has expertise with treating adult and couple related issues and with Neurofeedback as an additional tool to assist the wellness process, she is discovering that clients are making significant improvements in problems previously resistant to interventions. Of specific note are her clients with migraines who are experiencing a significant reduction in their pain.