We offer assessment and psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, and adults with a speciality in assessing and treating anxiety and mood disorders across most of the lifespan. Every psychologist at Chorney & Associates practices cognitive-behavioral therapy, an approach that utilizes research and evidence as its guiding principle in how mental health concerns are assessed and treated. This means you will be treated with the most current and supported approach within the mental health field, in an environment that is also respectful and aware of each individual's specific needs and helps you move forward with what is important in your life.
Evening appointments are currently offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Weekend appointments are also available with some treatment providers. Please keep in mind these appointment times can be the most difficult to book as they are the most popular - when possible, we ask that your initial appointment be booked during regular hours and follow-ups (if required) are booked in evening times.
Winter 2017 News
Our Practices Goes Online: We have been using online scheduling software (“Full Slate”) since 2014 but are transitioning to be fully online by 2018. We are changing to a system named “Jane” that will handle online scheduling and reminders plus charting. This means scheduling AND your chart information will be stored on secured digital servers located in Canada. For more information on the security and protection of your data, please click here.
During the roll-out of our new software over December 2017 and January 2018 please note we may experience some growing pains. If you are experiencing any trouble with anything related to our practice, please never hesitate to contact your psychologist directly (all of our emails can be found on the "Contacts" page) or if you are trying to make a new referral and finding it difficult please contact Dr. Chorney directly.
Instructions on booking can be found directly from the “Jane” website here, or please check the "Forms" page for detailed instructions on how to log in and use the new system (Dec/Jan).
Our system will be switched over by Monday, December 18th 2017. Online booking will NOT be available for the Saturday and Sunday prior (Dec 16th and Dec 17th) in order to minimize errors. New referrals are still accepted through our website or voicemail. As an extra precaution, please write down your appointment time(s) for December/January. Your psychologist is also happy to write these down on an appointment card for you.
Notice of Fee Increase: As of January 1st 2018, the Association of Psychologist’s of Nova Scotia (apns.ca) has recommended that psychological services be billed at $190/hr. This is in line with or below other provinces across Canada. Our current rate of $170/hr will remain in effect through March 4th, 2018. Following that time, our rates will become $285 for the Initial Appointment (90min) and $190 for standard 1hr (50min) appointment.
Holiday Hours: Our office will be closed to all appointments the week of December 25th and closed January 1st, 2018 (with the exception of Dr. Bonnie McNeill who has some availability during this time). Our online calendar allows you to book appointments as far as two months in advance, so please ensure you have booked as far ahead as you’d like to ensure you obtain a time that works for you and your family.
Please remember you can always book ahead up to two months in advance using our online calendar. This can be especially helpful if you have limited flexibility in your schedule and require specific appointment times.
Growing Team: We are very excited to announce the addition of another clinical psychologist to our team - Dr. Bonnie McNeill! Dr. McNeill comes to our practice after spending 8+ years at the IWK. Her extensive background and experience working with children and adolescents is a fantastic addition to our practice, and we are excited to welcome Dr. McNeill to our team. She began accepting new referrals in July 2017 and is currently has minimal wait times to be seen for an initial appointment. To learn more about her and her experience, please see our About Us page.
If you are interested in scheduling Dr. Chorney for a Professional Development lecture or workshop, please email him directly or click here to learn more. Workshops outside of Nova Scotia or Canada are always considered, so please do not hesitate to contact directly via email.
New Referrals: As our practice continues to grow and referral numbers increase, we remain dedicated to seeing individuals and families as quickly as possible. The majority of referrals are reviewed by Dr. Chorney to determine who at the practice may be the best fit for the referral, taking into consideration both skill-set and competency of our psychologists and the concerns or requirements of the referral. If one of our psychologists is not able to help, we try to connect you with another practice/psychologist who may be able to help.
A few things to remember when calling in the first time:
- You do not need a physician/GP referral to make an appointment with us, however, you may need this for your insurance plan to get reimbursed. Please check in with your private insurance provider (e.g., Blue Cross, Manulife, etc) to see what is needed and see our Fees page for questions to ask.
- Please ensure you have a sense of your own upcoming availability for the next few weeks when you call in.
- If you are having any trouble connecting with our booking assistant, sometimes the easiest way is to contact via email. Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
New Referrals - please use the "Self-Referral" page of this website or leave a voicemail on our intake line (option #1 when you call our phone number).
Fax: (902) 444-3210