Dr. Daniel Chorney & Associates

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Daniel Chorney, Ph.D.
Registered Psychologist
Dr. Daniel Chorney works with children, adolescents, and young adults with a variety of mental health concerns but focusing on anxiety, depression, and insomnia. His training included extensive work in helping young children (e.g. preschool-aged) overcome their fears of social situations and other specific situations (e.g., fear of sleeping alone, separation anxiety, facing new situations, public speaking, needles/injections, etc). Dr. Chorney also has a particular interest in treating pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and habit disorders.

He has specific training in helping individuals of all ages with sleep concerns ranging from insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep) to behavioral difficulties getting children to go to sleep at night. His training focused heavily on both the assessment and treatment of anxiety and mood disorders across the lifespan, and he has extensive experience working in both individual and group settings. He uses both cognitive-behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy in his practice.

Dr. Chorney completed his undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia, and received his Ph.D. from West Virginia University under the supervision of Dr. Tracy Morris. He completed his clinical internship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, RI. Prior to starting a private practice Dr. Chorney worked at the IWK as a staff Psychologist within the Community Mental Health program. During his time at the IWK, Dr. Chorney served as the Team Leader for the Anxiety Program (Treatment of Anxiety Group). He currently serves as a Board member of the
Nova Scotia Board of Examiners in Psychology and on the Scientific Advisory Committee of AnxietyCanada.

If you would like to learn more about booking Dr. Chorney for a Professional Development training or other workshop, seminar, or presentation
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*Please note that as of June 2017 Dr. Chorney is accepting a limited number of new referrals but can assist you in finding another similar provider within the practice*



Dr. Alissa Pencer treats children, adolescents, and young adults using evidence-based treatments (e.g., treatment plans developed and proven to be effective through research). She uses both cognitive-behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy in her practice. Dr. Pencer specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, and has extensive expertise helping youth and young adults overcome obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). She also treats youth and young adults who struggle with depression, psychosis, coping with stress, self-esteem issues, habit disorders (e.g., hair pulling, skin picking, etc), anger management, assertiveness, social skills training, and behavioral issues (e.g., non-compliance and defiance, ADHD). Dr. Pencer also does assessment of ADHD and learning disabilities in youth and has expertise completing cognitive/memory assessments for youth with psychosis.

Dr. Pencer received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Calgary in 2004 after completing her internship in Child Clinical Psychology at the IWK Health Centre. She previously worked within outpatient mental health services at the IWK Health Centre for over 10 years, most recently with children and adolescents who display severe and complex anxiety disorders. Dr. Pencer has also served as the Team Leader for the Anxiety Program (Treatment of Anxiety Group) for several years. She has expertise in helping adolescents and young adults who display signs of psychosis. Dr. Pencer is also an Instructor with the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and Assistant Professor within the Psychiatry Department at Dalhousie University. She supervises Ph.D. students and residents, and remains actively involved in research and has published in the areas of anxiety, psychosis, and substance abuse in youth.
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Alissa Pencer, Ph.D.
Registered Psychologist




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Bonnie McNeill, Ph.D.
Registered Psychologist
Dr. Bonnie McNeill works with children, adolescents, and young adults with a broad range of mental health concerns. She uses evidence-based treatment approaches, primarily cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), while incorporating strategies from motivational interviewing and dialectical behavioural approaches.

Dr. McNeill has significant experience treating a variety of mental health issues, including difficulties with anxiety (e.g., separation anxiety, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic, phobias), mood (e.g., depression, bipolar disorder), coping with stress, adjustment difficulties, low self-esteem, difficulty managing emotions, suicidal thoughts, behavioural concerns/noncompliance, school refusal, psychosis, anger management, trichotillomania, skin-picking disorders, and body dysmorphic disorder. Dr. McNeill has a particular specialty and interest in the treatment of anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). She also has extensive experience in the diagnostic assessment and treatment of serious mental health issues.

Dr. McNeill completed her undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University and received her Masters and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She completed her clinical residency at the IWK Health Centre in Halifax. Dr. McNeill has worked for 9 years at the IWK Health Centre on the inpatient mental health unit (Garron Centre for Child and Adolescent Mental Health) and for several years with the IWK OCD Specific Care Clinic. Dr. McNeill is also an Adjunct Clinical Associate at Dalhousie University where she supervises Ph.D. students.



Dr. Tricia Beattie works with children and adolescents providing evidence-based assessment services at the practice (psychoeducational assessments). She has extensive experience in the area of cognitive and learning assessments with children and adolescents and can assist with the diagnosis of ADHD in children and teens. She completed her doctoral training in clinical psychology (with a focus in neuropsychology) at the University of New Brunswick in 2008. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at the IWK Health Centre where she currently holds a full-time position with the Neuropsychology Team.

Dr. Beattie has a specialized interest in the assessment and treatment of learning disabilities, attentional issues, and behavioural challenges in children and youth. She also has expertise in the assessment and treatment of executive functioning, social skills, and functional life skill development in individuals with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) and learning disorders. Within the practice, Dr. Beattie also provides psychoeducational assessments that can help potentially identify diagnoses such as ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities. As part of these assessments, Dr. Beattie will provide practical, evidence-based recommendations for academic and/or vocational programming that focus on the child's unique profile of strengths and needs.

Dr. Beattie is currently accepting referrals only for psychoeducational assessments (ages 6-16). To learn more,
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Tricia Beattie, Ph.D.
Registered Psychologist




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Ayala Gorodzinsky, Ph.D.
Registered Psychologist
Dr. Ayala Gorodzinsky works with children, adolescents, and young adults. She collaborates with individuals and families to help create treatment plans that are guided by evidence-based treatment options, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Dr. Gorodzinsky's experience extends to a number of concerns that families may encounter, including challenges coping with stressful situations, anxiety and depression, managing difficult emotions, and children who show disruptive behaviors (e.g., defiant or non-compliant behavior). She performs psychoeducational assessments (cognitive/learning/intellectual challenges in children aged 6-16) and ADHD assessments, where she provides support and recommendations for children and adolescents coping with learning or attention difficulties. Dr. Gorodzinsky also has extensive training and experience helping individuals manage chronic medical conditions or coping with and overcoming anxiety about medical procedures (e.g., fear of needles/injections, surgeries, etc).

Dr. Gorodzinsky completed her undergraduate training in psychology and biology at McMaster University in Ontario before completing her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She completed her clinical internship in Child and Pediatric Psychology at the Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition to working in private practice, Dr. Gorodzinsky is a psychologist with the Pediatric Complex Pain Service at the IWK Health Centre.



Dr. Meghan Schinkel works with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families to address a wide range of mental health concerns. Using evidence-based approaches, primarily cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), she values working together with individuals and their families to create meaningful change.

Dr. Schinkel has experience in a variety of areas within mental health including anxiety (e.g., social anxiety, school anxiety, phobias, separation anxiety), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression and mood concerns, and behavioural challenges (non-compliant and defiant children). She has considerable experience working with individuals and families coping with illness (e.g., cancer, chronic kidney disease), anxiety related to medical procedures (e.g., needles/injections, surgery), and general anxiety related to health and health conditions.

Dr. Schinkel completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Guelph before receiving her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie University. She completed her residency at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver where she received training in several treatment settings including outpatient mental health, inpatient/day treatment programs and medical facilities.
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Meghan Schinkel, Ph.D.
Psychologist (Candidate Register)




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Jenn Richards, Ph.D.
Registered Psychologist
Dr. Jennifer Richards works collaboratively with children, adolescents, and parents. She practises cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), which she supplements with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Motivational Interviewing, and a systems-based approach to provide tailored, scientifically supported treatment. Dr. Richards helps individuals address a range of concerns, such as anxiety (e.g., school anxiety and refusal, social anxiety, separation anxiety, panic attacks, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety), OCD, disruptive behaviours (e.g., ADHD, oppositional/non-compliant behaviours), chronic pain (e.g., fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome, juvenile arthritis, migraines), picky/selective eating, and parenting challenges. She has experience working in a number of mental health treatment settings, such as outpatient mental health, day treatment, residential programs, paediatric rehabilitation, chronic pain clinics, eating disorder services, and university settings.

Dr. Richards received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie University after completing her undergraduate studies at St. Francis Xavier University. She completed her residency training in Alberta at the Edmonton Consortium. In addition to working at Dr. Chorney and Associates, she currently holds a position within the IWK’s Community Mental Health and Addictions program. 




Dr. Fiona Davidson works together with children, adolescents, and their parents to create evidence-based treatment plans for a broad range of mental health concerns. She primarily uses cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) but will tailor her approach using other evidence-based treatments such as motivational interviewing and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to help clients achieve change .

Dr. Davidson has experience treating children and adolescents who have difficulties with anxiety (i.e., generalized anxiety, specific phobias, social anxiety, separation anxiety, health related anxiety including needle phobia, school anxiety/school refusal), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), depression/low mood, low self-esteem, social skills, ADHD, and behavioural sleep problems (i.e., creating age-appropriate bedtime routines, addressing sleep resistance). Her training experiences took place within a variety of mental health settings including both outpatient and inpatient mental health settings, day treatment, specialized teams within children’s health services (i.e., health psychology, developmental disabilities), and school settings.

Dr. Davidson holds a Ph.D in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie University where her research focused on pediatric sleep deprivation and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Prior to completing her Ph.D, Dr. Davidson completed her Master of Arts in School Psychology at Mount Saint Vincent University and her undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University. Dr. Davidson completed her pre-doctoral internship/residency at the IWK Health Centre.
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Fiona Davidson, Ph.D.
Psychologist (Candidate Register)

who we are
Chorney & Associates is a group of registered clinical psychologists practicing in the center of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
contact us
Telephone: (902) 444-1160
Email: drchorney@gmail.com
Fax: (902) 444-3210
Web: chorneyandassociates.com
what we do
Each clinician at Chorney & Associates specializes in a number of areas, ranging from preschool-aged children to adults.
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