Dr. Daniel Chorney & Associates

helping families.
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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).

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*Please note that as of June 2017 Dr. Chorney is the only provider NOT accepting ANY 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

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.

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Lindsay Uman, Ph.D.
Registered Psychologist
Dr. Lindsay Uman works with children, adolescents, and families presenting with a range of mental health and health-related issues. In the area of mental health, Dr. Uman provides evidence-based treatment for youth presenting with anxiety, stress, depression, low self-esteem, behavioral difficulties/noncompliance (including parenting support), ADHD or difficulties with attention/concentration, and situations where there are a combination of these issues. Dr. Uman offers evidence-based treatment and recommendations for children and adolescents dealing with chronic medical conditions or new diagnoses, needle phobias, procedural pain/anxiety, fear of medical procedures, difficulties swallowing pills, difficulties taking eye-drops, as well as other health-related areas. Dr. Uman uses primarily behavioral, cognitive-behavioural, and motivational interviewing approaches to treatment.

Originally from Montreal, Dr. Uman completed her Undergraduate degree in Psychology at Concordia University, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University, and her clinical internship at Alberta Children's Hospital. Dr. Uman worked in the IWK Pediatric Health Psychology program before moving to the IWK Community Mental Health program, where she currently holds a full-time position. Dr. Uman is also an Adjunct Clinical Associate at Dalhousie University and supervises Ph.D. students. She remains actively involved in research and has many published papers and conference presentations, with expertise in the area of psychological interventions for needle pain and anxiety.

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

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 and a postdoctoral fellow in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research, both at the IWK Health Centre.

Dr. Nicolle Vincent works with individuals across the lifespan - children, adolescents, and adults. She treats a number of concerns which include mood issues (e.g., sadness/depression), stress, and anxiety issues (e.g., social anxiety, panic, generalized anxiety/worry, separation anxiety). She has extensive training in clinical health psychology, helping with adjustment to health related concerns (e.g., a new medical diagnosis, chronic illness, difficulty following medical recommendations, making health behaviour changes, needle or medical procedure anxiety). Additionally, Dr. Vincent has experience with and an interest in assisting with sleep challenges, such as insomnia (falling and staying asleep), nightmares, and child bedtime resistance. In collaboration with her clients, Dr. Vincent offers evidence-based approaches with a focus on behavioral, cognitive behavioural (CBT), motivational, and mindfulness-based orientations.
Dr. Vincent received a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Acadia University and completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Dalhousie University. Her clinical internship year focused on health and rehabilitation psychology across the lifespan (young children to seniors), through the London Health Science Centre in London, Ontario. In addition to working at Dr. Chorney and Associates, she holds a psychology position with the Nova Scotia Health Authority working with patients as they cope with complex injury, chronic illness, and disability. 

Nicolle Vincent, Ph.D.
Psychologist (Candidate Register)

Dr. Skye Stephens works with adolescents and adults providing evidence-based assessment and treatment services for a range of concerns. She has a particular interest in helping clients with behavioural problems, anxiety/depression and mood issues, anger management, and difficulties managing emotions. She also has extensive experience working with clients struggling with their sexuality. Her practice is LGBTQ positive. She has provided services to a wide range of client populations and can also assist with stress management, social skills training, substance abuse, and psychosis.

Dr. Stephens primarily uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help people identify and change patterns of thinking or behaviour that are causing them pain or distress. She also draws upon Motivational Interviewing and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy to inform her work with clients. Dr. Stephens believes the cornerstone of effective therapy is the creation of a warm non-judgemental environment where clients build intrinsic motivation to make meaningful changes that will improve their quality of life.

Dr. Stephens completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Ryerson University and completed her pre-doctoral internship at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (Youth Wellness Centre & Forensic Psychiatry Program). She has worked extensively in hospital and forensic settings providing services to adolescents and adults. She has been trained at St. Michael’s Hospital, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Alberta Hospital Edmonton. In addition to her work at the practice, she is employed as an Assistant Professor at Saint Mary’s University where she teaches, supervises students, and conducts research in the Department of Psychology.
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Skye Stephens, Ph.D.
Psychologist (Candidate Register)

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Dayna Lee-Baggley, Ph.D.
Registered Psychologist
As of December 2016 Dr. Lee-Baggley has left our practice to continue her career within the public health system - thank you Dr. Lee-Baggley!

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Janine Olthuis, Ph.D.
Psychologist (Candidate Register)
As of November 2015 Dr. Olthuis has left our practice to pursue her academic career in New Brunswick- thank you Dr. Olthuis!

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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