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What is Counselling Therapy? 

Counselling Therapy is a process where a therapist supports an individual in identifying, developing, and using supports to increase personal growth, wellbeing, and mental health. The counselling therapy relationship is a collaboration between the therapist and the individual; a mutual space guided by the individual’s values, wants, and needs.
 
Common areas of support counselling therapy can help with are:  

  • Anxiety  
  • Depression 
  • Grief & Loss 
  • Life Transitions  
  • Body Image
  • Difficult Thoughts or Feelings 
  • Identity Exploration/Navigation 
  • Feelings of Isolation
  • Sexuality (gender & sexual orientation) 
  • Interpersonal Relationships (family, friendships, co-workers, sexual/romantic) 
  • and many other areas  

 
Please Note: If an individual is struggling with something in their life that is not on the list above, please contact the Centre directly by e-mail or phone, as this is not a full list of areas a counsellor can provide support in.
 
For more information, please contact us at pinwheel@autismns.ca or (782)321-8811

 

Meet our Counselling Therapy Team:  


Kirsten Spasyouti, MACP, RCT-C
Registered Counselling Therapist – Candidate
(she/her/hers)
 
Kirsten is a Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidate in the Province of Nova Scotia and is currently in the process of gaining her certificate as a Canadian Certified Counsellor. Kirsten holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland as well as a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Kirsten has 9 years of experience working in both private and not-for-profit sectors with Autistic individuals/individuals on the autism spectrum across the entire lifespan.
 
Kirsten is passionate about providing compassion-focused, person-centered, strength-based, and trauma-informed counselling services and takes pride in using an integrative and holistic approach.
 
At Pinwheel Wellness Centre, Kirsten provides both 1:1 and group counselling therapy services to Autistic adults/individuals on the autism spectrum who are experiencing mild-to-moderate mental health distress, as well as provides supervision to counselling therapy students who are completing their practicum placement at the Centre.
 


Yevonne Le Lacheur, MEd, RCT-C, CCC, CSE, CS
Registered Counselling Therapist – Candidate | Sexologist
Director of Community Inclusion
(she/her/hers)
 
Yevonne is a Registered Counselling Therapist-Candidate in the province of Nova Scotia, Certified Sexologist & Certified Sexuality Educator internationally. Yevonne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Education, Master of Education in Autism & Mental Health, Post Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health & Sexuality Education and Master of Education in Counselling Therapy.

Yevonne has 15 years of experience working with Autistic adults/individuals on the autism spectrum in community, home, and school settings. Yevonne works from an integrative lens including person directed, feminist, critical disability studies, narrative, social justice and trauma informed approaches to support agency and autonomy.

At the Pinwheel Wellness Centre, Yevonne is the director of the Centre and the team. Additionally, Yevonne provides both individual and group counselling for Autistic adults/adults with autism who are experiencing anxiety, difficulties with relationships and sexuality from an integrative approach and a variety of counselling modalities.​
 

Meet our Counselling Therapy Intern:


​Emma Palumbo 
Master of Education in Counselling Student
(she/her/hers, they/them) 

Emma is a counselling therapy student currently completing their graduate degree at Acadia University. Emma completed an undergraduate social work degree at Ryerson University and has been a frontline community worker, organizer and advocate for food justice, harm reduction, mental health, and anti-poverty for over 10 years. Emma has also worked as a peer grief counsellor for 3 years. Emma has worked professionally as a cook as well as an organic farmer and they enjoy anything and everything that has to do with food – especially cooking with and sharing meals with others. Emma also loves to dance, be in the forest, hike, swim, garden, watch scary movies, listen to music, and plays the bass in a band. ​​