Dr. Nina Woulff, Psychologist & Associates, established in 1991 in Halifax, Nova Scotia has provided psychotherapeutic assistance to thousands of adults, children and families. Dr. Woulff developed this this private practice after  working in a public mental health centre as both a therapist and director.  Her goal in establishing this private practice has been to provide effective, respectful, individualized and timely response to referrals. The Associate therapists have been chosen by Dr. Woulff because they are experienced, highly trained professionals with specialized areas of practice. All Associates have over 10 years professional experience.

She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Dalhousie University, has provided advice for over 20 years on CBC’s Maritime Noon live phone-in and has been a regular contributor to the Parent-Child Guide.

Dr. Woulff has conducted numerous seminars and workshops, published articles and received professional accolades for her work in the field.

In collaboration with the Client Coordinator, Dr. Woulff provides a recommendation about the best associate for each referral.

Dr. Nina Woulff
Amanda Alberts

Client Coordinator

Amanda Alberts completed her Bachelors of Nursing from Dalhousie University in 2000.

For nearly two decades Amanda has practiced as a registered nurse in both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. In the specialty areas in which she practiced, Amanda did many patient assessments and provided emotional and practical support to her patients. She distinguished herself as an exemplary nurse in regard to how she combined wisdom and compassion in her work.

As the client coordinator in this practice, Amanda is available on weekday afternoons and evenings to speak directly with all new referrals to collect relevant information. Then in collaboration with Dr. Woulff, a decision is made about the best fit with one of our Associate therapists.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Happens in Therapy?

Psychotherapy is collaborative – with your therapist you will develop goals and review change. Along with talking about the issues you have brought to therapy, the therapist will offer suggestions about how you may improve relationships, cope better in your life, improve your mood and feel more balanced.

Treatment can involve an individual, family, couple or group depending upon the nature of the problem. As well, phone sessions can be scheduled.

How Long is Therapy?

Session lengths are 50 minutes (1 session), 75 minutes (1.5 sessions) or 100 minutes (2 sessions).

Weekly sessions are common while in some cases sessions are scheduled every two to three weeks.

The length of treatment varies upon goals and the nature of the problem. Therapy usually involves at least 8-10 sessions. With more complex or family problems, therapy is often longer.

How Private is Therapy?

Confidentiality of your private personal data is a primary commitment in this practice.

Information is only disclosed with your expressed consent except when:

  • information is required by law/court
  • a risk of harm to self or others is divulged
  • ongoing risk of child, elder or animal abuse is disclosed.

Are there Fees for Therapy?

The fees for private practice therapy are not covered by Nova Scotia’s MSI .

However, many group or private medical plans and work place EAP (employment assistance) plans provide reimbursement for some fees. You may wish to speak with your insurance carrier or your employer to ascertain what coverage you carry for you and your family members.

Fees are paid at each session.

Health-related services are a deductible income expense.

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Articles by Nina Woulff

Answering Your Questions about Online Therapy

With social distancing requirements, we now provide therapy by telephone and secure online therapy.   The associates and I recently made a short video responding to a number of your questions about online therapy. We invite you to watch at :   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiTlPN96ZHI&t=28s

Are Teens Truly Terrible?

Contributed by Dr. Nina Woulff:   For over 25 years, psychologist Nina Woulff has provided answers to questions posed by CBC radio listeners on the popular Maritime Noon live phone-in. In this blog post deals with questions about differentiating normal and problematic adolescent development. Question: I find myself dreading the teen years of my children. I […]

Radio Phone-In Calls about Anger

Contributed by Dr. Nina Woulff:   This audio file is a copy of an original CBC radio noon phone in featuring Dr. Nina Woulff responding to callers from all over the Maritimes.  In the opening discussion  Dr. Woulff talks about the different aspects of anger with the program announcer.   Following this, callers phone in with questions […]

Q & A about Choosing the Right Therapist for You and Your Family

Contributed by Dr. Nina Woulff:   Question: It has been suggested that I seek the help of a therapist – how would I go about finding a good therapist? Answer: There are a number of ways you can find a therapist. Physicians, teachers, clergy, friends and family members may offer you names of therapists. As well, […]

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