Counselling Centre Staff

Erica McGill, M.Ed., RCT, Director of Student Resource Centre

Erica received her BA and M.Ed from Acadia University. She has experience in both university counselling centers and private practice settings. She has completed training in EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) and works from a client-centered approach with experience in Solution Focused and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies. She works with individuals, couples, and groups on issues related to anxiety, depression, stress, anger, LGBTQ, gender, relationship and interpersonal concerns.

Gina Spidle, M.Ed.

Gina Spidle, M.Ed, CCC, RCT-C

Gina received her BA(soc) from Saint Mary’s University, Corrections Diploma from Success College and M.Ed in Counselling from Acadia University.  Gina works from a client centered, solution focused approach and has training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  Areas of focus include depression, anxiety/stress, eating disorders and addictions.  She is also the Career Counsellor and can help you explore your ideas about your future. 

Gina believes that mind and body must work together, and just like we need to follow a plan to stay physically healthy, we also need to follow a plan to be mentally healthy. 

Stefanie Chapman, MSW

Stefanie received her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Acadia University and her Master of Social Work from the University of Maine. Before returning to Acadia, Stefanie enjoyed the fast pace of Crisis and Emergency Counselling and working with young adult and youth populations in a variety of environments, including long-term shelters in Halifax. Stefanie's counselling experience has focused on transitional life phases, stress, anxiety, depression and relationship concerns as well as trauma.  

Stefanie works from a client-centred approach and draws from a strengths-based, holistic lens in her counselling. This philosophy allows Stefanie to aid clients in identifying, exploring and resolving issues that act as barriers to health and wellness. 

 

Julia Wassef, M.A., M.Ed

Julia’s educational background includes a M.A. (Sociology) from Dalhousie University, a M.Ed (Counselling) from Acadia University, and a graduate certificate in Animal-Assisted Therapy, Activities and Learning from the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver.  Julia recognizes that university can be a challenging place with many stressors and transitions and is committed to providing a client-centered service where you feel safe and supported.

Joined by her therapy dog, Figgy Duff, Julia draws from Animal-Assisted Therapy in Counselling as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to explore a range of issues including stress, anxiety, grief, trauma, sexualized violence, and work/life balance.  Julia enjoys and welcomes clients of diverse cultural backgrounds. 

Julia’s passion is to work therapeutically with animals to explore areas of healthy living, mindfulness and mental wellness.