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Maritime PTC

Photo taken by Dennis Jarvis  

We have a team of clinicians who have expertise in a variety of approaches including:

Play Therapy, Sandtray Therapy, CBT, DBT, EMDR, Brainspotting, Trauma Assessments, HRT letters, and Sex Therapy.


We work with individuals of all ages, couples, groups and families who struggle with anxiety, depression, sexually acting out behaviours, patterns of addiction, trauma symptoms,  gender identity barriers, autism and relationship challenges.


Services can be provided face to face in Pictou or Bedford, Nova Scotia. We also provide services online. 


The first step is to contact and you will be matched with a therapist.

Your therapist will complete intake with you. You only have to tell your story once. 

If you live in Ontario or PEI please visit our Sister Agency Changing Steps Child and Family Counselling 

Play Therapy Training

Maritime Play Therapy Centre provides Play Therapy Certificate education that is recognized by the Canadian Association for Play Therapy. 

Teaching neurodevelopmentally informed interventions using the Powers of Play.

We began in September in 2019 and 17 students completed all three LEVELS during Covid. 


Maritime PTC offers training leading to certification as a Play Therapist recognized by the

Canadian Association for Play Therapy 

Yearly from September to June 2023 on Zoom from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Atlantic Time 


Level 1 Online the first two Wednesdays evenings of the month 

Level 2 Online the first two Thursday evenings of the month

Level 3 Online the last two Thursday evenings of the month


Level 1 




Level 2



Level 3



Announcing Play Therapy Week Conference February 3-4 , 2024 – Liana Lowenstein 

Trauma focussed CBT – 2 days at Holiday Inn Halifax Airport LIVE and Online via Zoom


We now have many NS therapists 
who are certified or are working towards certification . This means that they are engaged in education and supervision according to Canadian (CAPT) certification standards.   

Theresa Fraser- CYC-P., RP, RCT, CT , 
Certified Play Therapy Supervisor

Executive Director of Maritime Play Therapy Centre 

and Clinician

-Attachment, Trauma and Loss Clinical Specialist

F2F Pictou 

Virtual across NS

902 301 7430

Provides Consultation/ Supervision to Play Therapy candidates 

Works with individuals across the lifespan

Trauma specialist 

Adoption Specialist 

Virtual Reality PT

Children’s Needs Assessments/ Trauma Assessments

trained in parent capacity/ voice of the child

Completed Adult Attachment Interview

Brainspotting (3 levels)

EMDR (level 1)

Sandtray Worldplay          (6 levels)

Safe and Sound Protocol


Theraplay Level 1 


AASECT Sex Therapy Certification

In progress 

AUTPLAY in progress

Certified Play Therapists

Kristi Garrido RCT -Certified Play Therapist

Headstart Child & Family Therapy

F2F Truro 

Virtual across NS 


ages 3-18

family attachment work


Autplay Therapy Provider 

Safe and Sound Protocol

Theraplay Level 1

Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator

In progress:

Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy 


Cynthia Manley RCT- Certified Play Therapist

F2F Bedford Virtual across NS

902 758 5761

Works with individuals 3+



EMDR (level 1)

Synergetic Play Therapy (in progress)

Theraplay Level 1


Mora MacDonald RCT New Brunswick and NS
Certified Play Therapist

F2F Amherst 

Virtual across NS

Works with individuals 3+


Maritime Play Therapy Centre  Program Graduates (3 Levels)


Play Therapy Intern (Has completed all Foundation Training)
Kim Grant RCT-C Play Therapy Intern

TreeHouse Therapy 

F2F in Antigonish, and Virtual options across NS


Ages 3+


Theraplay Level 1

Provider for Safe and Sound Protocol

Natalie Hache RCT-C Play Therapy Intern

902 223 1502


Theraplay Level 1, Trauma Play Step 2. EMDR LEVEL 1 in progress 

LEVEL 3 Students- None til Fall 2023
Level 2 Students
Stacy Darku RTC-C

Esinam Counselling Inc. 578 Sackville Drive. Lower Sackville. B4C 2S3

Sexual Trauma

Racial Trauma

Domestic Violence



Completes needs assessments / Voice of the Child assessments 

Rose Degenhardt RTC-C

578 Sackville Drive. Lower Sackville. B4C 2S3 

506 644 9093


Accelerated Resolution Therapy  


LGBTQ and gender affirming care

Christina Rodrigue RTC-C

Bedford, NS

ML Family Counselling

Neurodiversity informed and affirming 

Works with children and families three and up 

Certified AutPlay Provider 



Level 1 Students
Sonia Clark  RTC-C

Maritime Play Therapy Centre- Associate

face 2 face in Bedford


Virtual across the province

902 301 7430



Tamue Clarke RCT-C

Maritime Play Therapy Centre- Associate

Pictou County face 2 face 

Virtual across the province

902 301 7430


Emily Miller RCT-C

Dartmouth, NS

ML Family Counselling

Works with children three and up 

Theraplay Level 1 

Play Therapy program 1st year

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