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Registered Psychologist


Toni moved to the South Shore 30 years ago after completing a BSc in Psychology and a MA in School Psychology at Mt. St. Vincent University in Halifax, NS.  While working over a decade with the local school boards as a psychologist, Toni completed six years of monthly supervision to become a fully Registered Psychologist.  She completed a two year part-time program to become certified in Reality Therapy and training in TEACCH, a system for working with children on the Autism Spectrum and with those having communication disorders. Toni and Shannon Hartlen have recently completed “gold standard” training to assess school aged children for Autism Spectrum Disorder.  They offer this assessment as a team. 

After great consideration, Toni left the local school board to pursue interests in working with children, teens, and their parents/guardians.  The South Shore clearly had a need for greater availability of these services.  In a small private practice, she has been able to tailor services to the needs of the individual.  Clients have been able to access private developmental and psychoeducational assessments, consultation and therapy.

Special interests and training include: Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) through the Child Development Institute in Toronto, Ont., Anxiety and OCD Intervention based on training by Dr. Aureen Wagner, cognitive behavioral play therapy, and mindfulness.  Toni has collaborated with Breakthrough in Halifax on creating safe passages for children through separation and divorce.

It has been rewarding working collaboratively with brave children, teens and parents towards achieving greater self awareness and stronger relationships at home and school.   She truly believes that: Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM).

On a personal level, Toni is a proud parent of two adult sons in their 20s.  She enjoys spending time with her dog Dumpling, cooking for others and doing home improvements.   

Registered Psychologist


Shannon Hartlen, MA Registered Psychologist brings 20 years of experience providing psychological services to children, youth, families and professionals.  Her work is strongly influenced by trauma-informed practices, neurobiology of behaviour and positive psychology through collaborative and integrative approaches. Services include child, youth and adult psycho-educational assessment, child and youth psychological and behaviour assessment and therapy, and parent and professional consultation.  As a trained mindfulness teacher, she has provided professional development opportunities to numerous provincial agencies and received the provincial 2015 Psychologists in Schools Association Award for her contribution to School Psychology in Nova Scotia.  Shannon aims to support clients with a caring, practical, and down-to-earth approach to growth and well-being.

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James (Jim) Matthew Trites, M.S.
Psychologist (Cand. Reg)


Prior to becoming a psychologist, Jim spent many years working in the corporate world. This experience, as well as his years and as an entrepreneur/ business owner, allows Jim to bring a wide variety of life experience to the counseling room. He helps those with issues such as anxiety, depression, sadness, grief, trauma, as well as other concerns that cause people distress. 

Jim works with men and women and has additional training in the area of counseling adolescent and adult males.  He also helps couples overcome barriers, using his training and experience in mediation and dispute resolution.

Jim’s goal is to offer his clients a safe, trusting, and non-judgmental space in which to emote and tell their stories.   He works to give clients the attention and validation that they all deserve; things that many have difficulty finding in their day-to-day lives.

Using evidence-based therapy techniques, Jim encourages his clients to examine their deeper inner beliefs, and strengths, to help them discover their full human potential. For his clients, results can be personal growth and empowerment, improved emotional and physical health, and better relationships.