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Judy, along with the late Joyce Gregg, founded Gentle Path Counselling Services, a charitable counselling agency, 23 years ago because they wanted to provide quality counselling and group services for all regardless of financial means. Judy became the Executive Director of Gentle Path, a position she held for 20 years.
Judy’s former employment included: Department of Social Development for several years working in financial services, foster parent and adoption services, Probation Services, Saint John Correctional Center, co-facilitating sex offender programs for Correctional Services Canada.
Over the time she worked at Family Services, now Family Plus, Judy developed several educational programs for adults: the “Phase” Program, Self-esteem and Anger Management programs for men and women, Assertiveness Training for Women, Separation and Divorce Program, and others all of which were later offered at Gentle Path along with several programs for children and co-facilitation of family violence programs for men.
In her role as Executive Director, Judy became the Supervisor of the International Adoption Program for the Province of New Brunswick, trained and Supervised Adoption Practitioners as well as assisted in the development of training programs for prospective adoptive parents. Other career highlights are authoring a book, Cage Your Rage for Women, mentoring/supervising many social work and counselling students for their field training, mediation training, and she was the Recipient of the Saint John Community Development’s Community Spirit Award (2018).
Willow graduated from Saint Thomas University. She has worked in Saint John with Addiction & Mental Health Services as a clinical social worker in both the adult & adolescent outpatient departments, and in the methadone programme. In each position she provided individual counselling, and also facilitated groups pertaining to a range of addictions issues. Her background further includes working with Victim Services in Miramichi. This entailed providing support & information to victims of crime during the varying stages of Court proceedings.
While in this position she served as the chairperson of the local Family Violence Partnership Committee. Willow has also worked in other aspects of the criminal justice system through employment with Corrections Canada and the John Howard Society of Fredericton. In addition, her experience includes assisting youth in making the transition from school to work through the services of the Youth Access Centre in Miramichi. This often involved supporting youth in addressing personal and social barriers that made this transition more difficult. Willow also has experience with child protection, from work with her foster families. This involved coordinating placements of children in care, offering training and support to foster parents, responding to foster family concerns & facilitating a foster parent support group.
Willow has worked with individuals, groups, adults, teens & children, and is bilingual. Working Gentle Path is able to provide counselling in relation to addictions, adolescent issues, intimate partner violence, grief & loss, relationship concerns, anxiety, depression & other issues.
Zach is a Candian Certified Counsellor, accredited by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Zach graduated with honours from the University of New Brunswick (2015), majoring in psychology and receiving a Bachelor of Arts. In 2018, he received a Masters of Arts degree in counselling psychology from Yorkville University.
Zach’s approach is grounded in a foundation of cognitive behavioral therapy. Adding a mix of many different theoretical orientations. These include Rogerian person centred therapy, existential therapy and aspects of insight oriented form of psychotherapy. He helps clients to set achievable goals and gain insight into their own mental health and behaviors.
Zach works with all types and ages of clients including but, not limited to: depression,anxiety,grief and loss,communication, LGBTQ issues, stress, goal setting and planning,addiction and anger.
Bruce is a Canadian Certified Counsellor, and has Reality Therapy Certification through the William Glasser Institute. He is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick, with an undergraduate honours degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Educational Foundations: Counselling. Bruce also has Teaching Certification with the New Brunswick Community College, and is a certified Life Skills Coach. He is a native Saint Johner, and is married with seven children.
Bruce helps clients with anxiety/depression, couples, relationships, grief, anger management, relationship building, divorce, marriage, infidelity, Parenting (Autism, ADD, Blended Families), addiction, sexual addiction self esteem, assertiveness training, decision making, goal setting & communication skills, sexual identity & orientation, health and disability, retirement.
Licensed Counselling Therapist - C (CCTNB) & Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCPA)
Lora is a Licensed Counseling Therapist Candidate with the College of Counselling Therapists of New Brunswick as well as a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of New Brunswick Saint John, and holds a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology degree from University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. Lora has over 20 years working with at-risk youth and their families and with individuals dealing with trauma.
Lora’s primary approach is integrated and client-centered. She believes a strong therapeutic relationship can lead to insights and change. Lora encourages a safe, comfortable, non-judgemental and empathetic environment where you work in union to help develop coping skills to allow you to overcome the obstacles in your life.
Lora is passionate about working with children, teens, individuals, and couples. Some of her specialties include: depression, stress & anxiety management, anger management, grief, self-esteem, relationship issues, career challenges, parenting issues, behavioural issues & trauma.
John has earned degrees from both Canada and The United States of America: B.A. (Crandall University), M.Div., (Acadia University), MS (CMHC) (Walden University), D. Min., (Acadia University). John is also a professional member of The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC). In 2014, John was invited to join the Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society of Professional Counsellors.
John’s theoretical counselling orientation is Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT) and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT). John is a part time counsellor at Gentle Path and will see clients for a variety of reasons such as but not limited to depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, anger management, grief, spiritual and religious difficulties, and self-esteem.
Chris has worked as a Mental Health Therapist, and Addictions Counsellor and a college counsellor in inpatient and outpatient as well as urban and rural settings with a variety of populations. He’s both a registered social worker and a Certified Canadian Counsellor.
Chris helps clients dealing with domestic violence, grief & loss, parenting of teens, addiction, sexual addiction, self esteem, assertiveness training, decision making, goal setting, career counselling, stress, First Nation issues (Abuse, EBLT, work related, cultural, spiritual/religious), bipolar, boundaries, bullying, burnout, transgender, hypnosis, pain attacks, personaliy disorders, insomnia, career couselling PTSD, and anger management.
Dr. Ayalah Aylyn is a PhD sociologist and Master’s level registered psychologist in New Brunswick as well as Alta/NT/Nunavut.
Her background is in community/counselling psychology. Aylyn has extensive training in cross-cultural and indigenous issues; trauma and resiliency issues; projective art as therapy; cognitive-experiential logo-therapy and several other therapeutic modalities. Her clients are encouraged and empowered to utilize which modality of therapy works best for them. Aylyn works with adults.
From a positive psychology perspective and utilizing a trauma and resiliency model, Aylyn had a part-time private practice in Edmonton for several years that dealt with individuals who had experienced severe domestic or international trauma (i.e. refugee/immigrant populations). During that time, she taught both psychology and sociology courses at the University of Alberta, and other colleges and universities. Prior to moving to New Brunswick, she has been involved in international humanitarian work
On both a national and international basis, and through the combined fields of both sociology and psychology, Aylyn has followed a strong commitment towards empowering those who are disempowered. As a result of such a belief system, she's committed to working with populations who are economically (or otherwise) disadvantaged. She is therefore very happy to be working as a psychologist at Gentle Path Counselling services.
Christine is a part-time counsellor with Gentle Path. Her counselling focus is primarily with children and families. Christine graduated in 2002 with her Masters of Social Work from the Maritime School of Social Work- Dalhousie University. Her Masters specialization was in Child and Family welfare and family violence. Christine focuses on a collaborative, strength based, solution focused, and trauma informed practice.
Christine works full-time as a Child Welfare Program Manager with the Department of Social Development – and has worked in Child Welfare Programs since 1993. Christine was the 2005 recipient of the Dr. David Stephen Foundation Award of Distinction, and award that recognizes an individual’s contribution to the elimination of Child Abuse.
Rose has 10 years working in residential facilities for substance abuse and adults with mental health issues and 12 in nursing homes as. Personal support worker. She has her Masters of Arts in counselling psychology (MACP). She has worked with domestic violence survivors as a crisis interventionist.
Rose strongly believes her clients deserve to be heard, respected and understood in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental environment. No matter what brings them to Gentle Path. Each individuals personal strengths and lived experiences will help them work together to make the positive changes the client wishes to see in their life. Whether it is you or a loved one looking for practical strategies and interventions to help ease feelings of being weighed down by anxiousness or depression, helping your child cope with emotional regulation, or if you are finding it difficult to re-engage after a traumatic event, Rose is committed and would consider it an honour and a privilege to help support you through your process.
The foundation of her therapy techniques is built upon a warm, non-judgemental, person-centred and integrative approach. Her goal is to support you in accomplishing your goals toward positive self-growth by drawing upon various counselling modalities. Together, we will develop a plan that is specific to your needs, to get the most out of our time together.
Our clinicians work with clients in all areas of mental and emotional health and our skilled at providing clarity.
Student Counsellors available for ProBono Counselling if client qualifies for a subsidy.
List of Board of Directors
President: The Rev. Dr. Christopher W. McMullen, B.A., M.Div., D.Min.
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Secretary: Kathleen Chapman, B.A., J.D., N.B. Residential Tenancies Officer
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Treasurer / Operations Manager: Eugene McKenelley (ex officio)
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Colleen Honeyman Flewwelling, B.A., Qualified Mental Health First Responder
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Francine Grift, Benefits and Compensation Manager, Moosehead Breweries
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The Rev. John Roy, B.A., M.Div., Certificate in Conflict Resolution, EMT1
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Erin Hyde, B.A., Marketing and Social Media Communications
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Rendell Smith, Sales Executive (retired)
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Charlotte Sweet (Staff Liaison to Board; Non-Voting)
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Treasurer / Operations Manager: Eugene McKenelley
Senior Counsellor and Clinical Advisor: Judith Urquhart, B.S.W., M.S.W., R.S.W.
Manager, NB InterCountryAdoptions Program: Sarah Fletcher, B.S.W., M.S.W., R.S.W.
Intake Officer: Zachary Coakley, B.A., M.A.CP, CCC.
Agency Psychologist: Dr. Ayalah Aylyn, M.A., Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist.
Gentle Path Counselling Head Office
28 Richmond Street
Suite 330, Saint John, NB E2L 3B2
Tel: (506) 652-7284 Ext. 0
Toll Free: 1-888-394-4022
Fax: (506) 672-1783
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Fri, 9am- 3pm
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