MEET THE TEAM
BSW, RSW, MSW – Founder
Judy is the former Executive Director of Gentle Path Counselling Services, a non- profit agency, which she founded in 1998. She holds a Masters of Social Work Degree from Dalhousie University and has 24 years of Counselling experience. For seven years, she worked as a Probation and Parole Officer with the Province of New Brunswick and co-facilitated the Community Sex Offender Treatment Program for adult male offenders convicted of domestic violence or sexual assault.
While employed with Family Services as a Counsellor, Judy developed numerous Educational Programs including Recapturing a Lost Childhood; The Gentle Path to the Twelve Steps; Parent Works; Women, Anger & Depression; Your Perfect Right; Women and Self-Esteem and Men, Anger and Self-Esteem. Similar programs are offered at Gentle Path as well as Support Group Programs – Rebuild and Move On; CoDA and Women of Worth – all of which were designed by Judy.
Judy is registered with the Hague Convention to prepare Inter-Country Adoptions; she has completed one hundred or more Home Studies as well as many Home Studies requested by Family Court for custody/access disputes. Currently, Gentle Path Counselling Services administers the International Adoption Program for the Province of New Brunswick, and Judy supervises several social workers throughout the Province who complete Home Study Assessments for adopting couples. Judy also does International Adoption training for couples adopting internationally and trains other social workers in this field.
She is a Supervisor of Field Placement opportunities for Nursing and Social Work students and a Board Member of the John Howard Society and Sophia Recovery Centre for Women. A book she wrote about Anger Management for Women – Cage Your Rage – was published and is available for sale through Gentle Path or the American Correctional Association. Currently, she is completing a Certificate in Mediation through the University of Prince Edward Island.
BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
Christine Brittain 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 practice.
Christine works full-time as a Child Protection Supervisor with the Department of Social Development. Christine was the 2005 recipient of the Dr. David Stephen Foundation Award of Distinction, an award which recognizes an individual’s contribution to the elimination of Child Abuse.
Christine is a Board Member of the Community Camps Association (providing summer camping experiences for low-income, single parent families); and Living Waters Child Development Center.
B.A., M.Ed., R.T.C., C.C.C
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.
MSW, M Ed, M A and M Div degrees
from Canadian universities.
Chris has worked as a mental health therapist, an addictions counsellor and a college counsellor in inpatient and outpatient as well as urban and rural settings with a variety of populations. He recently returned to Saint John after working for years in Alberta, BC, and the Northwest Territories. Both a registered social worker and a certified Canadian counsellor.
PhD sociologist, Master’s level registered Psychologist
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.
B.A., M.Div., MSc., D. Min., CCC
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, self-esteem, marriage and marital separation and divorce.
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 is the minister of Grace Presbyterian Church and serves on several boards and committees within the city such as The John Howard Society, Coverdale Center for Women, and Grace Foundation.
Zach is a new counsellor hoping to help clients set achievable goals and gain deeper insight into their own mental health and behaviours. He received his Bachelor of Arts, with honours in Psychology from the University of New Brunswick in 2015. In 2018 he received his Masters in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.
Zach’s approach is an eclectic one, grounded in cognitive behavioural therapy but integrating ideas from many different theoretical orientations, including Rogerian person-centered therapy, existential therapy, insight-oriented forms of psychotherapy.
Zach is open to working with all types of clients, from children to adults, couples and families, and everything in between, dealing with issues such as anxiety, depression, grief and loss, stress, communication, LGBTQ issues, abuse, and trauma.
Executive Assistant of New Brunswick’s Inter-Country Adoption Program
Alexia is the Executive Assistant to the Inter- Country Adoption Program. Alexia is originally from Toronto and moved here to Saint John in 1998. Alexia studied e-business at NBCC-Saint John and has worked in Business for over 20 years. Alexia has extensive knowledge with adoptions as she has been through the process of Provincial adoption. Alexia’s role in the Inter-Country Adoption Program is to guide prospective adoptive parent(s) through the required process of international adoption as mandated by the provincial government. Her position entails helping individuals to understand provincial and international requirements, as well as organizing the province's mandatory adoption training.
Alexia looks forward to continuing her work at Gentle Path both as a mental health advocate and as the designated Executive Assistant for the Inter-Country Adoption Program for the Province of New Brunswick.