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about me.

Joanne Doran

Joanne Doran

Child, Youth and Family Psychologist

Halifax, Nova Scotia

I'm a child psychologist and family therapist. I provide therapy for children and youth who are experiencing a number of life challenges, such as anxiety, stress, trauma or divorce. Children are ideal candidates for early intervention and lasting change is often realized in a short amount of time. In my work with teens, I use a holistic, mindful approach, offering them tools and guidance. Through exploring their life experiences, values and unique strengths, teens develop self-awareness, confidence and self-regulation. I work with adoptive children and families to create safe, loving attachments when there has been complex trauma and disrupted attachment relationships.

One of my passions is helping parents develop mindfully attuned communication with their children, whether they be toddlers or teens. I work collaboratively with parents offering practical guidance and recommendations to create happier relationships. I work with families of gender dysphoric or transgender youth within a trans-inclusive, safe, caring space.

My focus in providing therapy is to facilitate the discovery of inherent strengths and resiliency. I value open communication and work collaboratively. I have extensive experience working with children, youth and their caregivers across domains. Guess my motto would be "Know Thyself" for therein lies strength, happiness, truth and maybe even freedom!



  • Child or Adolescent

  • Parenting

  • Adoption

  • LGTBQ+ 


  • IFS Practitioner

Client Focus (age)
  • Toddlers / Preschoolers (0 to 6)

  • Children (6 to 10)

  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)

  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19)

  • Highly sensitive persons

  • Individuals

  • Family

  • Group

Other languages


  • ADHD

  • Adoption

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety

  • Developmental Disorders

  • Divorce

  • Domestic Violence

  • Family Conflict

  • Grief

  • LGBTQ+ Friendly

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Mindfulness

  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)

  • Oppositional Defiance

  • Peer Relationships

  • School Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • Self-Harming

  • Sleep or Insomnia

  • Spirituality

  • Teen Violence

  • Transgender

  • Trauma and PTSD

Treatment Approach
  • Attachment-based

  • Cognitive Behavioural (CBT)

  • Compassion Focused

  • Emotionally Focused

  • Humanistic

  • Integrative

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Person-Centered

  • Psychological Testing and Evaluation

  • Strength-Based

  • Transpersonal

  • Trauma Focused


I provide psycho-social assessments for hormone
and surgery readiness.


Credentials and fees.

Avg Cost (per hour): $210

Sliding Scale: As available

Accepts Insurance: No direct billing

  • School: Mount Saint Vincent

  • Year Graduated: 2007 

  • License No. and State: R0713 Nova Scotia

  • License No. and State: R0713 Nova Scotia Board of Examiners

  • Certificate: Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy Institute/Practitioner in DDP

  • Certificate Date: 2015



Currently not accepting new clients.
Tel: 902.233.9827

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