If you are looking for help, you aren't alone. We've all struggled at times in our lives.
Wellbeing doesn't mean being happy all the time, and it doesn't mean having an absence of difficulty and suffering either. Wellbeing is a set of skills and practices you can use to maintain your mental health during times of distress and suffering.
You too can overcome the challenges, difficulties and suffering you face in your life.
After my divorce I found myself feeling lost, lonely and struggling with anxiety. To complicate things, I went through an unexpected job change and months of feeling exhausted and depressed. Like most people, I thought there was something wrong with me, and as a therapist, I felt ashamed because I thought I had to always be on top of my life if I was supposed to be helping others.
That was when I started researching wellbeing more closely.
I started a journey toward reframing how I saw myself, and learning what I needed to be healthy and well. I looked at the whole picture; my nutritional needs, my sleep, the people in my life, my financial situation, my community, and my commitments. Most importantly, I needed to accept my own humanness, and change the way I thought about myself and how I responded to problems.
Today, I've come to see understand that there really is a path to greater wellbeing and lasting mental health. I'm here to share that with you, and am committed to helping others to improving their wellbeing and mental health.
Counselling Therapist and Owner, Five Star Wellbeing
Whatever challenges you face, we're here to help you take stock, set goals and make whatever changes you need to be healthy and well.
Counselling Therapist, Owner
Derrick is a Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) in Nova Scotia, and a Canadian Certified Counsellor. He specializes in providing therapeutic counselling in the areas of mental health, addiction, healthy relationships, grief and loss, and career and life transitions.
Prior to becoming a therapist he worked with programs and group homes for youth with learning, mood and developmental disabilities. He also taught at International Schools in Hong Kong for 6 years. He has counselled and advised students in middle and high school, at Acadia University and the Nova Scotia Community College for over 15 years.
Derrick started Five Star Wellbeing Counselling and Mental Health in 2014. He provides counselling in his home office in New Minas, at the Natural Choices Clinic in Bedford and online. An experienced facilitator, he consults with businesses on ways to improve wellbeing and mental health through through workshops and online webinars.
He lives in the beautiful Annapolis Valley, of Nova Scotia with my partner Sheila, son Jaden and daughter Ella.
Kate is a recent graduate of the Office Administration Program at Nova Scotia Community College. She spent the younger years of her childhood on Nova Scotia’s South Shore and moved to the Annapolis Valley in 2001.
Kate is an avid reader, tv and movie watcher. She also enjoys cooking, doing the occasional craft, going on ATV runs, and spending time with her family and close friends.
Dahlia is a second year Psychology student from Acadia University, originally from Alberta, but currently moving back and forth from home province to Nova Scotia on a regular basis.
She’s a co-op student with one placement, as a psychologist’s assistant, under her belt, and next year she will be on an exchange to Sweden, making the most out of her university’s hands-on opportunities.
She’s an English minor who loves reading and taking care of her dozens of plant babies.When living in Alberta, Dahlia’s very close to her family and is always there for game night and canoeing down the river. She’s learning to say yes to new adventures, to ensure she has great stories to share down the road.
Tia is a second-year student at Acadia University studying business administration.She grew up in Nova Scotia on a property with her two horses. She loves painting, sketching, and taking advantage of any opportunity to get outdoors.
At school, Tia participates in volleyball intramurals with her friends. She volunteers at Acadia’s Student Union Food cupboard, an organization that provides students access to resources and supplies that are in need. And she is an active member of the Acadia Business Society as the International Student Representative.
Tia is self-motivated and loves to learn, her future goal is to develop her own skills to build a business that makes a community stronger.
Erin graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 2018. She is now entering her second year of an IT Data Analytics program at Nova Scotia Community College.
She has always had an interest in numbers, so data analytics was a natural fit. She knew after her first mathematical modeling course that she wanted to spend her life playing with numbers in order to help make decisions supported by data.
Born in NYC, raised in Toronto and Montreal, Erin has always been drawn to the Maritimes and currently lives in Halifax with her partner and their sphynx. Outside of work she enjoys riding her horse and spending time at her family cottage in Prince Edward Island.
Allison is from Ottawa Ontario. She is entering 4th year of her Bachelors of Science at Acadia University. She is passionate about research, especially in the areas of health and developmental psychology. She plans to complete her undergraduate thesis before going on to pursue a masters degree.
Allison's brings strong research skills, creative ideas, insight and enthusiasm to her job. She is a wonderful asset to our team.
When she is not in school she enjoys being outside and active, and plays various sports. She competed in the Ontario Summer Games (2014) and The National Championships (2017) for field hockey. More recently she keeps active practising yoga and enjoying getting outdoors Geocaching.
Madison is in her third year at Acadia University. She is majoring in Psychology and minoring in Chemistry. She was born and raised in rural Newfoundland where she enjoys the outdoors, especially water sports and walking.
At Acadia University, Madison volunteers with Kinderskills, a program that provides preschool aged children with a variety of movement activities in order to promote their development. She also volunteers with the S.M.I.L.E program (Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience), that provides persons with varying disabilities a unique physical activity experience in order to improve their total development as individuals.
Madison's strong research skills, her hard work, commitment have been a great addition to to our team.
Her goal is to become a Speech-Language Pathologist, where she can continue her passion for helping others.
Luke is a recent graduate of the Web Development program at Nova Scotia Community College.
He has been programming for over 8 years and has interests in many areas of technology. From the newest cell phone trends, to modern website design and even advancements in engineering, he enjoys understanding and creating new technologies that drive change in today's fast paced society.
Outside of work, Luke plays hockey and basketball. Luke is playing key role in the development of our Quality of Life Assessment. He is an excellent communicator, and brings fresh ideas to and experience to our team.
Luke hopes to be able to see the world and experience the positive impacts that technology has, as well as learn about business culture in different parts of the world.