Meet Our Staff

John Whelan, PhD. / Hilary Stephenson, MPsychPamela Wambolt, MSc /

John Whelan, PhD.
John Whelan, a registered Psychologist and Director of Assessment-Treatment Services for Whelan Psychological Services. He is a clinician, researcher, and program administrator. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1977 and left in 1985 to pursue academic training.  Dr. Whelan served as Executive Director of a long-term facility for addiction treatment from 1986 to 1991. He completed a Master’s Degree in Clinical/Community Psychology in 1994, conducting research and publishing academic articles on the effectiveness of workplace employee assistance programs. In the mid-1990s he was an Employee Assistance Program Specialist providing clinical services (i.e., assessment, therapy, CISD, and case management), program management and consultation to hospitals, public companies, and federal government agencies. Dr. Whelan completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology focusing on the effectiveness of addiction treatment programs. He served as Director of Addiction Services for the Canadian Forces Atlantic (1997-2004) and entered full-time private practice in 2004 providing assessment, therapy, and consultation to civilian and federal organizations. He is frequently called upon to provide assessment and treatment of traumatic stress and concurrent disorders (e.g., alcohol and depression; drug abuse and trauma). Dr. Whelan is active in a number of professional organizations, including  International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Canadian Institute of Military and Veteran Health Research, Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia, and the Canadian Psychological Association.

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Hilary Stephenson, MPsych (Clinical)
Hilary Stephenson, MPsychis a registered psychologist with experience in the assessment and treatment of addiction, posttraumatic stress disorder, and chronic pain. She is originally from Halifax and recently completed graduate training in clinical psychology at Bond University in Queensland, Australia. Ms. Stephenson’s clinical interests and experience include the treatment of anxiety disorders (adult, adolescents, and children), depression, addiction, chronic pain management, ADHD, PTSD, and trauma and psychosis. We welcome her to the staff of WPS.


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Pamela Wambolt, MSc (Clinical Psychology)

Pamela Wambolt, MSc (Clinical Psychology)is a Registered Psychologist who began her career at Whelan Psychological following her graduation from Acadia University. She is rejoining the practice following several years in the public sector as a therapist with Addiction Services and Mental Health. Ms. Wambolt brings an extensive knowledge of addiction and concurrent mental health issues. She has experience in providing cognitive behavioral therapies, motivational interviewing, and systems theory within a client centered treatment approach. She focusses on creating a safe environment where clients can feel comfortable to provide input into the therapeutic process and empowered to achieve their desired goals. She also draws upon mindfulness approaches to help clients learn to focus on the present, to accept the things that cannot be changed, and to change those things that cannot be accepted.
Ms. Wambolt has a particular interest in working with individuals who are experiencing difficult transitions (e.g. retirement, parenting, “empty nests”, caregiver stress, and separation/divorce). She enjoys her work with those affected by others addictions and mental health issues and incorporates family members and other supporters into treatment when appropriate. She has a particular interest in issues affecting women’s wellbeing and the difficulties faced by individuals in the LGBT community. Pamela provides assessment and treatment of mood disorders, relationship difficulties, assertiveness, communication, addiction, family of origin, concurrent disorders, and PTSD. She provides assessment and treatment of adults, adolescents, couples, families, and groups.

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