We offer assessment and psychotherapy services to children, adolescents, and young adults with a speciality in assessing and treating anxiety and mood disorders. Every psychologist at Chorney & Associates practices cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), an approach that utilizes research and evidence as its guiding principle in how mental health concerns are assessed and treated. This means you will be treated with the most current and supported approach within the mental health field, in an environment that is also respectful and aware of each individual's specific needs and helps you move forward with what is important in your life.
Evening appointments are available with most providers although these are limited. Please keep in mind these appointment times can be the most difficult to book as they are the most popular - when possible, we ask that your initial appointment be booked during regular hours and follow-ups (if required) are booked in evening times.
Fall/Winter 2020 News
New Referrals Closed - No Longer Accepting New Clients (September 2020):
After significant consideration our staff has determined that we can no longer accept new referrals as of September 2020 due to overwhelming demand for services. We will re-assess this decision in January 2021.
Since opening our practice in 2012 we have worked hard to provide quality, effective, and timely care for clients/patients of our practice. As demand for psychological services has increased significantly since the onset of COVID-19 we feel like we can no longer sustain our current high standards for care if we continue to accept new referrals at this time.
While we absolutely understand this news will not be easily accepted by those seeking help, we unanimously feel as though it is the best decision for our current clients requiring care and those already waiting months for services (as most of us are booking well into 2021 as of August 2020).
We will re-assess our abilities to handle new referrals as of January 1st, 2021 and make a new announcement during that week regarding when new referrals will be accepted again. Please note there will be no waitlist/cancellation-list or similar list maintained during this time - all referrals will be treated as new when we re-open for referrals at some point in the new year.
The IWK Community Mental Health program and Emergency services can be obtained through contacting their Central Referral line at (902) 464-4110. Other private practices can be found by visiting apns.ca and searching for a child psychologist or by your referral concern (e.g., anxiety, depression, behaviour issues, etc).
Online free help for anxiety can be found by visiting AnxietyCanada and a number of books or online resources can also be helpful including the free MindShift CBT App (found on AnxietyCanada) or books focused on the evidence-based approaches to treating child anxiety.
If you have questions or concerns regarding the above decision please email Dr. Chorney directly by email (drchorney @ gmail.com) although please keep in mind exceptions will not be made regarding the above policy/decision.
Our practice is constantly trying to meet the demand of accepting new referrals while providing exceptional ongoing care for our existing clients. We work hard to keep waitlists down to two weeks or less for new referrals when possible while also ensuring there are reasonable spaces available for existing clients of the practice.
We are currently looking specifically for a PhD-level Clinical Psychologist or PhD-level Counselling Psychologist, or a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). There are currently TWO positions open - a full-time position and/or a part time position. Starting time/date is also negotiable. Our practice focuses on children and adolescents, however, psychologists focusing on adults are also encouraged to apply as we currently do not have a psychologist in this area. The ability to work remotely (via telehealth) is an option during COVID19 (and potentially after).
Our group of psychologists is composed of primarily child/adolescent focused CBT practitioners who provide evidence-based care to families and young adults. Our practice is collaborative with possibilities for supervision and consultation when needed while also allowing for independence and flexibility in practice. Scheduling and holiday/vacation time is flexible throughout the year and compensation is in line with other local practices.
If you or someone you know may be interested or would like to know more, please email a CV directly to Dr. Chorney and if you'd like to learn more about our practice please visit the About Us page.
Farewell Dr. G!:
After five years of providing treatment and assessment services at our office, Dr. Ayala Gorodzinsky is leaving us to open her own practice! If you are a current client interested in continuing to receive treatment from Dr. Gorodzinsky or someone looking to book with her for the first time, please contact her directly through her practice website here - Birchside Psychology.
If you were a client of Dr. G's and would like to remain a client of someone at our practice, please email that clinician directly so they can determine if a transfer is a good fit (and if not they may be able to direct you towards someone who is). All of our emails are found on the Contacts page of this website.
June 25th 2020:
Our office is in the beginning stages of preparation for a limited re-opening for some specific individuals or appointments. Please note this does NOT mean we are open for all appointments. Guidelines approved by the provincial government have stated that cases should be considered if they "appear to be worsening or are in acute crisis, and those who need a more intense level of care that is not being met via telepsychology." If you would like to read these guidelines they can be found here.
If you believe this reflects your current situation or circumstances, please directly email your provider to inquire about the possibility of an appointment. As a side note, many of our providers may not be able to provide services in-person at this time due to other restraints (e.g., child care, vulnerabilities related to health, other concerns) so telepsychology will likely continue to be our primary form of treatment method over the coming weeks or months.
If you would like to learn more about our Telepsychology services our site provides a description of what we offer and you can email your provider directly if you have specific questions.
If you have been scheduled for an in-person appointment, please see our COVID-19 page.
New Cancellation Policy:
As of Monday, March 30th 2020 our Cancellation Policy will reflect a more graduated approach to handling cancellations. Please see the "Fees" page for more information.
We appreciate cancellations are sometimes unavoidable, however, appointment times are important for everyone involved and can negatively impact individuals waiting for service. Our new policy will applied in order to help provide timely and effective service for as many individuals as possible.
If you are interested in scheduling Dr. Chorney for a Professional Development lecture or workshop, please email him directly or click here to learn more. Workshops outside of Nova Scotia or Canada are always considered, so please do not hesitate to contact directly via email.
New Referrals: As our practice continues to grow and referral numbers increase, we remain dedicated to seeing individuals and families as quickly as possible. The majority of referrals are reviewed by Dr. Chorney to determine who at the practice may be the best fit for the referral, taking into consideration both skill-set and competency of our psychologists and the concerns or requirements of the referral. If one of our psychologists is not able to help, we try to connect you with another practice/psychologist who may be able to help.
A few things to remember when calling in the first time:
- You do not need a physician/GP referral to make an appointment with us, however, you may need this for your insurance plan to get reimbursed. Please check in with your private insurance provider (e.g., Blue Cross, Manulife, etc) to see what is needed and see our Fees page for questions to ask.
- Please ensure you have a sense of your own upcoming availability for the next few weeks when you call in.
- If you are having any trouble connecting with our booking assistant, sometimes the easiest way is to contact via email. Her email address is email@example.com
New Referrals - please use the "Self-Referral" page of this website or leave a voicemail on our intake line (option #1 when you call our phone number). We answer almost all online referrals within 24hrs (Mon-Fri), so if you have not received a call or email from us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 902-444-1160 ext 1
Fax: (902) 444-3210