Florence Strang

Florence Strang

R. Psych. CEO, Mindful Matters Inc.

Florence Strang is a Registered Psychologist with more than 25 years of experience in counselling and assessment. She offers individual counselling sessions as well as group therapy sessions. In addition, Florence brings a wealth of knowledge and
experience in assessment/diagnosis of: child and adult ADHD, Specific Learning Disorders, Intellectual Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders.

Through proven techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Training, Florence has helped many people who present with anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. She also has experience with anger management, stress management and assertiveness training and has worked with insurance companies to aid clients to return to work.  Florence specializes in treating anxiety disorders in children, youth and adults.

Florence is registered with the NL Psychology Board (Reg. # 216), and is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association (Member #33710) and the Association of NL Psychologists (Member # 06-143).

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Tamar Kelly

Office Administrator, C.C.C.

Tamar Kelly, B. Ed., B. Sp. Ed., M. Ed. (Counselling Psychology) is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC). Tamar has over 30 years experience helping children, adolescents and families navigate and meet with success in the school system. She has
extensive experience with: comprehensive educational assessments, relationship building, assisting families and schools in working together to meet the diverse needs of children and helping children/youth to become confident, independent, resilient, mindful and empathetic.

Tamar also has a special interest in advocating for and helping adults navigate the many changes, challenges and stages that life presents.

Tamar is a member (and past executive member) of the Newfoundland and Labrador Counsellors and Psychologists Association and a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (Member #10001659).


Lisa O'Keefe

R. Psych.

Lisa O'Keefe has been a Registered Psychologist since 1994. She has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness techniques, which are proven to effectively treat anxiety, depression, anger issues and other mood disorders. 

In addition to her counselling skills, Lisa worked in the field of educational assessment for many years and is skilled in assessment of adults who present with learning disabilities and ADHD.

She also has experience in working with insurance companies to aid clients in return to work skills.

Lisa has a special interest in helping people who compulsively overeat to develop coping strategies for a healthier lifestyle. Lisa is registered with the NL Psychology Board (Reg. #190) and is a member of Association of NL Psychologists (#06-119).


Denise King


Dr. Denise King is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) who holds a PhD in Psychology. Denise has worked as a school counsellor for nearly 20 years. She has training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and
Mindfulness Techniques. These are proven to effectively treat anxiety, depression, anger and other mood disorders.

Denise has extensive experience working with children and families. She has experience working with children with Autism, those with behavioral disorders, anxiety, as well as those coping with trauma. She also has experience in educational assessment and is skilled in the assessment of learning disorders.

Denise also has experience working with adults coping with stress, grief, and loss and has a special interest in helping individuals who are dealing with change or relationship issues.

Denise is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (Member #8894) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Counsellors and Psychologists Association.

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Maxine Paul


Maxine Paul, BSW, MSW, RSW is a Registered Social Worker licensed by the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Social Workers (NLASW). Her Social Work education was completed at Memorial University of Newfoundland, with her MSW
awarded in 1995.

Maxine has almost 35 years of Social Work practice experience and has focused on clinical counselling and therapy since 1998. Much of her past work was with mental health and addictions at Eastern Health. In 2018 Maxine worked at Island Health in Victoria, British Columbia providing short term therapy to people experiencing mental health crisis.

Maxine specializes in working with Adults, Adolescents and Families who are being impacted by mental health crisis, substance misuse, PTSD/trauma, grief/loss, violence, and relationship difficulties including parenting struggles.



Lori Penny

S.L.P, Autism Consultant

Lori has twenty-five years experience as a Speech-Language Pathologist with a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Most of Lori’s career has been in the school system. She also has experience within the health system, private
practice, and in government as a Speech-Language Pathologist and as a consultant for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Lori has extensive academic training, professional learning, and hands-on experience with individuals, families, and teams affected by the challenges and wonders of Autism and Speech/Language disorders. Lori's experience includes assessment, direct individual and group intervention, program design, and consultation. Throughout her career, Lori has provided numerous and diverse professional learning sessions and workshops with both small and large audiences.

Lori is registered with the NL Council of Health Professionals and is certified with Speech-Language and Audiology Canada, as well as with NL Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists.

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Paulette Moore

Autism Consultant

A Certified Autism Consultant with 20 years experience, Paulette helps families to build skills and manage stress behaviours that assist individuals impacted by ASD maximize their potential. Paulette also provides school advocacy and family counselling.

She is trained in ADOS-2 assessment, one of the vital diagnostic tools used when ASD is suspected, specializing in adolescent and adult assessment. Paulette has completed the foundations and facilitator Self Reg programs with the Merit Center and is available to provide training to groups who work with people on the spectrum. A former teacher, Senior Therapist with Eastern Health and mom of two children with ASD, she is uniquely able to provide an understanding, empathetic and personal perspective to her clients.

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Shannon O’Dea

R. Psych. (Provisional)

Shannon O’Dea has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) from California Southern University and a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Memorial University. She is a provisionally registered psychologist and a Canadian Certified
Counsellor (CCC).

Shannon has over 10 years of experience in the field of counselling. She has worked in the area of behavioural therapy since 2008 at Eastern Health as a Behaviour Management Specialist. She has also been in private practice since 2009 focusing on individual, couples and family therapy. Shannon’s therapeutic practice focuses on areas that impact many individuals, including anxiety, depression, stress management, anger management, parenting/child behaviour, and relationship issues. Shannon also has a specialization in autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability.

In her clinical practice Shannon utilizes an array of therapeutic techniques with a focus on evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, and Behavioural Therapy (including Applied Behaviour Analysis-ABA). She also incorporates various assessment methods into her practice including assessment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety/depression for children and adults, as well as for many other potential concerns.

Shannon is registered with the Newfoundland Labrador Psychology board (#551) and is a certified though the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (#541). She is also a member of the Association of Psychology Newfoundland Labrador and is trained as a Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapist (C.Hyp).


Kerrie Cochrane

R. Psych. (Provisional)

Kerrie Cochrane M.Ed, M.A, BCBA, R. Psych (Provisional). Kerrie Cochrane has worked in health and education for over 12 years. She has a passion for working with children and adults with special needs, and a commitment to developing teaching
skills applicable to these individuals. With a Bachelor in Education, a Masters of Arts in Art Education, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Behaviour Analysis (Penn State University), and a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology, Kerrie has served various roles in the Regional Health Authority, providing first line services to clients of all ages.

Kerrie is a lifelong learner in the area of psychology and behaviour analysis, constantly updating her skill level to stay current. She uses a combination of Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in her practice, supporting clients from school age to adulthood with diagnoses including intellectual disability, anxiety, autism, ODD, ADHD, and dementia. She has helped support families and children in both school and community settings.

Kerrie is a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (# 1-18-32529) and a Provisionally Registered Psychologist (#619).

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Kimberly Maich

R. Psych. (Provisional)

Kimberly Maich is a Registered Psychologist (Provisional #654; master’s-level), Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (Doctoral #1-15-18468), and Ontario Certified Teacher / Special Education Specialist (#510494) who works locally, nationally,
and internationally with a long history as a resource teacher and school consultant. She has a doctorate in educational studies (cognition and learning) and master’s degrees focused on exceptionalities, applied behaviour analysis, and counselling psychology. She is also a professor, researcher, presenter, and author focused on autism, disability, and behaviour. Kimberly welcomes assessments related to specific learning disorders, intellectual disability, AD/HD, autism, and mental health for children and adults. She also enjoys counselling with adults and children using cognitive-behavioural, behavioural, mindfulness, and brief, solution-focused therapeutic approaches.

Jaclyn Browne

Jaclyn Browne is a caring and insightful professional who prioritizes creating a safe and supportive environment in which clients can foster self-awareness, mindfulness, personal growth and transformation.

Jaclyn holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She has completed additional programs of study in the areas of single session counselling, mental health first aid, and applied behavioural analysis. She is a member in good standing with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), and the Association of NL Psychologists (#18-339).

In addition, Jaclyn has international experience in education which allows her to connect well with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds.  She has taught in Harlow, England, which deepened her understanding, appreciation and respect for diversity. She has also taught in a large Canadian international school in Wuhan, China, where she designed and taught the Psychology curriculum.

Jaclyn employs several theoretical and evidence-based methodologies, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness Strategies. She is honoured to help clients with a range of concerns such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, stress management, personal growth and life transitions.