Our Clinical Team
Emmrys, Dawe, Parlee and Associates brings together licensed clinicians in the fields of psychology, social work, education and other professions. It is our belief that bringing together expertise from various professions will enrich our practice and benefit our clients. All clinicians are licensed with their respective colleges, and are committed to providing the highest calibre of care to their clients at all times.
Our clinical team meets twice a month to discuss cases and provide advice on how to improve our interventions. Clinicians can only bring a case up for discussion if consent has been given ahead of time.
We are proud of our team and of their work. The following is a brief bio on the professionals currently working in our service:
Dr. Charles Emmrys - Ph.D., L. Psych
Dr. Charles Emmrys is a clinical child psychologist who has worked in the Maritime Provinces for the last ten years as a private practitioner and as a public mental health service provider. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical child and adolescent psychology from the University of Ottawa where he specialized in the areas of behavior disorders and anorexia nervosa. He was the founding director of the New Brunswick Youth Treatment Center, the provincial service for behaviorally disordered youth, has worked in the Nova Scotia Hospital System in the area of autism and has worked as an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa, the University of Mount Allison and at the University of Moncton. He is currently in full time private practice and participates on a number of boards.
Gary Dawe - M.Sc. L. Psych
Gary Dawe graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a masters in clinical psychology specializing in the area of social anxiety. He began his career as a psychologist in the schools where he worked with a broad range of children affected by educational and behavioural challenges until 2004. He also worked with adults and children, first as a clinician in the Sussex Mental Health Centre, and then since 1997 in private practice. Mr. Dawe has specialized in the area of disruptive behaviour disorders, learning disorders, stress, anxiety and ADHD across the lifespan. He has lectured extensively on these topics and continues to make it a focal point of his clinical practice. Mr. Dawe is also an affiliate clinician to a number of major Employee Assistance Plan providers and has given numerous workshops in work stress management, and work-life balance.
Cindy Parlee is an adult and couples psychologist who graduated from Memorial University with a Master of Science degree in clinical psychology. Her background includes extensive experience and training in individual and group therapy. Her individual therapy specializations include anxiety, depression, grief, trauma resolution and post traumatic stress disorder. As a couples therapist, Ms Parlee addresses couples issues which include conflict management, separation and divorce, managing the aftermath of extramarital affairs and addressing communication difficulties. Ms Parlee has also developed wellness seminars and workshops which focus on cognitive behavioural approaches to balanced living. She has been active in various agencies and community groups that work to improve services for child sexual abuse victims, for victims of spousal abuse and for employees that have experienced traumatic and stressful events in the workplace.
Dr. Ken Ekstrand - Ph.D. L.Psych
Dr. Ken Ekstrand graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Ph.D. in clinical child and adolescent psychology. He began his career in 1987 as a psychologist in public mental health in Ontario, working with a broad range of children with behavioural disorders. In Montreal, between 1991 and 1997, he worked in private practice as a psychologist, with families and individuals, treating depression, anxiety, and disruptive adolescent disorders. During this time, he was also the Head Coach for two championship swim teams, developing an extended practice in sport psychology. Continuing in Montreal, between 1997 and 2006, he provided therapy, as well as recreational therapy, with an Adolescent Drug and Rehabilitation Center, and various School Boards. This extensive experience enabled Dr. Ekstrand to develop an expertise in treating substance abusing adolescences. In Moncton, between 2006 and 2010, he was first a psychologist, and then the Program Manager, for the Addiction and Community Mental Health Services, for the Horizon Health Network. As an advocate for quality addiction and mental health services, he implemented many innovations in service delivery with staff, as well as numerous presentations for parents, and other interested groups. Dr. Ekstrand has recently joined our clinical team, in full time private practice. Dr. Ekstrand has specialized in disruptive adolescent disorders, substance abusing adolescents, and sport psychology.