Caroline LeBlanc, Registered Psychologist,
Owner of SVR
Caroline graduated from the Masters program in Clinical Psychology from Universite de Moncton in 1991. Her work background includes Correctional Services of Canada, Provincial government Corrections and EAP program, Veterans Affairs Office of Conflict Resolution and Director of Holland College’s Assessment Services for Adults. Since 2002, she has been in full time private practice. Her areas of interest are trauma, PTSD, first responders, anger management, couple therapy, anxiety and depression. She has also been involved in the community by being an active member of the PEI Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Network since 1996, the Psychologists Association of PEI, the francophone community of PEI , was involved in the Swissair recovery in Peggy’s Cove and subsequently was part of Health Canada’s Psychosocial Emergency Response Team for several years. Caroline completed training in EMDR in 2013 and has been certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, both with EAGALA and Natural Lifemanship. She now spends some of her clinical time in a horse arena, introducing the psychological benefits of horses to first responders, veterans and their families.
Barb Jones, Registered Psychologist
Trained as a contemplative psychotherapist, mindfulness practices are embedded in all Barb’s work. Barb has worked extensively with individuals and families presenting with issues including: depression, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, relationship challenges, chronic illness, end of life and bereavement.
At Serene View Ranch, Barb will be available to continue facilitating support groups using mindfulness and meditation, as well as providing assessment services and working with individual adults. Barb is also available as a conference speaker and workshop presenter.
Nancy Montgomery, M.A., Assessment Clinician
Nancy obtained her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 1994 from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, ON. She is a highly skilled professional with experience working with adults, adolescents, children and the elderly. Her employment history is diverse and involves working in education (Western School Board of PEI; Kawartha Pineridge District School Board; Holland College), mental health (Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Mental Health Services), and addictions (Eastern Kings Health, Community Addiction Services). She also functioned as a member of a multidisciplinary team conducting a longitudinal study on the effects of aging with the Canadian Study of Health and Aging.
Nancy is competent in conducting risk assessments, intake interviews, gathering background information, coordinating meetings with key agencies/services and advocating for individuals and/or families. She has expertise in selecting, administering, scoring and interpreting a wide variety of standardized and restricted-use psychometric test batteries including intellectual, academic, achievement, career, literacy, mental health, personality, pain and cognitive/memory functioning to generate working hypotheses. Her writing skills are honed by her vast experience in preparing detailed psychological reports providing background information, scoring and interpreting assessment results and behavioural observations to profile individual strengths and weaknesses, personality characteristics and mental health issues. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings and provided specialized, yet integrated and coordinated, therapeutic services for individuals in the form of psychotherapy, counselling and co-facilitating educational/rehabilitative groups.
One of Nancy’s roles at Serene View Ranch, Psychological Services, is to aid in the completion of psychological assessments. Specifically, she conducts intake interviews to obtain background history, interprets psychometric test data and writes a portion of the comprehensive assessment report based on this information. She is also responsible for the Heart Math Interventions Program which utilizes tools, techniques and technologies that provide real-time visual and audio feedback between the heart, brain and autonomic nervous system. Clients learn to identify and modify mental and emotional processes to reach a state of coherence (i.e., synchronization of heart-brain and physiological responses). For more information on Heart Math: http://www.heartmath.com/news/
Nancy’s quest for knowledge, willingness to try different approches and consistent application of professional services are fundamental to her commitment to provide quality client service.
Frank Bulger is a registered social worker at the master’s level and has more than thirty years of experience in practicing social work in the local Family Court and the greater community. Frank’s therapeutic areas of specialty are family mediation and elder mediation. He has a B.A. from UPEI, Master of Social Work from Wilfred Laurier University. He is certified by Mediation PEI Inc. and certified by Elder Mediation Canada in 2010. Mr. Bulger has spent the majority of his career assisting families through the complex process of separation including the formulation of parenting plans for the children. Frank brings to the Collaborative Practice process a strong commitment to the inherent ability of individuals to make decisions regarding their lives when they are empowered to do so. He looks forward to working with people in the capacity of the Family Professional in the evolving Collaborative Practice problem solving model. He is available by appointment both days and evenings.
Phone: (902) 368 2030
Cell: (902) 626 9787
Alan Kostyniuk, Registered Psychologist
Alan is a Registered Clinical Psychologist in the provinces of Prince Edward Island and Alberta. He obtained his Masters of Education degree, in Clinical/Counselling Psychology, at the University of Alberta in 1989. His clinical experience includes assessing recidivist impaired drivers, within a week-end long inpatient evaluation program, which was a mandatory condition of licence reinstatement; providing psychological services within psychiatric inpatient facilities, inpatient addictions rehabilitation centres, provincial outpatient mental health clinics and, for the majority of his career, serving as the Director of his own private practice in a rural setting. A major component of his clinical work has been with Alberta Child and Family Services and has entailed the completion of more than one thousand fitness to parent assessments. He has also conducted private Custody and Access assessments, forensic assessments, Disability assessments for the RCMP and Veterans’ Affairs, psycho-educational assessments, as well as pre-screening evaluations for the Lakeland Centre for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, in Cold Lake, Alberta. He has been qualified as an Expert Witness in Alberta Family Court and has made more than three dozen Court appearances in this capacity. Throughout the course of his work history, his ongoing caseload has included numerous First Nations and Metis clients, in addition to members of the RCMP and the Canadian Military. He also taught undergraduate psychology courses at a local First Nations administered college. He is qualified in the use of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and utilizes this approach extensively in his current psychologist position at Serene View Ranch in Alexandra, Prince Edward Island.
Tara Costello-Ledwell, Ahead in the Game Inc. – Mental Performance Consultant/ Mental Health Specialist
Tara has over 20 years experience supporting individuals for increasing personal resiliency, emotional intelligence, performance under pressure and self-regulation.
She has her own training company Ahead in the Game Inc. As part of the Serene View Ranch team, she develops equine related experiences focusing on mindfulness and strengthening healthy relationships with self and others.
Tara is inspired by the power of horses to be expert teachers in the areas of self-regulation, personal empowerment, leadership development and healing. She rode her first horse when she was eight, has taken many years of riding lessons, led trail rides and has competed in western riding. She also works with equestrian athletes on mental performance.
She is a registered member of the Canadian Sport Psychology Association, has a BA in Psychology in University of Prince Edward Island, and an MA in Human Kinetics from the University of Ottawa, with a specialty for mental skills for sport and life
She regularly incorporates HeartMath bio-feedback coherence training and a mental skills tool box concept into her programming. Mental skills tool box exercises are available in the her Ahead Sport Mind Training app.
Tara has training in Natural Lifemanship – Trauma Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, The Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) assessment, T.R.E. Trauma Releasing Exercises, experiential-therapeutic workshops, and N.L.P. (Neuro-Linguistic Programming).
Tara has worked with youth and adults from a variety of populations along with N.H.L./ A.H.L. players, Special Olympics Canada national team program, nationally ranked junior tennis athletes, Canadian youth Olympic team members, world junior curling champions, and other regionally and nationally successful athletes.
She lives with her husband Patrick and son Nathaniel in rural PEI.