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Coastal Hope Counselling is a virtual mental health counselling service, serving all of Nova Scotia.  We aim to inspire, connect, motivate, and celebrate mental health through our services.

If you are currently experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team: 902-429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167 

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Lesley McCuaig, BKin, MA, RCT-C

I am a graduate of the Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology program at Yorkville University.  My background in business administration exposed me to people from all aspects of society and helped me realize I could be using my strengths to benefit others.  I have a passion for health and wellness and in particular Mental Health and Addictions.  Through volunteer work and life experience my interest has grown so I embarked on the path to inspire, connect, motivate, and celebrate Mental Health through counselling and advocacy work.

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At Coastal Hope Counselling we aim to help you overcome the obstacles or mental health challenges that you currently face.  We offer online session only at this time to persons over the age of 18.  Whether that be grief, trauma, addictions, psychosis, anxiety, or depression, we are here to help.  We utilize the following counselling theories to inform our practice.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
The Triphasic Approach to Trauma Counselling
Solution-Focused Therapy
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy
Person-Centered Therapy

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15-Minute Consultation


Contact us today for your free 15 minute consultation to see if our counselling services are a good fit for you.

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30-Minute Telehealth Session


Looking for a check-in, or a brief consultation with a counselling therapist.  If so, pick this option.


60-Minute Telehealth Session


Looking for a tradition 60 minute session, if so, this is the best option for you.

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What is an RCT-C?

Is a Registered Counselling Therapist – Candidate (RCT-C), this status allows the RCT-C to begin counselling independently under the oversight of an experienced and specifically trained Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) supervisor. The required candidacy period (internship) involves 2,000 hours of supervised practice with at least 800 hours of direct counselling with individuals and groups, typically extending over a 2-to-5-year period.

Insurance Coverage

Please be aware that MSI does not cover the costs of seeing a Registered Counselling Therapist in Nova Scotia. If you have private health insurance, Registered Counselling Therapists or Registered Counselling Therapist Candidates appointments may be fully or partially reimbursable. However, it is a good idea to review your policy with your insurance provider before your appointment. We are able to direct bill Medavie Blue Cross. Please bring an alternate payment method, such as a debit or credit card (Visa & Mastercard), should we be unable to direct bill or if your policy has any restrictions.

15-Minute Consultation

During the 15-minute consultation the client and therapist will go over the intake and consent forms, introduce themselves to one another, and discuss the client's goals of therapy.  Here the therapist may discuss the modality they may like to use.  This is an opportune time for the client to ask the therapist questions.

Hours of Operation

Coastal Hope Counselling is open by appointment;
Monday - Wednesday 9 am - 4 pm
Thursday  12 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm 
Appointments can be made outside of these hours by contacting

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