250 Baker Drive, Suite 222
Dartmouth, NS
B2W 6L4

Meet Our Team

Find out more about the health and wellbeing experts at Brightside

Brian MacAulay, MSW, RSW

With 20 years of counselling experience, Brian’s approach is relaxed and direct, as he helps his clients to target their inner strengths, while establishing and working toward tangible goals and healing. Brian believes it is vital to closely support clients in digging deep to examine past mental and emotional issues, which may be impacting their day-to-day lives.

Prior to private practice, Brian’s professional experience included working within the fields of child welfare, the criminal justice system, nova scotia health authority in both the mental health/OTP and physical rehabilitation programs, as well as managing a university counselling centre.  As such, he is able to support clients in navigating these systems and often provides Court reports, including parental capacity assessments and voice of the child.  Brian believes that mental health is as important as physical health and should be treated in the same way – with prevention being key and addressing issues as soon as they arise, to promote mental and emotional wellness.

Client Focus

  • Adults, youth, couples, families, first responders, military personnel

Types of Therapy

  • Narrative Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Strengths Perspective
  • Solution Focused
  • Trauma Informed

Areas of practice

  • Trauma and PTSD, sexual abuse, domestic violence, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and loss, divorce and separation, managing injuries/physical disabilities, bullying and life stage transitions

Lilia Daiman, MACP, RCT-C

Lilia (she/her) understands the importance of her clients to feel safe and welcomed in her space. She is consciously self-aware of how individual experiences and the interconnections between biological, psychological, and socio-environmental factors shape an individual. This allows her to respect her clients from all walks of life. Lilia is able to communicate in Russian, and Hebrew as well.

Lilia’s counselling background and previous position in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) as a medical assistant allowed her to obtain a diverse range of clinical and mental health related experiences. Her passion towards mental health began when she immigrated to Canada in 2009. Exposure to different types of events can take place at any stage of our lives, and at times these events can be difficult to process and work through on our own. Lilia’s experiences have shaped her goal to advocate for her clients by developing appropriate supports and maintaining an inclusive and culturally sensitive space.

Her appreciation towards the different types of therapeutic modalities that exist allows her to integrate interventions from other theories depending on her clients’ needs, while maintaining a person-centered approach foundation.

Client Focus

  • Young adults, adults, adolescents

Types of Therapy

  • Person-centered approach, narrative therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), strength-based, emotion-focused therapy (EFT), trauma informed, psychoeducation, and mindfulness, LGBTQ-affirmative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Areas of practice

  • Mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, stress, life transitions, grief, substance and behavioural addictions, interpersonal conflicts, emotional dysregulation, neurodevelopmental disorders such as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Gillian O’Brien, MEd, RCT-C

Gillian is an RCT-C specialised in depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. The type of client she helps is feeling lost, emotionally isolated, and struggling in their relationships. They are overwhelmed and do not feel in control of their own life. Likely, they are feeling as though they are looking at themselves from an outside lens. Despite feeling underappreciated, they work tirelessly to survive their daily pressures. Exhausted by their situation, their symptoms begin to present as poor moods, burnout, stress, anxiety, and depression. Decreasing mental wellness inevitably starts to affect both interpersonal/professional relationships which in return contributes to feelings of being alone.

Daily routines begin to become about surviving rather than thriving. Even if they understand how they arrived at their current place in life, finding a path forward is a daunting challenge. Regardless of how your mental health entered onto the “declining highway”, please let Gillian guide you to a healthier exit off.

She works with evidence-based approaches designed to help you find a healthy road forward. You are not alone.

Client Focus

  • Adults, couples

Types of Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavourial Therapy (CBT) and Emotional-Focused Therapy (EFT)

Areas of practice

  • Depression, anxiety, and mood disorder

Lori Brown, Psy.D., CCC

Lori has held various roles in the public school system and in private counselling practice for 25 years. She was the Trauma-Informed Educator Consultant for the Beaufort Delta Education Council in the N.W.T. from 2020-2022. Additionally, she taught Psychopathology, Psychopharmacology, and Using the DSM-5 to adults at Stenberg College for a term.

She was the International Student Coordinator involving the integration of youth into the Nova Scotia school system and society. Her role consisted of providing professional development for teachers regarding the challenges individuals may face when moving into a different culture from their own.

An additional role Lori fulfilled for 12 years was the Race Relations and Cross-Cultural Understanding Officer involving mediation, conflict resolution, documentation, and extensive professional development regarding these issues. At that time, she provided parent information sessions, professional development for teachers, and many adolescents presentations regarding communication, Glasser’s theory of basic psychological needs, cognitive-behavioural strategies, LGBTQ topics, and bullying. Lori’s doctoral work has included course work in psychopathology, assessment, multicultural counselling, positive psychology, learning and memory, motivation, consulting in health care and education, and psychopharmacology in addition to the core courses required for a Clinical Psychology Doctorate. Her extensive dissertation includes a systematic review of 136 recent research articles addressing the psychological repercussions of childhood trauma.

Client Focus

  • Everyone is welcome

Types of Therapy

  • CBT
  • Humanistic (Rogerian)
  • Positive Psychology
  • Strengths-Based, Trauma-Informed Approach
  • Systematic Desensitization (Behavioural)

Areas of practice

  • Anxiety, depression, grief/loss, communication, emotional regulation, trauma, crisis counselling, cognitive restructuring

Agnieszka Gallina, MA, RCT

Reaching balance in our lives can often be a struggle. Daily stressors in our jobs, health and relationships, while living with our past experiences and traumas, can create an imbalance in healthy coping. We find ourselves reaching for anything that helps numb us and escape – making it difficult to focus on ourselves in the present. Agnieszka helps clients explore unhealthy coping patterns, understand the impact of past traumas on core beliefs and build a mindful and self-compassionate understanding of self.

Agnieszka received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dalhousie University, where she focused her studies on learning theory and the interplay of environment and behaviour. Following her passion in how unhelpful habits and behaviours lead to dysfunction in relationships and connection within, she continued her studies in applied behavioural analysis, completing her advanced diploma in behavioural intervention and went on to complete her Masters in Counselling Psychology. She has worked with young adults with challenging behaviours and instructed for Dalhousie’s College of Continuing education where she helped students reach academic success through an understanding of how emotional reactions and behavioural patterns can lower one’s ability to succeed in reaching goals in life.

Agnieszka has spent the last 5 years working with men and women with addiction and substance abuse disorders with co-occurring mental health issues. Her work in this field has led her to develop a strong person-centred approach when working with clients with an emphasis on the importance of strengthening one’s self-identity, self-worth and self-compassion.

Client Focus

  • Adults 18+

Types of Therapy

  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Areas of practice

  • Trauma, anxiety, relationship issues (not couples), and general mental health

Lauren Mackintosh, MA, RCT-C

A large part of our lives are intertwined with other peoples. We may be struggling to say no to things we don’t want to do, wondering if our partner is upset with us or we may feel left out if a friend didn’t invite us to their dinner party. All these situations can cause distress or unwelcome thoughts and feelings. Lauren offers a comfortable, safe space to discuss and explore your symptoms and feelings and the possible connection to these external relationships. What we may need from our therapist can change daily, and she wants to offer support in the way that fulfills your needs. At the end of the day, you know yourself best.

Lauren’s interest in this area started when she worked with teenagers. A common theme among this group was that no matter what reason they began counselling, a lot of symptoms were related to navigating challenging interpersonal relationships and issues.

Her interest in mental health and counselling began as a teenager and was something she has always wanted to pursue. Lauren graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a BA in psychology and minor in sociology. She recently completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Therapy at Yorkville University.

Client Focus

  • Adolescents (13+), young adults, adults, couples

Types of Therapy

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Interpersonal, Psychodynamic, Client-centred, Mindfulness-based

Areas of practice

  • Anxiety, stress, depression, relationship difficulties, self-esteem, boundary issues, sexuality, healthy coping strategies, role transitions and routine adjustments

Dr. Robin Roeslen, ND

Dr. Robin Roeslen ND (she/her) has been a fully licensed and registered Naturopathic Doctor since 2011. She received her BSc Honours in Biochemistry from Mount Allison University prior to graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto, Ont. Dr. Robin highly values the principle of “doctor as teacher” and is passionate in supporting her patients at any stage of their wellness journey. She is passionate about respecting that each person is an individual with different stories, lifestyles and health goals. She was drawn to Naturopathic Medicine because it combines naturally derived therapies with current empirical scientific evidence to create individualized, effective and empowering treatment plans. Dr. Robin has a general Naturopathic practice with special interests in fatigue, women’s health and preventative medicine, and can help address other aspects of your health and wellbeing.

Carol Hadley

Carol is a graduate of the Canadian College of Massage & Hydrotherapy, Halifax campus. During her time at CCMH she gained knowledge about many different conditions such as Arthritis, Temporomadibular dysfunction, Piriformis syndrome, tension headaches and many others. Throughout the program, Carol took special interest in prenatal massage, myofascial techniques, injury based massage, and massage for invisible illness.

Before going to massage school Carol completed a diploma in counselling/human services. She has lots of knowledge around these topics as well and believes massage can be a good helping hand in the healing/ recovering process.

Carol is passionate about helping relieve any pain you’re having while also helping you relieve stress. Her treatments are focused on client wants and needs while also being safe and giving the most benefit out of every treatment.

Carol is also trained in hotstone and cupping. She is very excited to start this adventure with Brightside integrated health and looks forward to having you on her table.

Umut Uzunel

Umut Uzunel graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, in Toronto, Ontario, is registered with the Nova Scotia Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NSAND) and is a member of the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors (CAND). Umut is also a physician, ophthalmologist and eye surgeon in Turkey, an accredited professional coach, certified by the International Coaching Federation, and is currently studying for a Master’s of Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University, which further helps her to understand her patients’ needs.

As a Naturopathic Doctor, Umut’s main areas of interest include mental health; pain management, especially related to chronic diseases; digestive issues and neurological disorders. As a person with muscular dystrophy, Umut has a special ability to support and engage patients with disabilities.

Umut received the YWCA’s Women of Distinction award in 2023, for her life-changing volunteer work in Turkey, as well as performing 3,000 eye surgeries in Africa, free of charge for those without access to healthcare. Additional information about her background, passions and accomplishments can be found on her website: www.umutduyguuzunel.com.

Umut is the mother of two beautiful girls and enjoys reading and travelling.

Lauren Brady-MacAulay, BA, BSW, RHN

Lauren’s former career as a social worker taught her that a person’s overall health includes the mind, body and spirit, and depends upon many factors. Her own wellness journey began when she started to experience professional burnout and sought natural ways to support her physical and mental health. Finding nutrition to be foundational to her own good health and well-being, Lauren wanted to share her knowledge with others and graduated with honours from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, in 2013. Lauren promotes a whole-food, minimally processed diet, which is plant-based, but not necessarily vegetarian. She has a special interest in diets which support brain health, and therefore mental health, and is also experienced in navigating food sensitivities and helping parents to optimize their children’s nutrition.