The Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT) oversees the practice of Counselling Therapy in Nova Scotia. Established in 2011 by the Government of Nova Scotia through the Department of Health and Wellness, NSCCT ensures all practicing registrants meet and maintain licensing requirements and adhere to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice referenced in the Counselling Therapists Act. The College’s core values align with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA).

NSCCT is governed by a Board of Directors who have a mandate to serve and protect the public interest, preserve the integrity of the Counselling Therapy profession, and maintain public confidence in the ability of the profession to regulate itself.

The profession of Counselling Therapy in Nova Scotia spans over 20 years. Counselling Therapists were first registered under the Societies Act (1995) and the former Nova Scotia Association of Counselling Therapists.

Our Qualifications

Registered Counselling Therapists hold a counselling-related master’s degree as a minimum level of education. We complete 2,000 hours of supervised postgraduate clinical work which includes 800 direct therapist-client counselling hours. To maintain our license, we engage in at least 12 hours of professional development each year in the form of workshops, courses, online seminars, and externships.

See Member Registry

Organization Overview

Board of Directors
Chair — Ed Wohlmuth, RCT
Vice-Chair — Marian McDonald, RCT
Past Chair — Kimberly Strange, RCT
Treasurer — Vacant
Secretary — Karen Johnston-Hutchins, RCT
Member at Large — Elizabeth Stephen, RCT
Member at Large — Lisa Dexter, RCT
Member at Large — Brenda Johnson, RCT
Member at Large — Nathan Torti, RCT
Ex-Officio — Registrar — Matthew Lafond
Public Representative — Luke Pelot
Public Representative — Lisa Matthews
Public Representative — Trevor McGowan

Board of Directors Code of Conduct (PDF)

Statutory Committees
Registration Committee
Complaints Committee — Terms of Reference (PDF)
Registration Appeal Committee
Professional Conduct Committee
Re-Instatement Committee

Ancillary Committees
Policy and Procedure Committee — Terms of Reference (PDF)
Ethics and Standards of Practice Subcommittee — Terms of Reference (PDF)
Public Engagement and Stakeholder Relations Committee — Terms of Reference (PDF)