Welcome to Thrive Counselling and Consulting

Mental Health Therapy Services in Sydney Nova Scotia


Due to the COVID19 spread risk, Thrive Counselling and Consulting will not be offering in-person therapy sessions. Phone sessions and secure online video sessions are available to current and new clients. In-person sessions will be offered again once the virus spread risk has stabilized. Thank you and be safe.

About Thrive


Individual, Couples and Family Counselling





At Thrive, this is the experience you can expect to have. Individual therapy/ counselling services are available for children, adolescents and adults. As well, couples/ marriage counselling and family therapy are available. I embrace a trauma informed, culturally sensitive practice. I believe that healthy relationships form the foundation of truly joyful lives. Learning how to embrace self-compassion, to deeply connect with a partner/ spouse, to understand the needs of a child or accept support from a parent, is often the path to peace. 

All therapy sessions are offered on a flexible schedule.

Therapy services are covered by many private insurance companies, for example Blue Cross Medavie (direct billing available for certain plans)

Great West 



However, not all private insurance plans cover social work services/ therapy. It is highly recommended that you contact your insurance provider and ask if social work services are covered, to ensure claims will be honoured. Most plans require you to pay for the therapy session and then submit the receipt for reimbursement.

I am an approved provider for such programs as

Victim's Services Criminal Injuries Counselling

Veterans Affairs

Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)

Policy 75, Department of Community Services and Mi'kmaw Family and Children's Services

Jordan's Principle 

Non-Insured Health Benefits Program

Residential Schools Program

Contact Me

My desire is to see you connect with the person and services that will best meet your needs. If I can help, I will get you an appointment. If your needs will be better met elsewhere I will help you connect with those services.

Appointments are available through this website, phone, text or email.

Thrive Counselling and Consulting

295 George Street, Suite 204, Sydney, NS B1P 1J7

(902) 577-5853


By appointment only. Weekday appointments Monday-Friday

About Me

Hello! My name is Deanne Matheson. I am a Registered Social Worker with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers (NSCSW) and I have been a social worker for over 20 years. I have worked as a clinical therapist for over 15 years. I am originally from Cape Breton but I lived in Ontario and the US for most of my adult life. I have been back in Cape Breton for a few years and I feel incredibly lucky to be able to do what I love in a place that has always been in my heart. I am passionate about helping others, giving back and being part of building healthy community. Most of my free time is spent walking dogs or taking my kids to the soccer field or horse barn. I love to read, write, work out and  to take in local live music.

My Educational Background/ Professional Training

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Social Work from Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. Between those two degrees I completed the Social Service Worker diploma at Algonquin College. I have a Master of Social Work, Clinical Concentration, from University of Maryland, Baltimore. I have had the privilege of working with individuals of all ages as well as couples, families and groups in a variety of settings. A significant part of my career was spent working with teens. I have training in a variety of therapies, including Internal Family Systems, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), Somatic Experiencing, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Emotionally Focused Family Therapy, Mindfulness, Emotion Focused Therapy,  DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) skills, and Trauma Informed Yoga. As you can see, I love to learn! And I am committed to bringing the most effective models of therapy to my clients. I am a trauma informed therapist and I am knowledgeable about the effects of trauma, as well as the most effective ways of healing from trauma. My clinical work is informed by attachment theory, which works from the perspective that our early experiences in many ways shape our current life experiences.