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Marilee Burwash-Brennan

Registered Social Worker (RSW)

Current Studies and Training

  • Narrative Therapy
  • Acceptance Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Emotional Focused Therapy
  • Self-Compassion
  • Developmental Couples Model
  • Gottman Couple Training
  • Somatic Work
  • Play Therapy

Areas of Practice

Welcome, I am Marilee Burwash-Brennan and it is my intention as a therapist to create a safe, comfortable environment where individuals, couples and families can explore what is important to them in their relationships. I will work collaboratively with you to explore your values, invisible skills, strengths and insight. We will work together to discover unhelpful relationship patterns with yourself or others and build new connections/patterns to get your needs met and explore what they can do now that will contribute to the person they want to be. My clients often report that their relationship with themselves and partners, friends, family can be so challenging that they often feel frustrated and powerless to make the changes they so desperately want in their lives.

I have worked with couples and families for over thirty years. Internationally, I have worked restoratively with couples and families experiencing low and high conflict. I am proud to be a past recipient of the Achievement of Excellence Award from the Nova Scotia Council for the Family.

In addition to my counselling practice, I enjoy going to the gym, playing pickle ball, gardening, going to the beach, listening to live music and dancing whenever possible. I also immensely enjoy spending time with my three children (their partners) and my little grandchildren. I look forward to meeting you online or in-person.

Marilee's Reviews

“As a single (mother) parent, it has been very helpful to have the support of a trusted counsellor for the challenges my son has faced in his teenage years. Marilee is someone we both trust with the sensitive and challenging details of our life, and she has offered professional and helpful counselling, benefiting both of us, and also our greater family system. I am grateful for her support.”   -C.C.

“Marilee has been integral in teaching me coping skills to deal with past trauma as well as strengthening positive approaches as life delivers sometimes shocking blows. She takes the time to listen and works well with understanding family and how they can create healthy environments and relationships. She helps me be the best that I can be and provides a safe, non judgemental space for healing.”  -P.F.

“I am writing to wholeheartedly recommend Marilee as an exceptional counselor for individuals seeking support in coping with trauma, parenting challenges, and navigating through divorce.

I have had the privilege of witnessing Marilee’s profound dedication and expertise in counseling firsthand. Her compassionate approach and unwavering commitment to supporting individuals through difficult times have consistently stood out. Marilee possesses a unique ability to create a safe and nurturing environment where clients feel heard, understood, and empowered to address their concerns.”  -J.C.


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