Ayalah Aylyn (Registered Psychologist)


Dr. Ayalah Aylyn is a PhD sociologist and Master’s level registered psychologist in New Brunswick as well as in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.  Her background is in community/counselling psychology.  Ayalah has over 30 years experience and extensive training in cross-cultural and indigeneous issues; post traumatic stress; trauma and resiliency issues;  anxiety and depression issues and other issues of general psychological concern.  She also taught both psychology and sociology courses at the University of Alberta, and other colleges and universities.  Ayalah utilizes a variety of therapeutic techniques including projective art as therapy; cognitive-experiential logo-therapy and several other therapeutic modalities.  Ayalah works with adults.

Arif Bungash, M.D, MPH.

Gary Kierstead, M. Sc., L. Psych.


Gary has been practicing as a Licensed Psychologist in the Province of New Brunswick since 1990. His clinical experience and expertise has included a wide range of populations including the Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Assessment and Treatment of Psychiatric In-Patients, Custody Evaluations (expert witness status, Court of Queens Bench, New Brunswick), and Independent Treatment of Adults in Private Practice. Gary is currently interested in working with Adults experiencing difficulties in the areas of Anxiety, Depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders. His treatment approach is based upon evidence based best practices and follows a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) model.

Arif Bungash, M.D., MPH.


Consultant Psychiatrist
Medical Director
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Dalhousie University

Judith E. Urquhart, BSW, MSW, RSW

Judith (Judy) Urquhart has Master’s degree from Dalhousie University.  Additionally, Judy completed courses in mediation and parenting assessments, achieved a certificate from the Atlantic School of Theology, and has completed several courses in Divinity from Acadia University.  She has 30 years of counselling experience, was employed as a social worker in various capacities.  She practices CBT  and Solution Focused counseling. Along with another social worker, Judy is a presenter of the men’s Narrative Therapy Program for Family Violence for the Provincial Government’s Department of Public Safety. As well she also facilitates family violence programmes for women.

ALL PROFESSIONALS AT THIS LOCATION ARE INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONERS

Robyn Jeffrey, BSc, BEd, MEd, CCC


Robyn has over 10 years of combined counseling and teaching experience in New Brunswick, British Columbia, and England. She is currently employed with the Anglophone South School District as a Guidance Counselor and uses positive​ psychology that focuses on clients’ strengths. Her aim in therapy is to develop a collaborative therapeutic relationship that works to build client connectedness and meaning. Robyn’s previous counseling experience includes; individual counseling, relationship counseling/mediation/ group therapy. Robyn completed her Masters of Counseling Psychology at the University of New Brunswick and is a member of the Canadian Counseling and Psychotherapy Association.

Our Team

At Saint John Psychiatric & Counseling Associates we believe in creating a relaxed but knowledgeable environment in order to allow our patients the opportunity to work toward healthy breakthroughs with our doctors and staff. Our staff stays up-to-date with contemporary developments in diagnosis and treatment in order to ensure that they are always treating our patients in the most effective method possible.


Contact a member of our professional staff to schedule a consultation today.

Appointments: (506) 642-7451

Saint John Psychiatric &                   Counseling Associates