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.
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.

Katie Datta MACP, BEd, BA, CCC

Katie has been working in the Saint John community since 2009. She is passionate about helping others and strives to assist clients in reaching their personal potential on their own unique path. Her solutions-focused approach and dedicated nature provide for a solid foundation in the counseling profession. Katie has worked primarily in individual and group therapy with women and young adults, with a strong focus on anxiety and depression. She is also experienced with CBT and strengths based counseling. Katie completed her Masters in counseling Psychology through Yorkville University and is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

ALL PROFESSIONALS AT THIS LOCATION ARE INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONERS

Christopher (Chris) Wanamaker, MSW, MEd, MA, M Div


Chris has ten plus years experience as a mental health therapist, an addictions counsellor and a college counsellor in both inpatient and outpatient settings in Alberta, BC and Northwest Territories. He has worked with a variety of populations including with the Dene, Metis, Cree, Chip, Inuvialuit, Inuit, Gwichin and Tlicho people of the north. He holds an MSW from the University of Calgary, M Ed in counselling psychology from Simon Fraser Unversity and an M A in sociology of health from the University of Alberta.  He spent the first 18 years of his life in Saint John and recently returned after many years to practice here.

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