In my life, I have always strived for wellbeing and growth. I started meditating in my teens in my native Germany, discovering early on the grounded presence mindfulness creates. These early experiences sparked my interest in change and personal growth. Initially, I decided to study speech-language therapy in my early 20s, as it seemed to offer a great practical training to become an effective therapist, with its emphasis on practice and supervision. After a few years as a generalist, I moved to England to take a Master’s Degree in Human Communication (part speech-language, part psychology). Eventually, I became a specialist in stuttering therapy and worked in England for seven years.
When I moved to Canada with my young family in the early 2000s, I had the opportunity to enroll in the Masters Program in Counselling at Acadia University, which I completed in 2010. It was my dream to become a practicing psychotherapist. While taking my degree, l continued to work full-time with children in the public school system as a speech-language pathologist. I decided to specialize in play therapy in 2016 and took the 180 hours foundational play therapy training with the Canadian Association for Play Therapy (CAPT) in Toronto. I recently became certified as a play therapist with the CAPT, having completed the practice and supervision hours required. I also offer supervision for play therapists.
I also deeply appreciate working with adults. I strive to be a compassionate, embodied listener, interested in getting underneath the “story line” through powerful body and mind awareness exercises.
Due to my background in speech therapy, and the lack of explicit reading instruction in the school system for children with language-based learning difficulties, I have become a volunteer trainee at the Scottish Rite, Halifax Learning Centre for Children in Dartmouth, where we apply the Orton-Gillingham Method for treating dyslexia. This is a very effective, deeply thoughtful way of helping children with reading and writing challenges. I also offer the Orton-Gillingham Method in my private practice, which is covered by insurance as speech-language therapy.
I live in the West End of Halifax with my family and my dog, BeeGee, whom I often conscript as an aspiring therapy dog. My office is in our home with a separate entrance and therapy space for my clients.
What Our Clients Are Saying
We are so pleased to have the help of Maya Sloan! My son has grown and gained confidence in himself thanks to all her help...She is a wonderful, kind and patient person. My son is a busy-body and she is very good in channelling his energy and keeping him focused...She has a vast knowledge and it's a pure joy to be in her company. Her office is welcoming and the level of professionalism is beyond compare. We highly recommend Maya for aiding you and your family."
"My work with Maya was very helpful in helping me better manage and accept my stutter. She's very caring and makes you feel relaxed during your session. I would highly recommend her to any adults who stutter or those with children who stutter."