Carrie Bullard
Registered Clinical Nurse Specialist

(905) 527 - 6337

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Areas of Practice

  • Child and youth mental health

  • Family / parent coaching

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Obsessive compulsive disorders (OCD)

Carrie Bullard

Registered Clinical Nurse Specialist

My goal is to provide better client care and outcomes for my clients by helping them learn new skills and develop new insights into the challenges they face.  Through science, creativity and teaching, I believe I can help families and children realize that they have the ability to improve their own health while strengthening their sense of self along the way. 

Through my current position as a clinical nurse specialist at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre (ATRC) at St.Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton,  I am able to deliver group and individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for those issues greatly affecting today's families including:  Social Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and OCD treatment for children and youth.

I am excited to expand my own personal clinical skills at everwell,  while providing direct care for those children, youth and families that are struggling to cope with these specific issues within our community.

Q & A with Carrie

What made you decide to choose your current profession?

" I thought nursing would be a great profession where I could combine my love for science and being creative while teaching, helping others, and growing as a person! "


What do you like most about what you do?

" Learning from the families and children I work with. "


What does 'integrated health' mean to you?

" Integrated health is being involved with all domains that someone identifies as important to them to find balance. It is a process that is continual and dynamic! "


What does 'wellness' mean to you?

" Wellness is a sense of balance. "


How does what you do contribute to better health?

" I help to strengthen a family or child's sense of self. "


What do you think are the biggest misconceptions about mental health?

" That it means the person is lesser than or broken. "


What personal qualities are important for the job that you do?

Trust, respect, knowledge, continual education and professionalism.

What do you want your clients to know about you and what it will be like working with you?

" I am creative.  I love engaging / involving families in activities to help them learn new skills and develop new insights. "


What do you value most in a client?

" Honesty. "


What would like a client to say about you?

" My goal as a therapist is to be able to teach the families and children I meet the skills they need so they can be more independent. I would like my clients to say that they had fun and felt that they were now able to become more of their own therapist. "


Why should a potential client come to everwell?

" That here at everwell, we are professionals who are evidence based but also mindful of a client's personal level of recovery.  That the treatments they receive are guided by their specific needs. "


What's the best piece of advice that you have ever received?

" You just have to find a way to persevere. "


What's the one piece of advice you would give others about life?

" Love who you are first! "


What is your personal mantra or favourite quote?

Tell me and I will forget, teach me and I will remember, involve me and I will learn.
— Benjamin Franklin


Anxiety related difficulties

  • Perfectionist tendencies

  • Shyness, social anxiety, or performance anxiety

  • Worry or difficulty tolerating uncertainty

  • Health anxiety or hypochondriasis

  • School or test anxiety

  • Separation anxiety

  • Panic attacks

  • Agoraphobic concerns

  • Specific phobias (flying, heights, storms, animals, receiving injections, seeing blood, etc.)

Obsessive-compulsive related difficulties

  • Recurrent, intrusive and unwanted thoughts, images or urges

  • Repetitive or ritualized behaviours or mental / imagined acts

  • Body dysmorphia

  • Skin picking or hair pulling

  • Hoarding difficulties

Education / Accomplishments /Awards

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (PhD), Faculty of Nursing, McMaster University (2013 - present)

  • Collaborative Masters of Clinical Nursing and Gender Studies (MN), Faculty of Nursing and Institute for Gender Studies, University of Toronto (2004)

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN), BScN Programme, McMaster University (2002)

Qualifications, Licensures Certifications and other Specialized Training 

  • CPMHN, Psychiatric / Mental Health Nursing Certificate (#08063083) Canadian Nursing Association

  • Registered Nurse Certificate of Competence (#413705) College of Nurses of Ontario

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN), BScN Programme, McMaster University (2002)

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Certificate, Clinical Behavioural Sciences Program, McMaster University (2012)

  • Cognitive Processing Therapy / PTSD Workshop presented by Dr. Candice Monson, PhD.,Psych. St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton (2012)

  • Non-violent Crisis Intervention Re-Certification, St.Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton (2012 - present)

  • Assertive Suicide Intervention Skills (ASIST) Training Re-Certification, Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital (2008)

Professional Memberships

  • Current Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Nursing at McMaster University

  • College of Nurses of Ontario

  • Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

  • Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario - Mental Health Nursing Interest Group

  • Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario - Clinical Nurse Specialist Association of Ontario and Pediatric Nursing Interest Group

  • Ontario Nurses Association


  • $150.00 ( per session )

  • Check with your insurance provider for coverage opportunities

Just for fun

Guilty Pleasure

" Chocolate. "

Fav toy as a kid

" As a kid and still is - anything Snow White. "

Do you have any pets?

" The most perfect chocolate Lab - Bailey. "

Top 3 things you heart about Hamilton

" 1) The food and restaurants.  2) The people.  3) Great festivals. "