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Dr. John Cook

Registered Psychologist | PhD

John is a clinical psychologist and founder of Aegis Psychological Services. One of his main focuses is helping people with stress and anxiety-related conditions. He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Dakota, and a Masters in School Psychology from the University of Toronto. View his resume here.

Dr. Cook’s treatments emphasize the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and its successor Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). CBT and ACT are research-proven approaches that help people relate to their negative emotions such as anxiety and depression in more productive ways.

A large portion of John’s work is with people who have post-traumatic stress from work-related incidents including military service, the impact of crime, domestic violence or abuse as a child. He uses a trauma desensitization treatment called prolonged exposure, in addition to eye movement therapies called Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and One Eye Integration (OEI).

Maria (Gigi) Cook

Special Educator & Office Manager | M.Ed.

Gigi has been practising in the field of education since 1976. She is Aegis’s Special Education Consultant. She uses a curriculum-based approach to assess learning needs and prescribe remediation for children who have difficulties in Language Arts and Math. Left unchecked, these difficulties often cause low self esteem, disruptive behaviour, and frustration for both children and parents.

She also fills in as the Office Manager at Aegis, so it’s her cheery voice you’ll hear reminding you of your appointment.

Trudy Tuele

Book Keeper

Trudy balances the books and pays the bills at Aegis. You may never have the pleasure of meeting her because she works tirelessly in another office, only at the Aegis office when picking up more work, or when handing out the cheques. Trudy has worked for several accounting firms in Victoria and on her own before joining Aegis in a part-time capacity.

Luis Cook

Records and Office Cleaning

Luis, or Lu as he prefers to be called, is a valued member of the team who looks after records management, and office cleaning. He comes by in the early morning, prepares the invoices and lays out the client files for the day.  Lu is our best-kept secret. His infectious smile and quiet humour is enough to win anyone over!



Nina’s strength is the warm welcome she gives everyone who enters the office. She’s a hypoallergenic Cuban Havanese with a silky coat, lush curled-over tail, and a pronounced under-bite that makes her appear to be smiling. She does double duty as a classroom dog with Gigi one or two days a week, and starting in October 2020 she’ll be mentoring a brand new Havanese intern/puppy!