Partners for Healthier Weight

Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley, Ph.D., R. Psych

Psychology Team

Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley (formerly Dr. Dayna Sherry) obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley (Registration #R0598) provides individual and group therapy at Partners for Healthier Weight where she is an expert in the psychological issues related to weight management and pre- and post-bariatric surgery. She also provides treatment for adults for a variety of problems including anxiety and depression, chronic illnesses, chronic pain, headaches, interpersonal problems, promoting lifestyle changes, stress management, insomnia, grief, and personality disorders. Dr. Lee-Baggley is committed to evidence-based therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioural (CBT), behavioural, motivational, acceptance and commitment, mindfulness, and interpersonal orientations. In particular, Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley has expertise in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).

Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley also provides couples counseling. She is trained in Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), an empirically supported treatment approach designed to increase intimacy and connection between couples. Over 20 years of empirical research suggest that EFT is an effective treatment for distressed couples. Research on EFT has found 70% of couples show improvements in couples’ distress. The effects of EFT also tend to be long lasting. EFT is effective for couples experiencing infidelity, depression, anxiety, or chronic illness. EFT is based on the empirically supported theory of attachment. This theory maintains that humans are designed to be connected to one another and the desire for human connection is natural, normal, and vital to well-being.

In addition to her private practice, Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley works as a Clinical Health Psychologist at the QEII Hospital (Nova Scotia Health Authority- Central Zone). She works with individuals with chronic and life-threatening medical conditions. She is also a core faculty member of the Behaviour Change Institute, where she provides training to healthcare providers on behaviour change counselling skills and workshops on professional resiliency (

Dr. Dayna Lee-Baggley has an active research program on personality traits, obesity, behavior change, interpersonal processes, and health with over 30 peer-reviewed publications and 100 scholarly presentations.

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