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Compassionate Connections Therapeutic & Consulting Services

Shauna van Niekerk MSW, RSW

I have worked as a social worker and therapist for over 10 years within Mental Health and Addiction Services. My time with the local health authority​ has been split between working with adult mental health and the child and adolescent school based team.


Through my experience with Mental Health and Addiction Services I have assisted individuals with a wide array of concerns including individual and family mental health (anxiety, addiction, depression, OCD), trauma and PTSD, as well as complex grief and loss. I also specialize in attachment parenting approaches and helping parents address and support their children's behavioural and emotional needs.


I am an Emotion Focused Family Therapist and practice from an attachment framework. However, I also tailor sessions to fit the unique needs of you and/or your family by using evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Solution-Focused Therapy. My overall hope is to support families on their journey towards increased health and wellness. 

Lisa Broadhurst MA, CCC, RCT-C

As a licensed Registered Counselling Therapist, I have a passion for providing the utmost quality of services to individuals and couples living with mental health and relationship issues. I received my Masters of Arts in Counselling​ Psychology from Yorkville University in Fredericton after completing my Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University in 2013.


Guided by attachment theory and a collaborative, person-centred perspective, I implement treatment interventions from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I have found that when using these interventions, individuals have the ability to overcome and understand their unhealthy or dysfunctional thought processes.


My clinical vision is to ensure my office atmosphere is a safe place for clients and their families to experience their vulnerabilities while sharing their stories.

Sarah Penney Psychologist (Candidate Registered)

In 2014, I received a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honours in Psychology from Cape Breton University. I completed a Master of Arts Degree in Applied (Clinical) Psychology at Laurentian University (Sudbury, Ontario; 2017) under the supervision of Dr. Adele LaFrance, co-developer of Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults from an emotion-focused approach. I work to provide a supportive and comfortable environment where my clients are encouraged to share their hardships and process their emotions in a safe space. 


I have training in various treatment models, such as Emotion-Focused Therapy, Emotion-Focused Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialectal Behavioral Therapy. I specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of child, adolescent, and adult eating disorders. I have a particular interest in working with individuals who have experienced complex trauma, particularly adult survivors of childhood abuse. My goal is to work collaboratively with each of my clients to tailor treatment to meet their specific needs. My ultimate hope is that clients leave my office feeling seen, heard, and valued.


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