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Compassionate Connections Therapeutic & Consulting Services

Lisa Broadhurst MA, CCC, RTC-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-centered perspective, I implement treatment interventions from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I am also working towards certification as a Sexology/Sex Therapist. I have found that when using these interventions, individuals have the ability to overcome and understand their unhealthy or dysfunctional thought processes. I am an ally for members of the LGBTQ+ am qualified to write WPath letters.

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.

Shauna van Niekerk MSW, RSW

I am a clinical social worker and have worked for the past 12 years with mental health and addictions. I have assisted individuals across the life span with a wide array of concerns including anxiety, addiction, depression, OCD, trauma and PTSD, as well as complex grief and loss. 

I am an Emotion Focused Family Therapist and I specialize in attachment based approaches. I have a passion for helping parents address and support their children's behavioural and emotional needs. 

I am also a trained EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist with a specialization in children and adolescents. 

I strive to tailor sessions to fit the unique needs of my clients and their families by using evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). My overall hope is to support families on their journey towards increased health and wellness. 

Alex Earle-Lambert MSW, RSW

I am a clinical social worker with extensive experience working in mental health and addictions. I have worked with individuals across the lifespan, with a special focus on children and adolescents.


I hold a Master of Arts from McMaster University and a Master of Social Work from Dalhousie University. I specialize in the treatment of individuals with concurrent disorders, anxiety, depression, grief and bereavement, I also have specific training for working with adolescents who experience emotion dysreguation, interpersonal struggles and identity disturbance. I provide parent coaching and have a special interest in supporting individuals on the autism spectrum and their families.

I strive to hold space for clients in a way that enables them to explore their struggles and vulnerabilities. Relationships are fundamental; the value of treatment is rooted in understanding our core attachment needs.

Dr. Stephanie Casey MD, FRCPCC

As a graduate from St. Francis Xavier University with a bachelor of science and honours in biology, I attended Dalhousie medical school, and worked as a family physician for 19 years. I returned to Dalhousie to do a residency in psychiatry and fellowship year in adolescent eating disorders. I worked as a staff psychiatrist at the IWK health centre for 10 years before moving to the south shore in 2012 to work as a rural child and adolescent psychiatrist. I specialize in the diagnostic clarification and medication management of youth aged 6-18. 

Cindy Hall  MEd, RCT, CCC

As a graduate of Acadia University’s Master of Education Counselling program, I have worked as a registered counselling therapist since 2012. During  that time I have focused my skills and training on working with adults struggling with concurrent disorders including addiction, depression, anxiety, relationship and personal challenges, PTSD and trauma.

I strive to establish a safe therapeutic environment that invites clients to share difficult life circumstances and emotions, while allowing them to address the challenges and emotional vulnerabilities that brought them into therapy. I work from a strength based perspective using evidence based treatment models such as Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR). I am an ally for members of the LGTBQ+ community.  My hope is to create a safe, comfortable environment where individuals can experience both emotional growth and wellness. 

Jeannie MacLean MSW, RSW

I earned my undergraduate degree with a major in psychology from University of Prince Edward Island followed by my Masters degree in clinical social work from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. I have been working as a therapist on the South Shore of Nova Scotia for over 15 years where I have gained knowledge through formal training as well as through the privilege of working with many clients over the years.

I have specialized training in a variety of different evidence based therapeutic approaches including: dialectical behavioural therapy, motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy.  Personal needs for counselling vary, some people would simply appreciate a comfortable place to discuss and explore their concerns while others would like specific skills and techniques targeted to resolve their struggle/situation. 

I offer customized therapeutic services and it is my priority to work on the goals that you establish.

I will tailor sessions to meet your needs and comfort level.  

Natalie Lussin, OT

In 2015 I earned a masters of science in occupational therapy from Queens University, having previously earned an undergraduate degree in kinesiology. I am registered with the College of Occupational Therapists of Nova Scotia and am a members of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists as well as the Nova Scotia society of Occupational Therapists. 

As an OT, I work to promote function in everyday life. I have experience working with people across the lifespan.

Areas of particular interest for children and families include:

     - fine motor and handwriting,

     - gross motor and coordination difficulties

     ⁃ Picky eating / using utensils

     ⁃ Sensory processing

     ⁃ Emotional regulation and interoception

     ⁃ Executive functioning strategies

Areas of interest for teens and adults include:

     - chronic pain management

     ⁃ brain injury / concussion rehabilitation

     ⁃ Ergonomic assessments

I strive to bring the occupational therapy core values of focusing on the person, environment and occupation into my work by providing a holistic outlook on the everyday. Because after all, finding enjoyment in the everyday is what it’s all about

Kalip Fraser, MSW, RSW

I have 10 years experience working with mental health and addictions. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Memorial University and I hold a Masters of Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University. I primarily work with teens and adults.

I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) and Motivational Interviewing (MI). I am also trained in Family Based Treatment (FBT) and CBT-T and work with children, adolescents, and adults with eating disorders. I also enjoy working with folks who experience concurrent disorders and individuals who want to address problematic substance use.

My goal in therapy is to help folks live a life that feels vital and meaningful. I hope to allow people to feel safe and accepted in our work together. 

Laura Stephens RCT-C

I am a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate (RCT-C) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT). I strive to create a safe relational space in session, from which you can explore and process the stories, emotions, and experiences impacting your life. A space in which I can offer you, and you can offer yourself, curiosity, compassion, and understanding. I always want you to feel in control of the work we do together, as I see this work as deeply collaborative and understand that you are the expert in your own life.

Working with those aged 16 through adulthood, I use an integrative approach that is informed by narrative therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS) parts work, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and anti-oppressive principals. I have a particular interest in working with relational concerns, body image issues, gender, sexuality, trauma, and with neurodivergent folks.

Samantha West BSW, RCT-S

I completed my Bachelor of Social Work degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2020 and pursued work with individuals facing intellectual and developmental disabilities. I am passionate about supporting community members with their mental wellness and assisting them in breaking down the barriers to their personal success.  Since exploring this passion I decided to return to school to pursue my Masters in Counselling Psychology.