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Compassionate Connections Therapeutic & Consulting Services

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-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 also a Reiki level one practitioner, registered Yoga Teacher and a WPATH trained clinician. 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

Ben Hirtle, MSW, RSW

I have been a Registered Social Worker since 2011, previous to which I worked with adolescents as a youth worker for nine years. Since 2013 my work has been almost exclusively clinical, working with adults, families, youth and children. I have a Bachelor of Social Work, a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies, and a Master of Social Work, from Dalhousie University.

I enjoy working with youth and families, and adults of all ages. I have extensive experience and training working with adolescents struggling with low mood, anxiety, behavioural challenges and extreme emotions. I also have a special interest in supporting individuals and families involved in the marine industry. I am strongly influenced by Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Emotion focused therapy, and integrate aspects of these different approaches as well as things drawn form other approaches.

As a therapist, I will have some ideas about how to be helpful to you, but I will also look to you for ideas. I will listen closely, and try to understand you and your life from your perspective. I will ask questions and may offer alternative ways of looking at things. Sometimes therapy is about making changes, and sometimes it may be about accepting what has changed. Therapy can be challenging, but we will work together to match challenges with what is most important to you.

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.