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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-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.

Shauna van Niekerk MSW, RSW

I have worked as a social worker and clinical therapist since 2010. Through my experience 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), 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.  

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.