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Compassionate Connections

Helping Individuals and Families Reconnect and Heal

At Compassionate Connections we offer comprehensive, professional, client-centered, and non-judgemental therapeutic support for individuals, couples, and families experiencing relational, mental health, and addiction concerns.

As your therapist our role is to provide hope, support and guidance during the most difficult of times. We view families as an integral component of an individual’s healing process and overall well being. Our passion is working with families towards a path of reconnection and healing through communication, skill building and fostering connections. 

Our Philosophy

We believe in the extraordinary healing power of individuals and families. We believe that all people have the ability to learn and overcome fears, in order to help support themselves and their loved ones during times of extreme difficulty.

Looking for a therapist that is right for you? Explore what we can offer you and your family. 

Main Therapeutic Approaches

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is used to assist you in learning how to identify your thoughts, feelings, behaviours and physical sensations. It is used to help teach strategies around shifting unhelpful thinking patterns and applying problem solving skills to the difficult situations you are experiencing. It is a structured and specific approach that requires active and collaborative efforts from both the client and therapist.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a unique empirically based psychological intervention that uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies, together with commitment and behaviour change strategies, to increase psychological flexibility.The goal of ACT is to create a rich and meaningful life, while accepting the pain that inevitably goes with it.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

Dialectical means "the existence of opposites." In DBT therapy you are taught two seemingly opposite strategies: Acceptance (that your experiences and behaviours are valid) and Change (you have to make positive changes to manage emotions and move forward). Through your work with a DBT therapist, you will learn that you can accept your thoughts, feelings and behaviours, as well as the techniques needed to change them.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing 

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based trauma treatment that works by targeting memories of the traumatic events you have experienced. The focus is less on the verbalization of the content, and more on helping your brain heal.  Through the use of bilateral stimulation (eye movements) and guided instructions, you will be assisted in accessing  traumatic material in a safe and supportive setting, which allows your brain the opportunity to reprocess/repair the mental injury that was caused from the traumatic experience. 

Emotion Focused Family Therapy 

The philosophy of Emotion-Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) is to support caregivers to increase their role in their loved one’s recovery from mental health issues. As EFFT clinicians, we believe that empowering parents to help their children, regardless of age, is the most successful approach to overcoming a variety of mental health concerns. Thus, our main responsibility is to support parents and caregivers to become active agents of healing, and to increase their involvement in helping their child to process underlying emotions that may be contributing to problematic thoughts, behaviors and symptoms.


Compassionate Connections is located at 53 Falkland Street in Lunenburg in the Lunenburg Foundry & Engineering building. Our entrance is located at the side of the building, towards West Nova Fuels. Parking is available on site.

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