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Clannad Counselling and Consulting

Our Team


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Stephanie Townsend MA, RCT-C, CCC-Q

- Counselling Therapist -

Connecting through relationship and supporting individuals in their own healing journey has always been a passion of mine. My work has lead me from community development work to grass roots community-based counselling. The common thread has been about building relationships. Recognizing the importance...

of relationships, I have been drawn to attachment-based therapy that offers me a framework that matches my interest in human connection and how our relationships influence our development in childhood and throughout our lives.

My experience over the last 12 years includes working with military families, children, youth, veterans, and couples. I utilize a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy for individuals and couples, Circle of Security Parenting ©, and I am a certified Equine Assisted Psychotherapist involving the use of horses in the therapeutic session. I have supported people experiencing challenges with anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, relationship breakdown, parenting, child and youth behaviours, post-partum psychosis, and various exceptionalities.

In my private practice at Clannad, I hope to continue to inspire healing through healthy connection and supportive relationships.

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Michelle MacIsaac MSW, RSW

- Clinical Social Worker -

I began my practice in 2000 with at-risk parents and children, not knowing the impact this work would have in shaping me. Driven by a desire to connect with people in need, I have been blessed to learn from the stories of many who have overcome extraordinary challenges. Among the people I have been privileged to meet are:

  • children with exceptionalities and their families
  • multi-stressed families
  • military members and veterans
  • couples facing tremendous conflict, loss and infertility
  • parents working to find a way to connect with their children
  • families coping with chronic and sometimes life-threatening illness
  • the grieving
  • survivors of childhood abuse
  • people battling addiction
  • and those searching for peace from thoughts of suicide

My experience has included work as an Early Interventionist, service as a Social Work Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, Pediatric Social Worker with the IWK Health Centre, and a Child and Family Therapist with New Directions Parenting Centre in Manitoba and Greenwood Military Family Resource Centre.

I use a variety of therapeutic approaches rooted in attachment theory. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, EMDR, Emotion Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Family Systems, and Circle of Security Parenting. I also have training in play based therapies including Theraplay. My areas of specialization include trauma (developmental/attachment and complex trauma/ PTSD), parenting difficulties/disruptive behaviour, couple therapy, treatment of anxiety, adjustment, and depression (including Post-Partum), and exceptionalities including ADHD and Autism.

The common thread in my work, and my daily inspiration, is the hope of relationship and healing.

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Kathleen Murphy B.Ed., MSW

- Clinical Social Worker -

Kathleen has always been passionate about building healthy communities through accessible programming and sustainable models. After serving in the non-profit sector for the past ten years she has increasingly become more dedicated to mental health and wellness initiatives for children and...

families. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Therapeutic Riding Association and has assumed multiple different director roles for registered charities in multiple provinces.

Along with her passion for the non-profit sector, as a licensed teacher, Kathleen believes in supporting others in a way that brings about positive changes in mental health through connected community. She enjoys working with children, adolescents and families to help them be successful in their schools, communities and home lives.

Kathleen’s work is rooted in trauma informed and attachment approaches. She takes a relational lens in her work with children’s mental health. As a Clinical Social Worker she is certified in the Circle of Security Parenting Program, Narrative Therapy, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Connect Parenting and various trauma assessment tools.

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Sybil Power RCT-C, CCC

- Registered Counselling Therapist -

Sybil is a Registered Counselling Therapist Candidate (RCT-C) in good standing with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists, and a Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Beginning her career as a teacher, she is passionate about...

the social emotional health and development of children and adolescents.  She has extensive experience as an Elementary / Middle School Classroom / Resource teacher as well as School Counsellor and is still employed part time in the school system in this capacity.

In her private practice, she has experience working with individuals across the lifespan. She believes that healing occurs in relationship and in the supportive networks that we have, or create, and therefore sees her work through an attachment and relational lens. Whether it’s anxiety, depression, grief and loss or trauma, Sybil believes that creating a warm, safe environment and relationship is the starting point for being able to address these concerns and move towards meaningful change in our lives.

Sybil is trained to offer several modalities within the context of a “person first” counselling relationship, such as EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (TF-CBT, for adults and children) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). Sybil’s collaborative nature will ensure that together, you will find your best path forward.

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Samantha Gravel

- Office Manager -

Samantha is the first person you will meet at Clannad who will help guide you through our services. Beginning her career with the Government of New Brunswick, while attending the University of New Brunswick to become a teacher, Sam discovered her passion for supporting client services and took a...

leap of faith to make the career change. After obtaining her degree, Samantha relocated to Nova Scotia with her husband who is a current serving military member.

Upon arrival in the Annapolis Valley, Sam dove head first into military life and began working at the local Military Family Resource Centre. After gaining more experience in assisting individuals through services, Sam increasingly became attentive to the need to support the community through meaningful relationships. She believes that client’s services should focus on connection – the relationship.

After becoming a Mom herself, Sam found Clannad and their heart for healing connection and relationship and knew, this was where she was meant to be. Samantha wears many hats within Clannad that include marketing, workshop bookings and preparations, aiding clients in the search for funding and insurance difficulties.

When Samantha isn’t keeping Clannad organized and removing barriers to access our services, she can be found at the beach with her family and dogs, enjoying her backyard in her hammock, or reading a good book with her book club.

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Alissa Cue Level 1 Equestrian Coach

- Owner and Operator of Rohan Wood Stables -

Alissa is an Equestrian Canada Level 1 Coach (Competition Coach) and owner/operator of Rohan Wood Stables. She has worked hard to expand the business from a 3 stall barn to a full scale boarding, lesson, training and show barn. Alissa is an Honours Graduate of the Equine Science Certificate at Guelph University and...

achieved her B rating in Pony Club. In 2003, Alissa established Evangeline Pony Club run out of Rohan Wood Stables. She continues to maintain her affiliation with Pony Club through involvement at the Regional and National Board.

​Alissa can be found most weekends at a Pony Club function or coaching and competing at Hunter and Jumper shows around the Maritimes. Alissa was the recipient of the Equine Canada/NCCP National Competition Coach/EC Level 1 Coach of the year in 2014 and more recently the NSEF Coach of the Year Award.