Donna Phillips, BA, BSW, RSW


Donna Phillips

Donna Phillips – Counsellor/Owner

Donna returned to her hometown of Fredericton after living away for 30 years. Working alongside a team of other counsellors, they had a vision of opening a private practice here in Fredericton. Before returning to Fredericton Donna worked as an Executive Director for the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia and with the Canadian Mental Health Association Halifax Dartmouth Branch.

Donna takes a holistic approach to counselling engaging clients from a person-centred, empowerment approach to counselling. Utilizing various therapeutic techniques such as Strengths-Based, Solution Focused, CBT, ACT, Narrative and Humanist approaches to practice Donna works with adults, children, adolescents, and couples. Together they are able to address a number of life challenges such as mental health and addictions, family violence, trauma (past and present), grief, employment and life issues as well as circumstances of marital distress, separation, divorce, and child custody matters.

(506) 206-7737

Miriam Laskey, BSc, BSW, RSW


Miriam Laskey - Counsellor

Miriam Laskey – Counsellor

Originally from the Grand Lake area, Miriam has recently come back to the province after living in the West and Nova Scotia. She offers to counsel for PTSD, trauma, grief and loss, suicide and crisis intervention, depression and anxiety, anger management, living with illness, acceptance and commitment therapy, narrative therapy, mindfulness training, exploring spirituality and the modern world, child and family counselling. Based in the Fredericton/Oromocto area, she will travel upper Saint John River Valley (Woodstock and area), Grand Lake area and Doaktown. Also serving First Nations Clients via Non-Insured Health Benefits program.


(506) 206-7737 or 506-471-2332 cell

Judy L. McKinney, BSW, RSW


Judy L. McKinney

Judy L. McKinney – Counsellor

Autism Resource Navigator
– for families dealing with Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, other Autism Spectrum Disorders, and assisting people to access resources specific to their needs.

Social Worker – counsellor, (twenty years’ experience): Counselling for Stress; Depression; Anxiety; Anger; Trauma; Grief; Loss; Violence and Abuse (past or present); Life changes, and life rebuilding;

Therapeutic Tools: Attention to basic needs – self-care; client-specific resource information and tools to help identify, manage, and process issues and symptoms.

Approaches – Strengths-Based, Client-Centered, Solution Focused, CBT, Crisis Intervention Models.

(506) 206-7737

Heidi Hanson, MACP, CCC


Heidi Hanson

Heidi Hanson – Counsellor

Heidi has experience working with a variety of client concerns, such as depression, anxiety, family violence, self-care management, grief management, self-esteem, and stress management. Heidi counsels primarily from strengths-based, cognitive behavioural, solution focused therapeutic perspective, while also utilizing some mindfulness techniques in collaboration with other therapeutic approaches.

Heidi has a future goal to work directly with autistic individuals, and their families, navigating the process of diagnosis and potential adaptation after diagnosis

(506) 206-7737

Donna Claybourn, BA, BSW, RSW


Donna Claybourn - Counsellor

Donna Claybourn – Counsellor

Donna is originally from Fredericton but spent several years working away in Nova Scotia. She has worked for Social Development in Child Protection, Adult Protection, and Juvenile Delinquency. Donna has several years experience dealing with palliative care, exploring issues of death and dying, ageing, living with illnesses, as well as depression, separation, life issues, addictions, sexual abuse, PTSD, trauma, suicide/crisis intervention and grief. Donna brings not only her academic knowledge but also her personal life experiences into her counselling sessions with clients. She enjoys working with various life challenges utilizing various holistic, client empowerment approaches to counselling.

(506) 206-7737  cell  (506) 471-6763

Linda Groeger, MEd, CCC, LCT


Linda Groeger

Linda Groeger – Counsellor

Linda provides counselling to adults, children and youth with a variety of concerns including, but not limited to anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem, trauma, relationship issues, anger, and stress. Linda provides holistic counselling that is influenced by a person-centred, strengths-based, and cognitive-behavioural approach. In her practice, she uses mindfulness, art, and play as a tool when suitable. Linda has a passion to help others heal their invisible wounds, create a positive view of themselves, and live balanced lives.

(506) 206-7737  cell  (506) 259-7352

Mariama Aregbesola, BA, BSW, RSW


Marima Aregbesola - Counsellor

Marima Aregbesola – Counsellor

After living in various parts of Africa, Western Europe, Western and Eastern Canada, Mariama and her family now call Fredericton home. She is an experienced administrator and supporter of families within her community, subscribing deeply to the adage: it takes a village to raise a child. Mariama is a graduate of Dalhousie University School of Social Work and greatly enjoys continuing her learning through a variety of formal and informal opportunities. Mariama is an advocate dedicated to ensuring that all people from all walks of life feel welcome and she is passionate about creating safe spaces for her clients and within her community.

Mariama has great respect for empowerment, narrative, strength-based and client-centred approaches to practice. She provides service to a variety of client groups including individuals, youths, and families. Mariama honours her clients by ensuring they feel confident and free to make decisions and take steps forward in their life plans at their individual pace.

(506) 206-7737



Bruce Van Stone,  M.Ed. CCC 

Bruce Van Stone - Counsellor

Bruce Van Stone – Counsellor

Bruce Van Stone is a Canadian Certified Counsellor who also has his Masters of Education in Psychological Counselling.  He has worked at the Haven for Hope for approximately two years and has been a Counsellor for seven years.   His areas of expertise include addiction counselling, PTSD, and trauma, harm prevention (bullying, sexual abuse, self-harm, domestic violence), managing anger, anxiety and depression and relationship counselling.  His clients range in age from young children to senior citizens.  





Don Persaud, B.Sc., BNRN, M.Ed., CCC


Don Persaud - Counsellor

Don Persaud – Counsellor

Don Persaud, a Canadian Certified Counsellor, holds a Masters of Education in Psychological Counselling and has a strong background in the medical field.  His area of expertise includes: suicide and crisis intervention, coping and managing stress, anger, addictions (sexual/gambling/substances), anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, depression, domestic violence, body image, chronic illness, weight loss (healthy eating), eating disorders, chronic pain, and PTSD. He also provides guidance on relationship issues (couple counselling), self-esteem, self-care, loss/grief management, elderly issues, burnout, and time management.  His holistic, person-centred approach involves various therapeutic techniques, such as CBT, solution-focused, narrative, strength-based, and mindfulness.  Don has personally experienced numerous traumatic losses in his life and so is able to use his life experiences to help make a difference in people coping with troubling life issues.  He works with a variety of clients from various cultural and religious backgrounds, mostly available evenings and weekends.

(506) 206-7737, 506-449-0083 Direct Line


Samantha Paul BSW, RSW

Samantha is from the Fredericton area she currently has her social work degree and has been practising for twelve years in First Nations. Samantha is a former Director of Child and Family Services and has worked in Child Protection, Adult Protection, and with At-Risk Youth.

Samantha has experience working with a variety of client concerns, such as depression, family violence, self-care management, addictions, and custody issues.  Samantha counsels primarily from strengths-based and solution focused therapeutic perspective in collaboration with other therapeutic approaches.

Samantha’s focus is on keeping individuals and family’s whole.  Having had the experience of working in a Protection Capacity has allowed Samantha the opportunity to see the many barriers that individuals and family’s encounter while trying to make significant life changes.  Working together we can address many of the challenges such as mental health and addictions, family violence, trauma (past and present), employment and life issues such as marital concerns, separation, divorce, and child custody matters.

(506) 206-7737 office, (506) 261-4725 Cell








Haven for Hope is pleased to be affiliated with:

Bruce Van Stone at Bruce Van Stone Counselling Services 
Jeanette Merriam at J.E.M. Counselling Services
Judy Muir at Soul Care Resource Centre Inc.