Haven for Hope Counselling Centre
Halifax Counsellors

Halifax Counsellors

Madeline MacIntyre, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW 

Madeline is a Registered Social Worker with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers, and is seeing clients at our Halifax location. She is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Depression and Anxiety and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT). She received a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Criminology and Sociology from Saint Mary’s University, a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria, and a Master of Social Work (Healthcare) from the University of Waterloo. Madeline has worked in various social work settings, including mental health, child and family, and victim services. These opportunities have allowed her to learn and grow alongside individuals of all ages, gender identities, abilities, and sexualities, as well as most cultural, racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.

Madeline uses a holistic, anti-oppressive approach that builds upon the strengths and resiliency within a person, including a comprehensive integration of the social determinants and barriers to client health outcomes. She places value in working with clients across all social locations to recognize internal and external stressors caused by experiences of oppression, trauma, hardship, and violence. She believes in a therapeutic relationship that is strengths-based, tailored to the client’s needs, and promotes empowerment, autonomy, and self-determination. Madeline aims to be self-reflective in the helping process and place value in providing clients with a genuine, respectful, listening presence and conscientious, client-centered support system.

Tiffany Saunders, BA, BSW, MSW, SWC 

Tiffany focuses on taking a holistic health and wellness approach to the clients she works with, considering the social, economic and cultural contexts people have been shaped by. She is passionate about supporting others to connect to their own inner wisdom and guides, in addition to advocating for people to have equal access to the social determinants of health.

Some of her work has been assisting families with the challenges associated with the child protection system, in addition to accessing supports for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities. She has worked closely with youth experiencing homelessness, those who have experienced sexual violence and people who are involved in the justice system. She is sensitive to the complexities of system level harms, and finding ways to interrupt them in collaboration with clients and other community partners.

Her approach in counselling is to provide an empathetic, non-judgemental safe space for people to be themselves, heal at their own pace, and work towards their dreams and goals. She is passionate about supporting self-identifying young women and girls, as well adult women around embodiment practices, addressing some of the collective challenges that women uniquely face. She is interested in working with all genders and non-gender specific people, sexual orientations, cultural and religious affiliations.

Some of her favourite practices and activities are yoga, boxing, meditation, cold dipping, hiking in nature, reading and staying connected to close friends and family.

Jubanti Dhan Toppo, MAd.Ed, MSW, RSW

Jubanti is a Registered Social Worker with the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers. Leveraging a strong foundation in Adult Education, Leadership, and Community Development, she brings over 15 years of diverse professional experiences which includes therapeutic and counselling work. Her approaches are grounded in using a person-centred, holistic, trauma-informed, healing-centered, relational, and strength-based approach that emphasizes on nurturing the innate strengths and resiliency inherent in every person, complemented by their environments. Guided by her core human values of love, kindness, compassion, patience, humility, and forgiveness, she strives to bring out the best in every person and groups she works with. Her work particularly focuses on supporting individuals living with various mental illnesses including anxiety, depression, bi-polar, and schizoaffective disorder; as well as individuals experiencing various life challenges such as trauma, grief, moral and marital distress, and divorce. She works with all age groups spanning diverse cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, religions, gender identities, abilities, and sexual orientations.

Jubanti is trained in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). She uses a healing-centered engagement, active listening, reflective practice, transformative learning, and mindfulness practice to support individuals from all walks of life. Her support extends especially to those who have experienced trauma due to oppression, moral injury, and psychological harm including survivors of gender-based violence and sexualized violence aiming to contribute to achieving equity for women and all genders.

Jubanti’s career spans various sectors, including non-profit, government, and private sector, both in Canada and internationally. She holds a Master of Social Work from Mumbai University and a Master of Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University (STFX). Committed to life-long learning, she also holds a Diploma in Development Leadership from the Coady International Institute, STFX, and a certification in Change Management from Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. With a wealth of experience, she remains dedicated to making a positive impact on the well-being of individuals, groups, and communities.