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Our Mission

Providing confidential, supportive counselling & therapy to individuals, couples and families in Southwest Nova Scotia. Therapy sessions range from mental health and substance use disorders, to divorce and grief counselling. 

About Joe Anne Hunter, MSW, RSW

When Joe Anne is asked why she decided to become a clinical social worker, she will state without hesitation that since her childhood she has been passionately drawn to helping others and being with them through their various struggles in life. Joe Anne grew up in a small rural community in New Brunswick. These years were informative and helped to shape her own personal and professional values that impact how she approaches her therapeutic work-  that of kindness, enduring spirit of human endurance, empathy, and hope for those experiencing great pain, suffering and change in their lives. In 2005, after various personal changes in Joe Anne’s life, she moved from New Brunswick to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, to begin another chapter in her life, both personally and professionally. She calls this ocean bordered community her home base and feels those deeper connections to this community, the people and culture.

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Joe Anne completed her Bachelor of Arts degree, having majored in psychology and sociology, as well as gerontology, in May of 2001 from St. Thomas University (STU) in Fredericton, NB. In June of 2001, she entered the professional years of social work and completed her post-degree in social work from STU in 2002. In 2007, Joe Anne completed her Masters in Social Work from the School of Social Work, Dalhousie University, with a concentration in Community Mental Health and Palliative Care. 

Clinical Practice Experience

Joe Anne has practiced as a clinical social worker since 2002.  In 2009, she opened her private clinical practice serving individuals and families for South West NS.  She has continued to practice privately on a part-time basis while working full time as a clinician with the public mental health and addiction system. Joe Anne has worked within the fields of Addictions and Mental Health now for over 18 years, having extensive experience and training in screening, assessment, and treatment of adults affected by substance use and mental health disorders. Her treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and various Brief Therapies. Joe Anne is in the process of completing certification in Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), an evidence-based approach to treat individuals diagnosed with PTSD due to trauma.  

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How Can I Help You?

Confidential, Supportive Counselling & Therapy

For Individuals - ages 18 and up, Couples, and Families affected by: 


Substance Use



Adult Mental Health Disorders including Depression and Anxiety


Geriatric Social Work - 

Transitions to Ageing





Separation & 



Grief &



PTSD Assessment & Treatment due to Trauma including Sexual Abuse


Insurance Policy


Nearly All Major Insurance Plans Accepted

Clinical Social Work therapy is not covered by MSI. Many clients have EAP ( Employee Assistance Plan ) coverage such as Morneau Shepell  and/or Insurance coverage ( i.e. Blue Cross, Manulife, Great West Life, Green Shield) through their place of employment. Please check with your employer to determine your plan and for how much coverage you are entitled to. Some insurance plans entitle you to bill directly  and others require you to pay up front at the time of service. If that is the case, I will provide you with a receipt which you then will submit to your insurance provider for reimbursement. 

Clinical Social Work Therapy Fees


Sessions for Individuals & Couples

Individual Therapy - $130/hour 

  • 50 minute session with 10 minutes for documentation

Couples Therapy - $145/hour

  • Initial session booked for 1 hour and 30 minutes

Fees that are not covered by insurance are tax deductible because clinical social work therapy is considered a medical appointment. 

Cash, e-transfer, and cheques are accepted at this time.


Missed Appointments


Cancellation Policy

Clients booked for appointments must provide 24 hours cancellation notice or they will be charged in full for the missed appointment.


EAP and most insurance companies will not cover the cost of missed appointments. In case of inclement weather, there will be no charge for appointments cancelled within 24 hours.