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Executive Director


James Dubé is white, born and raised in Eastern Passage, Nova Scotia.  He attended Cole Harbour District High School from 1998 - 2001.  He completed Bachelor’s degrees in both Neuroscience (Dalhousie University) and Social Work (University of Victoria).  He also completed a health-focused Master’s programme in Social Work (University of Waterloo).   He completed his undergraduate social work practicum in 2015 as a student of Robert Wright and has been working with him ever since, helping to found and shape The Peoples’ Counselling Clinic.   At the clinic, he has held progressive roles serving as Case Manager, Clinic Manager, and now Executive Director.  He continues to offer direct services here as a clinician/administrator.   


James’ MSW practicum work was completed at Nova Scotia Health Authority in the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department at Dartmouth General Hospital.  He has previous front-line experience in addictions and with children and youth in care.  He has participated in mental health and addictions policy development as a member of working groups at the IWK Health Centre, Nova Scotia Health Authority, and British Columbia Centre on Substance Use. 


James provides leadership at The Peoples' Counselling Clinic in the ManTalk work with male identified victims of sexual violence; with our work to serve people of all genders with sexual behaviour problems; and with the free community-based mental health services we offer.  He helped develop and implement the Hey Men, Male Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence, and Inside Out projects.  He provides supervision to all staff and students at the clinic.  He also speaks and presents publicly on behalf of the clinic in various capacities.  


James has also worked closely with the youth and staff at Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia.  He has been the clinic's point person for a partnership with the Halifax Domestic Violence Court Programme.  He also provided clinical support to Trafficking and Exploitation Services System, a collaboration of various local agencies.  He has provided significant support to the development of programmes and policies related to forensic assessment work that has been conducted at The Peoples’ Counselling Clinic, including Impact of Race and Culture Assessments, Parental Capacity Assessments, immigration hearing assessments, risk of violence assessments and other forensic assessments for Family and Criminal Courts. 


James is an active member of the Nova Scotia College of Social Workers.  He acts as a mentor in the Candidacy Program, has contributed articles to Connection Magazine, and has been a member of the Clinical Committee since its launch.


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Board of Directors


Melyssa Wood

Sobaz Benjamin

Mike Poworoznyk

Angela Simmonds

Alecia Green

Shannon Pringle

Andrew Deshaw

Emeritus:  Thelma Boutilier



Julian Manthorne is a queer-identified therapist based in Halifax.  He is a Yorkville University graduate with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology.  Julian enjoys meeting people from all walks of life and believes that healing is possible for anyone.  Julian strives to develop a strong therapeutic relationship with his clients, built on empathy, openness, and positive regard.  He uses a trauma-informed, strengths-based, and person-centered approach that is tailored to each client’s individual needs.  He is queer and trans-allied,
and is proud to offer an inclusive and safe space to discuss the things that matter most to the client.  Julian is passionate about serving the HRM community through his work at the Peoples' Clinic, and lending his voice to advocate for more support for community-based affordable mental health care in Nova Scotia.


Clinic Manager


Kim Gowan, Diploma Counselling Skills/ Social-Human Services, BSc. MACP, CCC,  RCT.


Kim Gowan grew up on the West Coast, and earned her BSc in Psychology from the University of Victoria before moving to the East Coast with her family.  She was raised by her grandparents; who believed that community service starts at home.  Kim completed a Diploma in Counselling Skills, before starting a Masters of Counselling Psychology program.  Kim was a practicum student at the Peoples Counselling Clinic and after graduating with her Masters she continued as an associate of the Peoples’ Counselling Clinic, so that she could work in forensic and clinical counselling.  Kim was hired at the clinic in 2020, continuing to grow in her clinical and assessment skills while working with clients from the Halifax Domestic Violence Court, Wellness Court, Corrections, and other community organizations.  Kim works with the Halifax Refugee Clinic supporting refugee assessments and has been approved with Department of Community Services to provide counselling and assessments to child welfare clients.


She is a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) and Registered Counselling Therapist (RCT) with the Nova Scotia College of Counselling Therapists (NSCCT).  She uses a trauma informed approach.  Kim’s work often uses psycho-social development theory, attachment theory and several other integrated theories that fit with the individual client and the developing therapeutic plan.  Kim believes that the influence of trauma, childhood events, how we attach often impacts how we manage stress, anxiety or perceive day to day events.  Talk therapy can reduce stress in those areas in life where people feel stuck or overwhelmed and can improve personal growth.  She believes that therapy needs to be approached with empathy, openness and in a safe environment.




JJ Wilson completed his Master of Social Work through Dalhousie University. JJ was born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, graduating from Dartmouth High School in 2012. JJ holds a Bachelor's Degree in sociology and social anthropology as well as a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Dalhousie University. JJ has worked closely with youth in a place of safety setting for the past 3 years, which drew him into the field of social work. His research interests have included studying the school-to-prison pipeline phenomenon in African Nova Scotian communities, as well as working with marginalized populations to create more equitable futures. JJ brings a client-centered focus to the clinic and hopes to incorporate a range of techniques into his practice moving forward. JJ is motivated to work with diverse populations and hopes to empower them to see the strength they have when dealing with their trauma.




Kartik Saini (he/him) is a queer-identified therapist based in Halifax, who is dedicated to fostering a safer and inclusive therapeutic space for diverse clients through a queer affirmative, trauma-informed care and culturally sensitive lens.  Kartik immigrated to Canada in 2016 and followed his passion for mental health both in academic and professional life.  He finished his Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. 

He is a warm, empathetic counsellor who works with clients through a person-centered approach ensuring the client is heard, creating an open and nonjudgmental environment for his clients to thrive and provide unconditional positive regard.  Kartik combines different therapeutic techniques tailored to the client’s needs.