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M.Sc., Registered Psychologist
I am a registered psychologist with a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. I enjoy working with people of all ages and backgrounds. I have the training and experience to help with most challenges including mood disturbances, trauma, grief, and adjustment disorders. I also offer skills training in mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.
In addition to working with people on an individual basis, I have a special interest in working with couples and families to form stronger bonds and enjoy deeper, more satisfying relationships. I am trained in several therapeutic models known to be effective in treating problems that commonly arise between couples and among family members.
BHSc, M.A. – Counseling Psychology, Registered Provisional Psychologist, Certified Grief Recovery Specialist ®, TITC-CT, TITC-CFST
As a registered provisional psychologist, I have the ability and compassion to hold a safe and confidential space for individuals to share, explore, and process emotions surrounding events, circumstances, and life transitions. It is through this therapeutic relationship that I will work with clients to develop strategies and tools to achieve the goals desired in therapy.
I have specialized training in exposure therapy, addictions, loss and grief, and designation as a certified traumatologist from the Trauma Institute of Toronto and certification in the Grief Recovery Method®. In addition, I provide counseling for various issues such as depression, anxiety, stress management, anger issues, relationship concerns, and compassion fatigue for professional helpers.
I provide both individual and group services to adolescents and adults using primarily strength based, solution focused, cognitive behavioural, and mindfulness based models of therapy. However, I will use other models dependent on the client’s needs and that fall within my scope of practice. I am LGBTQ, poly and kink friendly.
In my personal time, you can find me involved with the Edmonton art community, satisfying my wanderlust through travel, or curled up with a great book and cappuccino.
BPE, B.Ed., M.C., Registered Psychologist
I am a Registered Psychologist who passionately believes in the power of therapeutic conversation and human connection. I approach therapy using a “big picture” framework with a balance of head and heart, believing in the power of attending to our thinking patterns as well as our felt sense.
I have extensive experience working with childhood, developmental and adult trauma and understand these traumatic events to be relative to the person experiencing them. I support individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties and emotional disregulation and reactivity. I use a client centered approach to explore the internalization of our lived experiences and how this may be impacting the way we show up in the world. Real benefits can result from fostering a healthy relationship with oneself. I aim to facilitate this process through deepening the understanding of individual and universal needs using a compassionate lens, while challenging our inner critics and moving from a place of self-judgement to self-acceptance.
I am currently taking on child, adolescent and adult clients. When working with teens, I engage collaboratively with parents who are in “the thick of” raising adolescent children. I aim to support my clients to explore the multiple contributing factors of the presenting situation and develop communication skills that will benefit the ever changing parent-teen relationship dynamic.
I graduated from the University of Alberta with two Bachelor degrees in 2006 (Physical Education and Education in Special Needs). After working with Children Services for many years I found my professional calling and completed my Masters of Counseling in 2012. I am a member in good standing of the College of Alberta Psychologists and the Psychologists' Association of Alberta.
Registered Psychologist, Registered Occupational Therapist, Certified Yoga Instructor
I am a registered psychologist with a master’s degree in counselling. Additionally, I am a registered occupational therapist and a certified yoga instructor. My diversified training and background helps me bring a holistic approach to the therapeutic process.
I have experience working with a variety of issues, such as: mood disturbances, trauma, grief and loss, life stage transitions, stress management, and relationship difficulties. As well as working with individuals, I have a special interest in working with couples, families, and groups.
I believe that for therapy to be successful the client and therapist must work collaboratively. I strive to provide a balance of challenge and support, assisting clients to gain insight into presenting issues and move towards their goals.
I am a Registered Psychologist passionate about improving people’s day-to-day lives and working with individuals to develop skills for life long improvement. I have worked both locally and internationally, focused on building individual resilience and recovery in adverse conditions. My eclectic training and experience working in multi disciplinary settings provide me with a strong foundation in holistic responses to mental health and a willingness to collaborate with your medical or clinical providers.
I believe in engaging evidence-based treatment in a client-centered manner to best meet an individual’s needs. I have worked in the areas of trauma, assessment and treatment of substance use disorders, chronic pain and chronic degenerative health conditions as well as the complex impact that depression and anxiety have for individuals and their overall functioning.
M.Ed., Registered Provisional Psychologist
Relationships, Finding Meaning & Contentment, Cross-Cultural Competence
I'm dedicated to supporting individuals, couples, and families work toward a sense of contentment, competence, and peace in their lives and relationships.
Main Areas of Focus
Navigating the struggle to find meaning and purpose through exploration of unanswered questions about yourself or the world, moving through experiences of loneliness, sadness, worry, guilt or shame, or working to identify what might be getting in the way of your life's goals.
Finding love and contentment in your relationships. Relationships can feel confusing and at times we may feel we are stuck in a vortex of repeated reactions and mounting afflictions. Yet, Esther Perel states the perennial truth: "The quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives... and healthy human connection has transformative power..."
Start the conversation in a safe, confidential, and open environment. It is your story and your journey, and I am so interested in hearing it.
Qualifications & Experience
My work has taken me to the US, Qatar, Spain, Pakistan, India, South East Asia, Mexico, and Australia, and I feel these varied cultural experiences allow me to counsel from a place of compassion and non-judgment. I completed my undergraduate degree with honours at the University of Calgary, followed by a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta. I have additional training in third wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapies (Compassion Focused Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy), Somatic Experiencing/Trauma Informed Care and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. I have experience working with multicultural individuals and families and my Master's project explored cross-cultural competence in therapy. I am also a Gottman trained couples therapist with specialized training in recovery from affairs.
M.Sc., M.Ed., Registered Psychologist
I am a registered psychologist in Alberta. I completed a master's degree in counselling psychology at the University of Toronto in 2008 and have since worked with clients on a range of mental health concerns including difficulties regulating emotions, anger, relationship issues, depression, anxiety and substance dependence. I am passionate about supporting clients in developing new skills to enable more effective ways of navigating through life and to improve functioning and quality of life.
While I have been trained and gained experience in several modalities of therapy including cognitive behavior therapy and humanistic approaches, I have a special interest and significant training and experience in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Over the past 8 years, I worked with DBT teams in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton providing both individual and group therapy. I have also worked on several research studies assessing the effectiveness of DBT. I believe in the importance of using evidence based treatments in a collaborative, safe, supportive and nonjudgmental environment to best support clients in achieving their therapy goals.
M.A., Provisional Registered Psychologist
I am experienced in providing both mindfulness-based therapy and that of the more ‘classic’ psychodynamic approach to help clients heal from and cope more effectively with difficulties having to do with mood disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, addiction, sexual abuse, complex trauma (i.e. repeated painful experiences of betrayal, abandonment, or boundary violations); grief, disrupted attachment in early childhood, as well as experiences of discrimination, exclusion, or shaming on the basis of sexuality, sexual orientation, cultural identity, or anything else that unjustly marks an individual as inferior.
The therapy I do comes from a culturally humble, feminist, trauma-informed, growth-oriented perspective. I draw also from my 12 years being a yoga and meditation instructor and my other, varied life experience. Whenever I can, I’m eager to learn anything new that could help me help my clients live fuller and more contented, connected, conscious lives. With calm, full engagement; compassion, and an open mind, I make it my business to put people of all walks of life at ease. I’m committed to guiding and accompanying my clients toward a better version of themselves and feel strongly about practicing what I preach.
M. Ed., Registered Psychologist
Before becoming a registered psychologist I was a classroom teacher for ten years; as such, I deeply enjoy working with children, adolescents, and their families. A great deal of my work has been in increasing communication among family members. I enjoy working with parents of LGBTQ children and joining them on their journey of acceptance and adjustment. I also work with individuals struggling with setting personal boundaries and those suffering from depression, and anxiety. My approach is informed by a solutions focused perspective and incorporates interventions from modalities such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
I am adept at conducting psychoeducational assessments, which allow for a deeper understanding of a child’s cognitive functioning, learning style, and behaviour. Through assessment, both families and schools gain a significant understanding of how to program effectively for a child’s success. In addition, I enjoy working alongside families with children who have special needs. I’ve run workshops for parents and educators on how to best work with children on the Autism spectrum or those struggling with anxiety, and have also worked with children in developing their own social awareness and increasing their interaction skills.
MSc., Registered Provisional Psychologist
I am a registered provisional psychologist who is committed to helping people who feel stuck in their life or are suffering. I have researched and published on the subject of how parental mental illness impacts the family system and how growing up in a family with a parent who is mentally unwell may affect a person’s decisions as an adult and negatively impact adult romantic relationships. Mental illness can adversely impact not only those who suffer from it but also their relatives and those around them. I am committed to reducing the negative impact of mental illness through my work as a therapist.
I have studied, traveled and worked in different countries. I completed my undergraduate degree in Spain, my Master's degree in Psychology in the UK, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) at Harvard Medical School and post graduate studies in Canada.
I have specialized training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Gottman Couples Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy.
I enjoy working with individuals, children and couples. I use a client-centred approach. The treatment I provide is flexible and individualized, honouring the unique nature of each person I see.
M.Sc., Registered Psychologist
Zahra is a registered psychologist with over 20 years experience in mental health and 10 years experience as a clinical supervisor. She has developed and facilitated DBT-informed groups at day programs at Alberta Hospital Edmonton and at the Primary Care Network Southside. She has been involved with the Alberta Health Services Edmonton Zone Emotional Regulation Committee for the past 5 years. In total, Zahra has over 70 hours of training and instruction in DBT principals accumulated from the various courses and workshops she has completed through accredited agencies.