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Assessment and Counseling for All Ages
Meet the Team
Marlis Krueger, Registered Psychologist
Marlis has been a psychologist for almost 25 years and has extensive experience with diagnosis, treatment, and long-term management of ADHD, learning disabilities, cognitive disabilities, and Autism Spectrum. She also has broad experience with assessment and treatment of common coexisting conditions such as anxiety and depression. Marlis is well-versed in evidence-based assessment and treatment guidelines for most mental health issues.
Marlis helps families and individuals identify, understand, and then address barriers with the ultimate goal of working toward positive future outcomes in all life areas. As the parent of two young adults, she has tremendous appreciation and respect for the trust placed in her by Calgary families and is privileged to have watched many children grow into wonderful adults.
Marlis is widely known among doctors, pediatricians, private schools, public schools, post-secondary schools, government organizations, and funding bodies for individuals with disabilities. As well as working in private practice for many years, she has also been a consultant to numerous government agencies and school systems. She has been an instructor at the University of Calgary in the psychological assessment area and has supervised psychologists-in-training.
Dallis Briggs, Registered Psychologist
Dallis has been a registered psychologist for a number of years and has worked with individuals of all ages. Prior to entering private practice, he worked in various mental health organizations and accumulated experience in a number of areas. He has completed hundreds of disability, psychological, psycho-educational, legal, and vocational assessments for families, insurance companies, and medical legal purposes.
Dallis has extensive training and experience in assessment and treatment of the following: stress and anxiety, depression, sleep problems, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, chronic pain, personality disorders, learning disabilities, employment barriers, post-concussion syndrome, brain injury, vocational rehabilitation, and personal injury.
Trista Keating, Registered Psychologist
Trista Keating (Knoetzke) has been a Registered Psychologist since 2005. Since completing her PhD at the University of Alberta in School Psychology, she has worked in schools and special needs educational organizations, has been in private practice specializing in autism spectrum disorders and ADHD, and has taught graduate students in School Psychology at the University of Calgary where she is an Adjunct Professor.
Trista is experienced in the assessment of children and youth in areas such as ADHD, autism spectrum, learning disabilities, and giftedness, as well as the development of intervention plans. In the last several years, Trista has devoted herself to assessment and management of autism spectrum disorder, assisting children, adults, and their families. Trained in the 'gold standard' standardized assessment instruments at the University of Michigan, autism diagnostic observation system (ADOS) and the autism diagnostic interview (ADI), Trista uses a multidisciplinary comprehensive approach to assess children (as young as two years old), teens, and adults. She works with children, teens, adults, and their families to ensure thorough intervention plans.
From the first appointment, Trista helps families understand their child's areas of strength and the areas in need of support. Her involvement extends beyond the assessment results as she works with parents to develop an evidence-based intervention plan, teaches practical tools to support their child's development, involves the multi-disciplinary team, and advises on how to 'navigate the system.' Trista also does social skills counseling with children/teens and provides parenting support using the Triple P Parenting program.
Dawn Bremner, Registered Psychologist
Dawn completed her MSc and PhD in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of Calgary. She has specialized training and experience in assessment, including ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, behaviour challenges (oppositional/conduct), cognitive delays, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, giftedness, and mood concerns (e.g., anxiety, depression).
In addition to general counselling for emotional regulation, social skills, self-awareness/control, and executive functioning, Dawn has also sought additional supervision and training in evidence based treatments for anxiety, including generalized worries, phobias, school refusal, and selective mutism. Parent involvement and capacity building is often a critical component of treatment to support the generalization of skills outside the office.
Sarah Nugent, Registered Psychologist
Sarah Nugent is a Registered Psychologist with a Master of Science degree from the University of Calgary. She has many years of clinical psychological experience in a variety of settings. She has a strong reputation with many schools and community organizations. She works with all ages from preschool to adults and has extensive assessment experience in the areas of cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities, giftedness, French Immersion, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, behaviour problems, and mental health challenges. Sarah also offers follow-up sessions targeting specialized learning strategies for junior high, high school, and post-secondary students to help them keep up with the demands of independent learning.
Sarah takes a strength-based approach when working with families, children, teens, and adults by identifying their areas of strength to promote resiliency and then addressing their areas of need through direct intervention and/or the development of an intervention plan. With a focus on empowerment, Sarah provides strategy-based counselling within a cognitive-behavioural, narrative, and solution-focused framework. She uses evidenced-based strategies in a creative and interactive way to make skills meaningful for all ages. Sarah’s specialized areas of interest include: emotional regulation, stress/worry, anxiety, self-esteem, mild depression, social skills, and self-regulation. Sarah enjoys working collaboratively with parents and schools to help support the generalization of skills and promote overall positive well-being.
Mitchell Colp, Registered Psychologist
Mitchell is a Registered Psychologist who supports children, adolescents, young adults, and parents overcome the situational or ongoing challenges that impact their lives. He obtained his Ph.D. in Child Psychology from the University of Calgary and focused his research on how individuals bounce-back from significant life adversities. With experience gained from working in public and specialized educational settings, he functions as a private practitioner with The Family Psychology Place. Mitchell provides comprehensive psychological assessments to identify and then treat developmental and mental health challenges.
When Mitchell is not performing psychological assessments or devising treatment plans, he can be found dawning many academic and volunteer roles. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the University of Calgary and teaches coursework across Canada on psychological assessment, mental health intervention, research methodology, and statistics. Mitchell has authored multiple peer-reviewed publications and presented community-based research at various local, national, and international conferences. Mitchell is also the Co-Chair for the School Psychology Committee of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, where he advocates for increased access to
school-based mental health supports.
BRAE ANNE MCARTHUR, REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST
Brae Anne is a Registered Psychologist with expertise working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. She received her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Guelph. She has trained and worked in inpatient clinics, outpatient clinics, schools, and pediatric health settings - including Alberta Children’s Hospital.
Brae Anne provides both assessment and treatment for children and adolescents with: learning difficulties, giftedness, attention problems (ADHD), social and behavioral difficulties, anxiety and mood difficulties, health-related problems (needle phobia, functional abdominal pain, constipation or soiling, rumination, adjustment to medical diagnoses, etc.), selective mutism, OCD, PTSD, parent-child relationship difficulties, and bereavement and coping loss. Brae Anne also provides treatment for adults with: anxiety and mood difficulties, bereavement and coping loss, OCD, and health-related problems (needle phobia, functional abdominal pain, rumination, adjustment to medical diagnoses, etc.).
Recognizing that every individual is unique, Brae Anne uses a variety of evidence based treatments (CBT, ACT, interpersonal, medical hypnosis, habit reversal, etc.) tailored to each client’s situation, goals, and preferences.
Patricia Miller, Dually Registered Provisional Psychologist and Social Worker
Patricia Miller brings a wealth of experience from her 25+ years of clinical/research/teaching practice within health care, community practice, private practice and is recognized internationally through presentations/workshops and peer-reviewed publications on the importance of participatory practices with couples, understanding the impact of trauma and creating trauma-informed practice techniques, while understanding the importance of mental health interventions across the lifespan.
She has completed two master’s degrees, one in Social Work and the other in Counselling Psychology, she has completed her PhD. in relation to couples/companions experience of living with chronic disease, while creating a peer-support model that continues to be funded for the larger Calgary community. She has started her second PhD. in clinical Psychology (PsyD), through CalSouthern University. She is a registered Social Worker and a Registered Provisional Psychologist (currently, only needing to successfully write her EPPP).
Additionally, she is a professor at Mount Royal University and a researcher with interests in qualitative practices, dialogic interactions, specific to the importance of relational dialogues and community action. Her direct clinical practice is specialized around adolescent/adult mental health, with expertise in active treatment/psychotherapy for individuals, families and couples. She does court assessments and treatment recommendations for teen and adult mental health. Her second PhD. will focus on further building clinical knowledge, exploring contemporary assessment methods for teen/adult mental health, creating trauma-informed practices and deepening her understanding of psychotherapy across the lifespan.
Her goal is to share her wealth of knowledge with you by utilizing her education and clinical experience; as well as her passion for promoting the welbeing of individuals, couples, and families within strong communities.
Cheryl Gilbert-Macleod, Registered Psychologist
Cheryl Gilbert MacLeod, PhD., has over 20 years of clinical experience working with children, teens, and their families. She uses evidence-based practices which are primarily cognitive-behavioural in nature. She has worked at two tertiary care children's hospitals during her career, the IWK Health Centre in Halifax Nova Scotia and the Alberta Children's Hospital here in Calgary.
Dr. Cheryl, as many families know her, offers evidence based treatment for children, teens and their families who are struggling with anxiety and/or depression, selective mutism, sleep problems, picky eating, behavioural issues (ADHD, parenting), and health psychology concerns (medical/dental compliance, headaches, phobias, obesity/overweight). She specializes in obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, repetitive behaviour disorders (hair pulling, thumb sucking), Tourette’s Syndrome and tic disorders, and teaching children to swallow pills for prescribed medications.
Christina Groth, Registered Provisional Psychologist
Christina is a Registered Provisional Psychologist in the province of Alberta; receiving her Masters of Counseling Psychology from Athabasca University. Christina is also a Certified Art Therapist, completing her art therapy training from the Vancouver Art Therapy Institute in 2014. Working from an integrated and strengths-based approach, Christina draws on many Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Solution Focused techniques and interventions to develop treatment plans that are unique to each individual’s need. Christina’s areas of practice and experience include counseling for treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, emotional regulation, grief and loss, divorce and separation, self-esteem issues, parenting strategies and family conflict. She works with children, adolescents, adults and families.
Rachel Jose, Registered Psychologist
Rachel Jose is a Registered Psychologist who joined our team in 2017. Rachel’s background includes working at a formal Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) clinic with a wide array of clientele, children in a residential setting who were dealing with trauma, as well as working in a non-profit agency helping people with a range of issues.
Rachel works with a multitude of people and varying issues; she provides a special hand in the support and treatment for children and young adults with high-risk behaviours. She helps them implement and learn more healthy coping behaviours and strategies to deal with intense emotions. Rachel also deals with parents and how to help manage their children or teens in the area of emotion regulation. Rachel’s areas of knowledge extend to eating disorders, emotion regulation, mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal skills, grief and loss, OCD, behavioural concerns, self-worth, self-harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, and parenting.
Her previous experience is in individual psychotherapy, a facilitator in DBT skills group, as well as working with and teaching a parenting component.
Rachel has been formally trained in DBT and has experience with CBT and narrative therapy.
BONNIE J. SULLIVAN, REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST
I am a Registered Psychologist and a PhD graduate from Palo Alto University in California. I am trained in providing multiple methods of treatment, including traditional and non-traditional therapeutic modalities. In response to the unique needs of the individual, I utilize my experience to offer Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural therapy techniques, Psychodynamic Therapy (the deeper meaning and understanding of the effect of patterns and history on current life), Humanistic and Feminist style, as well as Embodied Awareness techniques. As a Holistic Psychotherapist, I incorporate all of the techniques I learn to guide you in the connection of mind, heart, body, and spirit. By utilizing all four of these aspects of the human experience, you are more able to overcome obstacles and challenges in your life and thrive. I am known for my insightful and empowering therapeutic style.
I have provided therapy to individuals and groups since 1998. In 20 years of practice, I have provided psychological services in a variety of treatment settings including private practice, mental health clinics, outpatient and inpatient facilities, community service centers, a specialty program for people who were accused of sexual abuses, a skilled nursing facility for the elderly, the Operational Stress Injury clinic in Calgary, veterans’ hospitals, the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Menlo Park, CA, and Inner Solutions, Inc. in Calgary.
I specialize in treatment of trauma and trauma-related difficulties, such as depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and affected relationships. I work with those of you healing personal physical and sexual abuse, as well as veterans recovering from military-related trauma. I am skilled at helping you navigate transitions and find your personal power. My goal is to help you develop a sense of your own power and identity, while improving the relationships in your life. We work together to translate your inspirations and ideas into action that makes your life everything you dream it can be. I am your teacher, your guide, your coach, and your cheerleader. Sometimes I am the "expert" with the knowledge and experience, other times I am a listening, caring ear supporting you in your painful moments. At all times, I am here entirely for you and always on your side.
Nicole Racine, Registered Psychologist
Nicole is a Registered Psychologists with experience working with children, adolescents, and their families. She received her MA and PhD in clinical developmental psychology from York University in Toronto. She has trained and worked in several pediatric teaching hospitals in Canada including the Hospital for Sick Children, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and the Alberta Children’s Hospital.
Nicole’s areas of practice include assessment and treatment of preschool and school-aged children, as well as adolescents with: anxiety and mood difficulties, health-related problems, parent-child relationship difficulties, externalizing and anger difficulties, attention problems (e.g. ADHD), and learning difficulties. Nicole uses evidence-based approaches and techniques in both assessment and treatment. Her primary modality of treatment is cognitive-behavioural, although she incorporates attachment-based and relationship-focused interventions in her work. Nicole has an active and ongoing program of research at the University of Calgary studying infant mental health in contexts of risk.
Jennifer Mullane, Registered Psychologist
Jennifer is a Registered Psychologist with 15 years of experience working with school-aged children, adolescents, and their families. She received an MA in School Psychology in 2003 and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the CPA Accredited program at Dalhousie University in 2008. She has trained and worked in schools, outpatient clinics, and three pediatric teaching hospitals, including the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, the IWK Health Centre in Halifax, and Alberta Children’s Hospital here in Calgary.
Jennifer’s areas of expertise include the assessment and treatment of school-aged children and adolescents with:
Anxiety or worry
The treatments that Jennifer uses are evidence based. This means that they have been studied and shown to be effective in scientific literature. Jennifer incorporates creative, artistic, and interactive strategies to make therapeutic material meaningful for all ages. Jennifer uses a primarily Cognitive Behavioural approach, but she incorporates Behavioural, Attachment-focused, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, and Dialectical Behavioural approaches when indicated for the presenting concerns.
Kyleigh Schraeder, Registered Psychologist
Dr. Kyleigh Schraeder obtained her MSc and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Western University in 2017, where her research focused on system-level issues related to access and use of children’s mental health services. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical residency at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, where she worked with children, youth, and families with a variety of mental health concerns.
Kyleigh is passionate about delivering evidence-based care that is backed by current research. She has trained and worked as a psychologist in several outpatient mental health clinics, specialist medical clinics, community mental health agencies, school boards, and two major pediatric tertiary care hospitals, including the Children’s Hospital of Western Ontario in London and the Alberta Children’s Hospital here in Calgary.
Kyleigh has extensive experience assessing and treating children, adolescents, and emerging adults with: anxiety and mood problems, health-related issues (such as complex pain and headaches), obsessive compulsive disorder, learning and attention problems, sleep difficulties, grief and loss, emotion regulation difficulties, relationship issues, and low self-esteem. She is also committed to supporting parents to feel better equipped to manage difficult behavior at home, and to better understand their children.
Kyleigh tailors each assessment and treatment to meet the unique needs of each child and family she meets. Her therapeutic approach includes cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and attachment-based interventions. When Kyleigh is not practicing, she is building a program of research at the University of Calgary that aims to improve care for youth with chronic and complex needs.
Heather Harding, Registered Social Worker
Heather Harding is a registered Social Worker with her Masters of Counseling. She has over 15 years of extensive experience working with individuals, school age children and their families with a range of mental health, behavioural and relationship concerns. She has worked in schools, health care setting as well as private practice as both a therapist and clinical supervisor.
Heather's practice includes family therapy, interpersonal relationship difficulties, couples counseling and parent-child relationship problems. She employs various approaches such as emotionally-focused, attachment-focused, cognitive behavioural therapy, and solution focused when clinically indicated.
Linda Barton, Registered Psychologist
Linda is a Marital and Family Therapist as well as Registered Psychologist. She has done training in Hakomi therapy a somatic-based therapy applicable to trauma and other personal issues. She has done specialty training with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and attachment-based work. She is trained in a cognitive behavioral program to address emotional or problem eating called Craving Change and the Connect Program, an attachment-based program to help parents having difficulty with their adolescent children. Linda works with individuals or couples dealing with past trauma, personal development, depression, anxiety, grief, relational problems, family conflict or addiction. Linda may involve other family members in sessions in order to meet client best outcomes and goals when applicable. She works in a way as to enhance or develop strengths that help them understand their own vision, own behaviors and own personality dynamics to optimize to move towards a more problem-free or problem-reduced future.
Amanda Trenaman, Registered Provisional Psychologist
Amanda is a Registered Provisional Psychologist in the province of Alberta; receiving her Masters of Counselling from Gonzaga University. Amanda uses a strengths-based approach, drawing on many Cognitive Behavioural techniques (for adolescents, adults and families) and Play-based interventions (for children and families) to develop treatment plans that are unique to each individual and family. Amanda's areas of practice and experience include counselling for treatment of anxiety, depression, ADHD, emotional regulation, divorce and separation, self-esteem issues, parenting strategies and family conflict. She works with children, adolescents, adults and families.
Carl Modeste, Registered Provisional Psychologist
Carl is a Registered Provisional Psychologist in the province of Alberta. He received his Master of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Walden University pursuing a doctorate degree in Forensic Psychology. His dissertation is evaluating how patients with ASPD and BPD are diagnosed and whether a person’s gender affects the ultimate diagnosis. Carl practices from the Evidence-based approach, utilizing the strength in each person to aid in their therapeutic process. Areas of practice include counselling for mental health and depression, addictions, trauma, divorce and separation, parenting and divorce, conflict with the family and psychoeducational testing.
Areas of specialization include:
My passion is to help individuals experiencing mental health difficulty or emotional regulation live the best and most meaningful life possible. Life challenges can be seen as learning lessons on how to manage difficult situations.
My previous experience includes individual psychotherapy, school counselling, educational testing, working with BPD and ASPD patients, addiction counselling, suicide screening and divorce counselling.
MELISSA CLARK REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST
Melissa Clark completed her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology with a focus on family-centred approaches and parenting. Her practice is based on collaboration, adaptation, compassion and evidence-based treatment. Melissa utilizes a combination of Attachment Theory (based on the importance of relationships and connection) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (combination of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and mindfulness) when working with individuals and families. Previous work as a Family Counsellor at Alberta Health Services (School Based Mental Health and Alberta Children’s Hospital), as well as time spent providing individual and family therapy at a domestic violence shelter and addictions/mental health clinic has provided her with a wealth of experience, knowledge and tools. Her primary areas of focus include: anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide, addiction, attachment and family relationships, behavioural challenges, separation/divorce and emotional regulation.
Melissa views the child as part of a system, involving parents, siblings, school and the greater community. Because of this focus, each client is seen as unique and dynamic. A program is developed to meet the needs of the family, often involving a combination of individual therapy, parenting support and family therapy. The creation of this toolkit involves a thorough assessment of the child’s strengths, needs, development and current challenges and is intended to support both the child and the parent(s) develop their competency, confidence and connection. As a parent herself, Melissa is aware of the need for a multitude of tools in order to manage the growing and evolving needs of every family. Melissa is very passionate and dedicated about her work, and truly enjoys the opportunity to be part of each family’s journey towards resolution and development.
LISA SKRIVER, REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST
Lisa Skriver is a Registered Psychologist with her Master’s of Education Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta. She has worked with a variety of clients in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, interpersonal difficulties and life transitions. As a psychologist, she seeks to meet each client’s needs with empathy, compassion and practical guidance. Lisa has experience counselling individuals, couples, families and children. She creates a safe, non-judgmental space that enhances personal exploration, discovery and growth.
She has training in a variety of psychotherapeutic methods including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and Play Therapy. Her broad range of training enables her to be flexible and to tailor sessions towards the individual needs of her clients.
In addition to psychotherapy, Lisa has experience providing formal assessments in the areas of parenting/custody and SAFE home assessments. She has also worked in a number of roles within the Alberta foster care system; and as well with Alberta Child and Family Services.
Lisa is currently accepting new clients and offers evening hours to accommodate client needs.
Dr Lydia Ievleva, Registered Provisional Psychologist
Lydia has extensive experience as a practitioner – currently as a registered provisional psychologist in Alberta as part of transferring her license after 20 years as registered psychologist in Australia. She works with individuals, couples and groups on building resilience and promoting psychological wellbeing. She provides help with issues such as anxiety and depression, stress, grief, trauma, relationships, sport and performance, and health challenges.
Lydia holds a PhD from Florida State University specializing in counselling psychology, including sport and health psychology. She received her MSc in Sport Psychology from the University of Ottawa; and Honours BA in Psychology from Carleton University.
Lydia is holistically minded in her approach to psychological issues and wellbeing, and has taught in the RMIT University Masters of Wellness program in Australia. She continues to be a university instructor in Positive Psychology.
Lydia draws on a variety of modalities in her practice that include Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based, positive psychotherapy, coaching psychology, and psychodynamic. She integrates her training in the Gottman Method (Levels 1 and 2) with Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Positive Psychology applications with couples.
Lydia has a very warm and engaging approach that creates a safe and accepting environment enabling sharing and exploring possibilities. With Lydia, you will:
Learn to transform weaknesses into strengths, and let go of what’s been holding you back to more confidently pursue your goals and dreams.
Become more self-aware and feel more in charge over your destiny.
Improve decision-making (and reduce second guessing that can be debilitating).
Handle stress and pressure better.
Feel supported in facing the dark side of what is troubling you, and see and cultivate what is best in you.
Develop a better relationship with your body – to work with it rather than against it.
Learn how to better navigate the storms in your relationship; to get back on track more quickly – to rebuilding trust and appreciation for one another.
Samantha Merritt, Registered Psychologist
Sammy is a Registered Psychologist with her Master of Science from the University of Calgary. She provides counselling to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Knowing how important relationships are for our wellbeing, Sammy can work with all family members in helping each other through challenging times and strengthening their relationships.
Sammy has experience providing counselling for concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, self-esteem, behavioral issues, parenting, divorce, and relational issues. She uses a narrative therapy lens while drawing on cognitive-behavioural, interpersonal, and play-based interventions. Sammy values people’s strengths and stories, and uses those to collaborate in the development of treatment plans that work for each individual, couple, and family.