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About

cultivate: to promote or develop growth through labour and attention.

 

Cultivate is a group of passionate like-minded mental health professionals who want to help you grow the life you want. Nothing changes, nothing grows, and nothing really happens without hard work. Stop toiling by yourself and start working with a team of professionals who know how to get you where you want to go.

Founded in 2014 with a dream of providing services in a collaborative and whole-person fashion while reducing barriers to access and filling gaps in the mental health system, Cultivate is dedicated to meeting clients where they are without judgment. Cultivate operates as a social enterprise and does not receive any government funding or grants. Our model is built upon the shared values and generosity of the team. Since 2019, those shared values and commitment to access have resulted in more than 2 million dollars in services given away to the community. We work hard to be part of the solution and do more than pay lip service to mental health awareness. 

Whether you are needing help in the most general sense, or you have a specific need or problem that a licensed professional can aid you with, Cultivate prides itself on its ability to say “yes”, and then help you find the steps forward. We offer individual, couples, family, and group psychology and counselling services, as well as general and specialized assessment and psychoeducational assessments. We support people with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, parenting concerns, self-esteem, addiction, chronic pain, school success, neurodiversity, body image and disordered eating, addiction, identity exploration, gender identity, and more. We have a physical office in Calgary and provide services online across the provinces of Alberta and Ontario.

 

You can rest assured that whomever you work with at Cultivate will take care to affirm your identity in any way that you present yourself. We are committed to standing behind, respecting, and engaging people in their identity of race, gender, religion or spirituality, nationality, creed, or sexual orientation. Say hello and let us become part of your story as you grow the life you want.

What makes us different?

focus on access, diversity, inclusivity, and flexibility

Cultivate works to remove barriers to accessing mental health services and support as much as we can. For this reason, we work with clients to reduce or eliminate barriers such as finances, limited mobility, and restrictive schedules. We offer our services at our office, in clients' homes and workplaces, and online. Our team is available 7 days a week as early as 6am and as late as 11pm. 

In 2019 we launched our Pay What You Can program for people who may not have insurance coverage or are limited by finances. Since its inception, we have provided more than 2 million dollars in subsidized services and that number grows each day. We offer our pay what you can pricing on both counselling services and assessment without requiring proof of income. We trust our clients to be honest about what they feel they can afford.

 

Every member of our team participates in the Pay What You Can program and has up to 25% of their caseload available to clients who are unable to afford their minimum fee. While we ask clients to pay a minimum session fee of $10, we keep a small number of spaces available for clients who need a session fee of $0. 

Cultivate is made up of a team of diverse individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. Our team spans many countries of origin, racial and religious backgrounds, and includes members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. This diversity of identities allows us to provide culturally competent services and care that includes lived experience, making it easier for clients to connect to someone who understands them.

Recognizing that many people would feel more comfortable accessing services in their first language, Cultivate offers services in English, Spanish, Punjabi, Russian, Yoruba, Urdu, Hindi, and Arabic.

unique specialities

Members of our team work with general concerns of all kinds, but we are lucky to have several unique specialities represented. Neurodiversity acceptance, exploration, and support (Autism, ADHD, etc), queer and trans identity, eating disorders, relationship and sexual issues including ENM, kink, polyamory, and sexual dysfunction, chronic illness and disability, and religious trauma are just some of the specialized areas our team can support. 

assessment services

We have a strong assessment team at Cultivate. Members of our assessment team work with all ages and can offer general assessment services for things such as anxiety or more specialized assessment and psychoeducational reports covering neurodiversity, learning disabilities, and cognitive function. Assessments are individualized, targeted to the client's concerns, and provide specific, actionable recommendations for supports and services. 

Our assessment team works from a strengths-based, neurodiversity affirming approach and does not use deficit language unless absolutely required. Assessments are available on a pay what you can basis and fees are charged per hour of assessment and report writing. 

collaborative approach

Our team works in consultation and collaboration with each other to provide the most well-rounded care and knowledge possible. This means that we often have clients seeing multiple team members at once to address several different concerns. A client may be working with our assessment team, a therapist for general concerns, and another therapist for a specialized service like EMDR all at once. We also have the ability to consult and work with members of your personal care team including doctors and other medical professionals, clergy and faith workers, lawyers, insurance providers, schools, and workplaces to make sure that your care is consistent, coordinated, and connected.

 

LAnd Acknowledgment

Cultivate is privileged to exist on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the peoples of the Treaty 7 Region of Southern Alberta including the Siksiki, the Piikuni, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, and the Stony Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearpaw, and Wesley First Nations. The land we are on is also the home of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

 

We recognize and appreciate the work that Indigenous Peoples engage in to protect the lands that we live on and to foster communities grounded in respect, intergenerational knowledge, and mutual support. As settlers, the team at Cultivate works toward reconciliation through self-education, and through culturally competent work with our clients. We value narrative and personal storytelling, and the connection between our natural world and our physical, spiritual, and mental health, and we acknowledge that Indigenous Peoples were engaging in these important works for centuries before our arrival.

 

Cultivate works to support people in restoring and strengthening their individual lives and relationships as well as the broken systems we exist within. We are committed to continuing this work and the work of learning, truth, and reconciliation for the duration of our lives and the existence of our organization. A few of the ways we work toward reconciliation include making our services available on a pay what you can basis to reduce financial barriers, through providing resources such as books to our community at no charge, and by engaging in regular education regarding Indigenous experiences, history, and culture.

 

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403.612.1903

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Join the Team

are you passionate, professional, approachable and flexible?

Join us! Cultivate is always looking for new people to join our team. We value flexibility, diversity of skill-set and passion, a desire to be part of a team, and enthusiasm to give back to the community.

Cultivate is looking for Registered Psychologists, Registered Clinical Social Workers, and counsellors to support our diverse group of clients. We provide training and supervision to help you become a successful part of our team.

Cultivate team members work when, how, and how much they desire. We value your autonomy and you will be the director of your own client load. Please email jessy@growthelife.com for more information or to apply. Please always include a cover letter with your resume so we can truly see who you are and why you'd be an awesome addition to the team.

Practicum Placements

looking for a masters degree practicum placement?

Cultivate is proud to provide high-quality practicum placements for students in master of counselling, master of counselling psychology, and master of education (psychology and school psychology) programs. All practicums are supervised by our clinical director, Joel Roos, and exceed the requirements of programs in Alberta. We do not charge fees for practicum placements.

If you are interested in pursuing a practicum placement with Cultivate, please email your CV and cover letter to our executive director Jessy Roos at jessy@growthelife.com.

Important Information:

When sending your application for consideration of a practicum placement, please be sure to include your desired start date and the university and program you are attending. Due to the volume of applications we receive, only those selected to interview will be contacted.

We generally seek to interview practicum candidates approximately six months prior to the planned start date. Please see the chart below to determine the deadline to submit applications based on the desired start date:

january placements

Please submit applications by June 1. Interviews will take place in the second half of June. Offers made by July 1.

may placements

Please submit applications by October 1. Interviews will take place in the second half of October. Offers made by November 1.

september placements

Please submit applications by February 1. Interviews will take place in the second half of February. Offers made by March 1.

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