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4 - 1230A 17 Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta

1517 Amelia Street Victoria, British Columbia

Calgary Team

brad lewis, MSc - counsellor

Brad holds an MSc in experimental psychology and is currently completing his MSc in counselling psychology from the University of Calgary. He has experience working in short-term therapy with a focus on problem solving and self-understanding, spanning across community health, non-profit, and academic settings.
 

Brad's specializations and interest are in depression, anxiety, stress management, life transition, mental health crisis, spiritual concerns, interpersonal concerns, and general concerns for wellbeing. Sessions are tailored with empathy to the needs of each individual client.


Brad takes a compassionate approach to therapy that aims to demonstrate that you are seen, you
are heard, and that you are not alone. He specializes in solution-focused, narrative, systems, and
strength-based approaches to therapy. His work in sessions focuses on the questions of "What are
some solutions you have tried that did not work?", "What haven’t you considered trying?", and "What are your strengths that the concern has made hard to recognize?"

 

Brad is LGBTQ+ affirming and is currently accepting new clients.

dustin hrycun, MA - registered provisional psychologist

Dustin is a graduate of the MA Counselling Psychology program from Providence Theological Seminary.  He has spent the greater part of the past decade working out of a local private university counselling the student body where he has gained a strong appreciation and passion for working with young adults.  He takes interest and specializes in depression, anxiety, life transition, struggles with belief system, existential and self-discovery, interpersonal conflict, and sexuality and gender issues.

 

His goal as a therapist is to meet his clients apart from the pretension and stigmas that the psychological world can convey, as well as the norms of society in general, to find an honest and real way of connecting. One of the ways that he does this is by including creative approaches such as art and Sandplay therapy alongside more traditional methods.

 

Dustin is LGBTQ+ affirming and is currently accepting new clients.

garrison bergen, BEd - educational consultant/certified teacher

 

Garrison Bergen is a certified teacher and member of the Alberta Teacher’s Association. As a teacher for Rocky View Schools, Garrison teaches the social sciences at the senior high level. Complimenting his BEd is a BA: Behavioural Science with a focus on cognitive neuroscience from Ambrose University. Garrison is currently researching ways to support and motivate learners through gamification and virtual reality.

Garrison is currently offering the following services: (1) guidance for parents and children dealing with behavioural, learning and communication issues, and overall poor school performance; (2) personalized extended learning opportunities for students who excel in or require assistance in the areas of science, math, English language arts, and/or social studies; and (3) gamification (learning through games) training and demonstration for educators and students.

 

Garrison is LGBTQ+ affirming and currently accepting new clients.

joel roos, MA - registered psychologist/clinical director

Joel’s background in mental health comes from his work in community, educational, and public healthcare settings. He studied and trained under a number of world-renowned clinicians including Dr. Michael YapkoDr. John Gottman, and Dr. Scott Miller. His services include counselling, clinical consultation and supervision, and some formal psychological assessments. His areas of special interest include: couples counselling, family counselling, chronic pain management, chronic disease and condition management, sleep dysfunction, behavioural health, anxiety, stress management, and family/fertility/birth planning concerns.

 

Joel is LGBTQ+ affirming and is currently accepting new clients.

kelsey fiss, MA - counsellor

 

Kelsey has a graduate degree in counselling. Her areas of interest and specialization include depression, anxiety, strengths coaching, couples and marital counselling, post-partum issues and adjustment, parenting concerns, grief, loss, and spiritual issues and concerns. She is available to work with large groups and organizations to facilitate mental health discussions, training and materials.

 

Kelsey works from an integrative approach and works primarily from attachment-based, emotion-focused, and neurobiological frameworks, making use of mindfulness practices, and art and play therapy techniques. Kelsey is passionate about working with clients to face the challenges that are holding them back from leading the life they desire.

 

Kelsey is LGBTQ+ affirming and is currently accepting new clients.

kelly raymond, MSc, CCLS - certified child life specialist

 

Kelly as a graduate degree (MSc) in Child Life and Pediatric Psychosocial Care and is a Certified Child Life Specialist (CCLS). Kelly has been working in hospitals in both Alberta and BC for more than 9 years. CCLS's are trained healthcare professionals who support children and youth’s psychosocial needs by providing developmentally appropriate interventions to increase comfort and familiarity with medical procedures and reduce their healthcare-related fears and anxieties. This increases the chances of a child being compliant with the medical procedures and healthcare team, and often reduces the need for procedural restraint or the use of sedatives, making the experience more comfortable for everyone involved but especially the child.

Kelly also works with the Calgary and Area Child Advocacy Centre (formerly the Sheldon Kennedy Centre) and Wellspring Calgary supporting children within the justice and health systems.

Kelly has a special focus on needle fear in children and works with families to reduce anxiety while attending lab services appointments. She works with individual clients and also occasionally offers group learning to equip families with tools to help support children experiencing needle fear.

 

Kelly is LGBTQ+ affirming and is currently accepting new clients.

vanessa mcconnell, MC - registered psychologist

 

Vanessa is a graduate of the Masters of Counselling program at Athabasca University and is a Registered Psychologist. She has worked in a variety of non-profit and health care settings with experience related to mental health challenges with a variety of populations.

Vanessa’s areas of interest include working with youth and families, adults, difficulties with mental health, life transitions, relationship struggles, stress management, and the LGBTQ community.

 

Vanessa draws from several approaches in her practice including narrative and solution-focused therapies as well as mindfulness techniques. She seeks to tailor her approach for each unique client to create comfort and connection with everyone she sees. Vanessa is also trained in EMDR and enjoys utilizing this modality for clients struggling anxiety, confidence and self-esteem, performance management, as well as traumatic experiences such as motor vehicle accidents or childhood abuse.

 

Vanessa is compassionate and culturally sensitive, and believes in holistic health.  She seeks to work collaboratively with all clients and believes the client is the expert in their individual experience.

Vanessa is LGBTQ+ affirming and currently accepting new clients.

chanae smith, MA - registered provisional psychologist

 

Chanae has a graduate degree in Counselling and is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and Canadian Certified Counsellor. Her areas of interest and specialization include anxiety, depression, trauma, cultural concerns, parenting concerns, relational conflict, grief, and loss.

 

Chanae takes an integrative approach and works primarily from an attachment and interpersonal neurobiology framework. Incorporated into her work with individuals and families. She frequently uses somatic-based therapies, mindfulness, play therapy, art therapy, emotion-focused therapy and experiential therapies. Coming from a musical background, she may incorporate music therapy techniques when it suits the needs of her clients.

 

Chanae is culturally sensitive and is passionate about working in collaboration with her clients to develop healthy relationships and a sense of self-worth. She believes this is best achieved through physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual integration.

 

Chanae is LGBTQ affirming and is not currently accepting new clients.