OUR Team

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elena groen, MC (she/her) - registered psychologist 

Elena is a graduate of the Master of Counselling program from the University of Calgary. Over the past number of years, she has gained experience working with diverse individuals including neurodiverse children and adults, young adults, individuals in crisis, and people experiencing systemic oppression. Elena’s specializations and areas of interest are in neurodiversity, anxiety, depression, life transitions, relationships and interpersonal problems, grief and loss, and general mental health concerns.  

In her work with individuals and families, Elena seeks to form a collaborative partnership with clients. Elena works from a stance of empathy and non-judgement in seeking to meet the client where they are at. She takes an integrative approach to counselling and draws from Narrative Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Experiential therapy including art and drawing, and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

Elena is L2SGBTQ+ affirming, available to residents of Alberta.

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frances bucknor, MA (she/her) - associate counsellor

Frances holds a Masters in Counselling Psychology and Bachelors degrees in Criminology and Sociology.

Originating from England, she has spent many years exploring Canada, in particular, Canada's Arctic Circle, and as a result, has been lucky enough to collaborate and grow with individuals from many different cultures and walks of life. 

Frances possesses a diverse history in the Justice, Social Work, and Mental Health fields and feels strongly that every individual deserves access to the resources required to heal, thrive, and embrace life on their own terms.  Along with a passion for social justice and lifelong learning, as a BIPOC woman, she is committed to diversity and inclusion for all.

Frances approaches therapy with the understanding that we are all experts in the management of our own lives and as such enjoys evidence-based approaches such as Person Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and of course Mindfulness and Acceptance based approaches. 

Frances is 2SLGBTQ+ affirming, available to residents of Alberta.

 

Have questions? Email Frances.

garrison bergen, BEd (he/him) - 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 2SLGBTQ+ affirming.

joel roos, MA (he/him)- 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. He has offered counselling and assessment services for more than a decade in areas such as 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 provides clinical supervision services to the Cultivate team and occasional public education and professional training to the community.

 

Joel is 2SLGBTQ+ and kink affirming and is NOT accepting new clients.

Have questions? Email Joel.

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karalee colmer, BA (she/her) - MACP counselling intern

Karalee is a student counsellor in the process of completing her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She has spent several years supporting women, children, and youth in various settings and in crisis situations. She is eager to utilize the skills she has acquired as a front-line worker and throughout her education to help individuals in a counselling setting.

Karalee believes in meeting clients where they are at in their healing journey and provides support and understanding from a trauma-informed lens. Her therapeutic approach is largely client-centred and non-directive. She is committed to creating a safe and collaborative space for clients to develop their self-awareness and be supported in reaching their therapeutic goals. She utilizes various evidence-based modalities such as Solution Focused Therapy, DBT, and EFT. 

Karalee is 2SLGBTQ+ affirming and available to residents of Alberta.

Have questions? Email Karalee.

kelsey fiss, MA (she/her) - registered provisional psychologist

 

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 2SLGBTQ+ affirming, available to residents of Alberta.

Have questions? Email Kelsey.

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meghan reed, BA (she/her) - MACP counselling intern

 

Meghan is a counselling intern in the final stages of her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and has over 6 years of experience working in home-based and classroom settings assisting students, young children, and their families with a variety of therapeutic needs. Through her experiences, she has developed a passion for advocating for mental health initiatives in her community.

Meghan uses a collaborative approach by tailoring therapy to each client’s unique needs. She draws from a variety of modalities including Person-Centered Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Strengths Based approaches, and Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Meghan works with children, youth, and adults, and her areas of interest include anxiety, depression, stress management, attachment and relationships, trauma, spiritual issues, and self-esteem. She is passionate about helping people recognize their inner strengths and to develop skills that will help them thrive throughout their lives. 

Meghan is 2SLGBTQ+ affirming, available to residents of Alberta.

Have questions? Email Meghan.

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natalie siu-mitton, MA (she/her) - canadian certified counsellor, registered dietitian

 

Natalie is a graduate of the Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program at Yorkville University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition and is a Certified Intuitive Eating Counsellor. Her background and experience has taught her that people are more than just one aspect of their being but rather, a dynamic interaction between their lived experiences, biology, mental processes, and physical and social environments.

 

With over 15 years of experience as a Registered Dietitian, Natalie has worked in a variety of settings giving her the opportunity to support individuals from many intersections of life. In her work with clients, Natalie strives to create a safe, non-judgmental, anti-oppressive, inclusive, and collaborative environment. Her integrative approach draws upon modalities such as Person-Centered Therapy, Narrative Therapy, DBT, ACT, and Emotion-Focused Therapy.

 

Natalie provides counselling to children (ages 10+), youth and adults. Her areas of interest include: life transitions, health psychology, chronic pain, identity development, disordered eating and intuitive eating, women’s health issues, acculturative stress, trauma (big T and little t), grief and loss.

 

Natalie is 2SLGBTQ+ affirming, HAES®-aligned, and weight inclusive. She is available to residents of Alberta.

Have questions? Email Natalie.

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nicole brierley (she/her) - MACP counselling intern

 

Nicole is a Masters of Counselling student completing her final stages. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts, an After Degree in Education and a diploma in Technical Theatre.

 

Nicole is a certified teacher and member of the Alberta Teachers Association. As an elementary teacher, Nicole supports individuals with diverse backgrounds and needs, including behavioural, learning, and communication. Nicole believes that every individual brings their own unique story to the table through a holistic approach. Everyone should feel a sense of belonging within the classroom and beyond. 

 

Nicole uses a holistic and collaborative approach through Solution Focused Therapy and Mindfulness-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 

 

Nicole is 2SLGBTQ+ affirming, available to residents of Alberta.

Have questions? Email Nicole.

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olivia reverie, MA (she/her) - associate counsellor

 

Throughout her Master of Counselling, work experience, and volunteer roles, Olivia engages in various modalities that will explore each client's values, strengths, differences, and needs, through DBT, SFT, Narrative Therapy, ACT, and trauma-informed, harm reduction based practices. She fosters a wholistic approach, integrating both mind and body practices, including somatic interventions, for long-term and sustainable alignment. 

Olivia's passions include 2SLGBTQ+ identity development and transition support, neurodiversity (ADHD & Autism), assertive communication and boundary setting, trauma, attachment, relationships, divorce/separation, and reintegration for individuals, and their supports, who have experienced incarceration. 

Olivia is passionate about fostering a safe(r) space and practice for all 2SLGBTQ+, kink, BIPOC, abilities, sexwork, and HAES® humans and experiences.

She is located on Treaty 7 territory in Mohkinstsis (Calgary) and is currently accepting new clients across Treaties 6, 7 and 8 boundaries known as Alberta.

 

Have questions? Email Olivia. 
 

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paige watson (she/her) - MACP counselling intern

 

Paige is a counselling intern in the final stages of her Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. For the last seven years, she has worked as a teacher in Alberta and the UK. Paige is a strong advocate for youth and their families, and is committed to inclusion. She is thrilled to be able to transfer her skills and passion to support the holistic wellbeing of individuals through counselling.

 

Paige provides an integrative therapeutic approach that is client-centred, and trauma-informed. She draws on a variety of modalities such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, ACT and mindfulness appraoches. She meets her clients where they are at, and works collaboratively with them to develop tools and offer support to foster resilience. Paige offers counselling sessions for children (10+), youth, and adults. Her interests include: anxiety, regulation, behaviour concerns, self-esteem, stress management, learning difficulties, grief and loss, and divorce/separation.

 

Paige is 2SLGBTQ+ affirming, available to residents of Alberta.

 

Have questions? Email Paige. 
 

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ranee fallorin, BA (she/her) - MACP counselling intern

 

Ranee is a counselling intern in the final stages of her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology
degree. She currently holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability
Studies. Ranee has worked in the social services field for 7 years with neurodivergent individuals
and individuals from diverse backgrounds. She has experience working with educators, parents, and children on effective behavior management strategies and is a strong advocate for inclusion
by promoting the social adaption of settings and expectations to best fit the needs of the
individual.

Ranee uses a holistic and collaborative approach in her practice that explores the client’s needs, strengths, and values drawing from a variety of modalities including Solution Focused Therapy,
Strength-Based approaches, Person-Centered Therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Her counselling approach focuses on meeting clients where they’re at and acknowledges that they’re the expert in their life.

Ranee offers counselling sessions for children (10+), youth, and adults. She is interested in neurodiversity (ADHD, Autism, ODD, and FASD), behavior concerns, anxiety, stress management, depression, trauma, identity development, grief and loss, and divorce/separation.

Ranee is 2SLGBTQ+ affirming and is located on Treaty 7 territory in Mohkinstsis (Calgary) and is
currently accepting new clients across Treaties 6, 7, and 8 boundaries known as Alberta.

 

Have questions? Email Ranee.
 

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ricardo avelar, MEd (he/him) - registered psychologist

 

Ricardo has worked in various fields, including non-profit organizations, K-12 schools, and post-
secondary settings. He holds a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology, a Bachelor of Education in English Language Arts, and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the University of Lethbridge. Prior to his counselling career, Ricardo taught high school English in rural, urban, and international settings for ten years.


He feels privileged to support youth and adults with a wide range of concerns, such as anxiety,
depression, career guidance, communication skills, neurodiversity (ADHD), relationship challenges,
stress management, and trauma. He has specialized knowledge in sex therapy, queer identity
development, and working with individuals who have experienced sexual violence. Ricardo uses a
holistic and collaborative approach to counselling and integrates narrative, culture-infused, mindfulness-based, trauma-informed, and somatic therapies when working with clients.

Ricardo offers counselling in both English and Spanish.

Ricardo is 2SLGBTQ+ and kink affirming, available to residents of Alberta.

 

Have questions? Email Ricardo. 
 

COVID-19 NOTICE

Due to COVID-19 and our desire to keep our team, clients, and greater community safe and healthy, our team provides limited in-person services. If you would like to be seen in-person please let your counsellor know and they will be able to tell you if that option is available.

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stephanie schoenberg, BA (she/her) - MACP counselling intern

 

Stephanie is a counselling intern in the final stages of her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Intercultural Studies and a Diploma in Holistic Nutrition. For the past 15+ years she has worked in various social service settings supporting diverse individuals. She has also spent time studying, volunteering, and working in various parts of the globe including Belize, Jamaica, Germany, China, and South Korea. 

 

Stephanie works from a humanistic, person-centred, trauma-informed lens and takes a stance of collaboration, empathy and non-judgement, meeting clients exactly where they are at. She is passionate about helping people recognize their inner strength, resilience, and uniqueness in order to create uniquely meaningful lives.

 

Stephanie offers counselling sessions for adults aged 18+ who may be experiencing anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem struggles, grief and loss, and existential issues. Stephanie draws from a variety of modalities including Existential, Jungian, Narrative and Mindfulness-Based CBT therapies. 

 

Stephanie is 2SLGBTQ+ affirming and available to residents of Alberta.

 

Have questions? Email Stephanie.