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, and available to residents of Alberta.

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frances bucknor (she/her) - MACP counselling intern

Frances is a practicum psychotherapist in the final stages of her Masters in Counselling Psychology degree, she also holds 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. 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 2SLGBTQ+ and kink affirming, available to residents of Alberta.

Have questions? Email Joel.

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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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 (she/her) - MC counselling intern

 

Olivia is a Master of Counselling student completing her practicum from City University of Seattle. Throughout her education, work experience, and volunteer roles, Olivia has had the opportunity to work with individuals who come from diverse families, cultures, and backgrounds. She will engage in various modalities that will explore each clients strengths, differences, and needs, including DBT, SFT, Narrative Therapy, ACT, and trauma-informed harm reduction based practices. 

Olivia's areas of interest include: stress management, divorce/separation, grief and loss, substance use, bipolar, couples, and reintegration for individuals who have experienced incarceration. She will promote a safe(r) space that will foster holistic and collaborative approaches to one’s mental health and wellness. 

Olivia is 2SLGBTQ+ and kink affirming, body-positive, available to residents of 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 including CBT, ACT, SFT, mindfulness and attachment therapy. 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 (over 10 years), youth, and adults. Her interests include: anxiety, regulation, behaviour concerns, self-esteem, learning difficulties, grief and loss, and divorce/separation.

 

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

 

Have questions? Email Paige. 
 

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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 office is currently closed to in-person services. All services are available online only. We will begin offering limited in-person sessions once we feel it is safe and appropriate.