Most people at some point in their lives experience a need for change. The desire for change or the need to feel better often opens the door for healing and growth to take place.
Our goal is to guide and facilitate you through the process of healthy healing and growth. We help you to work through issues in a compassionate and down-to-earth manner. We conduct our business with integrity and professionalism, and we honour our professional code of ethics.
You are invited to be active in your own healing process. You are encouraged to reflect on you personal issues and integrate your feelings and thoughts with compassion and understanding. A variety of short, medium and long-term counselling options are available based on your particular need.
We specialize in a relational, client focused approach to counselling – and we are experienced in working with people who want to develop healthy, meaningful lives and relationships. We are certified with our respective professional associations. Graduate interns in the Masters of Arts in Pastoral Psychology and Counselling program at St. Stephen’s College also see clients under supervision.
John is a Psychotherapist/Counsellor with Clinical Social Work (MSW, RSW/Alberta College of Social Workers) and Pastoral Counselling Specialist (MTS, PCE) training and certifications. He has post-graduate education in Trauma Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Hypnosis and Myers-Brigg’s Type Indicator (MBTI). John has a particular interest in complex trauma and neglect and dissociation. He is a member of and regularly pursues training with the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and the Alberta chapter of the Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis. As a holistic relational psychotherapist, John draws upon his knowledge of psycho/social, ecological, spiritual, and physical health to support and guide his clients towards greater well-being and authenticity. His areas of interests include: recovery from abuse/trauma/neglect, dissociation, couple counseling, addictions, spiritual growth, parenting, men’s issues and the role of Nature in healing and health.
Registered Clinical Counsellor with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Psychology and Counselling. She is also certified as a Focusing Oriented Psychotherapist and out of that tradition, brings an experiential and relational focus to her work. Focusing as an approach to therapy has grown out of evidence-based research and arises from a natural human process. It has the capacity to bring a deep, bodily-felt experience of change, clarity to life situations and an ability to move forward in life. Further information about Focusing is available on this website.In addition, Holly brings a wealth of life experience to her work with clients as a life-long learner, a long-term marriage partner, a parent and from her prior professional experiences.
Registered clinical counsellor with a Master of Arts degree in psychology and pastoral counselling. Her M.A. thesis focuses on the experience of emotional pain and the image of God in suicidal persons. Susan enjoys working with individuals, couples, and families on issues relating to conflict resolution, intimacy, suicide distress and bereavement, communication, anxiety, loss, depression, anger, family of origin, and spiritual development. She uses a relational-existential approach that invites clients to practice authentic, healthy relationship with themselves and with others. Susan recognizes the importance of the mind-body-heart-spirit connection in counselling and additionally integrates useful wisdom from self-psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and Jungian principles, striving to balance both masculine and feminine values in her work. Susan is married, has two young adult children, and enjoys gardening, nature walks, friendship, and reading.
Roger has a Master of Divinity and recently completed his course work for a Master’s degree in Psychotherapy & Spirituality. He is in the process of completing his thesis and is a Registered Professional Counsellor with the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association.Now in his second career, Roger is a former pastor. He has an interest in spirituality of all kinds and brings a focus of mindfulness to his work as a psychotherapist. He believes that the counselling relationship is the primary vehicle for healing. This means that he values the client as an expert on her/his own life, and his goal is to draw out and support the client’s inner wisdom. Roger enjoys counselling people of various cultures and all walks of life. He works with a wide range of issues, including:
- Relationships and family issues
- Personal and spiritual growth
- Self-esteem and assertiveness
- Conflict resolution and communication
- Anger management
- Crises & bereavement
- Coping with disabilities
- Depression and bi-polar disorder
- Personality disorders
- Life/career transitions
Sherry Bilida, BA (Psych), MPS (Masters of Psychotherapy and Spirituality), Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
I have completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at the University of Alberta before raising and homeschooling my five children. Vast life experience and life-long learning has enriched my practice. Later in life I returned to St. Stephen’s College to take a Masters of Psychotherapy and Spirituality.
Specialties in Counselling
My experience includes journeying alongside clients through a diversity of issues such as trauma, various addictions, dissociative identity disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety and depression, transgenderism and sexual identity issues, stress and anger management, suicidal ideation, shame, bereavement and grief, recovery from sexual and physical abuse, intimacy issues, attachment disorder resulting from adoption, post-traumatic stress disorder, borderline personality disorder, and various phobias. I enjoy addressing existential and spiritual concerns, personal growth, identity issues, self-esteem and assertiveness, conflict resolution and communication skills. I welcome children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.
How I Believe Counselling Can Help?
I am humbled and honored to be trusted with my clients’ stories and I believe talking about things with another person helps. The building of trust through the process of sharing and supporting creates an environment that draws out inner wisdom in the exploration of resolution. I believe painful periods in life are catalysts for tremendous growth when confronted in a non-judgmental context of empathy, warmth, and acceptance. It is my desire that my clients hear and trust what is within them, rather than the voices of self-doubt.
My Approach to Counselling
My relational and integrative approach to counselling incorporates existential, Rogerian, cognitive-behavioral, psycho-dynamic, emotionally-focused, narrative, holistic mind-body-spirit orientations as I invite my clients to explore transitions and nurture authentic and healthy relationships with themselves and others. My flexible approach ensures sessions are tailored to meet individual needs, believing that as we grow in self-compassion, we evolve as human beings.
Peggy is a Registered Provisional Psychologist in the province of Alberta, is a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta and holds a Master of Counselling degree from City University. Peggy’s hope in counselling is to help people define, discover, and strengthen meaning in their lives. She is interested in exploring each person’s unique characteristics, skills, strengths and values and to leverage them in a way that can enhance quality, purpose, fulfillment and authenticity in people’s lives. Peggy’s areas of interest include addictions, trauma, dissociation, anger issues, impulsivity, emotions management, shame, self-esteem, anxiety, and depression. She has worked with incarcerated individuals in the federal correctional system, providing skills-training in the areas of emotion regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal effectiveness from a Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) model. In her leisure time, Peggy enjoys reading, going for walks, exploring different ethnic restaurants, and cuddling with her two cats, Sebastian and India.
Member of: College of Alberta Psychologists and the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta
Our therapists are certified by, and/or are members of, one or more of the following associations:
- Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW)
- The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
- The American Association of Pastoral Counsellors (AAPC)
- The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)
- The Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis (CFCH)
- The Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
- Enrich Canada Incorporated
- Psychometrics Canada ((Myers-Briggs Type Indicator)
- British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association
- International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation
- Human Systems and Family Constellations
- Myers-Briggs Type Indicator