OUR CLINICAL TEAM
Our clinical team welcomes you. They work hard to create a safe space and to ensure total privacy during your treatment. They are the best mental health practitioners because they have diverse backgrounds, volunteering at distress centres, working at social services facilities or at Calgary hospitals and surrournding areas. Our clinicans volunteer and intern at The Centre because they care about their clients and want to be a part of your journey. You are in good hands with our team. They will help you through your treatment and guide you on your journey to recovery. Thank you for choosing us.
Rita St Gelais
Master of Social Work with Clinical Specialization in Trauma-Informed Practice University of Calgary Bachelor of Social Work University of Calgary Through evidence-based, trauma-informed, and person-centred practice, Rita provides compassion and understanding while supporting clients to work through whatever life throws their way. Whether you want to build self-confidence, learn to work through difficult situations and emotions, improve your relationships, or just need someone to listen, Rita is there to help. She strives to create a respectful and welcoming environment as she tailors her treatment to each client’s unique situation and needs. She believes that therapy is a collaborative process that requires a safe, trusting, and supportive space to create sustainable change. Rita strives to be approachable, personable, and down-to-earth. Her collaborative approach means that she values ongoing client feedback and open communication to ensure that she is giving you the care that you deserve. With over 5 years working as a registered social worker, Rita has experience in the areas of trauma, sexual and domestic violence, child and family conflict, peacemaking/dispute resolution, and human trafficking. While she has worked with clients struggling with a wide variety of concerns and disorders, Rita truly believes that each person is the expert in their own life and her job is to help you explore strategies and build your own unique mental health toolbox. Rita works with youth, adults, seniors, Individuals, couples, natural supports for youths, and is 2SLGBTQA+ allied. “Each journey is unique; it would be an honour to support you on yours.” ~ Rita St Gelais
Master of Psychosocial Intervention University of Barcelona Master of Sex Therapy and Relationship Therapy University of Barcelona Bachelor of Arts in Psychology St. Mary’s University Rene Ramirez is a therapist who specializes in helping people reach their potential through systemic and narrative therapy. He holds a Master's degree in Psychosocial Intervention from the University of Barcelona, as well as a Master's in Sex Therapy and Relationship Therapy. Rene also has a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from St. Mary's University. He is fluent in English, Spanish, and French, and he has worked with clients from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds. His therapy sessions are tailored to each individual client's needs, using a variety of modalities. Rene has a strengths-based, solution-focused approach to therapy and he believes that everyone has the inner resources they need to overcome challenges and improve their relationships. When he's not working, Rene enjoys travelling, learning new languages, and exploring different cultures. Rene is passionate about mental health and promoting well-being in society. He feels that everyone has the potential to reach their goals with the help of psychology.
Master of Counselling – City University of Seattle (In Progress) Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – University of Calgary Shelley’s experience working with individuals and families spans more than 30 years and brought her from Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, Nova Scotia to the Boys and Girls Club in Victoria, B.C. As a born and raised Albertan, Shelley has been fortunate to support individuals at the Eric Cormack Centre in Edmonton and most recently at Woods Homes in Calgary and in the Bridges programs in the public schools through the Calgary Board of Education's mental health program. Her degrees in Business Administration and Psychology provides a firm foundation for her counselling work. Shelley worked with children and youth at the CBE as a Family Counsellor where she counselled clients presenting acute and chronic crisis, parent-child conflict, addictions, and multiple mental health diagnoses. Her volunteerism included work with Calgary Reads, Christmas Hamper, parent council and special events volunteer, the Pet Access League, Story Pals at Calgary Public Libraries, and the Rotary Flames House working with children and families anticipating the death of a child. Her experience within a multidimensional team at the South Health Campus has shown her the value of multiple perspectives. Shelley can help navigate all aspects of individual and relationship dilemmas including conflict, drug and alcohol abuse, infidelity, death, divorce, and other traumas. She looks forward to meeting you and discovering the best of who you are, along with your challenges and engage the strengths you possess to be the best version of yourself.
Counsellor - Intern
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology – Yorkville University (In Progress) My name is Zanele Bhebhe and I am a Master's student in Counseling Psychology at Yorkville University. My passion for psychology and counselling has boosted my eagerness to provide this service to you from the comfort of your own home. Through my education and work experience, I have gained an enormous amount of knowledge in the field, which I hope to use, in order to help improve the mental wellness of the populace. My goal is to give back to the community while simultaneously getting rid of both social and self-stigma associated with mental illness and health. I use therapeutic approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic, and humanistic approach. I utilize a client-centred approach with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, suicidality, low self-esteem, burnout, communication issues, marital issues, addiction, and anger problems.
Counsellor - Intern
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology – Yorkville University (In Progress) With over 10 years specializing in client-related work, Jenae has supported diverse populations with goals related to yoga, nutrition, finance, and fitness. She brings the personal qualities of genuine care, attention to detail, and strong skills in listening and motivating. Jenae works step-by-step with clients to overcome difficult emotions, work through life’s challenges, and develop skills and practices that help. Within counselling, Jenae’s approach often incorporates Cognitive Behavioral interventions (CBT), mindfulness, and motivational interviewing. She has also supported hundreds of individuals through crisis as a former Crisis Line Volunteer at Distress Centre Calgary. Jenae's personal journey with mental health has incorporated mindfulness practices, attention to daily habits, and strong relationships with nature and movement. She would be honored to help you find the strengths, skills, and strategies that work for you.
Counsellor - Intern
Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology – Yorkville University (In Progress) With over ten years experience working in a residential group home for people living with serious mental illnesses, Dana has shown a deep commitment and passion for the field of mental health. Learning to build, and maintain, relationships with people struggling with profound anxiety and depression allowed Dana to develop the skills necessary to build lasting, and positive, relationships with others. Dana also has an enduring commitment to the practice of mindfulness, engaging in years of yoga and meditation, and is excited to bring these principles into his work. Combined with Dana’s strong background in psychology, with a BA in psychology and an MA (in progress) in counselling psychology, this learning has provided him with a rich understanding of how to handle the dynamics that arise within a counselling relationship. With this breadth of experience, Dana is excited to begin working in a clinical setting where he can start to apply his passion for mental health in more personal ways.
Counsellor - Intern
Master of Counselling Psychology- City University of Seattle Arian has a decade of experience in various capacities working with groups and individuals, from working on distress lines to hands on teaching to adult students. Through these life experiences, Arian has seen and helped people through a variety of difficult situations, and has learned ways of quickly creating a caring therapeutic relationship with clients. Arian's strengths include helping individuals deal with anxiety, depression, traumatic life experiences, crisis situations such as mid- and quarter-life crises, as well as relationship issues. He is warm, understanding, and non-judgmental. To Arian, the most important aspect of therapy is building strong rapport with clients, showing them that someone is truly there who cares, and using the strength of that bond as a base from which psychological and spiritual healing can occur. Arian's passions include gardening, traveling, and snow-sports. He loves spending his time exercising, reading, camping in nature, and playing with his cat."
OUR CLINICAL SUPPORT TEAM
Here at The Centre, we pride ourselves on having the best clinical support team in the mental health industry. Our team is composed of individuals who are passionate about psychology and care deeply for your well-being. They work diligently to provide you with the best customer service and care possible. When you contact our office, you will be greeted by a friendly team member who can guide you through our intake process. They will also be there to answer any questions you may have about our organization or processes. We understand that seeking help can be a difficult decision, which is why we strive to make it as easy and comfortable for you as possible. If you need more information or have any concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help you in any way we can.
Bachelor of Arts - Psychology St. Mary's University Rachel Harris is passionate about helping others. She graduated from St. Mary's University with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, and during her time there, she received the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship and the Jason Lang scholarship twice. Rachel is excited to be working towards a career in psychology and particularly counselling. Rachel has always been willing to give her time and effort to help others - she volunteers extensively in the world of mental health care, wanting to make a difference in people's lives and help them overcome their struggles. Her passion for helping those who are struggling is evident, and it is clear that she wants to use her skills to make a positive impact on the world.
Daniel Ramirez is determined to spread the awareness on the importance of mental health, regardless of the stigma that may be surrounding the topic. Receiving his Bachelor of Arts in psychology and minor in Sociology degrees from St. Mary’s University, Daniel managed to enter the Dean’s List two years in a row. He also received the Alexander Rutherford Scholarship and the Jason Lang scholarship during his time there. Fluent in both Spanish and English as well as passionate and motivated, Daniel is thrilled on having the opportunity on helping people seek the help they need. Daniel’s curiosity on the human mind has given him the passion to understand the needs of people and how to best assist them to overcoming their struggles. Volunteering on the mental health world has allowed him to further understand the importance of how fixing small problems can lead to a more productive and cheerful life. “If you ever feel lost or do not know what to do, please let me know, I will be glad to help!”