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.

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Dr. Christopher Rose

BA, B.Sc., MA, PhD, R. Psych

Clinical Director

Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology (PhD) – University of Victoria Master of Counseling Psychology – University of Victoria Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology – Memorial University of Newfoundland  Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts – University of Guelph  Dr. Christopher Rose holds an M.A. and PhD in Counselling Psychology. He has a diversified range of experience spanning over thirty-five years in the field of counselling. He has worked as a private practice psychologist, as a director of a residential drug facility, a professor of addictions counselling, as well as a full professor at a medical school. He uses cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused and mindfulness as approaches to help his clients achieve personal growth and development. His areas of expertise include depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, grief and loss, addictions, divorce, and life transitions. Dr. Rose works with individuals and couples from teenagers to seniors.

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Rita St Gelais

MSW, RSW

Social Worker / Counsellor

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

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Fazilah Shariff

MSW, MHA, RSW

Social Worker / Counsellor

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Rene Ramirez

BA, MA

Counsellor

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.

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Baldwin Asala

Counsellor - Intern

Master of Counselling – City University of Seattle (In Progress) ​Bachelor of Arts in Psychology  – University of Calgary Bachelor of Arts in Sociology  – University of Calgary Baldwin has a strong passion for helping those in need who are struggling with mental health. "I enjoy working with adults, youths, adolescents, couples and families to help them reach and maintain a healthy balance in their lives. My approach to counselling is through the lens of unconditional respect, dignity and fostering a solid sense of comradeship between myself and my clients.” ~ Baldwin Asala

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Dorrie Derbowka

Counsellor - Intern

​Master of Counselling – City University of Seattle (In Progress) ​Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies and Sociology – University of Saskatchewan Dorrie views therapy as a collaborative, growth-oriented process that is rooted in compassion, respect, and genuine relationship. Her approach is integrative and person-centred and places the highest value on seeing the innate strength and wisdom a person brings to the process of healing. She aims to create a safe, non-judgemental space and provide support that values her clients and their goals. Dorrie has over 15 years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in the areas of attachment, addiction, sexual exploitation, homelessness, depression, and the impacts of intergenerational trauma. She worked with individuals from many different backgrounds and deeply value inclusivity and diversity. “I have the utmost respect for the courage it takes to embark on a journey of wellness and feel honoured to be involved in this process with my clients.” ~ Dorrie Derbowka

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Alex Jackson

Counsellor - Intern

​Master of Counselling – City University of Seattle (In Progress)  Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Mount Royal University ​ ​Alex looks forward to working with you! He has worked with a wide range of clients, including those experiencing anxiety, depression, ADHD, disabilities, chronic illness, grief, trauma, religious transitions, and various other presenting issues. Along with his experience in counselling, Alex has worked for over a decade in sports performance, where he learned the importance of working together as a team and building an alliance with clients. With Alex, you will have a counsellor that is genuinely curious about you and wants to understand your unique worldview.   Alex is a proud LGBTQ2S+ ally. He also strives to be inclusive of all cultures and will work from a position of respecting and honouring your beliefs and customs. Alex places particular importance on creating a safe, nonjudgmental space with warmth and empathy where clients can bring their genuine selves to the session.  

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Shelley Lebert

Counsellor - Intern

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.

OUR CLIENT COORDINATORS

Here at The Centre, we pride ourselves on having the best client care coordinators 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 client care coordinator 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 one of our client care coordinators. We are here to help you in any way we can.

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Rachel Harris

Client Care Coordinator

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.

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Xedna Dizon

Client Care Coordinator

Xedna Dizon will be pursuing an undergraduate degree in Psychology. In between school and work hours, she plays competitive volleyball and loves to cook at home for family and friends.