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

Site Supervisor

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

Site Supervisor

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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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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Shelley Lebert

Counsellor

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.

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Tamika Francis

Counsellor - Intern

Master of Counselling - City University of Seattle (In Progress) Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Minor in Non-profit Management - York University Tamika has seven years of extensive experience in the mental health field. Working with various populations of clients, including children, adolescents, adults, seniors, and families. Her experience includes working with and supporting individuals across the life span with Complex Trauma, Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Attachment Disorders, Behavioral Concerns, Mood Disorders and Dysregulation, Personality disorders, Strained Relationships, Disability, Substance Use and Addiction, Homelessness, Sex work, Sexual Exploitation, and Comorbid diagnoses. She has a passion for inclusion, diversity, and cultural competency. With a foundational systemic awareness, she understands the many cultural barriers and systemic factors that may be present for clients at any given time. Tamika works from a strength-based approach and solution-focused orientation while including somatic and mindfulness techniques. She invites open dialogue, feedback, and check-ins so she may support you in your therapy process. “I believe everyone is doing the best that they can with the resources they have. However, sometimes things get tough, and we may need additional support; this is where I come in. Whether you or a loved one are facing current life transitions, mental health concerns, conflictual relationships, functional challenges or need some extra support with day-to-day life. Regardless of where you may be in your journey, I aim to assist, advocate, and support you along your path. Conversations around therapy, mental health and wellness can be intimidating for most, and I commend you on taking the first steps in your therapy journey. I am intentional in my work with clients to create a safe space that is supportive and non-judgemental. Allowing you the opportunity to be heard and feel seen as you unpack your load. Working from a strength-based approach, I will provide you with the psychoeducation to start connecting the puzzle pieces of your story, strategies for your goals, and new and upgraded tools and skills for your toolbox. I believe collaboration, trust and communication are essential for a therapeutic relationship. I am willing and ready to support you in an open and engaging way, paired with some humour. I find it rewarding to be a part of the process that makes a difference.”

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Amy Dahl

Counsellor - Intern

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology -Yorkville University Bachelor of Health Sciences in Addictions Counselling - University of Lethbridge Diploma in Addictions Counselling - Medicine Hat College Amy has been working with the YWCA as a Transitional Housing Client Support Worker since 2019. Working within a Harm Reduction and Client-Centred model, Amy worked with trauma victims performing interventions as needed while assisting with the client’s needs. Her previous experience as a Residential Addictions Counsellor also gave her a working knowledge of supporting clients dealing with trauma, mental illness and addictions. “My name is Amy. I have worked in the mental health and addictions field for ten plus years and it is my passion! I strongly believe we all need and deserve support. Life is a journey! Attending counselling can be scary and that first step takes courage so be proud. I believe you will find it very rewarding. We will work together to develop a counselling approach and plan that will best suit your needs and wants. I look forward to meeting you!”

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Brooklyn Owen

Counsellor - Intern

Master of Counselling Psychology- City University of Seattle BA Psychology – Mount Royal University Brooklyn has gained much of her experience in the mental health field working aside clinicians and families as a behavioral assistant. Through the implementation of behavioral modification at CBI Home Health, Brooklyn has learned that the greatest precursor for both growth and change is empathy and mutual understanding. While completing her master's in Counselling Psychology, Brooklyn has worked at Alberta Health Services as a health care aid; from this she has developed a caring attitude and learned that kindness alone can make a difference in the lives of those around her. Moreover, Brooklyn has worked with an array of populations such as children, families, and athletes. However, most of her knowledge has been derived from working with the autistic community; specifically creating and executing treatment plans for children to help them reach their full potential. Aside from her background in psychology, Brooklyn’s greatest assets include the ability to listen with an open and non-judgmental mindset, as well as the ability elicit a tender and understanding heart. She advocates for being reliable and deterministic in any task given to her and views humor as the spice of life. Overall Brooklyn seeks to help others accomplish their dreams and more importantly reach their own self-actualization. Lastly, Brooklyn realizes that psychological growth and overcoming the challenges of one’s day-to-day life can be difficult and therefore promises to do her best in helping you along the way; both in overcoming struggles and establishing harmony within.

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Jenae White

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.

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Arian Abyaneh

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.

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Rachel Harris

Behavioural Specialist

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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Daniel Ramirez

Behavioural Specialist

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!”