Meet The Team

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Dr. Christopher Rose, B.A., B.Sc., M.A., PhD

Clinical Director

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFBT), Child, Youth, Adults, Seniors, Individual and Family Counselling, Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA), Veterans Affairs of Canada (VAC), Addictions, Anxiety, PTSD

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

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Skills (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

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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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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Hanna Lazdowski
Counsellor - Intern

Master of Counselling –

City University of Seattle

(In Progress)

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Western University

Hanna has extensive experience in supporting diverse populations. She has primarily worked with children and adolescents aged from 2 to 18 years old, however, she is passionate about helping individuals of all ages. Hanna offers over 3000 hours of direct service assisting clients and their families grow and meet their goals. Her experience as a Respite Worker and as an Early Intervention Therapist allows her to create positive therapeutic relationships with her clients.

Hanna is available for clients who present with a variety of concerns, such as depression, support with self-esteem, anxiety, and addictions. Her practice emphasizes on creating a safe and comfortable space where clients can flourish, tailoring her approach to their needs while ensuring they are receiving the best care possible. She looks forward to helping support your unique concerns and reaching your personal goals.
 

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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.

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 Uma Pépin-Robbins
Counsellor - Intern

Master of Counselling –

City University of Seattle

(In Progress)


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology – Bishop’s University

Uma strives to create a collaborative and culturally informed practice by using her therapeutic skills and offers her services in both English and French. As a learner and a member of the LGBTQIA2S+ with experience working with at-risk populations, Uma adopts a client-centered approach and strives to be culturally informed when working collaboratively with disadvantaged communities to create solutions and help instill resiliency into her clients’ lives.

Her current position as a volunteer counsellor for victims of human trafficking and sex workers involves actively listening to their current concerns and formulating a safety plan to meet their immediate needs. This experience taught her that safety is imperative with at-risk groups which includes removing potential barriers and helping clients seek access to safe housing and physical health services. Her experience in facilitating groups for caregivers and working in one-on-one English and French settings with the elderly allowed her to use her interpersonal and therapeutic skills to foster supportive relationships and honed her to be empathetic in addressing potential areas of concern such as the burdens of caregiving, grief and loss, practising self-care, and rekindling family dynamics. Uma is eager to work in a goal-oriented environment that focuses on empowering clients’ strengths and opportunities to effect change.

Uma’s hope is to build a relationship of trust by using a variety of counselling tools to effect change and promote resiliency. During sessions, Uma will value her clients as the experts in their own lives by actively listening and honouring what they share. She believes that with the right tools, anyone can begin their journey towards an improved quality of life. 

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“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