At Sojourn Wellness Group, we truly operate from a team perspective and are often able to coordinate services to accommodate the entire family.
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Therapy can be scary. Yet, we know that sometimes the worthwhile things in life can also be the most nerve wracking. Having at least one other person walk beside us during life’s challenges can give us the courage to make the changes we desire. Working from an existential/humanistic lens, Danae believes that change happens best when we feel safe enough to take risks towards living the life we want. She sees her clients as the experts in their own lives and considers herself a fellow traveler, accompanying her clients towards meaningful change. Danae provides space to process difficult emotions and experiences while also offering practical tools that clients can leave with and translate into other areas of their lives. Clients have described Danae as open and warm, whose disarming style is a welcome ingredient for those who have attended counselling several times or never before.
Danae is an early career registered psychologist with nearly 5 years of counselling experience. She received her masters at the University of Alberta (2018), and is currently working towards her doctorate in counselling psychology. Danae has worked in crisis intervention and women’s shelters/housing-first programs, university counselling clinics, work-place injury rehabilitation, and psychosocial oncology. Outside of the therapy room, Danae goes rock climbing, enjoys foodie/cafe adventures, and writes poetry.
Treatment Method & Services
Danae integrates a variety of approaches and interventions to meet the unique needs of each person. She largely draws from emotion-focused and third-wave cognitive-behavioural approaches (e.g. compassion-focused & acceptance and commitment therapies). She provides individual therapy for adults across the lifespan. Danae welcomes clients of all genders, sexual orientations, ethnicities, and religious affiliations. Bilingual services in German and English, as well as in-person and online counselling, are offered.
● Existential issues
● Emotion regulation
● Self-esteem & self-criticism
● Chronic pain & health issues
● Work injuries
● Depression & anxiety
● Sleep difficulties
● Family of origin & relationship concerns
● School & career
● Stress management
● Spirituality & religious concerns
● Life transitions
● Personal growth & wellness
Tania has known since she was a little girl, that she was meant to have deeper, meaningful conversations with family, friends, and even strangers! She has the uncanny ability to connect with just about everyone. The diagnosis of a loved one with major depressive disorder pushed her into the world of psychology at a younger age.
Tania believes in a client-centered approach, where the client is the expert of their life.
Therapy can be difficult, but with the right fit, the drive to move forward, and the proper tools, Tania believes it can change lives tremendously. She believes the most difficult part is the first step of reaching out. Once there, she strives to ensure her clients are well-supported throughout their therapeutic journey.
When Tania is not working, she can be found in antique shops looking for her next vintage treasure. An avid bookworm, Tania’s home is full of books. She hopes to have a proper library one day. On her days off, Tania loves to spend time with her husband, and extended family.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy and behavior management
Anxiety and Depression
Communication and Relationships
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if only one remembers to turn on the light.” – Albus Dumbledore
Languages: English, Urdu, Hindi, Gujrati and some Punjabi
Attending and doing the heavy work in therapy can be challenging, but Lily’s authenticity and down-to-earth nature may help clients feel at greater ease. She has a way of weaving between moments of depth and light-heartedness that clients appreciate. Taking a collaborative approach, Lily strives to understand each client, promote insight into their emotions and experiences, and foster empowerment and positive change.
Lily has worked at youth forensic in-patient and rehabilitation settings, sexual assault centers, and university counselling clinics. Lily has provided individual and group counselling to children, adolescents, and adults from various backgrounds, and she welcomes clients of all genders, sexual orientations, and races.
When she isn’t at the office or completing her doctorate in Counselling Psychology, Lily can be found at a dance class, training with her weightlifting club, exploring the outdoors, cheering on the Oilers, or at home trying to keep her plants alive.
Lily works from a client-centered perspective meaning that she believes clients are the experts of their own lives. Her passion for gender-based violence prevention and promotion of healthy relationships in her counselling, activism, and research naturally draws her to work from a feminist lens – which is just a way of saying she believes social factors contribute to our issues. Recognizing that every person is unique, Lily integrates a number of approaches, including Emotion-Focused Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, and Narrative therapy. She plans to complete future training to add more tools to her therapy toolkit.
– Relationship issues
– Sexual and domestic violence
– Boundaries and assertiveness
– Stress and burnout
– School & career issues
– Personal growth and wellness
Katie has been in the business of understanding people in order to help them understand themselves and their loved ones since her babysitting days. She has been a people-lover from the get-go! Throughout her work, Katie has been repeatedly amazed by the capacity people have to love each other. Katie has been equally moved by the pain and frustration that often comes when people feel they can’t reach those they love most.
Katie taught internationally and in Canada for many years. However, she had a drive to go deeper into understanding the students she taught and the families that loved them. This led her to a Master in School and Applied Child Psychology. This training fit nicely with Katie’s experience with learners who were “outside the box” of classroom expectations. During her master’s, Katie prepared to join teachers, parents, and students in understanding student strengths and weaknesses to plan for their success. Soon this led Katie to a therapy practice that helps children/youth to understand themselves, and helps parents to understand and support their children. Creating an environment to heal what can be healed and understand what can be understood goes a long way in anyone’s journey to live the life they want to live.
Katie works largely from an attachment (your people are part of both your growth and your pain), emotion-focused (all feelings are welcome teacher companions), humanistic (your best resource is in you), and strength-based (there is always good stuff to know about you) approach. However, Katie values being a part of your team, and will tailor her approach to fit who you are and where you’re at.
Katie considers her family to be her greatest blessing. She gets much joy from rooting for her kids in whatever sport they are playing (usually basketball), learning a little teen culture, being comfortable at home with her hubby, and getting in lots of puppy snuggles.
Circle of Security
Tara has worked at Sojourn Wellness Group as a psychologist, supervisor, and case manager for 15 years. Tara is a dedicated psychologist and also enjoys teaching. She has instructed courses at Grant MacEwan University and the University of Alberta.
Tara is a certified Emotionally Focused Therapist and Supervisor. She is highly trained in EMDR, and the Circle of Security. Tara is an attachment focused therapist. Tara also touches on meaning focused and narrative approaches to therapy.
Tara’s goal is that clients will gain more awareness of their emotions and learn skills to build supportive relationships. She supports clients to facilitate the sharing and processing of emotions, and she is good at balancing the needs between partners in couples counselling, as well as helping to restore balance in families. Clients feel cared for and safe with Tara, regardless of age or gender, whether they are in family therapy, couple’s therapy, individual therapy, or supervision.
Tara enjoys spending her free time with her husband, and her two small children Elyana and Caedmon.
Marriage and Premarital Counselling
Tara has been in a supervisory role for over 10 years at Sojourn Wellness Group. Since 2015 Tara has been recognized by the College of Alberta Psychologists as meeting the criteria to be a supervisor for provisional psychologists. Tara loves to work alongside of her supervisees as they work toward their supervision goals.
Emotionally Focused Supervision is a special passion of Tara, not only is she a certified EFT supervisor, but she deeply enjoys the process of working with individuals as they specialize their therapy orientation. Tara is currently working on being certified as a Circle of Security Supervisor as well.
“Working towards being an emotionally focused supervisor is one of the richest experiences I have had. I deeply enjoy the experience of knitting EFT into my supervision, watching my supervisees grow and gain such a life transforming model. If you are interested in EFT I hope you will consider joining this amazing emotion movement, and please do reach out… I’d love to be a part of your journey.”
“We are all people like everyone else, sometimes we are good and sometimes we are bad. When we get stuck in negative thoughts or feelings about ourselves or other people we can ask for help to relearn that we are all people like everyone else…”
Ellis’ clients find him genuine, empathetic, personable, and a good listener. He is great with parents, adolescents, children, preschoolers, and adults.
Ellis has a history of working in a wide range of environments, including outreach programs, preschool, elementary and secondary schools, universities, and hospitals/community clinics. He also has experience consulting and collaborating with multidisciplinary teams, including social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, nurses, school administrators, and teachers. Ellis helps clients discover, nurture and sustain solutions and adaptive thoughts and behaviors to manage their challenges.
Ellis has a diverse educational background that includes studies in school and clinical psychology, education, and ecological sciences. Ellis’ current graduate research with the University of Alberta is focused on bullying intervention in Alberta schools. This variety of knowledge allows Ellis to help clients to explore their situations from multiple perspectives and gain additional resources and hope. Ellis is married, and has a daughter. He enjoys strength training, trail and track running, photography, and technology.
All life is linked together in such a way that no part of the chain is unimportant. Frequently, upon the action of some of these minute beings depends
Karen has a varied educational background, including nursing, counselling and educational/developmental psychology. Karen has worked in health care, women’s health and mental health for over 20 years, with specialization in children’s mental health. Working with young children and their families, Karen has practiced as both a Psychologist and a nurse. Karen has also worked with women and children in crisis programs, supporting their health and mental health functioning.
Karen is compassionate about her work, and she aims for clients to feel supported and understood by her. Her warmth, care and insight help clients to sort through their presenting difficulties. Clients find themselves motivated and with direction. Karen enjoys coming along side of women and helping them in a safe professional environment.
Karen is married with two young adult children.
When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves~ Viktor Frankl
Megan adopts a strengths-based approach to actively empower clients to work towards their goals, learning to use their assets to catalyze positive change in areas of challenge. Megan’s therapeutic work is grounded in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT); however, she believes that all interventions should be tailored to respect the unique needs of each client. Megan has also begun training in Emotion Focused Therapy.
Megan has a range of experience working with children, adolescents and adults in a variety of contexts, including individual and group-based therapy at CASA, Child, Adolescent and Family Services; individual and group-based intervention for students attending Edmonton Public mental health schools; individual therapy for in-need children enrolled in the Boston public and private school systems; social skills intervention to support children and adolescents to successfully navigate the intricacies of social communication; individual therapy in private practice at Sojourn Psychology. She also has experience consulting and collaborating with a multidisciplinary team, including social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and teachers.
In Megan’s spare-time, she enjoys keeping active and spending time with family and friends. She is also in the process of completing her Doctorate in Psychology.
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve their world – Anne Frank
Karl believes that good counselling helps individuals, couples and families move from a sense of feeling stuck and having limited choice to feeling free to create new ways of relating to self and others. Clients find Karl to be knowledgeable and well equipped to support their counselling needs.
Karl has a diverse educational background that includes: psychology, social work, and philosophy/theology. With this knowledge Karl helps clients to explore their situations from multiple perspectives and gain additional resources and hope.
Karl not only works with adults, but also with children and teens. Prior to practicing at Sojourn Wellness, Karl worked for Alberta Health Services and CASA as a mental health therapist for infants, children and adolescents. He also has worked as a family therapist and school social worker. Karl continues to do some contract work with CASA.
Karl is married and has two children. He enjoys rock climbing and yoga, and is striving to move beyond tolerating running.
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change. – Carl Rogers
Angela is a registered psychologist, with a master of counselling degree from Athabasca University. She has worked with families and individuals in a variety of settings, including community mental health clinics, secondary care programs, and residential programs.
Angela works from a client-centered approach where she strives to support clients as they discover their own sense of self. She believes that each client is the expert on their own lives, and she values the individuality of each person she encounters. She has an open and direct style that makes it easy for clients to connect with her. Angela is passionate about developing a strong practice, and is dedicated to the profession of psychology.
Family is important to Angela and she loves spending time with her husband, her daughter, and her extended family. Her favorite pass-time is playing board games.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you. — Maya Angelou
Stephanie provides psychological services from a client-centred, strength-based, and emotionally-focused approach. She encourages and empowers clients, believing that each person has a unique set of strengths and resources.
Stephanie utilizes emotionally focused therapy often, as well as cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and solution focused therapy.
Core to Stephanie’s work is the belief that collaboration, respect, openness, and a trusting relationship are the keys to facilitating meaningful and lasting change. She is personable and strives to connect with her clients to facilitate comfort, safety, and readiness to explore whatever it is that brought them to therapy.
Stephanie has a wide range of experience. She has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of contexts, including individual and group settings. Stephanie has facilitated workshops on various crisis related topics such as suicide and domestic violence, as well as workshops focused on effective parenting strategies, and childhood mental health. She also has experience consulting within multidisciplinary settings, working with social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses and teachers. Stephanie also works as a Mental Health Consultant at CASA Child, Adolescent, and Family Mental Health services, providing consultative services to professionals and therapists in northeast Alberta.
When Stephanie has some spare time, she fills it with her family, close friends, Zumba, and music.
Providing care for: Men, Women, Teens, Children, Couples and Families.
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.” Carl Rogers
Clients find Lisa genuine and caring. She loves helping people reach their goals and make positive changes. She believes that everyone deserves to live an authentic and fulfilling life. Lisa has experience working with a variety of clients, including those with intellectual disabilities, autism and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. For several years Lisa has worked as a psychologist with Alberta Health Services, in the mental health hospital.
Outside of work Lisa enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.
From the moment of birth, each of us embarks upon our own unique life journey. Inevitably, life presents bumps, roadblocks and detours. Loretta’s nonjudgmental, compassionate and skilled approach helps clients navigate these challenges by empowering them to build and use resiliency skills and to make thoughtful choices rather than simply reacting to events in their lives. It is Loretta’s privilege to meet with clients exactly where they are in their lives in order to support them in discovering paths to how they want to be.
Developing healthy Interpersonal relationships has been a primary focus for Loretta throughout her 30 + years of clinical work. As such, she looks at the various “interpersonal systems” that impact and are impacted by her clients. She enjoys working with individuals, couples and families. Loretta has honed her therapeutic skills by providing clinical direction and services to residential treatment settings and to mental health clinics. Currently, she is counselling students at a post-secondary institute. Committed to best practice and evidence-based therapies, she engages in numerous continuous education opportunities.
“’Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor E. Frankl
Katherine helps clients resolve individual and relationship issues with compassion and understanding. She supports clients in moving from a place of feeling stuck, unfulfilled, confused and lonely, to a place of self-confidence, resiliency and connection. Key features of her practice include self-reflection, balance, acceptance, mind-body attunement and most importantly, supportive and collaborative relationships. She uses a client centered approach with a touch of humour to help clients reach their goals. Depending on your goals she may use Emotionally Focused, Cognitive Behavioural, EMDR, Mindfullness or Solution Focused Therapy.
Prior to her role at Sojourn, Katherine has worked in diverse settings including private practice, psychiatric hospitals in both in-patient and out-patient settings, in schools, vocational support settings, community agencies, residential care homes for individuals with developmental difficulties, and in correctional institutes. Within those roles, Katherine has provided individual and group therapy to individuals struggling with mental health, grief and loss, addictions, trauma, abuse recovery, life transitions, depression and anxiety.
Katherine is currently working towards certification in Emotion Focused Therapy and EMDR Therapy. She is actively advancing her skills with couples who feel stuck and with individuals who are struggling with trauma.
Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship and Core Skills Completed
EMDR Level 1 and 2 completed
Emotional Freedom Technique Level 1 and 2 completed.
In her spare time Katherine enjoys travelling, camping, staying active playing soccer and badminton, socializing with friends and family and training her dog Gary to potentially be a Therapy Dog.
CBT, EFT, EMDR, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Person Centered, Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused
Trauma, abuse, stress, self-esteem, growth and wellness, communication and relationships, emotional regulation, anxiety and depression, grief and loss, sexual identity, life transition, and peer relationships.
Member of CAP & (pending PAA)
We would love to talk. Give us a call and we can help you find the right therapist for you. 780-449-1196
At Sojourn Wellness Group, we truly operate from a team perspective and are often able to coordinate services to accommodate the entire family.