At Sojourn Psychology, we truly operate from a team perspective and are often able to coordinate services to accommodate the entire family.
Get to know our team by clicking on their image below.
Shyla is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with a MEd in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta.
Shyla believes in a client-centered approach, where clients are the expert in their own lives. She uses a holistic approach to meet clients where they are at in all areas of need. Shyla is most strongly influenced by attachment theory, where the relationships we hold with people play important roles in our struggles but also in our strengths. Shyla strives to create a warm environment where clients are free to express themselves and explore their concerns.
Shyla enjoys working with all types of clients. Her life was spent growing up and working at a summer camp, and she has a particular passion for working with youth and teens.
Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Anxiety and Depression
*Christian focus upon request
Lena is a Registered Provisional Psychologist, Registered Psychotherapist (RP), a Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC), and a Certified EEG Biofeedback practitioner (BCN, EEG) with over 15 years of clinical experience in a clinical setting. Lena holds a BSc in Psychology from York University and Master’s in Counselling degree from Athabasca University.
Lena has a wealth of experience working with adolescents, young adults, and adults who face a range of personal and interpersonal challenges. Lena strongly believes in a person-centered and culturally sensitive approach. She aims to provide a therapeutic environment that is warm, accepting and understanding, and where a client feels seen, heard and valued. Lena tailors her therapeutic approach to meet her client’s needs and circumstances. Lena believes in collaborating with her clients in order to provide a caring and supportive environment for their healing journey.
Before relocating to Alberta, Lena lived and worked in Toronto. In her spare time, she likes reading mystery novels, hiking, cooking, dancing, yoga and spending time with friends and family.
• Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
• Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
• Culturally Sensitive
• Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing EMDR
• Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT)
• Attachment Therapy
• ADHD coaching
• Relationship issues
• Family conflict
• Multicultural counselling
Jasmine completed her Master’s of Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University in 2021.
Jasmine works from a person-centered approach, which allows the client to be the expert in their experiences. She likes to understand a client’s perspective and uses a holistic approach to counselling based on relationship building and collaboration. She focuses on providing a safe, non-judgmental environment and is an empathic listener. Jasmine may use a variety of therapeutic modalities depending on the client and their goals. She believes that everyone has a different journey and it is completely acceptable and unapologetically okay to be stuck on that journey.
Prior to her role at Sojourn, Jasmine worked within a school setting, providing services for children and their families. Within her role, she provided one-on-one counselling, group therapy tackling skills such as, self-esteem, social skills, and self-regulation. Previously working in private practice, Jasmine has experience working with individuals struggling with mental health, trauma, parenting, anxiety, and depression.
She works with individuals of all ages.
Jasmine is currently working towards her certification in EMDR therapy.
In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys spending time with her family and kids, doing yoga, and being outdoors. She thoroughly believes that as a parent, it is important to take some time for self-care, so she loves to indulge in good food with friends.
“Sometimes the bravest and most important thing you can do is just show up.” -Brene Brown
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Emotion-focused therapeutic approaches
Personal growth and wellness
School and career growth
Barb is a registered provisional psychologist who completed her Master of Counselling Psychology degree through Athabasca University. Barb has experience working with youth and adults who have a history of trauma, relationship violence, anxiety, depression, grief, and loss, as well with individuals who are navigating life transitions. Before moving back to Alberta, Barb worked and lived in small communities in British Columbia.
Barb endeavors to create a collaborative practice that provides the opportunity for individuals to develop goals and build skills needed to navigate the challenges that are identified through the therapeutic process. Through collaborative work, Barb supports an individual by ensuring that interventions and skills offered through therapy are consistent with the client’s values and beliefs.
Barb has experiencing working within a feminist framework, DBT, CBT, and trauma informed practices.
In her spare time, Barb enjoys the outdoors, spending time with family and dogs, and good food. She has a passion for travel and adventure.
. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
. Feminist Psychology
. Solution Focused Therapy
. Emotional Regulation
Britni knows that each client is unique and deserving of a personalized approach to therapy. She understands that therapy can be an overwhelming experience for most and providing clients with support and encouragement helps to create a comfortable and safe space for healing. She approaches each client from a collaborative, empathetic and compassionate place, and believes building a strong therapeutic relationship is most important, enabling individuals to cope with the challenges of day-to-day living, especially during these unprecedented times.
Britni works primarily from a client-centered and integrative approach, tailoring the therapeutic intervention to the needs of the client. She emphasizes compassion for oneself, which Britni consistently champions both professionally and personally. One of the most rewarding aspects of her job is having the opportunity to work with both adolescents and adults, assisting them with a wide variety of issues and concerns.
Britni is a Registered Provisional Psychologist who has been providing counselling services for over 10 years. She has experiences working with addictions and mental health in crisis mobile, in-patient treatment, and correction services.
In her spare time, Britni spends quality time with her two young children, spouse and family enjoying the outdoors, exercise, music, and great food.
• Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Harm Reduction Approach
• Mindfulness-Based Strategies
• Relapse Prevention
• Anxiety & Depression
• Men’s Issues
• Self-esteem/Self worth
• Stress Management
• Goal Setting
• Loss & Grief
• Family of Origin/ Relationship Concerns
• Emotion Regulation
Jaryn is passionate about supporting and partnering with vulnerable individuals towards a path of recovery, healing and wholeness. She has been described as very empathetic, non-judgmental, and “a safe place” for individuals to share powerful stories. She has an extensive work background involving counselling-related roles through social work in non-profit and governmental positions as well as working one-on-one as a social coach with children suffering from mental health and specific disorders.
Prior to working at Sojourn, Jaryn was a Family Support Worker at a non-profit agency supporting foster and kinship families. She also has direct work experience as a Caseworker through Children’s Services, understands the complexities involved and has worked on multidisciplinary teams including teachers, the RCMP, psychologists, doctors and others. She has also worked with varying clients of all age ranges including individuals suffering from chronic homelessness, poverty, addiction, mental health, loss and grief, relationship issues, trauma, abuse and individuals involved with Children’s Services.
In her spare time, Jaryn enjoys spending time with her family and friends, going hiking/camping in the mountains and, ultimately, being active in nature.
Jaryn’s therapeutic method is grounded in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy though she draws upon other therapeutic approaches to ensure she fits each clients’ needs. She welcomes clients of all ages including children, teens, and adults.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Attachment Theory and Circle of Security
Family Systems Theory
Loss and Grief
Anxiety and Depression
Personal Growth and Wellness
Spirituality and Religious Concerns
School & Career
Tony believes that with a little support at the right place and at the right time, anyone can accomplish far more than they could on their own. This is why he believes that therapy can be a valuable piece of your bigger support system. Meaningful change is accomplished together.
Tony is a registered provisional psychologist, having recently graduated from City University of Seattle with a Masters of Counselling (2020). He has previously been a counsellor at a charitable community counselling clinic where he had the opportunity to work with a variety of demographics and circumstances.
Tony has volunteered as a responder for the Edmonton Police Victims Services Unit and has also volunteered in numerous capacities with youth and religious organizations in mentoring and teaching roles.
Outside of the therapy room, Tony can be found hiking, reading, playing board games, baking bread, or wondering about the big questions in life. He and his wife are expecting their first baby this summer.
We are happy to have another male psychologist on our team to offer counselling in Sherwood Park and Edmonton Area.
Tony has trained in experiential therapy methods with a strong emphasis on attachment, lifespan development, and trauma.
His core therapeutic method is the Bodynamic system of somatic psychotherapy, a skills-based system focused on life-course development and building personal resources to be fully present with life and relationships. This approach is ideal for many concerns including Trauma.
He draws on integrative body psychology, psychodynamic theory, and evidence-based methods from cognitive-behavioural therapies. He is informed by systems theory and strengths-based psychology. His therapeutic attention is based on biological, psychological, socio-cultural, and spiritual dimensions with a focus on dignity, safety, and (re)connection.
• Personal growth and wellness
• Anxiety and Depression
• Loss and Grief
• Trauma / Post-traumatic growth
• Emotion Regulation / Stress Management
• Family of Origin / Relationship Concerns
• Identity / Existential Issues
• Clergy and Christian Identity upon request
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
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…”
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
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
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
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.