Calgary Health Team

Dr. Megan McElheran, R.Psych.

Clinical Psychologist and CEO

Dr. Megan McElheran is the CEO and Chief Clinical Psychologist of Wayfound.  Dr. McElheran completed graduate training at the PAU-Stanford University Clinical Psychology Consortium, during which she obtained specialized training in the treatment of PTSD through the National Center for PTSD in Menlo Park, CA. Dr. McElheran has been in practice in Calgary since 2008. She continues to focus on work with first responders, and her clinical practice involves work with active-duty members of the Canadian Forces, members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, members of the Calgary Firefighter Department, medical personnel, and others who are directly or vicariously impacted by traumatic events. She routinely engages in teaching and supervisory activity to ensure the sound dissemination of empirically-grounded interventions for trauma. Dr. McElheran is regularly engaged in speaking events, both locally and internationally. She completed a TEDx speech in 2011 related to Trauma, Change, and Resilience and most recently completed a discussion for the Healing Project on trauma and PTSD. Dr. McElheran’s caseload is limited and new patients are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Demographics:  
Adults, Groups, Public safety personnel, Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Accelerated Resolution Therapy

Dr. Lawrence Deck, R.Psych.

Chief Clinical Officer

Dr. Lawrence Deck is the Chief Clinical Officer at Wayfound.  He has been practicing as a psychologist since 2009. Dr. Deck graduated with his Master’s degree in counseling from California State University, Fresno. He subsequently completed his Ph.D. in psychology, forensic specialization through Walden University (Minneapolis, MN). He is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association as well as the National Association of Forensic Counselors. Registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists.  Dr. Deck’s areas of interest include trauma, anger and aggression, and youth with behavioural difficulties. Dr. Deck’s treatment approach is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), although he appreciates the usefulness of incorporating other approaches into his practice. In addition to individual therapy, Dr. Deck has extensive experience in multiple forms of assessment including; Cognitive, social-emotional, capacity, risk (sexual or violent risk), and comprehensive psychological evaluations. He has been formally recognized by the Alberta Provincial Court as an expert in the area of risk assessment and psychometrics. Dr. Deck completed his research in the area of violence and aggression and has specialized training in working with individuals who have offended sexually. 

Demographics:  
Adult, Adolescents, Groups, Public Safety Personnel, Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces, and RCMP

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization, Independent Medical Exam, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Aggression replacement training

Dr. Milena Spasojevic, M.S., Psy.D. R.Psych (AB), C.Psych (ON)

Chief Clinical Officer, Before Operational Stress

Dr. Spasojevic completed her undergraduate training in Psychology, Biology, and African-American Studies at the University of Minnesota in 2007. She completed her Marriage and Family Therapy Masters at St. Cloud State University in 2010 and her Doctorate in Psychology at The Wright Institute in Berkeley, California in 2016. Dr. Spasojevic has practiced in Minnesota, California, Oregon, Ontario, and Alberta. She has taught at the University of Calgary at undergraduate and graduate levels. She carries her diverse training and varied experiences into each session and she works to foster a sense of emotional safety to help you understand your defenses and how they may obstruct your outlook. 

Demographics:  
Adults, Adolescents, Children, Couples, Families, Groups, Public safety personnel, Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, LGBTQ+

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Psychodynamic, Family systems, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Additional Languages:
Serbian

Dr. Ravinder Bains, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Bains earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology prior to studying medicine at the University of Manitoba, his home province. He completed a psychiatric residency at Dalhousie University, where he went on to complete a fellowship in ISTDP (Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy). Subsequent to graduating in 2006, he has practiced as an inpatient psychiatrist, as well as a psychotherapist. Dr. Bains will lead the Psychiatry and Enhanced Alternative Medicine division for Wayfound.

Darlene Foucault, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Foucault graduated with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa and has been in practice since 2005. Trained in the provision of individual, couple, and family therapy, Darlene is passionate about helping clients acquire additional skills to better manage their emotions, improve their coping with daily stresses, and develop stronger and healthier relationships. Her goal is to help her clients reclaim their lives and rebuild one that aligns with their highest values. Dr. Foucault specializes in Complex Trauma. She also has experience with public Safety Personnel,Veterans, the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as the RCMP. 

Demographics:
Adult, Adolescents, Couples, Families, Groups, Public Safety Personnel, Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, Specialize in Complex Trauma
 

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Family Systems, Emotion Focused Therapy, Prolonged Exposure,  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Jennifer Allan, M.C., R.Psych.

Registered Psychologist

Jennifer is a registered psychologist whose clinical practice centres around providing therapy to individuals and couples, using a variety of clinical approaches to help clients learn new ways to effectively manage various stressors. Jennifer is passionate about her work, drawing on 15 years’ experience in human services to foster an increased sense of well-being within her clients.  Jennifer works closely with first responders, (including police, Veterans, paramedics, and firefighters). She also works within the areas of personal trauma, anxiety & depressions, and does assessments for Veterans Affairs.

Demographics:
Adult, Adolescents, Couples, Public Safety Personnel, Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, LGBTQ+

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Jennifer L. Short, Ph.D.

Registered Psychologist

Dr. Short graduated with Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology from Walden University in Minneapolis and has been in clinical practice since 2009. Working primarily with first responder populations, Jennifer aims to provide an environment of acceptance, safety, and collaboration, adapting her approach to meet the individual needs of her clients. 

Demographics:
Adult, Couples, Public Safety Personnel, Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, LGBTQ+

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Psychodynamic, Family Systems, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Sabrina Skar, B.Ed., M.C.

Registered Psychologist

Sabrina is a registered psychologist who holds a Masters degree in Counselling, as well as a Bachelors degree in Education. Her therapeutic orientation stems from a base in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and her primary areas of focus include addiction, trauma, anxiety & depression, stress management, and relationship challenges. As a former educator, Sabrina often uses psycho educational materials to enhance her work with clients and believes that a strong therapeutic alliance can contribute to success in therapy. Sabrina is trained in EMDR and PET and regularly engages mindfulness into her therapeutic practice.

Demographics:
Adult, Public Safety Personnel, Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, LGBTQ+ 

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Psychodynamic, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Gloria Jacobucci, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jacobucci is a registered clinical psychologist who earned her Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. With over 25 years of psychotherapy practice, she specializes in working with trauma.  She also specializes in interpersonal therapy, helping clients address social difficulties and improve their relationships with family, friends, co-workers, supervisors, and others. Dr. Jacobucci’s extensive experience enables her to provide her clients the support they need to decrease any treatment-related anxiety and achieve their therapy goals.  

Demographics:
Adult, Groups, Public Safety Personnel, Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, LGBTQ+

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Psychodynamic, Prolonged Exposure, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy

Dr. Jennifer Primmer

Registered Professional Counsellor

Jennifer received her Ph.D. in Philosophy with an emphasis in Cognitive Science from McMaster University in Hamilton. She focuses on providing treatment to members of the community, Veterans, and First Responders who have experienced traumatic events of different kinds. She routinely works with adult individuals and couples facing a range of mental health and adjustment concerns, including post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, relationships issues, stress management, grief and loss, anger/aggression, and other emotional and behavioural issues. Jennifer believes that every client has a unique path to healing and is committed to employing evidence-based treatments to better assist her clients overcome challenges and increase their quality of life. 

Demographics:
Couples, Public Safety Personnel, Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Hypnotherapy

Dr. Marc Ross (Ph.D.Ed.)

Registered Psychologist

Dr. Marc Ross (PhD. Ed.) is a Registered Psychologist who specializes in the areas of evolutionary psychology and integral studies, having worked extensively with biofeedback and hypnosis in his practice; he also has had valuable experience in research, teaching, and writing. He has worked with many individuals, couples and families over the years, and is affectionately referred to as Dr. Wheelz by some clients. Given his personal experience with quadriplegia, he also helps people adapt to chronic pain, disability and physical injury; finding greater meaning and purpose in the face of extreme adversity.

Demographics:
Adult, Adolescents, Couples, Families

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Jennifer Berard, M.A.

Registered Psychologist

Jennifer Berard is a counselling psychologist with more than 18 years of experience in the addiction and mental health field, specializing in supporting clients as they deal with substance use disorders, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Jennifer takes a strength-based, client-centered approach to counselling and has dedicated her career to advocating for and providing quality clinical care for those seeking change in their lives.  

Demographics:
Adult, Public Safety Personnel, Substance Use Disorders

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Nidia Celis, M.C.

Registered Psychologist

Nidia is a registered psychologist who has been providing mental health care to children, teens, and adults for more than 10 years. She holds a Master’s degree in Counselling and takes an integrative, client-centered approach, utilizing empirically supported treatments to assist her clients in their recovery from mental health issues. Her areas of interest include mood and anxiety disorders, interpersonal difficulties, trauma, and stress management. 

Demographics:
Adult, Adolescents, Children, Families, Public Safety Personnel

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Family Systems, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused 

Additional Languages:
Spanish

Laura Walsh, M.Sc.

Registered Psychologist

Laura is a registered psychologist who holds Master’s degrees in Psychology and Sport Science from the University of Hong Kong and a Master of Counselling degree from Monash University in Australia. She has worked in Calgary for the past five years with individuals, couples, adolescents and high-level athletes experiencing a range of mental health concerns including anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, work-related stress and burnout, anger management, emotion regulation and interpersonal/relationship difficulties.  She is also a psychedelic integrated therapist, and works with the Ketamine clinic at Wayfound Mental Health Group.  

Demographics:
Adult, Adolescents, Couples, Groups

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Hypnotherapy

Rachel du Plessix

Registered Psychologist

Rachel is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Canadian Association of Psychologists. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Biology, and a Master’s Degree in Counselling. Previously, she worked in the nonprofit sector, providing psychological services to individuals, couples and families for a variety of concerns, including grief, anxiety, stress, self-worth, trauma and relationship challenges. She has a special interest in both trauma recovery and relationship concerns. Rachel utilizes different modalities depending on what is suitable to the client, such as Emotions Focused, Cognitive Behavioural and Solutions Focused approaches. She is formally trained in Emotions Focused Therapy for Couples, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Prolonged Exposure.

Demographics:
Adult, Adolescents, Children (9yo+ only for EMDR), Couples, Public Safety Personnel, RCMP, 

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Prolonged Exposure, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Emotions Focused Therapy for Couples

Kate Hollowell Sheldon, M.C.P.

Registered Psychologist

Kate is a registered psychologist whose practice is focused on providing a personalized and integrative treatment for adults. As we often understand ourselves through our relationship, Kate works in collaborative manner to facilitate meaningful change and growth. She has specialized training and interest in assessing and treating trauma/PTSD, grief and loss, burnout and compassion fatigue, anger management, and mild traumatic brain injury and chronic pain. She has experience working with broad and diverse populations, first responders, and veterans. Kate draws from an integrative evidence-based approach, utilizing a cognitive behavioural approach as a foundation alongside somatic interventions, EMDR, cognitive processing therapy, and mindfulness.

Demographics:
Adults, Adolescents (16+), Groups, First Responders, RCMP, Veterans

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and solution focused therapy, Mindfulness and somatic based interventions, Trauma-informed, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique Tapping

Dr. Sarah Holland

Registered Psychologist

Dr. Sarah Holland is a registered forensic, clinical, and counselling psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists.  She completed her doctoral training at an American Psychological Association accredited university, during which she obtained specialized training in Forensics and Pediatric Neuropsychology.  She completed her residency training at a Canadian Psychological Associated accredited program with Correctional Service Canada.  Dr. Holland also completed a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.  

Dr. Holland conducts cognitive, social-emotional, and risk (sexual and violence) assessments and has worked therapeutically with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families across a variety of settings (shelters, residential programs, correctional centres, community mental health, hospitals, and educational settings) utilizing evidence-based therapies for almost 15 years.  She approaches her work with clients in eclectic and integrative fashion that is need dependent and built upon an established therapeutic alliance. Dr. Holland is also a Clinical Adjunct Supervisor with the University of Calgary, Werklund School of Education, Educational Studies in Counselling Psychology, and has been nominated for the Excellence in Supervision Award.   

Demographics:
Adult, Adolescents, Children, Families, Groups, Public Safety Personnel, Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, LGBTQ+

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Family Systems, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, projective therapies (e.g., play therapy, sandtray, narrative, etc.), Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Hypnosis  

Cheryl Hanley, B.A., M.C., R.Psych.

Registered Psychologist

Cheryl Hanley is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, and is also a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.  She focuses on providing trauma assessment and treatment, and has several years experience working with first responder populations.  She also has experience providing counselling and psychological services for a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, stress, grief, anger, sleep disturbances, pain, and others. Alongside individual counselling, Cheryl has provided psychoeducation classes in group settings on a variety of topics, such as sleep hygiene, stress management, resiliency, and mood management, as well as has experience developing and leading group therapy for trauma. 

Demographics:
Adults, Group, Public Safety Personnel

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,  Solution-focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness-based Psychotherapy and Clinical Hypnosis. 

Kristjana Fridfinnson, B.A., M.A., R. Psych (AB)

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Kristjana Fridfinnson is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, as well as a member of the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta, practicing in rehabilitative and clinical psychology with a particular interest in its forensic application. She completed her undergraduate education in Psychology and Criminology at Simon Fraser University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology at the University of North Dakota. She has over 12 years’ experience in the mental health field, dedicating much of her work thus far on serving high-risk and vulnerable individuals in various treatment, residential and community settings. 

Kristjana approaches each session with a person-centered mentality, recognizing the importance of a strong therapeutic relationship. She emphasizes strategies that will help you either reintegrate into or build a lifestyle that is both functional and productive. Her focus on skill-building, psychoeducation, interpersonal relationships, and practical behavioural strategies are realistic and easily applied to your day-to-day life as you work towards long-term goals. 

Demographics:
Adult, Adolescents, Children, Families, Groups, Public Safety Personnel, RCMP, LGBTQ+

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed, Mindfulness, Prolonged Exposure, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Group therapy

Amanda Jahraus

Registered Psychologist

Amanda is a registered psychologist whose clinical practice has centered around providing counselling to individuals who are seeking support related to life transitions, relationship concerns, anxiety, stress, trauma/PTSD, depression, sexual violence/abuse, and existential crisis. Amanda can facilitate counselling using a variety of emotional, somatic, cognitive, and behavioural approaches. In particular, she draws from narrative therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), EMDR, sensorimotor psychotherapy (body-centered therapy), and feminist therapy. Amanda hopes that counselling is a safe and supportive space where you can heal parts of your experience and grow. 

Demographics:
Adult, Public Safety Personnel, LGBTQ+

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

Alanna Caldwell, R.Psych.

Clinical Psychologist

Unfulfilled in her role as a scientist working in the oil and gas industry, Alanna decided to pursue her passion for psychology. She graduated with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University in 2015, obtained certification as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200), and began her career in occupational rehabilitation. Her favourite things about her role as a psychologist  are the profound changes she has the privilege to witness in clients who are recovering from the effects of trauma through Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and the opportunity to help her clients return to work and retrieve their sense of purpose. She incorporates a variety of evidence-based treatment modalities to meet her clients where they are at and believes strongly in educating clients about their symptoms and the recommended treatment to empower them to take charge of their own rehabilitation. She believes in her clients’ capacity for resilience – to learn, grow stronger, and recover meaning by working through adversity.

Demographics:
Adults, Groups, Correctional Service Workers, Paramedics, Public Safety Personnel, LGBTQ2S

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT),Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Clinical Hypnosis

Laura Kalbfleisch B.A., M.A., R.Psych (AB)

Registered Psychologist

Laura Kalbfleisch is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, and is also a member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta.  Laura completed her graduate degree in Chicago, and has experience working with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds. She has extensive experience working in a forensic setting, most recently with the Correctional Service of Canada, specializing in Risk Assessments and providing individual and group therapy for incarcerated individuals.  This work has provided her with unique insight into the challenges first responders face in their work environments and day-to-day life.  In addition to being passionate about helping individuals recover from traumatic experiences, Laura is also a certified Grief Recovery Method specialist, and enjoys working with issues of grief and loss, including pet loss, divorce and other difficult life transitions   

Laura prioritizes a safe and supportive therapeutic environment that is empathetic, caring and compassionate.  Her mission is to assist clients in realizing their goals and recognizing their strengths.   

Demographics:
Adults, Adolescents (16+), Public Safety Personnel, Veterans and Canadian Armed Forces, RCMP, Correctional Service workers, LGBTQ+ 

Modalities / Treatment Methods:
Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Grief Recovery Method (GRM), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Nakachi Ogbonna

BOS Trainer

Nakachi Ogbonna is a mental health consultant and registered social worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers. Graduating from Ryerson University in Toronto, ON, Nakachi has 12 years of practice experience working with adults, youth, couples, families, and groups. She is dedicated in her work with public safety personnel, supporting them through operational stress injuries, including PTSD. Her range of experience includes serving as the Mental Health Consultant for the University of Calgary’s staff, faculty, post-doctorates, and first responders. Notably, she has extensive experience leading post critical incident trauma debriefing and has authored and consulted on a variety of the university’s protocols and processes. While primarily based in the Calgary area, Nakachi works nationwide supporting both adults and youth through trauma recovery. 

Using a variety of therapeutic modalities including CBT, mindfulness based stress reduction, and the incorporation of faith based recovery, Nakachi is committed to supporting clients in not only coping but thriving and growing in face of some of life’s biggest challenges. She is endorsed by the Alberta Fire Fighters Association as an occupationally aware clinician in the treatment of first responder trauma and joins Wayfound in the delivery of its BOS programs.