Calgary Health Team
Dr. Megan McElheran, R.Psych. (she/her)
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.
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.
Jennifer Allan, M.C., R.Psych.
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.
Jennifer Berard, M.A. (she/her)
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.
Alanna Caldwell R.Psych.
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.
Nidia Celis, M.C. (she/her)
Nidia is a registered psychologist and member of the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta, with a Masters of Counselling from the University of Calgary. She 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.
Camille Charbonneau, B.A., M.C. (she/her)
Camille Charbonneau is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists practicing counselling psychology and is also a member of the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Queen’s University, followed by her Master’s in Counselling Psychology at City University of Seattle in Calgary, Alberta. To date, her mental health experiences have included helping at-risk and vulnerable populations both in treatment and community settings, as well as furthering research in the well-being of female first responders in Canada. Camille utilizes a client-centred approach and works to cultivate emotional safety in each session. She adapts to individual client needs and pairs a strong therapeutic relationship with research-based interventions to support clients in their healing and personal growth.
Rachel du Plessix
Rachel is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Canadian Psychological Association. 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 Emotionally Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Prolonged Exposure.
Véronique Faletto, is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She has completed her master’s degree in Psychology, specializing in Clinical Intercultural Psychopathology of Social Ties, Crises situations and Clinical Psychopathology at the University of Nice in France in 2009. She completed her EMDR Therapy Training in 2018. Among her patients are Veterans, RCMP officers, other first responders as well as adults wounded by a difficult childhood.
Darlene Foucault Ph.D., R.Psych. (she/her)
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.
Kristjana Fridfinnson, B.A., M.A., R. Psych (AB)
Kristjana Fridfinnson is a Registered 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.
Anthony W. Grey (he/him)
Registered Social Worker
Anthony Grey is a Registered Social Worker and is designated as a Clinical Traumatologist (Traumatology Institute, Toronto, ON). Anthony graduated with a Master’s of Social Work from Dalhousie University, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Sociology. His primary focus include addiction, trauma, addressing relationship stressors, anger management, anxiety and depression, and grief and loss. Anthony is passionate about helping his clients. He employs a strengths-based approach, motivational interviewing techniques, accelerated resolution therapy (ART), and a solution-focused approach to assist his clients in coping with life stressors and improving their overall well-being.
Alex Guidotti, MC, R. Psych
Alex holds a Master Degree in Counselling Psychology and is a Registered Psychologist in Calgary, Alberta. He is an Associate Faculty Member at City University (Calgary, Alberta) and has taught at Mount Royal University and Bow Valley College where he enjoys supervising and teaching various graduate level courses to his students. Alex understands the importance of trauma-informed care and being compassionate towards his client’s needs. Utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered (Rogerian) Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Alex strives to help clients manage the many challenges they face and the emotional dysregulation they may feel. Alex takes a client centered approach and has extensive experience with grief and loss.
Mouhammed "Moe" Halat, M.A. Forensic Psychology, R. Psych (AB)
Moe completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Calgary in 2003. His areas of concentration were developmental and social psychology.
Moe went on to complete his Masters of Art degree in Forensic Psychology in 2006 at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Illinois, USA. There he had exposure to one of the most robust and experienced forensic programs in North America. Following degree completion in Chicago, Moe took employment at Drumheller Institution as an Associate Psychologist. A few years later, he took a corrections psychologist position at the Calgary Remand Center where he worked for 13 years.
With over 15 years of experience, Moe had the pleasure of successfully working with a wide variety of mental health issues. He has a deep understanding of disruptive behaviours, personality psychopathology (mental illnesses), trauma, reality-challenged issues, sex and gender-related concerns, and overall life stress. He is culturally competent and has successfully worked with a wide variety of people from many backgrounds. Moe’s clinical style involves a direct, open, and honest approach.
Cheryl Hanley, B.A., M.C., R.Psych.
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.
Dr. Sarah Holland
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.
Kate Hollowell Sheldon, M.C.P.
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.
Laura Kalbfleisch B.A., M.A., R.Psych AB (she/her)
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.
Dr. Sarah M. MacDonald, PhD. (she/her)
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Dr. MacDonald graduated with her PhD in Psychology in 2016 from Memorial University of Newfoundland and has been conducting and publishing research, including book chapters, in the area of Forensic Psychology for over 10 years. She has been in practice as a Forensic Interview Specialist since 2017, working with members of the RCMP, Calgary Police, Calgary Prosecution Service, among other organizations, conducting forensic interviews of children who have experienced maltreatment. As a Registered Provisional Psychologist (Clinical/Counselling) with the College of Alberta Psychologists, Dr. MacDonald’s treatment approach is largely informed by Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Dr. MacDonald is committed to empirically based practices and is regularly engaged in speaking and training events related to trauma, memory, and forensic interviewing, for professionals in the criminal justice system throughout Canada. She has also taught Forensic Psychology at the undergraduate level and has presented her research internationally.
Victoria Pasyk, JD, MSc (she/her)
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Victoria is a Registered Provisional Psychologist under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Holland. She attained her MSc in Counselling Psychology in 2019 as well as a JD in 2016. She is currently a third year PhD Counselling Psychology student at the University of Calgary. She has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with moderate to severe mental health concerns in a variety of settings. Victoria is trained in several therapeutic modalities and able to provide psychoeducational and mental health assessments.
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.
Dr. Marc Ross Ph.D.Ed.
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.
Dr. Sebastian Saint
Dr. Saint completed his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology at the University of Calgary in 2008. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan in 2018. Since graduating with his Ph.D., Dr. Saint has practiced in Calgary, AB. He carries his extensive training and experiences into each session and works to foster a strong rapport with each and every client. Dr. Saint has significant experience working with trauma, anxiety and depression and uses various gold standard modalities to help his clients improve their mental well-being.
Nina Sangra, R.Psych.
Nina is a registered psychologist in Alberta who helps people heal and grow from trauma, burnout, compassion fatigue, PTSD, loss, and grief. She specializes in working with people who have experienced childhood, developmental, physical, and sexual trauma and may be reliving past wounds. She takes a collaborative and gentle approach and believes the heart of effective therapy is the therapeutic relationship. Nina aims to help clients reduce emotional and physical symptoms and move through the past safely so they can fully ground and live in the present. She takes an integrative therapy approach to address the head, heart, and body by using cognitive-behavioural therapy, narrative therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and somatic (e.g. body-focused) therapy.
Dr. Jennifer L. Short (she/her)
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.
Sabrina Skar, B.Ed., M.C. (she/her)
Sabrina is a registered psychologist in both Alberta and British Columbia. She holds a Master’s 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. She is trained in EMDR and PET and regularly engages mindfulness into her therapeutic practice. Sabrina is currently offering online sessions only.
Heather Macdonald, Ph.D. (She/her)R. Psych #4165, C. Psych #7231
I am a Registered Psychologist in Alberta and Ontario. I completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, having completed my dissertation in the Philippines, which looked at the risk factors that affect children’s academic achievement while in care. I have worked with at-risk children, teens, and their families for over 25 years in clinical, management and academic positions.
I am an associate faculty and past program director for the Master of Counselling program at City University, where I enjoy teaching graduate-level courses to aspiring therapists. I particularly enjoy teaching family systems and practicum classes.
I approach clinical work from a post-modern systemic perspective, relying on socially constructed realities to guide my understanding of systems, human narratives, trauma and cultural intersectionality.
As a part of my clinical work, I integrate a therapy dog. Macaulay Blue “Mak” is a golden doodle currently seven years old and provides a gentle calm around the office, schools and other training sites.
Alexandra Hopkins, M.A, (she/her)
Registered Provisional Psychologist (AB)
Alexandra is a Registered Provisional Psychologists with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She completed her undergrad in Psychology and Criminology at the University of Western Ontario, followed by her Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology at the University of Denver. She gained notable experience working as a mental health therapist for first responders, veterans, and their family members in Denver, Colorado. Additionally, she created a service-learning model on brain injuries in the criminal justice system for crisis-intervention training groups. Alexandra uses a client-centred and holistic approach to therapy, emphasizing the importance of a strong therapeutical alliance to promote growth and healing.
Franzi Kintzel, MSc. (she/her)
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Franzi offers psycho-educational and social-emotional assessments for adolescents and adults, as well as counselling services for adolescents, adults, and couples. Her clients’ concerns commonly include depression, anxiety, interpersonal difficulties, adjustment, social skills, emotion dysregulation, ADHD management, and grief. In her practice, Franzi tailors her approach to each client individually, with the intent to foster growth and change. While she mostly draws from cognitive-behavioural therapy, she also includes elements from other therapeutic approaches as per her client’s specific concerns and goals. She also provides psycho-education, particularly when working with parents.
Franzi is a provisionally registered psychologist with an M.Sc. in Neuropsychology as well as Counselling Psychology. While currently completing her doctoral studies in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary, she also teaches at various post-secondary institutions in Alberta and provides groups for children and adolescents, focusing on social-emotional skill building, as well as adult ADHD groups through a not-for-profit organization in Calgary.
Michelle is a Registered Provisional Psychologist under the supervision of Dr. Lawrence Deck, and a PhD candidate in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. Michelle has a longstanding interest in supporting the wellbeing of military and public safety members affected by trauma. During her Masters, she worked with active military members and Veterans, and RCMP at the Calgary OSI Clinic. She subsequently completed her thesis on the experience of posttraumatic growth in Veterans. Her current dissertation research focuses on the intersectional experiences of women in the fire service. As a researcher, she has been part of the development and evaluation of a program aimed at supporting family members of first responders in Canada.
Clinically, Michelle draws upon systemic, cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused, and strengths-based practices to support her clients through an integrative approach. She has worked with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, interpersonal/familial concerns, substance use, life transitions, and operational stress among other concerns. She works collaboratively with clients facing diverse stressors to support meaningful, life-long growth.