Red Deer Health Team
Nadia Pirbhai, B.Sc., M.C., R.Psych. AB (she/her)
Manager & Operator Red Deer Clinic/Registered Psychologist
Nadia is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP), and the manager/operator of the Red Deer Wayfound Clinic.
Prior to working at Wayfound, Nadia was involved in various mental health related settings providing psychological support to a wide demographic of individuals, including Correctional Service Canada, Cold Lake First Nations, and work with various Public Safety Personnel (PSP) agencies in Cold Lake, AB including the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), and other local municipal services. Through that experience, Nadia developed a passion for working with PSP and vulnerable populations.
Working extensively with adults in individual, couple, and group settings, Nadia is passionate about helping her clients live more purposeful and rewarding lives. She focuses on building rapport with each of her clients and emphasizes empathy and authenticity as cornerstones of therapy. Nadia enjoys using cognitive and mindfulness-based skills, as well as exposure and psychodynamic therapy to help determine root cause of problematic behaviour, subsequently helping clients manage and resolve their roadblocks while simultaneously recognizing their strengths and potential.
Alana Hovland, RSW, BSW, MSW
Registered Social Worker
Dianne Gomes, M.C., B.Ed. (she/her)
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Dianne is a Registered Provisional Psychologist who has been providing counselling services since 2004. In addition to her Masters in Counselling, the knowledge base and experience Dianne gained through her work as a Registered Nurse, teacher, and school counsellor provide her with a unique perspective and deep understanding of the human condition. She is passionate about supporting tweens, teens, and adults who are struggling with a variety of concerns including: current or historical trauma, relationship breakdown, self-doubt, anxiety, depression, and grief. Dianne believes in the ability of the human spirit to heal, grow, and overcome adversity. It is her hope that the counselling process will help you feel empowered, find meaning, learn new ways to handle stressors, develop self-compassion, reconnect with your authentic self, improve relationships, and build a purposeful, fulfilling life.
Jessica McDonald, B.A. Psych., M.C.
Jessica is a Registered Psychologist and has a diversified background working with various mental health concerns and struggles. She provides services to preschoolers, children, adolescents, adults and couples. Jessica works with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, work stress, trauma or marital issues using a client-centered approach. She also specializes in learning/school assessments, gifted testing, ADHD assessments and Social/Emotional testing. Her approach with clients, is to provide them with skills to better manage their emotions, help them manage their day-to-day stresses and improve their overall coping strategies. Her ultimate goal, is for her clients to feel they are heard, seen and understood.
Juli Sinclair, M.A., B.Sc. (she/her)
Juli is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP).
Juli has previously worked in post-secondary and school environments providing support to youth and adults. Since working at Wayfound, Juli has supported adolescents and adults, including first responders, in individual and group settings who are experiencing anxiety, depression, trauma and other life stresses.
Juli is passionate about helping others overcome the obstacles that may interfere with them living an authentic and balanced life. She utilizes a strengths-based and person-centred approach to support clients in making meaningful and lasting changes in their lives. Juli works with clients using cognitive behavioural therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness interventions to help clients understand their thoughts and emotions and discover their own strengths. Juli has specialized training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy and incorporates this form of exposure therapy to support individual goals. She aims to create a safe space for her clients where they can feel empowered, supported, and understood.
Kathy Stolson, B.Sc., M.A.
Registered Psychologist (AB)
Kathy is a registered psychologist and has worked with a diverse clientele over her career. Common themes she has noticed throughout the different settings is that asking for help can be difficult and takes a tremendous amount of courage. Also, almost everyone can benefit from the opportunity to share and explore in a non judgemental, comfortable setting. This experience can lead to an opportunity to learn new ls, build on existing skills and/or gain a new perspective.
Leah Martinoski, B.Sc., M.A. (she/her)
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Leah is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP).
Prior to working at Wayfound, Leah obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Molecular Genetics providing her with a profound background in biology. She then went on to obtain her Master’s in Counselling Psychology where she had the opportunity to work with adolescents at one of the local high schools as an interim school counsellor.
Leah works with older children, adolescents and adults in an individual setting supporting clients with a variety of concerns such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem, academic stress, peer conflict, and current or past trauma. Her ultimate goal is to create a safe and encouraging space that allows each client to utilize their own strengths to foster a more meaningful life. By utilizing an eclectic approach, drawing from solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, a biopsychosocial approach and mindfulness, she can determine the root cause of the problem and together her and her client can collaboratively come up with an individualized treatment plan.
Nicholas (Nick) Breitenbach, B.A., M.A., R.Psych. (he/they)
Nick is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP). He/they also holds membership with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH).
Prior to Wayfound, he/they has worked in other group practices, domestic violence centers, and in school formats. Nick has developed a passion and gained experience through his/their career path to work with individuals needing help navigating the nuances of sexuality, complex trauma, gender, and relationships.
Working extensively with adults in individual and couple settings, Nick is passionate about helping his clients find solace and understanding in different aspects of life. He/they focuses on developing a strong rapport with his/their clients so they can feel safe exploring these difficult to explore areas of life. He/they hopes to assist clients in living their most authentic life in order to live life to its maximum potential. He/they uses many modalities such as sex therapy, mindful-cognitive therapy, EMDR, and self-compassion building techniques to help the goals clients have for themselves. He/they also loves working with 2 or more individuals on exploring and navigating the complexities of relationships.
Shauna Philip, B.Ed., M.C.
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Shauna is a Registered Provisional Psychologist. Through the intersection of Shauna’s work in education (spanning from early learning to post-secondary) and psychology, she has experience with both individuals and groups. Shauna works with clients facing a range of educational, well-being, and other presenting concerns such as academic pressure, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, relationship, stress, grief and loss, PTSD, design of trauma-sensitive classrooms, and compassion fatigue/burnout. Shauna engages with clients using a relational and strengths-based framework to co-investigate and leverage personal strengths inviting clients to reclaim a rich, full, and meaningful life. This is supported by introducing the usefulness of psychological flexibility while grounding in value-guided actions while appreciating the experience of being in the present.
Taylor Austin, RSW, BSW, M.A.
Taylor is in the final stage of her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program which included coursework on crisis and trauma counselling. Taylor brings 10 years of experience as a social worker with previous roles in the Ministry of Children’s Services as well as in mental health with the Correctional Service of Canada. As such, navigating complex problems and embracing big emotions are areas Taylor has great experience with.
Her approach to therapy is humanistic and holistic with roots in systems theory. Taylor upholds trust and safety as paramount because asking for help is hard enough. She regards each client as unique with the autonomy to decide what works best for them without any judgment. Her job is to walk beside you along your journey of self-discovery which may include exploring what social and societal barriers are in your way. She is especially passionate about holding space for those that feel ‘othered,’ unseen, under appreciated, and oppressed. Taylor offers in-person and virtual sessions.