About Us


Inner Solutions™ provides psychotherapy and education services to individuals, groups, and families. We are a collaborative team of multidiscipline professionals who work together providing:

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
    • Full comprehensive DBT program (brochure).
    • All therapists DBT trained and participating in ongoing supervision for accuracy and adherence to DBT protocol
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • DBT: Adults
  • DBT: Young Adults / Adolescents
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program (MBSR)
  • DBT Graduate Groups
  • Mindfulness Mediation Sessions
  • Educational sessions
  • Workshops
  • Psychological Assessments

Our team has been intensively trained by Behavioural Technology Transfer Group (Dr. M. Linehan's training organization) and we maintain our practice standards with annual attendance at DBT workshops and conferences.


It is important that you develop a good relationship with your therapist, and that you are comfortable talking to them about your most personal concerns. For this reason, it can be challenging to choose a therapist that is right for you. To help you out, here are a few things to look for when looking for a therapist:

  • They are warm and easy to talk to.
  • They have experience working in the area you are interested in.
  • They are compassionate and strong.
  • You trust in their abilities.
  • They have the credentials to practice in the area they are working in (i.e., specifically trained in family therapy, PTSD, DBT, etc.).
  • They demonstrate honesty and integrity.
  • It is clear that they are empathetic and open-minded.
  • They install you with the confidence that they can guide you out of your comfort zone and see you to a different and healthier place.
  • They are focused on goal-setting and results.
Remember that it is good to know whether or not your therapist is a good fit for you, and that a phone chat with them beforehand may be a good idea. Be clear on what you’d like to work on, and remember why you’re looking for a therapist.



  • To understand and to help … by providing empirically supported treatments and evidence-based practices with compassion and expertise.
  • To help clients: learn it, live it, and lend it™ … to others by example.


  • Clients are doing the best they can; just because at times they feel overwhelmed, scared, hopeless, and that life is unmanageable doesn’t mean they are not trying.
  • Even though clients are ‘doing the best they can at this moment in time’; they still need to learn how to change behaviours through education and support.
  • Talking, developing insight, and having support are not sufficient in making difficult changes. Guidance, direction, and accountability are needed.
  • Clients cannot ‘fail’ in therapy; either the time for change is not right, the therapy isn’t a right fit, or the therapist applying the treatment didn’t get it right.
  • We accept these facts and work to improve our practice by seeking consultation, maintaining professional development, and looking at the outcome of our work.

Our Offices

Located near the downtown core, our office is easy to access. We have a cozy reception room with refreshments and snacks available.

Our space includes a group meeting room and board room, plus access to a beautiful atrium. Our individual offices provide a comfortable space for private therapy sessions.

Team Profiles

Donna R. Hughes, RPN
President, Executive Director, Clinical Director (Registered Psychiatric Nurse)
Donna brings extensive experience, knowledge, and skills using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy in her work with individuals, families, and groups over the past two decades. She supports clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, and relationship problems. She particularly enjoys the challenge of helping with the complex behaviors related to Borderline Personality Disorder. Responsible for pioneering new programming for the treatment of BPD in the Alberta public health sector, she is a passionate and dedicated expert on how complicated mental health issues are treated in the province. She founded Inner Solutions™ in 2003 and has since built a strong team that is committed to guiding clients to wellness and helping them build a life worth living.


She provides training, supervision and consultation to mental health professionals in the application of the DBT program. Donna is also highly regarded for her capacity to provide workshops and education sessions on a multitude of mental health topics. Please contact her directly if you wish to have her do a keynote at your convention or Annual General Meeting.

Jessica Heil, MSc, Associate Director
Vice President, Associate Clinical Director, Clinical Supervisor (Registered Psychologist)
Note: Due to Jessica's caseload and diverse role on the team, she is not currently accepting new clients. 


Jessica is one of our senior clinicians and serves as the Associate Director of Clinical Services by overseeing clinical services and program management. 


She also supervises the clinical work delivered by the team and supervises provisional psychologists registered with the Alberta College of Registered Psychologists.


We are very proud to announce that she is the first psychologist in Alberta to be Certified in DBT by the DBT-Linehan Board of CertificationTM (DBT-LBC), the most stringent certification available regarding the practice of DBT.


Her special interest is working with the parents of teens/young adults who experience BPD.  She carries a case load providing individual psychotherapy as well as facilitating both the DBT Skills Group and the DBT-A (Adolescent) Multi-Family Skills Group.  Jessica is also trained with experience in ‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’ and ‘Prolonged Exposure Therapy for Trauma.’

Jessica provides education and information via co-facilitating workshops hosted by Inner Solutions™ and talks to school counsellors and mental health professionals on the topic of BPD in adolescents and treatment with DBT.


When not at work she enjoys outdoor activities such as camping and hiking with her husband, daughters, and dogs. She understands the value of living a mindful life and practices mindfulness daily.

Erin Bonner, MCP
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Erin is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Mindfulness Based Approaches. She has a Master's of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. Although she works with clients of all ages, she specializes in working with adolescent and pre-adolescent clients. She is passionate about the process of DBT and helping clients learn the skills to change problematic behaviours and learn to create a life worth living. Her areas of interest are depression, anxiety, self-esteem, and grief.


Her decision to pursue a career in the mental health field was made after the sudden loss of her younger brother in her early 20s. Going through grief counselling herself and then volunteering for a grief counselling program ignited her passion for the profession.


Outside of work Erin enjoys playing outside with her family and animals (cats, dogs, and horses)!

Paige Burles, MC
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Paige is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with a Master of Counselling degree from City University of Seattle. She has experience working with clients of all ages and is very passionate about working with youth. She is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Paige has experience working with an array of mental health challenges including problems with mood, substance abuse, emotion regulation, and ADHD. She has worked extensively with adolescents and families whose lives have been damaged by addiction. She has a warm and empathetic approach and is passionate about reaching clients that feel unreachable and burdened with hopelessness. She strives to help guide clients in creating a life worth living where they can thrive.


Outside of work Paige volunteers for an animal rescue foundation and enjoys reading, cooking, travelling, and spending her free time with family and friends.

Cristofer Chan, BA
Executive Program Assistant

Cristofer joins the Inner Solutions™ team as the administrative support for the functioning and development of our programs. He completed his undergraduate degree in psychology at Mount Royal University, and is currently taking his Master's of Counselling Psychology at Athabasca University while also completing his practicum counselling internship.


Cristofer loves to be around people, and his hobbies include running, board games, and travelling.

Brittany Hansen, MCP (ON LEAVE)
Registered Psychologist
Brittany is a registered psychologist, graduating in 2015 with a Master's Degree from Adler University in Vancouver, B.C. She is passionate about mental health, well-being, and the field of psychology as a whole.


Brittany has been effective in combining cognitive behavioural therapy and dialectical behaviour therapy with a personalized, compassionate approach. She finds it very important to balance both acceptance and change in the therapy process, so that clients feel understood, while also gaining the skills needed to make real shifts in their lives. Brittany prides herself on being authentic and transparent throughout the therapy process, and joins with individuals to determine goals and develop the necessary skills to create a life worth living.


Brittany has worked with many mental health concerns, but is experienced in working with: anxiety/panic, addiction, trauma, depression, distress tolerance, emotional regulation, positive psychology, and group therapy. Through her work, Brittany has developed compassion for treating individuals with complex mental health concerns such as Borderline Personality Disorder.


Brittany is warm, empathetic, and passionate about helping people to flourish. She loves to have exciting experiences, and finds new things to do every chance she gets. In her spare time, you can often find her by the water, camping, or somewhere in the mountains. When she is at home, she is often spending time with friends and family, enjoying yoga, cooking, being crafty, or learning.


This therapist is currently on leave.

Travis Hauck, MSW, RSW
Senior Lead DBT Group Programming (Registered Social Worker)
Travis holds a Master's of Social Work degree from the University of Calgary, with a Clinical Specialization.


Travis knew at a young age that he wanted to be a therapist. His experiences have included working with moderate to severe mental health concerns, crisis intervention, addictions, anger management, emotional regulation, and acting as a group facilitator with a focus on mental health skills training. His practice is guided by Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, and mindfulness-based interventions.


He pursued a career in counselling to have a direct and positive impact on the lives of others, and help people thrive in their circumstances. Recognizing that asking for help is one of the hardest things an individual can do, he provides his hard fast support to help those willing to make a commitment to overcome the barriers and challenges they face.


In his spare time Travis enjoys reading, rock climbing, swimming, travelling, and spending time with family and friends.

Janice Jenkins, MC (ON LEAVE)
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Janice is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and completed a Master's of Counselling Psychology degree from Athabasca University.


Janice has experience working with youth and adults in the areas of mental health, grief, mindfulness, as well as youth employment. Janice has facilitated a variety of psychoeducational and therapeutic groups for grief, employability skills, mental health, and family support for a loved a one with a mental illness.


Janice is trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and person-centered approaches. She uses a warm, validating, and empathetic approach to collaborate with clients to identify challenges and create meaningful change. She is passionate about every individuals’ unique journey to living an authentic and meaningful life.


Janice believes in gratitude, laughter, and the power of human connection. In her spare time she can be found hiking or skiing in the mountains, travelling, gardening, cooking, or spending time with friends and family.


This therapist is currently on leave.

Bradley Lewis, MSc
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Brad is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with a Master of Science degree in counselling psychology from the University of Calgary.
Brad is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). He has experience working with a variety of challenges including anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, emotion dysregulation, and self-esteem.
Brad believes that we don’t often get to see the internal struggles of the people around us and that we often take for granted our well-being when things are going well. For the times we struggle, it’s hard not to beat ourselves up and to feel hopeless. Brad strives to support clients by creating a safe and open space for them to share their challenges and goals for change, while also balancing acceptance for oneself. He takes a compassionate approach to therapy that aims to demonstrate that his clients feel seen, heard, and that they are not alone in their journey through therapy.
Brad also has a Master of Science degree in experimental psychology from the University of Calgary. Outside of work he enjoys reading books and watching movies.
Ashley Marsh
Registered Pyschologist
Ashley is a registered psychologist, graduating in 2010 with a Master's of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Applied Developmental Emphasis, from the University of Guelph, ON. Ashley has a special interest in cognitive risk factors (e.g., positive and negative self-beliefs) for depression, anxiety, and other related diagnoses, across the lifespan.

Ashley works with adolescents and adults, providing psychological assessment, diagnosis, and consultation. She has worked in various settings including public health care, neurodevelopmental clinics, the research setting, and in private psychological practice. She has extensive training and experience in the assessment of mood disorders, neurocognitive disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, and decision-making capacity. Ashley uses psychological assessment as a tool for gathering information about an individual, to gauge where difficulties may exist, and to figure out the best way to provide support.

Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and volunteering for the College of Alberta Psychologists.

Andrew Nicholson, MSc
Registered Psychologist
Andrew is a Registered Psychologist with a Master of Science degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary.

Andrew believes in the inherent worth and value of every client who comes through the door, and is dedicated to joining with them and helping to harness their capacity to overcome challenges. He strives to create an inclusive and validating therapeutic experience that finds the balance between acceptance and change. Andrew has a background in working with adolescents and young adults, and has expanded his work with adults of all ages and stages. Andrew’s practice is informed by Dialectical Behaviour, Cognitive Behavioural, and Client-Centred therapies, and he has experience working with a variety of challenges including anxiety, depression, grief, emotion regulation, family conflict, ADHD, and self-esteem.


Outside of work, Andrew enjoys spending time with his family and friends, writing and performing music, and playing board games.

Jana Spindler
Registered Dietitian
Jana has a passion for nutrition and how it impacts overall well-being. She believes in evidence-based practice and collaborating with the client and their healthcare team to provide the best possible client and family-centred care.


Jana has helped develop the Eating Disorders Program and co-facilitates the Eating Disorders Skills Group here at Inner Solutions™. She is also a Certified Facilitator for Craving Change™, which is a Cognitive Behavioural Program designed to help discover the "why" of our eating behaviours.


Jana has a professional interest in working with disordered eating. She also works in the areas of weight management, chronic disease management, IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) symptom control, and sport specific nutrition planning. She will always work with the client at a pace they are most comfortable with to help them work towards recovery, balanced eating, and building a healthy relationship with food.


Jana was a highly competitive athlete for many years in both basketball and football. She continues to train and lives an active lifestyle. She enjoys cooking, trying new foods, and spending time with friends and family.

Ashley Vogelaar, MC
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Hi, I’m Ashley, a Registered Provisional Psychologist with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.


Prior to joining Inner Solutions™ I have worked in a variety of settings while supporting a diverse population of clients ranging from children to seniors. Some of these settings include, a school division supporting children and families, a hospital supporting the mental health rehabilitation of seniors, as well as a private practice supporting individuals and couples with a number of different mental health concerns.


I use a client centered approach and my practice is informed by Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. I value respect and humour which I incorporate into my therapeutic style. I am committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for clients regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, culture, ability, and age.


Outside of work, I enjoy yoga, dance, swimming, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Dr. Valerie Willan
Registered Psychologist
Valerie is a Registered Psychologist with a PhD in School & Applied Child Psychology from the University of Calgary. She has experience working with clients in grades K - 12 and specializes in psychological assessment. She is able to conduct psychoeducational, social/emotional, gifted, autism, PDD/AISH, ADHD, and learning disorder assessments. She loves working with children and teens, building a genuine relationship with them, and helping parents, teachers, and children learn strategies to help them function better in their home and school environments. 


Outside of work Valerie enjoys taking her dog for walks, skiing, visiting family, and cooking. 


While we frequently receive requests for practicum placements at Inner Solutions™, Ltd., we are unfortunately unable to offer this in our current programming format.