About Us

SERVICES WE OFFER

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.

HOW TO CHOOSE A THERAPIST

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.

HOW IS INNER SOLUTIONS LTD. DIFFERENT?

OUR MISSION

  • 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.

OUR BELIEFS AND VALUES

  • 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)
I am the Executive Director and Clinical Director at Inner Solutions and I have a team that are brilliant at delivering on the many projects and tasks required to fulfil my vision for the corporation.  I enjoy the clinical work more than any other aspect of my work, thus I carry a partial caseload.

 

My longevity in this career is sustained by my deep curiosity about the resilience in people; especially those who strive to live with complex and chronic mental health issues. My background in psychiatric nursing brings a treatment perspective from a medical/psychiatric lens.  My practice from both Psychodynamic and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy models, led me to Dialectical Behavior Therapy, which has informed my work for the past twenty years.

 

I have been known to say my work is my hobby, but I am working on expanding family time and my social circle, while trying to learn fly fishing when at our second home in Clearwater County. 

Jessica Heil, MSc
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. 

 

Since joining Inner Solutions™ in 2011, I have found the treatment model that fits my style and values as a clinician.  My initial orientation was Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and since finding how valuable Dialectical Behavior Therapy is in addressing such a broad range of problems, I became certified in DBT through the DBT-Linehan Board of Certification (DBT-LBC).  One of my highest values is to ensure we deliver "high-fidelity DBT." The science and research behind DBT show that the best outcomes occur when treatments are delivered adherently.

 

I have a special passion for treating trauma and PTSD. I am forever in awe of the resilience of humans and their ability to heal from adversity. I use Prolonged Exposure and CBT interventions to treat trauma-related symptoms.

 

I enjoy working with the families of adolescent and young adult clients. I know that the support of family members can make all the difference when it comes to the ability to recover from mental illness.

 

As the Associate Director of Clinical Services, I supervise all the clinical work delivered by our team, including providing supervision to our provisional psychologists.

 

Outside of work I  enjoy hanging out with my husband, daughters, and our bulldog Mack. I am avid camper, so come spring I am always watching the weekend weather forecast, so we know where to head into the mountains (preferably near a lake).

 

Due to my full schedule, I am not currently taking on any new clients.

Erin Bonner, MCP
Clinician (Registered Provisional Psychologist)
I have a Masters of Counselling Psychology and apply training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure, and Mindfulness Based Approaches to my work. I started as a Guidance Counsellor and found that working with teenage clients and their families is something that I am exceptionally passionate about, though I work with all ages and complex issues, including trauma. My goal is to help clients change problematic behaviours, challenge ineffective thought and beliefs, and create a "life worth living." I am passionate about Dialectical Behaviour Therapy and pride myself in being able to help clients learn ‘the dance’ of DBT.

 

Outside of work I enjoy playing outside with my family and animals and watching true crime shows/documentaries!

Paige Burles, MC
Clinician (Registered Provisional Psychologist)
I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist who is eager to be an ally and a support for anyone in need. I have been in the field of mental health since 2013 and in that time have worked with clients of all ages. My primary area of focus is with adolescents, young adults, and families.

 

I have experience working with an array of mental health challenges including problems with mood, substance abuse, emotion regulation, and ADHD. I am trained in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I take a warm and empathetic approach with clients, providing a space where they feel safe, understood, and supported. I have found purpose in helping others overcome their challenges and thrive in life. It is my passion to reach those who feel unreachable and burdened with hopelessness.

 

Outside of work, I volunteer at an animal rescue foundation and enjoy spending my time reading, working on projects, travelling, and connecting with family and friends.

Cristofer Chan, BA
Executive Program Assistant
Hi, I’m Cristofer, the Executive Program Assistant for Inner Solutions™, and you can find me at the front desk!

 

I joined this team to provide administrative support for the functioning and development of our programs, and I bring both a passion for helping people and an interest and education in psychology which helps inform the work I do here for both the clients and the therapists.

 

As an unapologetic social butterfly, I love to be around people. When I find spare time, I also enjoy running, board games, video games, and travelling.

Brittany Hansen, MCP (ON LEAVE)
Clinician (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 and Clinician (Registered Social Worker)
I am the Senior Lead of DBT Group Programming at the clinic. DBT and mindfulness interventions have been a passion of mine for years and believe in the life that can be created when using these methods to make lasting change. I am dedicated to being an advocate in the mental health community and the lives of those who grapple with complicated problems and chronic illness.     

 

My background is in clinical social work. I have been working and volunteering in mental health intervention and treatment, in varying capacities, since 2006. Throughout this time, I have worked with clients of all ages and coming from all different walks of life. My area of interest is working with complex mental health concerns in adolescents, families, emerging adults, and mature adults to help them navigate the challenges that they face to create a life worth living.

 

In my spare time I love being connected in nature, nurturing positive relationships, staying active and living mindfully.

Janice Jenkins, MC (ON LEAVE)
Clinician (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
Clinician (Registered Provisional Psychologist)
I joined Inner Solutions™ this past year to add to my base of knowledge in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) by becoming fully proficient in Dialectical Behavior therapy. I'm in the final stretch towards full Registered Psychologist credentials.

 

My personal belief is best said this way, "though we may not have caused the problems we experience in life, we are responsible for changing them so we have can have a life worth living." I believe the journey is one best shared, and being open to seeking understanding to effect change is done best within a therapeutic relationship that feels safe and compassionate.

 

I have a Master of Science degree in experimental psychology from the University of Calgary. I am a movie buff and I really enjoy reading; and most recently I am into science fiction.

Ashley Marsh, M.A.
Registered Psychologist
I am a Registered Psychologist specializing in the area of Clinical Psychology. I have a passion for psychological assessment.

 

My goal is to provide a helpful explanation for a client's experience and to figure out the best way to provide support.

 

I work with adolescents and adults. I have worked in various settings including public health care, neurodevelopmental clinics, the research setting, and in private psychological practice. I routinely complete decision-making capacity assessments, comprehensive psychological assessments, personality assessments, as well as neurodevelopmental and neuropsychological assessments. I am always learning from the clients I work with and I am forever grateful for the insights and life experiences shared with me during the assessment process.

Kelsie Moore, MACP
Clinician (Registered Provisional Psychologist)
I have a BA in Psychology from Mount Royal University and a MA in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.  I am passionate about helping people live to their full potential and overcome their challenges.

 

I have experience working with all ages and a broad range of issues. I'm known for my warm, empathetic style and providing a safe space to talk about tough stuff. I believe change occurs through relationships and new learning. I practice from the theoretical frameworks of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Mindfulness-based modalities.

 

I enjoy music, playing guitar and like singing and dancing. I love walking my dog, spending time with family, camping with friends, fishing, and 4x4ing, and when time allows travelling.

Andrew Nicholson, MSc
Clinician (Registered Psychologist)
I am a Registered Psychologist with a Master of Science degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. I inject a healthy dose of humour into therapy sessions, and I believe strongly in creating an inclusive and validating therapeutic experience that finds the balance between acceptance and change. I believe in the inherent worth and value of every client who comes through the door, and I am dedicated to joining with them and helping to harness their capacity to overcome challenges. I do not have one specific age range I work with, and am instead driven to help anyone who has an interest tackling the challenges life has thrown at them. That being said, I also have experience working specifically with adolescents and parents within our DBT-A program. I work within a framework informed by Dialectical Behavior Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 

 

Outside of work, I prioritize my family and friends, I write and perform music, and I enjoy both board games and video games.

Jana Spindler
Dietetics (Registered Dietitian)
I am a Registered Dietitian and Nutrition Counsellor. I enjoy all things food and movement and I am passionate about helping my clients figure out how to make food work for them.

 

I am currently taking my MA in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and I have training in advanced sport nutrition practices.

 

I have a special interest in working in the area of mental health and disordered eating. To gether with my clients, we work to shift their overall relationship with food as we strive to use food in a way that supports mood and overall quality of life. When we improve the relationship with food, we also work to improve the connection with the body.

In addition to working in the areas of mental health and eating disorders, I also work with gastrointestinal issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), weight management, and sport specific nutrition.

 

I was a highly competitive athlete for many years, mainly in basketball. Since moving to Calgary in 2014, I have fallen in love with the mountains, hiking, and adventuring.

Ashley Vogelaar, MC
Clinician (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. 

Careers

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