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
- 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.
HOW IS INNER SOLUTIONS™ LTD. DIFFERENT?
- 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.
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.
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 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.
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)!
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
Outside of work Valerie enjoys taking her dog for walks, skiing, visiting family, and cooking.