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:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT: Full Comprehensive Programming)
  • DBT Informed (not full protocol)
  • 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.

We provide a full comprehensive program for all individuals interested in DBT; regardless of diagnosis. We serve clients with all levels of emotional dysregulation and we have developed a component to serve people who want long term support to integrate and sustain the application of their ‘new’ coping strategies.

OUR MISSION

  • To understand and to help … by providing empirically supported treatments 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 (Reg. Psych. Nurse Therapist)
President, Executive Director, Clinical Director
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
Note: Due to Jessica's caseload and diverse role on the team, she is not currently accepting new clients. This will not be reassessed until Spring 2020.

 

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)!

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.

 

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

Jennifer Cieslak, MC
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Jennifer enthusiastically joins the Inner Solutions™ Ltd. team as a Registered Provisional Psychologist with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons. Psychology) from the University of Kings College in London, Ontario as well as a Masters in Counselling from Athabasca University.
Through her prior work with couples, she has come to understand the intricacies of relationships and helping clients gain awareness into how their behaviours can impact their loved ones. Jennifer brings this experience into her work on both acceptance and change in DBT. She also has experience working in areas of attachment, stress, burnout, life transitions, suicidality, depression, and anxiety.
Jennifer's background includes prior work in various settings including domestic violence, and employee and family assistance work using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). She is also trained in DBT, emotion-focused therapy, and Gottman therapy.  She is passionate about supporting her clients to find individual and unique ways to both heal, and find meaning and purpose in difficult situations.
Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys attending yoga, reading mystery novels, and spending time with family and friends.
Chaya Goldenberg, MSW RSW (ON LEAVE)
Clinical Social Worker
Chaya is a registered clinical social worker, having completed a Master of Social Work degree at New York University in 2008.

 

Chaya is passionate about all aspects of mental health, having practiced in outpatient, acute inpatient, and long term care settings. She is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and has experience in working with depression, anxiety, grief, self-esteem, trauma, and relationships. Chaya is also sensitive to the impact of concurrent medical issues on mental health. She has experience facilitating psychoeducational groups for kids on topics such as relationships, feelings, and abuse.

 

When not at work, Chaya enjoys spending time with her family, particularly when that time is spent baking, playing guitar, or enjoying the outdoors.

 

This therapist is currently on leave.

Brittany Hansen, MCP
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.

Travis Hauck, MSW
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
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.

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.

Andrea Stelnicki, PhD
Registered Psychologist
Andrea works with children, adolescents, and adults providing psychological assessment, consultation, and psychoeducation. Andrea has worked in public and rural schools, not-for-profit agencies, and mental health clinics with a wide range of clients of all ages and with unique strengths and areas of need. She has extensive training and experience in the assessment of learning disorders, intellectual ability, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), mood and anxiety disorders, language disorders, and other neurodevelopmental disorders. With her training and experience in educational psychology, Andrea is able to provide consultation to your child’s school for individual program plan (IPP) development or effective strategies for the classroom.

Andrea especially enjoys working with young people and their families who are searching for an answer as to why they are struggling at school, at work, or in their daily experiences. She takes a comprehensive, systems-approach to assessment, seeking input from families and schools to fully understand the individual and their experience.

When she gets a spare moment, Andrea enjoys spending time with her family and dogs, staying active, knitting, and crafting.

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.