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Who We Are

We are a network of Calgary psychologists, marriage counsellors and Calgary therapists who specialize in helping people overcome the hurdles that sometimes make life, relationships, school and work difficult. Coming from diverse cultural backgrounds and from every facet of society, we are passionate about what we do. We provide individual counselling, couples and marriage counseling, as well as family and group counselling. We offer workshops and seminars on various topics as needs arise. We believe we are part of a client’s broader community.  Attending therapy is part of a client’s normal activities. We endeavor to make our voice one among those of family, friends, colleagues etc. To this end we work hard to create a strong alliance with clients and use this new and stronger team against the client’s presenting problem. We believe that people are resilient and are already working to overcome their difficulties. We believe people have a long history of winning against their problems even in small ways. We thus seek to create a collaborative environment where the client and therapist work together and join their ideas, wisdom and resources in coming up with solutions and a way forward. We believe that with the necessary support clients can paint a picture of their preferred life and can be assisted to find helpful ways to move towards that life and future. With us you will find a warm, professional and therapeutic environment in which we can together discover and develop solutions to help you find on your way.

Currently Accepting New Clients!

Counselling also available in Mandarin or Cantonese

Kathryn Saretsky, MA (Counselling), CCC

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Kathryn aims to create change through a strong working relationship between therapist and client. She has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alberta. She has completed an internship with Alberta Health Services in corrections psychology in addition to a practicum with Insight Counselling & Therapy Centre, counselling individuals in a non-profit setting.

Kathryn is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and is working towards becoming a Registered Psychologist. She is also registered as a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and has completed Levels I and II of Gottman Method Couples Therapy.

In sessions, Kathryn seeks to build a relationship that is safe and caring in order to work through past challenges and set clients up for future growth and success. Understanding the unique needs of clients is important for utilizing interventions that will create lasting change.

In her spare time Kathryn enjoys knitting, reading, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, and traveling (She has been to 32 countries!)

Areas of Specialization: Healing Childhood Hurt, Anxiety & Depression, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem

Jeremy Siemens, MA (Counselling), MA (Theology)

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Jeremy is a counsellor who believes strongly in the transformative power of therapy and the growth and change that can occur in peoples lives. His training and interests have an integrative and interdisciplinary approach, with a foundation in neuroscience, attachment theory, and emotion-oriented therapies, as well as mindfulness techniques for emotional regulation. He is an EMDR trained therapist, and has also completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Jeremy is currently a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, and working towards accreditation as a Registered Psychologist under the supervision of Charles Coleman.

His educational background includes an MA in Counselling Psychology from Providence Theological Seminary, an MA in Theology and History from the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Arts from Ambrose University. Jeremy’s previous related experience includes working with individuals at Canadian Mental Health Association and Karunia Counselling Services in Leduc, Alberta. Jeremy has provided training to lay counsellors and psychologists in Rwanda, English instruction in South Korea, and taught as an adjunct professor at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

For fun, Jeremy likes to spend his time with friends and family, traveling, playing music and adventuring in the mountains.

Areas of Specialization: Anxiety & Depression, Anger Management, Addictions, Trauma, EMDR, Couples Therapy, Emotional Regulation & Mindfulness, Faith & Spirituality Concerns

Amy Marshall, RN MN MC (Counselling), CCC

Certified Canadian Counsellor

Amy is a Canadian Certified Counsellor who aims to create a genuine, nurturing, empathic, and healing atmosphere for her clients. She graduated with a Masters of Nursing degree from the University of Calgary. She also has a Masters of Counselling degree from Athabasca University. Amy completed her counselling internship at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre. She has extensive experience counselling couples during the transition to parenthood and with women who are experiencing depression and or anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum.

Amy is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She is a Level II Gottman Couples Therapy Graduate who is in the process of becoming a Registered Provisional Psychologist under the supervision of Charles Coleman.

Amy’s approach to counselling is relational, systemic, and narrative in nature. She is passionate about using her nursing and counselling background to work with clients experiencing challenges associated with important life transitions or illness experiences. When working with couples, Amy works collaboratively with clients to identify patterns of interaction that are contributing to relational difficulties so that more healthy patterns of interaction can be established and strengthened.

Amy enjoys reading, yoga, walking, nature, and time with friends. She is most passionate about lifelong learning and spending time with her family.

Areas of Specialization: Couple and Relationship counselling, Pregnancy and Postpartum adjustment, Chronic Pain, Anxiety, and Depression.

Don Braun, M.Ed

Registered Psychologist

Don is a Registered Psychologist serving Calgary and Southern Alberta. He has been joyfully working with children and families in the region since 1991 and has extensive experience working with pre-school children all the way to adults. He specializes in Psycho-Educational Assessment and enjoys supporting children and youth experiencing academic, social, and emotional challenges, as well as adults working through life and career transitions. Don's long-time work as an educator allows him to support families as they navigate school systems and post-secondary education.

Areas of Specialization: Psycho-Educational Assessment, academic aptitude and achievement testing, ADD/ADHD

Simone McCreary, M.Sc.

Registered Psychologist

Simone brings her genuine compassion and positivity into her work as a counsellor for adults, couples, and youth. She attained a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology at the University of Calgary before earning her Masters of Science in Counselling Psychology. She completed internships at Springbank High School and at the Calgary Counselling Centre and is currently registered as a psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Simone has completed Levels I, II, & III of Gottman Couples Therapy Training.

Her approach to counselling is founded on a relationship of mutual respect and teamwork with her clients. From this base, she strives to first thoroughly understand clients’ challenges and strengths, then collaborates with them to identify and carry out effective, creative, and personalized solutions. In working with couples, she endeavours to make the process of counselling rewarding and enjoyable, helping them to foster greater appreciation, love, and passion for each other while simultaneously working to resolve areas of conflict.

Simone enjoys dinners with friends and family, travel, and comedy. She stays active by running, hiking with her two dogs, yoga, snowboarding, and dancing. She is passionate about lifelong learning, health, and appreciating each moment.

Areas of Specialization: Stress & Anxiety, Increasing Willpower, Self-Esteem, Procrastination, ADHD, Mindfulness Meditation, Romantic Couple Relationships, Youth, Play Based Counselling for Children aged 2 - 12

Tereza Sampululu, MC

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Tereza’s warmth and compassion plays a key role in her work as a counsellor. She graduated with a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University in 2013, prior to that in 2007, she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology also from Athabasca University. Currently, she is registered as a Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and working towards becoming a Registered Psychologist.

Tereza enjoys working with adults, children and families and has a special interest for working with couples. She draws from a strength based, person-centered and solution focused approaches in her work. She believes in the importance of building supportive and collaborative relationships with her clients and providing a safe environment that fosters change and growth for them. Tereza believes that people have the strengths within them to make positive changes they hope for and she works to empower them on their journey to do so.

She enjoys spending time with friends and family, listening to music, dancing, travelling (road trips and long flights) and exploring new exciting places.

Areas of Specialization: Anxiety & Depression, Anger Management, Self-Esteem, Relationship issues, Parenting/Blended Families, Children, Grief and Loss and Family Violence.

Shirley Lo, MSc.

Registered Psychologist

Shirley is a Registered Psychologist with a passion for helping families and children reach their full potential and regain balance in their relationships. Her career path started in Hong Kong with an Honours Diploma in Counselling and Psychology and then to the United Kingdom a B.Sc. in Psychology with First Class Honours. In Canada, she attained a M.Sc. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Calgary. She has continued on to complete the Gottman Couples Therapy Level I and II, Expressive Arts Therapy and is currently training in Psycho-Educational Assessments for children and adults.

Shirley brings enthusiasm, openness, acceptance, and authenticity to her work with clients. Living in various cultures, she understands how culture could have an impact on individuals. She therefore strives to understand the clients’ worldview and utilize that in assisting them. Shirley draws from a solution focused approach to help clients recognize and build on their own strengths to get through current difficulties. Shirley speaks and works in English, Cantonese and Mandarin.

She enjoys music, dancing, reading, and keeps herself active by playing volleyball and skiing. She has recently had a new baby and is excited about starting a new chapter in her life.

Areas of Specialization: Multicultural Stress, Family Conflicts, Parenting Issues, Psycho-Educational Assessment, Anxiety, Depression, Anger Management, Couple Relationships


Charles Coleman, MA, RMFT

Director, Registered Psychologist

Charles is a Calgary counsellor and Calgary marital therapist who is an empathic and dynamic listener. He is passionate about helping people live out their full potential and overcome hurdles that get in their way. An avid learner, Charles started his education with a BSc. in Zoology before deciding to move into Psychology. He acquired a diploma in PsychoEducation Guidance and Counselling from the University of Calgary and a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from City University, Bellevue, Washington. He has further training in couples therapy and is in the process of becoming a Gottman Certified Therapist (completed Level III).

He is currently registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists with whom he is an approved supervisor. He enjoys mentoring and developing the next generation of psychologists. He holds clinical membership with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and is enrolled in a PhD program.

Charles has lived and traveled internationally spending over 20 years in various cultures and speaking three languages. He enjoys competitive team sports, reading 'real life’ stories and spending quality time with friends and family around food. He is now learning Spanish ~ Ola!

Areas of Specialization: Improving Couple Relationships, Working through Infidelity; Dissolving the Constant Fights; Making sense of Blended Families, Anger Management and Skype Counselling.

Brenda Kooyman, M.Ed.

Registered Psychologist (Children, Learning & PsychoEducational Assessments)

Brenda Kooyman is a Registered Psychologist with a strong interest in children and learning. She graduated with a BA and B.Ed. and taught Elementary School for eight years. While raising her family, she taught a primary oral French program, ran a study program for GATE students, and ran Reading Rescue, an elementary school reading intervention program for At Risk children. Reading Rescue ran in the school using parent volunteers as tutors. She provided advanced reading/writing intervention and tutoring at both Calgary Academy and Foothills Academy. After earning her M.Ed. in Applied Psychology, she worked in assessment, programming, and intervention at both Third Academy and on the SikSika Treaty Lands.

Brenda specializes in helping children be the best they can be through an understanding of their strengths and areas of need, learning styles, and use of individualized programming and scaffolding.

Brenda holds a diverse set of qualifications including French as a Second Language, Irlens Screener, Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Program, reading program for children on the Autism Spectrum, and home program for FASD. In the last three years, she has been taking additional therapy/counselling training using Play-Based Therapy and EMDR.

Her wish for every child is: To Connect – To Count – To Feel Capable – To Have Courage and Hope – To Succeed

She enjoys family, nature, horses, walking, yoga and traveling with her husband.

Areas of Specialization: Psycho-Educational Assessment, Preparation of Individual Program Plans (IPP's), Educational Consultant, Reading/Writing Specialist, and Play Based Counselling for Children aged 3 - 12