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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!  

Shirley Lo, M.Sc.

Registered Psychologist & Certified Canadian Counsellor

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

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

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

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.

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 people’s lives. His training and interests have an integrative and interdisciplinary approach, with a foundation in neuroscience, attachment theory, interpersonal and emotion-oriented therapies, as well as experiential and mindfulness techniques for emotional regulation. 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 from the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto, and a BA in Christian Studies 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 or adventuring in the mountains.

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

Alysha Cooper, MEd. (Counselling), CCC

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Alysha is a counsellor who engages mindfully with compassion, purpose, and curiosity. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology at Mount Royal University before earning her Masters of Education in Counselling at the University of Lethbridge. Alysha completed her counselling internship with Alberta Health Services at the Women’s Health Centre and at the Chestermere Addiction and Mental Health Centre. She also has experience facilitating groups for women who are at risk of or have experienced domestic violence. Alysha is a Certified Canadian Counsellor, a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and is a Registered Provisional Psychologist under the supervision of Charles Coleman.

Alysha takes a holistic approach to counselling and recognizes the intersectional nature of people’s lives and identities. She draws from solution-focused and client-centered therapies that integrate people’s values so that they can live meaningful lives. She invites courage, vulnerability, and openness with her clients in such a way that their strengths are fostered and cultivated. She believes in collaborating with people and creating space for healing, learning, and growth to occur.

Alysha is passionate about living fully. She is a creative person who enjoys watching films, reading, writing, cooking, and spending time with loved ones. When she’s not doing that, Alysha lives an active lifestyle by spinning, boxing, and running.

Areas of Specialization: Anxiety, Depression, Domestic Violence, Trauma, Anger Management, Self-Esteem, Grief and Loss, Mindfulness, Career Counselling.

Sorin Becheanu, MA

Registered Psychologist

Sorin is a Calgary psychologist and couples counsellor passionate about helping people develop meaningful and satisfying relationships with themselves and with others. He has a Masters of Arts in Counselling from Gonzaga University in Spokane Washington. He is a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists and has attended further training in Non Violent Communication and Anger Management.

His approach is based on the assumption that we all struggle meaningfully. Finding our hidden agendas and fears that lead us to unwanted outcomes can give us a better way to focus our efforts, feeling more empowered and recapturing our lost potential.

Sorin is an avid reader and traveler. He enjoys connecting with friends and family over long conversations and good food. He is passionate about photography, writing and playing music.

Areas of Specialization: Life Transitions and finding meaning, Loss and Separation, Anger Management, Emotional Regulation, Effective Communication, Romantic and Family Relationships, Depth Psychology.

Sorin only provides counselling over Skype.

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.

Amy Marshall, RN MN MC (Counselling), CCC

Canadian Certified Counsellor, Registered Nurse

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.

Kaori Wada, PhD

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Kaori is a provisional psychologist and member of the College of Alberta Psychologists. She has a passion for integrating science and practice. After receiving her BA in Human Relations from Concordia University, she went on to pursue an MA and PhD in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. She gained clinical experience at a high school, university counselling/mental health services, and community and hospital outpatient clinics, including training at the Sex and Couple Therapy Clinic at Montreal Royal Victoria Hospital. She is currently an assistant professor at the University of Calgary, where she teaches assessment and career counselling courses at the counselling psychology program.

Humanistic, interpersonal, and feminist-multicultural approaches inform Kaori’s orientation to counselling. What underlies her integration of these approaches is respect for the person, which entails her wholehearted commitment to understanding clients’ distress and strengths. To fully understand her clients, Kaori attends to their sociocultural factors, worldview, and meanings they ascribe to their experiences. For conducting assessments, she draws from the Therapeutic Assessment model, which is aimed to help clients develop new ways of thinking and being and make changes in their lives.

She enjoys yoga, hiking, reading, travelling, time with her family and being out exploring nature.

Originally from Japan, Kaori speaks and works in English and Japanese.

Areas of specialization: Psycho-Educational Assessment (children & adults), Cross-cultural Transition, Relationships, Bereavement, Suicide, Career Counselling, Gender and Sexuality.

Maria Bianco, B.Ed, MA

Registered Psychologist

Maria is a Registered Psychologist and member of the College of Alberta Psychologists and Psychologists Association of Alberta.  With a keen interest in attachment relationships, she counsels children, youth, and families to assist them into a more preferred balance and to develop more interactional understanding in their relationships. 

Before working in the health services field, Maria taught French then English to various ages in Calgary, Alberta; Vancouver, British Columbia and Kwangju, South Korea.  Passionate about helping others adjust, learn, and achieve, she draws on play, art, and cognitive behavioral strategies to help individuals overcome obstacles or set-backs in their lives.

Working with children is a strong focus in Maria’s practice and currently she is providing behavioral assessments, in classroom consultations and in-service training to teachers and parents with one of our pre-school partners. Maria also teaches counselling skills and interventions at Athabasca University and group therapy at City University, Calgary Campus. 

In her free time, she enjoys connecting with family and friends.  She is active walking her dog, hiking, jogging, biking, and skiing.  Travelling and experiencing other cultures is an ongoing interest that inspires new relationships and takes her on many wonderful adventures.  Additionally, she loves to volunteer at the Calgary Drop-In Centre, In From the Cold, and her spiritual centre.

Areas of Specialization: Psycho-Educational Assessments and educational consultation. Parent-Child Conflict within Families, Parenting, Loss and Grief, and Teens.