Joanne Koopmans, Registered Psychologist, MSc Marital and Family Therapy
My educational experience provided me with a Masters of Science in Marital and Family Therapy and Registered Psychologist status. That process challenged and affirmed many of my experiences as spouse, mother, grandmother, teacher and community member.
My specific professional interests center around integration of spirituality into meaningful therapy, secure attachment, and how trauma impacts our lives. Personal gratification comes through family, friends, gardening, trees, and mainly in enjoying our 8 amazing grandchildren along with their opa.
I look forward to meeting you. Let's explore your experience and find out how to make it better.
AnneMarie Whitton, Registered Psychologist, MSc Marital and Family Therapy
I am a registered Psychologist and a Marital and Family Therapist. My professional experience includes working with individuals, couples and families as they seek clarity and healing in their life journey. My belief is that a well-balanced life is one that is lived mindfully with awareness and sensitivity to self and others, as one pursues their desired way of being.
The healing journey is one where pieces of our past can find light to be expressed and explored. I work with clients to create a space where they are supported in this process. Creating new patterns in relationships and opening space for changes in emotions, thoughts and behaviors is very exciting.
Personally I find joy in life by connecting with family and friends. Physical activity, reading, travelling and nature are a large part of my process of celebrating the moment.
Ally Thornton, Registered Psychologist, MACP
I recently completed my Masters of Counselling Psychology at Athabasca University. During my graduate practicum I worked with a variety of clientele including adults, adolescents, and children primarily focusing on areas of addiction, depression, grief and loss, and eating disorders. I also have several years of experience working with families and I am interested in exploring family relationships and attachments. I work from a collaborative approach, drawing on person-centered, existential, and Gestalt therapies as a means of explore the connections between the mind, body, and soul. I am focused on building strong therapeutic relationships, and creating a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. I truly believe in the potential that each person has to overcome adversity, to heal, and to see change and I would be honored to be a part of your journey!
Pamela Murray, Registered Provisional Psychologist, MC
I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist and have completed my Masters of Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University. I have experience working with children, youth and adults focusing on depression, anxiety and over all well-being. I have also have a long history working extensively with diverse families and their individual and unique needs. I am aware of contextual and cultural factors that impact all individuals and I have experience working with clients of various backgrounds. I work from a collaborative approach, joining with clients using Narrative Therapy along with elements of Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness to best meet the needs of my clients. I believe individuals have strengths and resources from which to solve their problems. I am looking forward to joining with you on this part of your journey.
Life is a continuous journey of challenging moments. When these moments come too fast or too many at the same time, we can become overwhelmed. During our journey through this life we can experience many troubling states such as depression, anxiety, grief and loss. Our relationships can become fractured and our life-compass can malfunction, leaving us feeling stuck and lost. Often we face these moments alone. It is my belief that we heal in relationship. As such, I endeavor to provide a therapeutic space that is non-judgmental where you can feel safe to share the challenges and struggles you are going through. Together we will explore and discover your unique resources which are essential to effecting positive change. As you gain greater awareness and understanding of your past and the thoughts, feelings and behaviors you seek to change, this awareness can reverberate outward, transforming both you and the relationships with those around you. I count it an honor to walk with you on your journey toward wholeness.
A little bit about me… I am a counselling intern, currently completing a Masters of Counselling degree through City University of Seattle (Edmonton Campus). My specific counselling lens is attachment theory and family systems based, but I also incorporate other modalities including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, compassion focused therapy, solution focussed therapy and mindfulness. My previous life experience which influences my approach to counselling includes work in daycare and out of school care, and various pastoral roles working with children, youth, adults and seniors. I am passionate about helping people discover their true self, becoming grounded and empowered to live from that reality.
Elizabeth Lee, Registered Provisional Psychologist, M.Ed
All individuals inevitably face hardships and feel deep pain. At times issues may become so immense and unmanageable they disrupt a rich, fulfilling life. I provide a safe, non-judgmental space and work alongside clients to help them explore, observe, and gain insight for healing and growth. Furthermore, I hope to collaborate with clients to cultivate their unique strengths and resources to develop or strengthen adaptive coping skills.
I recently attained my Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Toronto. Throughout my graduate practicum I worked extensively with adolescents and adults who struggled with diverse issues including: anxiety, depression, trauma, emotion dysregulation, and interpersonal issues. I possess an eclectic stance and incorporate components of different therapeutic modalities to individualize psychotherapy for each client, including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, and Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT). I am excited to hear your story and journey together towards greater gratification and quality of life.
Outside of work I find joy spending time with my family and friends, reading delightful books, and trail running in nature.
Dena Samimi-Ward, Registered Provisional Psychologist, MACP
Counselling is a collaborative process as we work together in finding what works for you. Some approaches I have incorporated in therapy include strength based/solution focused, mindfulness based practice, sensory based work, and cognitive behavior therapy to empower individuals in their journey.
I have worked in school based settings, group home settings, community work, advocacy, and CFS. I completed a double major from the University of Alberta because I believe in the importance of being culturally aware and developmentally appropriate. I completed my Masters at Yorkville University and my practicum at Karunia.
My professional interests centre around attachment based practice and being trauma informed. Therefore, I have completed additional certifications in Infant Mental Health, Level 1 and 2 through the Trauma and Loss Centre, and certificate in Play Therapy Based Treatment of Trauma.
In my personal life I enjoy being a mom and spending time with family and friends.
Amer Aujla, MSc. OT, MC Student
I am a counselling intern currently completing the Master of Counselling (MC) program through the University of Calgary. I also have a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy through the University of Alberta, which I received in 2013. I was an Occupational Therapist (OT) for four years in the mental health field and primarily worked with adolescents and adults experiencing some sort of psychological distress.
I understand that each client is unique, and therefore believe in incorporating different therapeutic modalities in my practice including: cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness, family systems therapy and emotion focused therapy (EFT). I also strongly value a collaborative working alliance in helping my clients move forward. I wish to ensure that my clients are shown congruence, unconditional positive regard and empathetic understanding, which are central to person-centered therapy.
I am in my third year of graduate studies (Master of Counselling Psychology) and as a student counsellor, I will be completing my practicum at Karunia Counselling. I hold a four-year degree in Psychology, served as a program director with Edmonton Youth for Christ for three years, and have been a stay at home mom since 2008!
Relationships are a central part of life, and I believe attachment theory offers a powerful explanation toward the human need for strong, secure connections. I am also trained in acceptance and commitment therapy, which emphasizes living out of our truest values, remaining mindful, and taking committed actions toward the life we desire. There are many helpful methods for dealing with the adversity of life, and I remain flexible in my own approach: what is a good therapeutic fit for one may not be for another.
As a student counsellor, I would consider it my privilege to work alongside you at this point in your journey, and to establish a working relationship where your goals and preferences are central, and your story is honoured.
Carissa Muth, Registered Psychologist
*Please note, Carissa is only available for our online counselling*
My name is Carissa Muth and I am an experienced therapist with training and expertise in a variety of areas.
I look forward to speaking with you and seeing how I might help you with whatever is providing difficulty in your life.
My areas of expertise include: addiction, trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, anger, and general mental health.
I am a Registered Social Worker and Provisionally Registered Psychologist. I have experience working with teenagers, children and adults.
I also have completed research in addictions and trauma and extra training in play therapy.
My theory for practice aligns with my research on addictions. I believe there are underlying issues to most struggles we face. That means, while I do try to walk you through solutions to your immediate issue, I also will explore the triggers and causes so the problem doesn't come up again. You see, if I just gave you an answer to your problem, it will come back but if we deal with the underlying issue it will be resolved.
For those that enjoy technical terms, I use aspects of: Cognitive Behavioural therapy, Solution focused therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Neuropsychotherapy, Play therapy, Attachment therapy, Rogerian therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. All of these methods and theories add to my integrative approach that allows me to customize my methods to the needs of the clients. I am creative in adapting empirical methods to the needs of each individual.
I believe in holistic healing and address aspects of the biological, psychological, and emotional in addressing all issues. I believe clients are the experts on their own story and therefore we will collaborate on goals and directions. While I might push you in certain areas, I will not force you beyond what you are capable and thereby risk re-traumatization.
I also believe that not every therapist fits every client. I would love for you to come and see me and see if we are a fit but I understand if you have to leave afterwards. Even if we are not a permanent fit, I will help guide you towards the therapist that is right for you.
I have hope that therapy can help anyone to reach closer to wholeness and happiness. It is my desire to help you walk through your struggles and help you reach your
* Available for Mediation only*
I am a Qualified Mediator trained in Interest Based Mediation with a Certificate in Conflict Leadership. My educational journey has included studying at the King's University College (English major), Grant MacEwan University (Early Childhood Development-1 year) and; most recently, I completed 220 hrs of Conflict Resolution training through the ADR (Alternative Dispute Resolution) Institute of Alberta. I serve on a number of rosters as a Mediator including Catholic Social Services Parent Teen Mediation Program, Civil Claims with the Provincial Court and the Mediation and Restorative Justice Center.
On a personal note, I am a mom to 3 teenage children and a wife of 20+ years. I have served as an elder in my church and I am currently a member of the Healthy church Task Force. I have been a parent liaison for the principal of my children’s school for the past 5 years. My continued involvement in the school, church, and broader community keeps me balanced and connected to those around me.
*AVAILABLE FOR EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENTS ONLY*
Ken Boschman, Registered Psychologist
I am a Registered Psychologist with over thirty years of experience in education. I continue to conduct psycho-educational assessments for students whose parents and teachers are seeking best strategies for teaching and learning, or trying to make sense of other factors that seem to be getting in the way of maturation or appropriate behaviour.
Ken’s assessment reports are well-received by parents and well-respected across the professional disciplines that may be involved in helping children learn and mature.
Dena Green, Office Manager
As office manager, my responsibilities encompass managing all aspects of the Karunia offices, including maintaining schedules for each of our counsellors, bookkeeping, managing social media sites, and client care. I take pride in making sure that our office is running smoothly and that our clients are taken care of and know that they are our top priority.
I spend my time outside the office with my husband and 2 teenage children and one (big baby) four legged child as well as actively volunteering as much as I'm able.