Joanne Koopmans, Registered Psychologist, MSc Marital and Family Therapy,
Karunia Clinic Coordinator
I love families. I learn more every day.
I would be honoured to explore your family experience with you. I look forward to meeting you!
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… As a clinical counsellor, 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 received 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 Psychologist, MACP
I utilize a client-centered approach as we work together to find what works best for you, moving towards a place of healing, growth, and joy. I endeavour to create a safe space for you to explore and process your journey and build on your own strengths, while developing new insights & skills along the way. I have experience in a variety of settings and use various modalities based on what meets your needs. These include Mindfulness, CBT, ACT, Strength based, and Sensory based approaches.
My professional interests centre around Attachment based practice and being Trauma informed. Therefore, I have completed additional certifications and trainings in Infant Mental Health, Level 1 and Level 2 through the Trauma and Loss Centre, and Play Therapy Based Treatment of Trauma from RMPTI. I am currently working on completing EMDR training.
Amy Walton, Masters of Counselling
My name is Amy Walton, I am a happily married mother of two daughters, and I hold a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. Prior to beginning graduate studies, I spent nine years as a full-time, stay at home mom. Those rich years have solidified my views on the centrality of attachment, and the key role that relationships play in our day-to-day lives.
I have come to see the counselling process as a powerful vehicle of change, and believe in the healing potential of safe, caring, and genuine therapeutic space. I believe that we all have a story that is worthy of sharing, and I consider bearing witness to another person’s journey a tremendous privilege. There are many helpful counselling theories available, and I gravitate most to those which embody self-compassion and mindfulness. One model that I frequently work out of is called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT. ACT is rooted in the mindful awareness of the present, with both acceptance and a vision for what we wish to change. By exploring our values, and remaining compassionate to ourselves, we can connect what matters most to us with what we would like to do differently in our daily lives. I also see great value in understanding and working with our physiology (such as our body’s stress response) and supporting our mental health through a variety of ways, like nourishing food, adequate sleep, and time outside! In addition to my Masters degree, I have completed ACT for Beginners and ACT for Anxiety and Depression with Dr. Russ Harris, and The Attachment Puzzle course at the Neufeld Institute. I am a life-long learner, and typically have 3 or 4 books on the go (; When I am not reading, I am usually hanging out with my husband and our girls, whether it’s riding bikes, going to the park, playing boardgames, or watching a show. I am also very blessed to have a wonderful group of friends, with whom I enjoy long coffees and deep conversation.
Specialist - Anita and Ken do not book counselling appointments in our office. If you are in need of Mediation services with Anita or Educational Assessments with Ken, please contact our office to further discuss.
MEDIATION -- Anita Slomp
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.
EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENTS -- 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.