Registered Psychologist, M.Ed., B.A./B.Ed. - Owner & Director, LIFT
Zac helps people who are genuinely looking to add meaning and purpose to their lives but are having a hard time figuring out how. A lot of clients want to explore meaning, generate motivation, and discover direction. He also help families change the patterns of behaviour that cause so much interpersonal conflict. Through a family systems approach you and your spouse, or you and a your children, can really tackle the root causes of the discord and chaos in your home.
Zac is also the director of the Lifestar Alberta program for individuals and couples affected by unwanted sexual behaviour, infidelity, and betrayal trauma.
Ultimately what clients need is to feel and know their therapist cares about them. Zac's number one priority when talking with a client is to make sure that he isn't thinking about anything but them for that hour. Counselling with Zac is about having a therapeutic experience more than just advice or skill building.
B.A., M.C. PSYCH, CCC
Wally has a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology and is a Certified Canadian Cunsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. Wally has been in clinical practice for 20 years and has been providing group, couple, and individual therapy within the LifeStar program for the last 10 years.
Wally also has a small private practice where he does individual therapy for all age levels as well as couples counselling. In addition he is the Director of Training for the Canadian Alliance to end Homelessness where he provides training and consultation across Canada for communities and organizations working to end homelessness. He has also created a youth based assessment tool related to youth homelessness.
Wally is married and has three boys ages 23, 21, and 12. He and his wife own and operate a bouncy castle rental business as a sideline.
Registered Psychologist, M.Ed (Counselling Psychology), CSAT
Paula has been working in the addiction and mental health field since 2012 and has been registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists since 2017. In 2014, Paula completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Addictions Counselling and then went on to complete a Master's of Education in Counselling Psychology in 2016; both of these programs were completed at the University of Lethbridge. Throughout her career, as a student and staff member, Paula has worked at five different inpatient treatment centres which focused on recovery from substance use disorders, concurrent disorders, and process addictions.
Paula has advanced training as a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT) which has been an area of focus and specialization in her practice. In 2018, Paula completed the Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) basic training and incorporates trauma-informed interventions into the work she does as a psychologist.
Paula recognizes the importance of building a secure therapeutic relationship and works to meet each person where they’re at in their individual process. She works from a person-centered integrative therapeutic orientation and incorporates trauma-informed and existential interventions into the therapeutic process.
Amy has been working with children, youth and families in various capacities for over 20 years in Southern Alberta. Amy takes an empathetic, collaborative, and client centered approach to counselling. She uses an eclectic approach, drawing on various modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral, Dialectical Behavioral, Solution Focused and Mindfulness. Amy also utilizes Art Therapy, Play Therapy, and Narrative Therapy techniques.
Amy is skilled in working with children, youth and adults, as well as couples and families. Her areas of interest include self-injury, process addictions, Depression, Anxiety, and ADHD.
Aside from counselling, Amy also teaches Mental Health First Aid for Adults who Interact with Youth, and administers Parenting Assessments and S.A.F.E Home Assessments.
In her free time, Amy enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, running, and reading.
Christy Duncan is a registered provisional psychologist and holds a Master of Arts degree in counselling psychology. She has a warm, kind, and safe manner and puts her clients at ease when they may be new to the therapeutic process.
Christy is passionate about trauma therapy and is trained in level one EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Additional areas of training include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Gottman-couples therapy, sexual behaviour problems in youth and children- Toni Cavanagh, assessments, and provisional diagnosis.
Christy provides individuals, couples, and families with integrated and targeted treatment for anxiety, depression, comorbid disorders, personality disorders, attachment issues, domestic violence, adverse childhood experiences, and intimacy issues.
Christy is a type I diabetic herself and has a special interest in offering mental health support to fellow diabetics (including type II’s) of all ages. She understands how the constant monitoring of blood sugars, insulin, meals, snacks, exercise, puberty, and stress can lead to burnout, anxiety, depression, body image concerns, and fear of hypoglycemia.
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