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A Division of Solace Psychology & Wellness
Located in the cozy neighbourhood of The Orchards in South Edmonton, Solace Psychology, offers a place of comfort, growth and hope.
When life becomes overwhelming and turbulent, we can feel alone and isolated. We are here to weather the storm with you and help you find a place of solace and safety.
We take pride in helping clients see results by using therapeutic interventions that have been well-researched and shown to be effective. We truly listen to you and your needs. Whether you’re hoping to process the stressors in your life, learn practical tools and strategies to overcome hardships, or discover your inner strengths and resiliency, we are here for you.
Solace Psychology Team
REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGISTS in SOUTH EDMONTON
MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELLING
OF SOLACE PSYCHOLOGY
We genuinely believe that everyone has the potential to overcome their challenges with proper guidance and practical, tangible therapeutic tools that have been proven to actually work. The heart of our counselling practice is based on compassion, trust, warmth, and professionalism.
Our goal is to help you transform anxiety, depression, loneliness, and fear into self-love, meaning, and joy.
Through therapy, we will work collaboratively with you to unpack the root of your problems, heal past wounds, and create healthier patterns of thinking, responding, and living.
You really can build a life worth living.
OF SOLACE PSYCHOLOGY
We truly care about you and want counselling to be a life-enhancing journey. We know how important it is for you to find a Psychologist who you mesh with – one who is genuine, respectful, and professional, yet real and authentic - which is what you can expect when working with anyone on our team.
compassion & honesty
We bring our authentic selves to counselling sessions. Clients have described our team members as caring, compassionate, approachable, respectful, and knowledgeable. We genuinely care for the well-being of each client and family that we work with, and we're committed to helping you achieve overall wellness and balance in your life.
To overcome your hardships and take control of your life, you must set yourself up for success. Your Psychologist will work with you to develop therapeutic goals and will work to the best of their ability to ensure that you get lasting, life-changing results.
At Solace Psychology, we provide the highest standard of care to our clients, ensuring that you are receiving the most out of counselling. Your information is confidential and treated with the utmost care. Our work is heavily rooted in best ethical practice and we are all active members of various psychological associations across North America. Ongoing professional development is highly valued, as we consistently partake and speak in mental health conferences, trainings, and research.
VALUABLE TOOLS & LEARNING
Our team is qualified in many effective, evidence-based therapeutic approaches to best suit your needs. We do not believe in the “one modality fits all” approach, as everyone brings unique experiences and strengths to the table. When working with our Psychologists, you will not only gain personal insight, but also learn valuable tools and techniques to address your specific challenges.
MEET THE TEAM
OF EDMONTON PSYCHOLOGISTS & THERAPISTS
VANESSA GOODCHILD, M.C., B.SC.
DANIELLE CHARRON, M.C., B.A.
AMER AUJLA, MSCOT, M.C.
ANDREA VERA, M.Ed., B.Sc.
MIKYLA CLEARY, M.C., B.A.
KRISTEN BROWN, M.ED., B.SC.
HAYLEY BAILEY, M.A., B.A.
DANIELLE NICHOLSON, M.C., B.SC.
CRISTINA OROBIO, M.C., B.SC.
BROOKE GREENWOOD, M.ED., B.SC.
CARLY PRIVE, M.C., B.A.
SAMANTHA NAIDU, M.A., B.A.
RACHEL QUONG, MSCOT, B.A.
Our compassionate team of Psychologists are dedicated to helping you and your family achieve optimal wellness. We provide quality counselling, group work, and assessment services for children, teens, adults, couples, and families in the Edmonton area.
M.C., B.SC., REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST
FOUNDER & CLINICAL DIRECTOR
My practice is grounded in respect, integrity, and genuine care for my clients. I have been working in the mental health industry for over a decade with children, teens, and adults who are struggling with anxiety, stress, depression, addiction, ADHD, life transitions, boundaries, trauma-related symptoms and other mental health concerns. Supporting parents and guardians with effective parenting strategies is a passion of mine. I also enjoy working with professionals and businesses in the realm of coping with work-related stressors, preparing to return to work and acquiring work/life balance.
I believe in utilizing an integrative approach to therapy as everyone’s life story is different. We will work together to develop effective goals to work towards and I will draw from a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Mindfulness, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), among others. I strive to help people achieve overall life balance, in all 8 aspects of well-being.
In addition to therapy, I provide clinical supervision to Counselling Interns in the community.
M.C., B.A., REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST
I enjoy counselling youth as well as adults. When working with adults, I offer a supportive space to process your stressors and learn effective skills to reach your therapeutic goals. A large portion of my work involves helping individuals cope with work stress, anxiety, OCD, negative thinking patterns, and life changes.
In addition to helping adults, I am dedicated to providing mental health counselling to children, adolescents, and parents. I have worked with clients around issues like ADHD, anxiety, depression, oppositional or defiant behaviours, anger, emotional regulation, body image, self-esteem, and parent-child relationship issues.
I approach therapy with curiosity, collaboration, and compassion. I believe in providing integrated and evidence-based therapy, drawing upon Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFT), Parent Management Training, mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I will also be offering psychoeducational assessments in the near future.
M.SCOT., M.C., REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST
I am a Registered Psychologist with 10 years of training in the mental health field. I also have a background in Occupational Therapy.
I specialize in counselling adolescents and adults, and work with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, trauma and interpersonal issues. I use a collaborative and client-centered approach. I like to provide a safe place for individuals to explore, observe and gain insight for their own healing and growth. In my eyes, the client is the expert; my role is to help the client identify their own unique strengths and resources, in a non-judgmental manner. Alongside counselling, I am also trained in administering psychoeducational assessments. Such assessments can identify learning challenges in students of all ages, from young children to adults.
M.ED., B.SC., REGISTERED PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST
I see every client as an expert in themselves with the potential to keep growing and achieving their personal goals at any stage of their life. Therefore, I am passionate about helping clients find their strength and potential, and work towards a healthier mental state. My focus is to find the best approach and tools based on each client’s needs in a safe and non-judgmental space, bringing empathy, compassion, and genuineness. I am fluent in both English and Spanish.
I specialize in helping people cope with anxiety, depression, and life changes. I also enjoy helping individuals achieve higher self-esteem and confidence as well as greater overall well-being, allowing you to reach your life goals. When working with you, I may use tools from different therapeutic modalities such as: Person-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and mindfulness.
M.C., B.A.,REGISTERED PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST
I am a compassionate and empathic therapist who truly believes that all people have the strengths and abilities to bring about change in their own lives and are an expert in their own lived experience. I specialize in counselling children, teens and adults who experience concerns including anxiety, depression, stress, behavioural issues, emotion-regulation concerns, self-esteem, body positivity, neurodevelopmental disorders (ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder), and trauma. I enjoy working with parents and families. I also am passionate about providing therapy to couples using the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy.
I strive to help clients achieve their mental health and wellness goals using Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) and positive psychology approaches. My therapeutic orientation is a mix of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), well as utilizing self-compassion, mindfulness and strength-based approaches. I also love using play-based, sandplay and art-based therapy with children to help them process their experiences in a gentle manner.
M.ED., B.SC., REGISTERED PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST
The foundation of my practice is to build a supportive space of safety, compassion, and growth. I approach each counselling session with genuine enthusiasm and care as we collaboratively work together to achieve your goals. I enjoy working with children, adolescents, and adults who experience anxiety, depression, self-esteem concerns, boundary issues, stress, life transitions, and other mental health concerns. Alongside individual counselling, I enjoy providing couples therapy using the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy.
In counselling, I believe in working with effective, evidence-based approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) while also integrating various modalities such as Attachment Theory, Emotion Focused Therapies, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to fit the unique needs of each client. In addition to counselling, I will be offering psychoeducation assessments in the near future.
M.A., B.A., REGISTERED PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST
Connecting with others and aiding them in their journey of healing and self-discovery is my passion. I have supported children, teens, and adults working through experiences such as: trauma, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, relationship issues, eating disorders, parenting problems, ADHD, career navigation, behaviour issues, codependency, and emotional disturbance.
I strive to give you my authentic self where we can build a trusting, collaborative, and mutually respectful relationship as I listen to your story. By doing this, I hope to build an environment in which you feel safe. I utilize different therapeutic approaches including Psychodynamic Therapy, Person-Centered Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Gottman’s Method for Couples Therapy, and Solution Focused techniques.
M.C., B.A., REGISTERED PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGIST
M.C., B.SC., MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST
As a Mental Health Therapist, I offer an empathetic, strength-based and collaborative approach when working with children and adults.
I enjoy supporting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Motor Disorders and Learning Disorders. I provide early intervention which may include family sessions, parenting support, emotional regulation practice, psychoeducation, play therapy, and art-based play. I also enjoy working with children and teens who are struggling with anxiety, grief, separation/divorce concerns, self-esteem, self-harm and gender identity. I create a fun and safe environment for children and adolescents filled with activities, playfulness and laughter.
When working with adults, I believe in using a collaborative and integrative approach, drawing from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based therapy. I use a tailored approach depending on each client's goals and concerns. I work with a variety of concerns, with specific interests including depression, anxiety, burnout, suicidal ideation, self-esteem and trauma-related concerns.
M.C., B.SC., MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST
Over the years, I’ve gained invaluable experience working with children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and intellectual disabilities. I specialize in the areas of trauma- and stressor- related disorders, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders. I also enjoy providing psychoeducation and teaching valuable tools for emotion regulation and stress management. I have recently pursued my passion for perinatal mental health to support those who are experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) throughout and following pregnancy, and into the early years of parenting. As I have 2 little ones myself, I acknowledge the importance of a work-life balance while managing my own mental health and looking after my family.
Modalities I apply in my practice consist of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFT), and Attachment-Based Therapy. I also utilize Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness-Based Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Play Therapy.
M.ED., B.SC., MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST
I enjoy helping adolescents and adults learn how to cope with anxiety, stress, depression, trauma/PTSD, and life changes. I also enjoy working with people who are struggling with ADHD, emotional dysregulation, body image issues, disordered eating, substance abuse, gender identity, suicidal ideation, and relationship concerns. A large part of my work involves improving self-esteem, self-compassion and confidence in oneself.
I believe that therapy isn’t a one size fits all approach. My practice is integrative, meaning I draw upon multiple therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-Centered Therapy, Somatic Experiencing (SE), Self-Compassion, and aspects of Animal/Nature Assisted Interventions. Therapy allows people to truly heal from their past trauma and feel empowered to take charge of their present and future life. I feel privileged to hold space with my clients, where they invite me to listen to their life stories, share laughter, learn about their greatest fears, and help them achieve their goals as I walk alongside them in their healing journey.
M.A., b.A., MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST
I have worked with people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Most recently, I have been working with high-risk youth and adults dealing with addiction and mental health concerns who have different learning, behavioral, cognitive, and socio-emotional challenges, including ADHD, anxiety, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I also enjoy helping people learn how to cope with depression, trauma, life transitions, grief and loss, and various life stressors. I have a firm understanding of providing empathy, compassion, and patience with my clients. My work and education experience has allowed me to further develop my therapeutic skills.
I believe in building a strong relationship with each client that is founded on mutual respect and trust. I strive to provide clients with a comfortable and non-judgmental space to help them develop the tools they need to cope with the challenges in their lives. Since every individual is unique, I use a person-centered approach. I draw from a variety of approaches to create an individualized experience that will fit a client’s needs. Therapeutic approaches can include Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFT) or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT).
MSCOT, B.A., MENTAL HEALTH THERAPIST, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
For over 5 years, I have been working in pediatric mental health wearing different professional hats as both a Mental Health Therapist and an Occupational Therapist.
I specialize in working with young children (0-7) in the toddler, preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary stages. Common concerns that I support include anxiety, autism, selective mutism, ADHD, emotional regulation, anger, oppositional or defiant behaviors (ODD), FASD, developmental delays, and parent child relationship issues. I also enjoy collaborating with parents and families to collectively explore the best supports for their child.
I approach treatment holistically and incorporate knowledge of a child’s psychological, social, emotional, and physical development alongside external factors such as home, school, and daycare life. The modalities I utilize have foundations in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Play Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR), Attachment-Based Therapy and parent-management training. These modalities will be appropriately adapted according to your young child’s stage in development.
B.A., DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES
B.A., ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES
My name is Brynn Goacher and I am a recent undergrad student from the University of Alberta, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Sociology. I love psychology and the healthcare field as I strive to help others and I am passionate about the importance of acknowledging mental health. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym, playing guitar, and enjoying the outdoors!
B.SC., CLIENT SERVICES
Hi, I'm Jamie! I've just finished my Bachelor of Science, majoring in Psychology. From a young age, I knew I wanted to do something in the healthcare field as I've always had a passion for helping others. During my undergrad, I was drawn to psychology because I found it interesting to learn about human thought and behaviours. During my free time, I love spending time in the mountains, skiing and hiking. I also enjoy spending time with friends and traveling!
B.SC. (IN COMPLETION), CLIENT SERVICES
Hi, I'm Haley! I am an undergraduate student and Grant MacEwan studying psychology, looking to get my PhD and become a psychiatrist. I’ve always loved to learn about the brain and how it works. I also believe mental health is just as important as physical health.
When I have free time, I like to spend it outdoors. Whether it’s running, hiking, playing with my puppy, or anything physically active.
Hello! My name is Melissa. I am currently attending the University of Alberta where I am completing a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in psychology and a minor in sociology. For my honours thesis, I am studying the relationship between meaning in life, forgiveness, emotion regulation, and psychosocial adjustment. My favourite topics in psychology are abnormal psychology, personality psychology, and child psychology. After completing my undergraduate degree, I intend to pursue graduate studies and a career in counseling psychology. I am an emphatic and supportive listener to my family and friends, and I hope to one day use these skills to help others!
Outside of school, I enjoy figure skating and I also teach introductory skating to children and adults. I love spending time with my family and watching movies with friends. Whenever the weather is nice, I also like to take my dog Mochi out for walks to let him run around and burn all his energy!
It is amazing to see the tremendous growth in children and adults as they discover their full potential and begin to believe in themselves again. - Vanessa Goodchild
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