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Meet Our Team

At True Balance Counselling, we ensure quality service by our team of psychologists.

We welcome you to read our biographies to learn more about us and how we could help you meet your goals. 

All our psychologists are committed to providing you with 

compassionate, non-judgemental support and evidence-based therapeutic interventions.         

Daelynn Takasaki
Daelynn Takasaki, B.A., M.Ed.
Registered Psychologist #3420
Co-Owner, True Balance Counselling

Daelynn has been in private practice since 2006 and she has extensive experience working with all ages including individuals, couples, groups and families. She specializes in Psychological Assessments, as well as utilizes her training in Play Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in her work.

Daelynn has been a Registered Psychologist since  2008. Prior to opening True Balance Counselling, her experience included overseeing the Counselling Program for a School Division, Counselling in a post-secondary institution and at a non-profit agency, as well as teaching and providing training and supervision opportunities for other professionals. As a Co-Owner of True Balance Counselling, Daelynn provides counselling, assessment, presentations, psychological services to other organization and supervision for Provisional Psychologists

Daelynn feels her most important role is being a mother to her two beautiful daughters.

Specialties Include:

  • Divorce/Separation

  • Children

  • Parenting

  • Assessment

Credentials and Certifications:

  • Registered Psychologist, The College of Alberta Psychologists (#3420)

  • M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology) University of Lethbridge

  • B.A. (Psychology) University of Lethbridge

  • 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work Leader Training- Gottman Institute

  • Advanced Play Therapy

  • Gottman Training- Level I and II

  • Bringing Baby Home Leader Training- Gottman Institute

  • Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)

  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)

  • Virtual Reality Therapy

  • Advanced Clinical Supervision

  • Parenting Capacity Assessment

  • NeuroPsychology of Assessments

  • Filial Therapy

  • Attachment and Trauma

Tanya Jackson (Krueger)
Tanya Jackson (Krueger), B.A., M.Ed.
Registered Psychologist #2724
Co-Owner, True Balance Counselling

Tanya has been working as a Registered Psychologist since 2002.  She specializes in working with Anxiety, OCD, Phobias, Relationship Issues and Trauma. She is compassionate in her relationships and provides strength-based therapy for individuals, couples and families of all age groups utilizing approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Mindfulness Strategies, Gottman Couples Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Play Therapy, and EMDR. Tanya has extensive training and experience in helping others with OCD. She is knowledgeable about the many types of OCD (e.g., obsessions about cleanliness, sickness, things being just right, specific routines and numbers, loved ones’ safety, harm, driving, spiritual beliefs, etc.) and understands the array of compulsions that could manifest from this disorder. She uses the gold standard treatment for OCD, anxiety, phobias, skin-picking, and hair pulling. Tanya is also passionate about working with individuals and couples to improve relationships and coping, decrease stress, and find balance in life. 

Tanya grew up in this community and co-owns True Balance Counselling where she provides counselling, facilitates presentations, and supervises Provisional Psychologists. Tanya enjoys workouts, travelling, wine with friends, cheering her kids on at their sports, and spending time with her husband, kids, and their two pugs. She is passionate about helping others and living a positive balanced life.

  Specialties Include:

  • OCD

  • Anxiety

  • Healthy Relationships

Credentials and Certifications:

  • Registered Psychologist, The College of Alberta Psychologists since 2002 (#2724)

  • M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology) University of Saskatchewan 2001

  • B.A. (Psychology) University of Lethbridge 1997

  • International OCD Conference 2014, 2021, 2023

  • 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work Leader Training 2019

  • Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy 2018

  • Competency-Based Clinical Supervision 2018

  • Intensive Therapist Training for OCD (Behavior Therapy Training Institute, Boston, MA) 2014

  • Intensive Group Therapy for OCD with Dr. Reid Wilson (Supporting Therapist, Los Angeles, CA) 2014

  • Mindfulness and OCD Workshop 2014

  • Various Art, Sand Tray, and Play Therapy Trainings

  • Gottman Level 1 & 2 2013

  • EMDR Level 1 2003; EMDR Level 2 2013

  • Basic Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) 2022

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Sandy Witdouck
Sandy Witdouck, B.A., MACP
Registered Psychologist #4982

Sandy became a Registered Psychologist in 2018; she has extensive work experience with youth, adults, groups, and families in residential programs, community-based programs, and school settings. In addition to private practice, Sandy provides instruction in psychology, counselling, and addiction studies at a post-secondary institution.

Sandy believes that by working collaboratively, meaningful goals and interventions can be established so that individuals can reach their desired state of being and improve overall functioning. She practices with a person-centred, strength-based, and culturally sensitive approach and integrates Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), trauma-informed care, mindfulness strategies, and emotional regulation interventions. Sandy is passionate about helping clients reach contentment in their lives by exploring physical, mental, spiritual, and social domains of health and working through challenges that are negatively impacting their functioning. She believes in individuals’ capacity to gain insight into their situation and implement strategies to move in a direction that will enhance their lives.

Sandy prioritizes overall health in her life, and enjoys biking, hiking, skiing, golfing, yoga, and connecting with friends.

 

Credentials and Certifications:

  • Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (#4982)

  • Member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA)

  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University

  • Bachelor of Arts, Child and Youth Care specialization, University of Victoria

  • Trauma Research Certificate in Traumatic Stress studies

  • Certificate in Advanced Nutritional and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Professionals

  • Training in cultural diversity, Indigenous awareness, trauma-informed care, mediation, crisis prevention, eating disorders, and mindfulness.

Kelsey Atkinson, B.A., MC
Registered Psychologist #5389

Kelsey is a Registered Psychologist who is very welcoming, accepting and empathic. She has a perceptive approach to therapy with a youthful energy that is motivated by the belief that all individuals have the inherent potential to flourish. Kelsey will meet the client where they are at with a style that utilizes their instilled strengths while providing a safe and nurturing environment. Kelsey has extensive experience working with children and adolescents, and thoroughly enjoys her work with adults as well. Kelsey takes an adaptive and flexible, client centered, therapeutic approach with the use of CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, Solution Focused, creative experiential and somatic/body-centered methods. 

Kelsey enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Kelsey is an animal lover with dreams of owning a “fun farm”, but for right now is happy with her main pup, Indy. In her spare time Kelsey jumps at the chance to get outside to enjoy some fresh air and enjoy adventures near and far. In her down time, Kelsey has no shame enjoying Netflix or attempting some sort of Pinterest project (more often ending with a lovely Pinterest Fail!).

 

Credentials and Certifications:

  • Registered Psychologist, The College of Alberta Psychologists (#5389)

  • M.C. (Gonzaga University)

  • B.A. (Psychology) University of Lethbridge

  • Alberta DBT/CBT Clinical Skills Conference

  • Self-Harm and Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Workshop

  • Trauma Informed Care Workshop

  • Prepare Training (Crisis Prevention and Intervention)

  • 40 Developmental Assets (Train the Trainer)

  • Sexual Abuse Prevention and Treatment Workshop

  • Intensive 4-Day Solution Focused Therapy

  • Traumatic Attachment & Affect Dysregulation Conference

  • SIVA: Supporting Individuals Through Valued Attachment)

  • VTRA: Level I & II (Violence Threat Risk Assessment)

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Train-the-Trainer)

  • LGBTQ+ Awareness and Advocacy Training

Kelsey Atkinson
Melissa Gleeson, B.A., MACP
Registered Psychologist #3946
Melissa Gleeson

Melissa has been a Registered Psychologist since 2013 and has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in individual, couple and group settings. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology.  She has also completed additional training in Mindfulness Integrated Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.

Melissa’s areas of professional areas of interest include infertility, adoption, anxiety, stress management, major life transitions or changes, relationship and family issues, grief/loss and personal growth.  Her approach to counselling is strength based and person centered. She draws from a variety of approaches including EMDR, Mindfulness Integrated CBT, CBT, Solution Focused Therapy and Positive Psychology.

In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time with her family and friends in the outdoors.  In the summer, she enjoys camping, biking, and swimming and in the winter, cross country skiing and playing in the snow with her son.      

Allie Borgstrom
Allie Borgstrom, B.A., M.Ed
Registered Psychologist #4600

Allie is a Registered Psychologist with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology. She is passionate about working collaboratively with children, youth, and adults, to assist them in achieving their goals.

Allie is a client centered therapist, who values creating a warm and welcoming environment for therapy where she utilizes a variety of therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Thearpy (CBT), Mindfulness, Narrative Therapy, Play Therapy, and EMDR. Allie has extensive counselling experience, having practiced with a non-profit agency, a school division, and within the health care system.

Outside of counselling, Allie loves nature, exploring, and most of all, her family.

Christie Ftichar
Christie Ftichar, B.A., M.Ed
Registered Psychologist #4469

Christie has been working as a Registered Psychologist since 2015. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology at the University of Lethbridge. Christie has a strong understanding of various disabilities such as Autism and FASD, as well as the challenges that can come with diagnoses such as ADHD and Anxiety. She specialized in working with individuals with challenging behaviours, psycho-educational assessment, and inclusive programming. In addition to her role at True Balance Counselling, Christie works for a local school division and provides SIVA Training to agencies supporting individuals with behavioural challenges. She has also worked as a behaviour consultant for individuals with developmental disabilities and complex needs.

In her spare time, Christie enjoys spending time with her family and friends, dancing with Ammena Dance Studio, golf, yoga, paddle boarding, crafting, and reading.

Credentials and Certifications

  • Registered Psychologist, College of Alberta Psychologists since 2015 (#4469)

  • M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology) University of Lethbridge, 2004

  • B.A. (Psychology) University of Lethbridge, 1997

  • SIVA (Supporting Individuals Through Valued Attachments) Trainer since 2012

  • Nurturing Resilience Workshop 2021

  • The Biology of Loss, Gabor Mate, 2021

  • Depression in Children and Youth, 2021

  • Institute of Child Psychology, Children’s Mental Health Conference, 2021

  • Trauma-Informed Resilient Schools 2020

  • Brain Story Certification 2018

  • Family Assessment Training Level I  2018

  • Resilience, Recovery, & Relationship Towards Flourishing Children & Youth Conference 2017

  • Introduction to the Implementation and Practice of the Neurosequential Model 2017

  • Introduction to the Neurosequential Model Core Concepts 2017

  • Positive Behaviour Support Comprehensive Training 2017

  • Making Sense of Challenging Behaviour 2017

  • The Neuropsychology of Learning Disabilities: Diagnosis and Intervention 2016

  • Attachment, Mind, and Brain, Dan Siegel 2014

  • FASD: Child Specific Training and Collaboration 2013

  • Parenting Capacity Assessment for Child Protection Matters 2013

  • Intro and Implementation of the SCERTS Model 2013

  • Children’s Autism Conference 2012

  • Introduction to PRT Procedures – Level I 2011

Damaris Malpica
Damaris Malpica, B.N., MACP
Registered Psychologist #7249

Damaris Malpica is a Registered Psychologist who completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University earlier that year. Prior to that she worked as a Registered Nurse, and then as a stay-at-home mom for two amazing kids. Her counselling practice mainly focuses on adult mental health, and she provides both individual and couples’ therapy.

 

Damaris is a warm, empathic, open therapist who believes that a strong connection with clients is the key to successful therapy and lasting change. She practices counselling with a focus on attachment, and can tailor therapeutic approaches to individual clients. She uses a variety of approaches including cognitive-behavioural therapy, mindfulness, emotion focused therapy, EMDR, Gottman couples’ therapy, and self-compassion techniques. Damaris has supported clients experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma, among other difficulties, and is adept at helping clients regain balance in their lives.

 

In her spare time, Damaris likes choral singing, travelling, working out, reading, baking, playing board games, and hanging out with her family. She also loves puzzles of any sort, including escape rooms.

 

Credentials and Certifications:

  • Registered Psychologist, The College of Alberta Psychologists, since 2023 (#7249)

  • M.A. Counselling Psychology, Yorkville University, May 2020

  • Bachelor of Nursing, University of Lethbridge, December 2008

  • Virtual Reality (VR) for Anxiety and Phobia Treatment, 2022

  • Gottman Therapy, Levels I and II, 2022

  • Developmental Needs Meeting Strategy certification, 2021

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) certification, Levels I and II, 2020

  • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) training, Level I, December 2020

Aleigha Arksey
Aleigha Arksey, B.A., M.Ed
Registered Psychologist #7263

Aleigha is a Registered Psychologist who specializes in working with youth, anxiety, and grief and loss, but does work with individuals of all ages. Working with an open heart and open mind, Aleigha draws from a variety of approaches including CBT, Mindfulness, Play Therapy, Person-centered Therapy, Strength-based, and Solution focused.

Outside of counselling, Aleigha loves to engage in creative endeavours like crocheting, dancing, and teaching herself ukulele. Aleigha loves animals and adores spending time with her dog. Aleigha has always enjoyed video games and is currently having a blast playing Zelda and Hogwarts Legacy. As a certified yoga teacher, Aleigha also likes to use yoga and meditation to bring balance into her life.

Credentials and Certifications:

  • Registered Psychologist, The College of Alberta Psychologists since 2023 (#7263)

  • M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology) University of Lethbridge 2018

  • B.A. (Psychology with a minor in Philosophy) University of Lethbridge 2014

  • Gottman Level 1 2016

  • CAPT Play Therapy Training (including Introduction, History, Models, and Process, Sandtray Therapy, Play Therapy with Abused Children and Treating Trauma) 2020

  • Basic Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) 2022

  • Virtual Reality (VR) for Anxiety and Phobia Treatment 2022

Sarah Henderson
Sarah Henderson, B.A., MACP
Provisional Psychologist #3469p

Sarah is a Provisional Psychologist with her Masters in Counselling Psychology. Sarah’s therapeutic approach is client-centered; utilizing cognitive behavioural (CBT), solution-focused, Mindfulness, experiential and existential methods. She sees the client as the expert in their own life experience and is honoured to explore and hold space for the client as they work together toward client goals. During her internship, Sarah worked with a large organization, allowing her to experience a range of diverse needs and clientele. She has a passion for working with young adults and couples and has completed Gottman Level 1 training.

Sarah emphasizes working collaboratively with other professionals in the client’s support system as well as collaborative consultation with other psychologists. As each client is unique, and desires to be seen and heard, Sarah’s ultimate goal is establishing a strong therapeutic connection with clients. This foundation is key for exploration, guidance and discovery.

Sarah’s other passions include her two very energetic and adventurous kids, cooking, travel, anything west coast-related, and interior design (of which she holds a diploma).

Ashley Jordan
Ashley Jordan, B.Sc., B.Ed., M.C.
Provisional Psychologist #6326p

Ashley has been working as a Registered Provisional Psychologist since April 2022. Her previous work was with the Lethbridge School Division as a Teacher Counsellor. She has a passion for working with teens, anxiety, phobias, OCD, and relationships.

Ashley was born and raised in Nova Scotia. She has lived in Alberta for the last 11 years but travels often to see her family. At True Balance she provides counselling, facilitates presentations, and consults with professionals in southern Alberta. Ashley enjoys golf, off-roading in her jeep, spending time with friends, coaching basketball, working out and listening to music.

Credentials and Certifications:

  • Registered Provisional Psychologist, The College of Alberta Psychologists (#6326P)

  • Master of Counselling Psychology – Athabasca University 2019

  • B.Ed. (Elementary) Acadia University 2010

  • B.Sc. (Psychology) Mount Saint Vincent University 2008

  • Virtual Reality (VR) for Anxiety and Phobia Treatment 2022

Lisa Foster
 Lisa Foster, B.A., MACP
Provisional Psychologist #7169p

Lisa is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (2022). Lisa is a genuine, empathetic, and caring therapist who places a high value on building a strong therapeutic relationship with her clients. She strives to create a safe, supportive, and non-judgemental space where individuals can freely discuss their concerns. Lisa uses a person-centered approach in her counselling and combines techniques from cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and strengths-based therapy to develop a personalized treatment plan that addresses each client’s unique circumstances.

Lisa has experience counselling adults who face a range of challenges such as anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, domestic violence, sexual assault, and life transitions. Using a trauma-informed approach Lisa collaborates with clients to create meaningful therapeutic goals that empower them on their path to healing. Her work in a school division has allowed her the opportunity to provide mental health education to children, youth, and families. This experience has made her passionate about making mental health information accessible and relatable to reduce the stigma surrounding these issues and promote better overall mental wellness.

Outside of work, Lisa enjoys spending time with her two kids, going on bike rides, hiking, playing board games, watching movies, and walking their dog. She also loves to unwind with a good book and spend time in nature. A road trip to the mountains is her idea of a perfect day!

Bailee Bruins
Bailee Bruins, B.Sc., M.Ed.
Provisional Psychologist #7196p

Bailee is a Provisional Psychologist who graduated with her M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology in 2023. She is a compassionate and empathetic therapist who believes in the power of the therapeutic relationship to help create meaningful change in her clients’ lives.

Bailee’s approach is client-centered, integrating mindfulness strategies, Emotion-Focused therapy (EFT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and body-centered methods to meet each client’s unique needs. She has experience supporting clients with depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, ADHD, OCD, trauma, grief/loss, body image, women’s issues, stress, and life transitions. Bailee emphasizes meeting her client’s where they are at and holding space for self-exploration. She also has special interest in building shame-resilience and strength through vulnerability.

Bailee loves to be with friends, family, and her animals. She also enjoys travel, gardening, time in nature, and cozying up with a good book or show.

Credentials and Certifications

  • Registered Provisional Psychologist, College of Alberta Psychologists (#7196p)

  • M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology) University of Lethbridge

  • B.Sc. (Psychology) University of Lethbridge

  • Trauma Informed Practice, 2022

  • Emotion Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) Training, Level 1, 2023

  • Various trainings on shame, trauma, attachment, and sensorimotor psychotherapy.

Sierra Bruining
Sierra Bruining, B.Sc., M.Ed.
Provisional Psychologist #6550p

Sierra has been working as a Registered Provisional Psychologist since August 2022. She is an

empathetic and compassionate therapist who has experience working with adults in individual therapy who are looking for support with life transitions, chronic illnesses, chronic pain, concussions, anxiety, depression, OCD, burnout, relationships, communication, trauma, career, grief and loss, stress management, and self-compassion. She is passionate about working with adults of any age to assist them in achieving their goals in a safe and non-judgmental manner. Beginning counselling can be intimidating, Sierra aims to be empathetic, genuine, and authentic to make it easier to get support. Sierra provides person-centered, strength-base therapy and draws from a variety of approaches to tailor therapy for what will work best for you. This includes Somatic/Body-centered methods, Internal Family Systems (IFS), Mindfulness Strategies, Attachment Theory, Narrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Positive Psychology, and Art Therapy.

In her spare time, Sierra enjoys walking her dog, exploring nature in any way, yoga, reading, painting, and playing cards.

Credentials and Certifications

  • Registered Provisional Psychologist, College of Alberta Psychologists since 2022 (#6550p)

  • M.Ed. (Counselling Psychology) University of Lethbridge, 2022

  • B.Sc. (Psychology) University of Lethbridge, 2019

  • A variety of training in sensorimotor and somatic interventions, Indigenous awareness, career counselling, and attachment interventions.

Glenna Stengler
Glenna Stengler, BSW
Office Administrator

We are pleased to introduce you to our Office Administrator, Glenna. She is our client care specialist, ensuring anyone that contacts TBC is set up to get the support  they are looking for.

Glenna has spent the past several years as an owner of a local small business. Through this experience , Glenna has enjoyed learning a whole new set of skills in the field of business and administration. Prior to this, she received her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Calgary and worked for many years in this field before changing career paths to assist in running a family business. Glenna also has a Child and Youth Care Diploma from Lethbridge Community College.

Glenna likes to spend time with her kids, especially when they are enjoying the outdoors, doing things such as camping, skiing, or hiking. She also enjoys things such as long walks with the dog or relaxing with a good book.

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