Brandi Gruninger

M.C., Registered Psychologist

Brandi is the owner and director of Evolution Psychology, is a registered psychologist, and specializes in adolescents and women's issues. Brandi has fourteen years' experience in the field and works from a cognitive-behavioural (CBT) perspective to help clients modify their self-defeating thoughts to adapt to stressful environments, childhood trauma, or anxiety and depression symptoms. She also specializes in healthy relationships, parenting skills, assertive communication, and social skills training and is especially interested in helping clients recover from disordered eating and a negative body image through a Feminist perspective. Brandi enjoys working with adults and also specializes in older children and adolescents, with whom she helps to navigate issues such as peer relationships, self-harmful behaviour, body image issues, anxiety and depression that are common at this life stage. Brandi facilitates the Chrysalis group for teenage girls and enjoys presenting in workshops regarding domestic violence, balancing motherhood and mental health, stress management and anxiety, and general mental health issues in the school system. Brandi also supervises provisional psychologists and enjoys mentoring newer therapists. Brandi loves the warm, genuine connections experienced in therapy and has worked with many of the same clients on and off for many years. She strives to create a beautiful, warm and comforting environment for clients and colleagues alike in Evolution Psychology.

Brandi Gruninger, M.C., Registered Psychologist

Brandi Gruninger, M.C., Registered Psychologist

 

Stephanie Baker

M.A., Registered Psychologist 

Stephanie is a registered psychologist who works with individuals, and adults, and has specialized in trauma and couples work. She uses a mindfulness approach including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (MCBT).  
Stephanie also has experience with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), childhood trauma, addictions, body image, relationship difficulties, depression, anxiety and Bipolar Disorder using EMDR therapy: helping individuals deal with traumatic and distressful memories. With compassionate and supportive counselling skills trained through the Gottman Therapy Method, Stephanie is passionate about working with couples. She provides effective conflict resolution to couples to improve their ability to address their issues and difficult life transitions. Her goal is to offer a caring, non-judgmental and safe environment for clients so that they may fulfill their personal goals and overcome their life challenges. Stephanie especially enjoys working with first responders, and is an approved service provider for the RCMP and Veterans Affairs. Direct billing may be provided.

Stephanie Baker, M.A., Registered Psychologist

Stephanie Baker, M.A., Registered Psychologist

 

Leslie Pearson

M.C., Registered PsychologisT, CPT

Leslie specializes in working with children and adolescents. Leslie has completed her play therapy certification through the Canadian Association of Play Therapy (CAPT). She also has training in other creative approaches, such as sandplay, that she uses with all age groups. Leslie has training in Animal Assisted Play Therapy (AAPT) and works with Carl the Labradoodle on a part time basis. Check Carl out on Instagram @carl_the_labradoodle and Leslie’s Facebook page @ Leslie Pearson Psychological Services.

Leslie believes that therapy is a journey that she is honored to take part in with her clients. Leslie takes a client-centered approach to therapy, which also integrates play therapy, attachment theory, narrative therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy, neurodevelopment, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, Theraplay, and family systems. She also has additional training in suicide assessment and prevention. Leslie hopes that through the therapeutic journey clients can access their inner strengths and develop new strategies to face concerns in their daily lives.    

Leslie has experience working with children, adolescents and their families with ADHD, anxiety, attachment issues, depression, elimination issues (encopresis), emotional regulation, executive functioning, grief and loss, hair pulling (trichotillomania), issues surrounding parental separation, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), parent-child conflict, parenting skills, self-esteem, self-harm, stress management, trauma, and other issues. She also enjoys family therapy and helping families to strengthen bonds. Leslie facilitates the Magnolia group for pre-teen girls and provides workshops on a variety of issues related to children and teens. Leslie is a collaborative divorce child specialist and is a member of the Association of Collaborative Family Professionals (Edmonton)

Leslie is a member in good standing of the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP), Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA), Canadian Association for Play Therapy (CAPT), and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) Alberta Chapter.

Leslie with Carl the labradoodle.

Leslie with Carl the labradoodle.

 
 

Katelynn Couling

M. Ed., Registered Psychologist

Katelynn graduated from the M.Ed. program in Counselling Psychology at the University of Lethbridge. Katelynn has experience in community counselling settings where she has had the privilege of supporting adolescents and adults with diverse backgrounds and experiences. She primarily helps clients with depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, grief and loss, abuse and domestic violence, suicidality and self-harm. Katelynn is specializing in adolescents and runs a group for teen girls.  Katelynn enjoys working with members of the LGTBQ+ community and considers herself an ally as well. Katelynn primarily works from client-centered and strengths-based perspectives to ensure individuals feel heard, supported, and empowered. In order to personalize each individual's counselling experience, she also integrates therapeutic techniques from a number of approaches including: Solution Focused Therapy (SFBT), Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Katelynn is trained in the Gottman Method for couples and enjoys working with couples to improve their relationships.

Katelynn Couling, M. Ed., Registered Psychologist

Katelynn Couling, M. Ed., Registered Psychologist

 

Jessica Blake

M.Ed., Registered Psychologist

Jessica has an extensive private practice background in counselling and assessments. Jessica has experience working with school-aged children and adolescents and helps them with anxiety, depression, self-harm, self-worth, addictions, and relational issues. Through the Circle of Security method, Jessica helps teens and parents to enhance their relationships during this unique developmental stage. Jessica also works with couples to help them with issues regarding intimacy and communication. In addition to individual and couples therapy, she has specialized in sex and intimacy counselling. This involves working with all modalities and areas of sexuality, from overcoming sexual trauma and assault, to developing healthy sexuality and esteem, and working with sexual dysfunctions and disorders (Erectile Dysfunction, Vaginismus, etc). Jessica works with individuals and couples to utilize techniques to further develop and enhance sexual pleasure within their relationships and help clients explore different and exciting faucets of sexuality as well, including swinging, poly, open or kink relationships. Lastly, she has a unique and specialized interest in working with individuals who identify as a sexual minority, such as, but not limited to gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender, 2-spirited, questioning, non-binary and many others. Jessica is trained in clinical hypnosis.

Jessica Blake, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist

Jessica Blake, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist

 

Marcela Chavez-Harrison

M.A., Registered Psychologist

Marcela is a Registered Psychologist with a goal to support and help people become their best selves. Her work focuses on working towards a better and more confident YOU, learning more about yourself, feeling better about yourself and being able to better cope with stressors in life without relying on unhealthy patterns and behaviours. 

Her main specialties include treatment for addictions, anxiety, depression, unhealthy relationship patterns and childhood trauma.  She has 15+ years in addictions counseling, helping individuals work through the underlying issues that lead to an unhealthy relationship with substances.  She has experience in working with both adults and adolescents: both in individual and group counseling. Through work in therapy with Marcela, individuals will learn to manage or resolve anxiety and depression and increase their capacity to respond to stress and relationship conflict. Marcela uses cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) to focus on the here and now as well as uses a psychodynamic approach to explore experiences from childhood that has impacted present issues. Successful counseling outcome is both the client’s commitment to the counseling process coupled with a competent a therapist who will both support and challenge you.

Marcela Chavez-Harrison, M.A., Registered Psychologist.

Marcela Chavez-Harrison, M.A., Registered Psychologist.

 

Dr. Tracy DeBoer

PhD, REGISTERED PsychOLOGIST

Tracy is a new addition to the Evolution Psychology team after having completed all of the requirements of her M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Tracy’s therapeutic approach is non-judgmental, warm and strategic: she works collaboratively with her clients to help them tell their story. Tracy believes that all people are capable, resilient, and ultimately know what they need to thrive in the world – sometimes, they just need some strategic and purposeful help to rediscover those qualities, which is where therapy can help. In therapy, Tracy walks alongside her clients through the dark, confusing, stressful, or surprising times in their lives, with the ultimate goal of helping them thrive in life.

Tracy has worked with adolescents and adults in a range of settings (i.e., university clinic, inpatient and outpatient hospital units, forensic facilities, and community clinics). She completed her doctoral residency at the London Consortium Clinical Psychology Pre-Doctoral Residency program. Tracy practices using an integrative approach and draws from emotion-focused therapy, attachment-based interventions, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based interventions, systemic, and self-compassion interventions. Tracy works with both individuals and couples and is experienced with anxiety, depression, self-harm, trauma, self-care, grief. She is also interested in helping people improve specific skills, discover their self-identity, and mange emotions.

Tracy DeBoer, PhD., Registered Psychologist.

Tracy DeBoer, PhD., Registered Psychologist.

 

Susan Eapen

MSC. MFT. REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST

Susan received a Master of Science degree with a Marital and Family therapy focus from Loma Linda University. Susan has an interest in both working with couple and family dynamics. Her therapy style heavily draws from both solution-focused and family structure theories. She believes that clients are their best resource and sometimes need to be reminded of their inner strengths, desires and abilities. She also believes each individual is enriched with his or her own stories, history, and familial ties which have all contributed to the person he or she is today. Her philosophy is that people from all walks of life deserve to give themselves the chance to be the best “person” possible and everyone can do just that!

During her practice she has dealt with issues regarding relationships, couple dynamics, families, anxiety, stress, depression, marriage, divorce, mental health concerns, weight management, anger management and self-esteem. Susan believes in offering every client that comes through our doors a healing experience that is unique to them. Every human being deserves to be heard, listened to and understood and she looks forward to supporting you through many of life's challenges and struggles.

Susan Eapen, MSC. MFT., Registered Psychologist.

Susan Eapen, MSC. MFT., Registered Psychologist.