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

Leslie specializes in working with children and adolescents. Leslie is currently completing her play therapy certification and has completed all of the educational requirements 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 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 Pearson, M.C., Registered Psychologist

Leslie Pearson, M.C., Registered Psychologist

 Leslie with Carl the labradoodle.

Leslie with Carl the labradoodle.

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Jamie Swan

M.A.C.P., M.B.A., Registered Provisional Psychologist

In addition to her fulfilling her registration credentials, Jamie is also working towards her PsyD. She works with individual adults, adolescents and couples. She specializes in trauma: helping individuals deal with traumatic or distressing memories. Forward looking and working mainly from a Cognitive Behavioral Perspective (CBT), she helps her clients become aware of thoughts and behaviors that may be preventing them from achieving what they most desire. She also enjoys working to improve self-esteem issues, coping skills and overcoming high stress and/or burnout. Incorporating Mindfulness, solutions focused therapy and strengths-based approaches, she tailors her approach to fit with the unique needs of each client. Her goal is to provide a warm, caring, non-judgmental environment for each of her clients to engage in self-exploration and growth. Jamie is also trained in the Gottman Therapy method for couples, and enjoys helping couples work through periods of difficulty, while learning to improve the quality of their communication and connection. 

 Jamie Swan, M.A.C.P., M.B.A., Registered Provisional Psychologist

Jamie Swan, M.A.C.P., M.B.A., Registered Provisional Psychologist

Katelynn Couling

M. Ed., Registered Provisional 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 Provisional Psychologist

Katelynn Couling, M. Ed., Registered Provisional Psychologist

 

Jessica Blake

M.Ed., Registered Psychologist

Jessica has an extensive private practice background in counselling and assessments. In addition to individual and couples' therapy, she has specialized in sex therapy, and is pursuing a certificate in this field as well as completing a post-graduate certificate in Sexual Health from the University of Alberta, to further help clients with over-all sexual healthThis involves working with all modalities and areas of sexuality, from overcoming sexual trauma and assault, to developing healthy sexuality and esteem, to 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 helping 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. In addition to this specialization, Jessica is experienced with couples therapy, CBT for individuals with anxiety, depression, relational difficulties, and enjoys working with adolescents and their families to help them sort of the challenges of this unique developmental stage.

 Jessica Blake, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist

Jessica Blake, M.Ed., Registered Psychologist