Co-Founder, Instructor & Consultant
I am a Registered Psychologist and Registered Play Therapist. I also have a Bachelors of Education from the University of Alberta and practiced as an elementary teacher in Edmonton before going on to do my Masters degree in Psychology. I am also the founder and Executive Director of Family Counselling Centres.
I have been working in private practice for the past five years in Alberta, primarily with children and their families. I also include animals in my therapy and have developed a canine assisted and equine assisted therapy programs.
I approach my clinical and consultative work with parents and professionals with an attachment and neurobiolgical lens: all of my work is based on the neurology of the brain and how attachment is integral to adaptive functioning of both children and adults.
I am an passionate, empathetic, and experienced clinician here for my community to help children, teens, and adults heal and grow. I aim to have warm, respectful, and productive relationships with the clients I collaborate with, and I enjoy being part of the positive change that families experience.
Co-Founder, Instructor & Consultant
I am a Registered Psychologist and a Registered Play Therapist. I completed my undergraduate studies in South-Africa before engaging in a one year, full time internship in Chicago at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. In 2012, I received my Masters of Counselling from City University of Seattle. During my Master’s degree, I worked both on the front lines and as a counsellor with foster and adoptive families who faced a range of emotional, behavioural and cognitive challenges.
Since completing my degree, I have worked in a private practice setting with children, teens, adults and families. I work primarily from an attachment based perspective. This means that I work with clients to explore how early relationships affect how we come to understand our self, other people and the world.
It is an honour to work with clients and families to create a space for lasting change. I endeavour to always approach my clients with respect, honesty, integrity and warmth.
Dr. Jody Carrington
My "story" of becoming a psychologist started at Red Deer College. I transferred to the University of Alberta, where I earned my Bachelor of Arts with distinction in 1998. I completed a year-long internship during that degree with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and became very passionate about police work and the significant toll that trauma can take on people. I was also lucky enough to spend some time working with some amazing families through Ronald McDonald House and I also volunteered with Victim Services. I then continued my studies at the University of Regina with the thought of pursuing a career in Police Psychology. Although I loved that work, my passion began to shift to families, especially those who experienced trauma. I completed my pre-doctoral residency in Nova Scotia in 2006 where I trained primarily in Cognitive-Behavioural and Narrative approaches. I completed rotations both with adults and children and learned that I really enjoyed understanding the "stories" of children—particularly those who had difficult experiences.
I returned home to Alberta and accepted a job at the Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary on the Inpatient and Day Treatment Units, a position that would forever change the course of my career. I quickly learned my "cognitive-behavioural skills" were not enough for kids and families with long and often traumatic stories with multi-generational influences. I needed to connect in order to have any significant impact. Desperate to learn more about attachment, I set off on a quest for mentors who "got it" and have been very lucky to have been influenced by some of "the greats".
You will see a lot in my story about attachment. I have learned the power of the relationship. Empathy. Connection. I have learned that these are important for anyone who might want to understand their story and shift it in some way. Or heal in some way. Or repair it in some way. Or change their story once and for all. So that their next chapter as "teenager", "spouse", "parent", or "friend" can be better.
Over the course of my journey to becoming a Registered Psychologist I have had the opportunity to support children, youth, and families in residential, school, and therapeutic settings.
I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of the Fraser Valley, in British Columbia in 2010. During this time, I also worked in residential care settings with children and youth who had experienced significant trauma and presented with complex mental health challenges. Through a process of seeking support and guidance to best support these individuals I began to learn about attachment theory and the impacts of trauma on development. This knowledge now serves as my foundation.
In 2012, I began my Masters in Counselling Psychology at City University of Seattle. While completing this degree, I also worked in a school setting supporting complex mental health in the classroom. Through this work I continued to witness the importance of relationships in the developmental process. In 2015, I completed my graduated degree and began work as a Child and Adolescent therapist at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE), and also began a small private practice. I still hold both positions today and value you the rich learning and experience they provide me. I work primarily from an attachment perspective and believe that relationship is an essential component of healing. I help my clients to develop a sense of safety in relationship in order to create an environment in which they can process their experiences. I also support parents in understanding the impacts of trauma and developing strategies in supporting their children at home.
I feel privileged to continually have the opportunity to learn from the children, youth and families that I work with. I strive to work collaboratively with my clients so that I may learn about their unique experiences and support them on their path towards growth and healing.
I am Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Psychologist Association of Alberta. I have a Bachelors of Psychology from the University of Alberta and a Masters of Counselling from City University of Seattle.
I started my career on the front lines of mental health in a psychiatric hospital to help people with severe mental illness. Since then I have worked primarily in private practice with children and adults with various concerns including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, autism, sensory processing issues, developmental delays, FASD, ADHD, conduct/defiant problems, and more. I particularly enjoy helping children heal and witnessing families change and grow for the better.
Genuine compassion, empathy, and humor are fundamental components of my clinical practice, which I use to honor and support people towards healing and growth. When combined together, the healing force created is a ‘game changer’ in my clinical work. My psychological framework is person centred, grounded in attachment theory and developmental psychology. This means I believe that understanding our own individuality, our pattern of connection to each other and how we change over the course of our life guides our path to wellness.
Brittany Ratcliffe, M. Ed.
Canadian Certified Counsellor
I am registered as a Canadian Certified Counsellor through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and have completed both levels of Play Therapy training with the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute in pursuit of registration as a Play Therapist. Prior to earning a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Lethbridge, I completed a Bachelors degree in Education with a minor in Special Education from the University of Alberta. This allowed me the opportunity to work with children and teens at the junior and senior high level.
My work in the classroom is what propelled my interest in helping children, adolescents, and families in a counselling setting, and was also where I truly realized the importance of relationship in making positive change. My teaching experience inspired the use of an attachment lens from which I view my clinical work today
I have experience working with children, teens, and families through volunteer work at the Ronald McDonald House of Northern Alberta and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada. I am also grateful to continue supporting children and youth through my work in private practice, which includes working with parents to utilize relationship-based strategies to foster positive change at home.
Genuine empathy and compassion drive my practice, while collaboration is an invaluable tool that I use with every client in order to highlight each person’s ability to make positive change. My work is client-centred and grounded in both attachment theory and the growing field of neurobiology.
Erin Newman, M. Ed.
Registered Provisional Psychologist
I am Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Psychologist Association of Alberta. I have a Bachelors of Psychology degree from MacEwan University and a Masters of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta.
I began my career treating at-risk youth with complex trauma and mental health needs at a residential treatment facility. It was here that my passion for child and youth mental health and wellbeing arose. Since that time, I work in both private practice and for the public health sector, working primarily with children, youth, and their families.
My practice is grounded in attachment theory, and I firmly believe that relationships form the basis for development. I also believe that children and youth require skills in mental health taught and demonstrated to them by supportive adults, in order to help them manage this increasingly complex world. Thus, I am privileged and pleased to provide instruction on how to support child and youth mental health, to provide individual treatment and support directly to children and youth, and to provide consultation and support to parents and teachers.