Founders

Tammy Schamuhn

Co-Founder, Psychologist, Instructor, and 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 seven years in Alberta, primarily with children and their families. I offer clinical supervision to masters-level counselling students, and provisional psychologists. I also include animals in my therapy and have developed canine assisted and equine assisted therapy programs.

I approach my clinical and consultative work with parents and professionals with an attachment and neurobiological 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 a 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.

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.

Tania Johnson

Co-Founder, Psychologist, Instructor, and Consultant

Guest Speakers 2019-2020

Kim John Payne. M.Ed
Clinical Counselor,  Author, and International Speaker

Kim John Payne has been quietly and passionately working to help tens of thousands of people give voice to the feeling that something is not okay about the new normal of overwhelm that so many people are now experiencing. He offers do-able ways to realize the hopes and values we all have for ourselves, and build deep connections with our children that gives families resiliency and simple joy.

A consultant and trainer to over 230 U.S. independent and public schools, Kim John Payne, M.ED, has been a school counselor, adult educator, consultant, researcher, educator and a private family counselor for twenty seven years. He regularly gives key-note addresses at international conferences for educators, parents, and therapists and runs workshops and trainings around the world. In each role, he has been helping children, adolescents and families explore issues such as social difficulties with siblings and classmates, attention and behavioral issues at home and school, emotional issues such as defiance, aggression, addiction and self-esteem and the vital role living a balanced simple life brings.

He has also consulted for educational associations in South Africa, Hungary, Israel, Russia, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, Thailand and China. Kim has worked extensively with the North American and UK Waldorf educational movements. He has served as Director of the Collaborative Counseling program at Antioch University New England. He is the Director of the Simplicity Project a multi media social network that explores what really connects and disconnects us to ourselves and to the world. Together with his team they have trained around 1000 Simplicity Parenting Coaches around the world. Kim is the Founding Director of The Center for Social Sustainability, an organization that has trained thousands of teachers, parents and students in the Three Stream Process that gives social, emotional and behavioral support to children who struggle in the school environment.

In addition to authoring the #1 Best Seller Simplicity Parenting© . Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier and More Secure Kid, published by Random House Penguin in 2009, he also authored The Games Children Play©, (1996) published by Hawthorn Press ,The Soul of Discipline (2015 Random House/Penguin), co-authored Whole Child Sport™ How to Navigate Child & Youth Sports™. and Being At Your best When Your Kids Are At Their Worst (Shambhala Press 2017). His books have been translated into 27 languages.

He has appeared frequently on television including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox; on radio with the BBC, Sirius/XM, CBC & NPR and in print including being featured in Time Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Parenting, Mothering, Times Union and the LA Times.

Kim strives to deepen understanding and give practical tools for life that arise out of the burning social issues of our time. He lives on a farm in Ashfield, Massachusetts with his wife and two children.

Jessica Joelle Alexander
International Author, Speak
er, and Parenting Expert

 Jessica is a bestselling author, Danish parenting expert, journalist, speaker, and cultural ​researcher. Her work has been featured in TIM, Salon, The Atlantic, The Wall Street  Journal, NY Times, ​Vanity Fair, NPR, Huffington Post, and many more. She collaborated with BBC World News and acts as a spokesperson for LEGO on the Power of Play. Jessica speaks four languages and lives with her Danish husband and two children in Europe.​

Her best-selling book: The Danish Way of Parenting is an A revealing and fresh take on cross-cultural parenting advice, The Danish Way of Parenting will help parents from all walks of life raise the happiest, most well-adjusted kids in the world.

Cierra Chmiliar

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Cierra  is a Provisional Psychologist who practices out of Family Counselling Centres in Leduc. She primarily works with children, teens, and families, specializing in play therapy and equine-assisted counselling. Cierra works from a client-centered approach, and believes a non-judgmental relationship between the client and therapist is crucial for change. She works collaboratively with her clients to help them gain awareness and insight, so they can build and draw upon their own internal resources. To this effect, she uses a wide range of modalities, including person-centered, play therapy, sandtray, trauma therapy (EMDR), equine-assisted therapy, art, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Cierra also has experience working within the school system, working primarily with children with developmental disorders and their families.

Cierra works from a client-centered approach, and believes a non-judgmental relationship between the client and therapist is crucial for change. She works collaboratively with her clients to help them gain awareness and insight, so they can build and draw upon their own internal resources.

To this effect, she uses a wide range of modalities, including person-centered, play therapy, sandtray, trauma therapy (EMDR), equine-assisted therapy, art, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Cierra also has experience working within the school system, working primarily with children with developmental disorders and their families.


Morgan Bissegger

Registered Psychologist

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.

Tammy Auten-Dye

Registered Psychologist

Tammy is a Registered Psychologist who runs a Private Practice out of Ponoka Alberta. Tammy works in office and in schools with children, teens and families; specializing in play therapy, art therapy and Cognitive behavioural therapy.
 
Tammy is an attachment based therapist and believes in a family approach. Tammy believes that having parental/ guardian involvement in therapy, whenever possible, helps to facilitate deeper and longer lasting growth from the therapy process, for all involved. She works collaboratively with clients and their families to support them in meeting their therapeutic goals focusing on thought processes, such as self talk, play therapy, sand tray therapy, and art therapy.
 
Working to deepen self understanding for ones own mood management, anxiety and self regulation. Tammy works to provide information to gain more understanding of internal processes, developmental norms, and strategies to support the family and the child. Tammy has experience working in the school system and medical offices and understands the importance of wrap around services and collaborative supportive approaches. 

Samantha Dover

Mental Health Therapist; Grief Recovery Specialist 

Samantha is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and a certified Grief Recovery Specialist® at The Grief and Trauma Healing Centre in Edmonton, Alberta. She focuses much of her clinical practice on helping those who have suffered from loss and traumatic situations. 
 
Following her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences, Sam spent five years working in a child advocacy centre where she was exposed to disclosures of grief and trauma on a daily basis. In this role, Sam worked one on one supporting children and their family members who were facing the effects of abuse. In addition, she developed new means of teaching others about the effects of grief and loss and how best to support children and youth.  Sam went on to complete her Master of Counselling Degree through City University of Seattle and then looked for opportunities to support those who have experienced loss and traumatic events. Now she works to assist people of all ages and has a particular interest in working with those who are dealing with some of life’s big questions such as, “How do I find purpose after this loss?”
 
Sam has also worked as an Educator for Alberta Health Services and has developed and taught numerous workshops pertaining to children’s mental health. She believes that the use of research and best practices to empower caregivers and educators allows for healthier outcomes in our children and in our community as a whole.
Sam has presented in multiple international conferences and has been interviewed for numerous media outlets. She continues to be inspired by the brave individuals she works with and looks forward to sharing her stories and insights with you.

 

Dariel Cole

Registered Psychologist
 

I have been working with children, youth and adults with a variety of educational and mental health needs for the last 10+ years. My work experience has allowed me  to have a wide variety of opportunities in supporting people with diverse needs.I am passionate about the field of psychology and enjoy empowering clients in many ways. I support clients using several modalities including humanistic theoretical foundations, cognitive behavioural strategies, positive psychology influences and mindfulness practices. I have received certification in Prolonged Exposure therapy for working with trauma. Additionally, I  have been trained to use SandPlay Therapy which is based in Jungian psychology  and Kalffian theory and has beneficial applications for all ages and am currently working toward my Advanced Candidate Certification in SandPlay.

I obtained my undergraduate degree with a major in Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2008 at which time I added a year of cooperative work experience to my degree so that I could have practical time working with children as a Behavior Interventionist. In between my educational endeavours I had the opportunity to volunteer and work with the Zebra Child Protection Centre where I gained a wealth of experience in child advocacy and court preparation and also supported children and families. I went on to complete my Masters of Counselling with City University of Seattle in 2012. For my Master’s level practicum I had the opportunity to work in the Stollery Children’s hospital in Pediatric Oncology providing therapeutic supports and assisting with neuropsychological assessments. Following my graduation and practicum I helped to co-develop a program supported in the Not For Profit Sector assisting children and families with pediatric cancer with reintegrating into the community.

Specializations:

  • anxiety and stress reduction for all ages

  • coping with chronic illness and stress related to illness management

  • grief and loss

  • emotional coping strategies

 

 

Christine Crocker

Registered Psychologist

Christine Crocker is a Registered Psychologist who has been providing services to families, couples and individuals since 2007, both in private practice and for agencies.  Christine has a Masters in Science in Marital and Family Therapy through Loma Linda University and a Bachelor of Science Specialization awarded from the University of Alberta.  She has walked the journey with children, youth and families through the process of divorce, to help navigate the many life changes this transition brings. She has supported families with blended family obstacles and also understands these transitions personally as a step-parent in a blended family.  

Jacquie Ganton

Teacher, Educator, and Speaker

I am both an educator and a mother of 4.  After completing a college diploma in Natural Resources and a Bachelor’s Degree in Sciences, I graduated from the University of Alberta in 2007 with my Bachelor of Education After-Degree.  I began teaching in the traditional classroom but shortly after travelled overseas to teach in South Korea. Upon my return, I started a position in a High School Outreach, a more alternative school setting offering courses for students working independently.  Over the next 8 years I would continue to teach both in the traditional classroom setting as well as in Distance Education.  I also run a small business providing equine instruction and coaching.  More recently, I am the founder of the Youth Launch Initiative, a company developed to provide support, resources and education to parents of students and young adults.

Simon Bennett

Founder/ Partner of Archetype Fitness.

Fitness Expert, Educator and Author

Simon is characterized by his energy, enthusiasm and passion for fitness and sport. He lives by the motto “your attitude in life determines your quality of life.” Simon is a prominent expert in the field of personal fitness and high performance conditioning. He has changed the lives of countless clients with his relentless commitment to training and education. He works and consults with a long list of high profile business leaders, CEOs and professional athletes. Simon is also a fitness educator and author. He has presented such topics as athletic conditioning, functional movement training and peak performance — to sports teams, professional organizations and fitness trainers. Simon is a contributing author and consultant to the Canadian bestseller book and video Young as You Look.

Angie Michelle Clark
Yoga Instructor, Performance Coach
 
From the age of 3, Angie had always dreamed of becoming a professional dancer.  After struggling with a recurring knee injury, she was forced to give up her dream of being a professional dancer and Angie immersed herself into the art of yoga for recovery. After dabbling with many different styles over several years, Angie traveled to Ecuador to complete her certification in Tantra Yoga at Durga’s Tiger School. Angie is a 200 RYT and founder of YEG YOGI. She created YEG YOGI so that yoga could be accessible to anyone and everyone by making it affordable, approachable and fun. Angie joined the Archetype family as a performance coach in 2019, and has been instrumental in developing the movement series portion of their programming. 

Sheldon Franken

Educator and School Counsellor

Sheldon Franken, B.Ed., M.A, (Counselling Psychology), is the founder of Inquiry Adventures, and is a school counsellor and former classroom teacher, physical educator, and outdoor education specialist for youth-at-risk, and community engagement. More about Sheldon here-> https://inquiryadventures.ca

Jan-Marie Chrzanowski

Registered Psychologist

Jan-Marie is a Registered Psychologist in private practice in Edmonton. She holds a Master of Counselling degree from City University of Seattle and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Alberta.

Her special interests include gender identity, autism and attachment trauma. With a particular passion for working with gender diverse children, youth and adults, she trained with and is a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH). She takes a primarily feminist approach to this work.

Jan-Marie has also trained in various types of play therapy including Theraplay, sand play and nondirective play therapy. Her approach to working with children and youth in general is influenced by attachment theory and the work of Daniel Siegel and Gordon Neufeld, amongst others. She also draws on narrative, cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness and expressive arts techniques.

Website: www.jmcpsych.ca

Emily Mardell 

Registered Dietitian, Expert in Family Nutrition, and Founder of GetJoyfull—a movement that celebrates local producers, and empowers families to connect with the food on their tables. 

Emily studied biochemistry and neuroscience at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and later harnessed her passion for food and nutrition into a dynamic private practice. As a spokesperson for Dietitians of Canada, and Performance Dietitian for FC Edmonton she translates evidence-based nutritional science into nourishing plans for everyday eating.

This food-loving Mama of three, Emily is dedicated to creating kid-friendly recipes and resources that empower family nutrition and bring joy to mealtime. Follow Emily’s GetJoyfull adventure at www.getjoyfull.com, and be inspired to fill up on family time.

Janine Groeneveld

Registered Psychologist

Throughout my academic career, I have focused on determining what drives people and motivates human behaviour. I completed a Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2006 and a Bachelor of Social Work in 2010. Both led me to travel the world and work on the front lines with children and families surviving through difficult times. I then attended City University of Seattle, completing a Masters of Counselling degree in 2016. This allowed me to fulfill my goal of becoming a Registered Psychologist.

In my work with children, families, and adults, I have been able to support my clients through depression, anxiety, emotional struggles, and post traumatic stress. I thoroughly enjoy working with people through all life stages and situations. I work primarily from a client centered perspective, meaning I believe that all people, regardless of their circumstances, have the ability within themselves to heal if given the proper tools and guidance. Attachment drives my clinical work, and I believe that healing happens in relationship both internally and within external relationships. I am also trained in the EMDR modality.

I have counselled people through a variety of life circumstances, including adult and childhood traumas. I strongly believe in the integrity of healing and am passionate about supporting my clients in getting their voices heard. I believe that people have a right to love, belonging, and meaningful connection with others.

I am also able to complete psycho-educational assessments, including intelligence and achievement testing, and behavioural assessments. I believe assessments are able to provide a window to a person’s inner landscape and helps drive therapeutic interventions to best support a person’s individual needs.