Dr. Nathan Cobb has over 20 years experience in the counselling
field. He earned his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Marriage and Family
Therapy from Brigham Young University and is a Registered
Psychologist and Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in
Alberta. Dr. Cobb's clinical specialties are couples therapy and
addictions treatment. Read more ...
Erla Christens is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Erla received her Bachelor of Arts degree at Concordia University in Montreal and her Masters in Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University.
Erla draws on strategies from Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), based on the theories of Aaron Beck and Albert Ellis, to emphasize the interconnectedness of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, and to guide and assist clients to achieve their goals for counselling in order to alleviate current distress and prevent future concerns. In addition to CBT, Erla incorporates a number of other theoretical orientations and interventions in order to accommodate her clients’ needs. These include Attachment Theory and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and focuses on 4 key components--mindfulness, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness--as she teaches clients ways to use these skills and strategies. Erla believes that client engagement through homework and practice is an important component of therapeutic work.
Erla has provided counselling both in Europe and Canada to adolescents, adults, couples, and groups dealing with psychological trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, codependency, self-esteem issues, emotional and sexual abuse, substance dependence, and eating disorders. Erla aims to create a comfortable atmosphere during her sessions and puts a great emphasis on monitoring the progress and outcome of therapy to ensure that therapy is benefiting her clients and serving their best interests. Erla is fluent in French and Italian, in addition to English. She has completed Level 1 of Gottman Method training for couples therapy.
Russell Millington is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. With over ten years of clinical experience, Russ has worked with many people presenting with various difficulties and struggles, including relationship issues, addictions and mental health concerns. He has been affiliated with Cobb & Associates since 2011.
Russ has over five years experience helping couples build emotional intimacy and friendship, learn to communicate more authentically and assertively, find common ground, manage conflict and anger, learn to self-soothe through relaxation and deep breathing, increase trust, and establish healthy boundaries. Russ describes his approach to couples counselling as eclectic, drawing on principles established by John Gottman's method of couples therapy, as well as concepts from attachment theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, and solution-focused therapy. Russ has completed training in Gottman Method Couples therapy as well as Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy.
In addition to working with couples, Russ has extensive experience providing individual and group therapy services in the field of addictions treatment with Alberta Alcohol & Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC) and Alberta Health Services. While there, he specialized in mental health treatment (anxiety, depression, trauma, borderline personality disorder, etc.) and addiction concerns, including addiction to substances, behavioral and sexual addictions, relationship addiction, and the behavioral, cognitive, emotional and spiritual components of addiction, recovery, and relapse prevention planning. Russ also worked with The Chemical Addiction Management Program (CAMP House) in British Columbia which helped individuals maintain sobriety before and after treatment by providing counselling, programing and 12-step engagement (AA, CA, NA, ARP, etc.)
Prior to receiving his Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle, Russ worked closely with adults and youth diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and various neuro-cognitive difficulties, in both British Columbia and Alberta, where he helped such individuals to engage in programs designed to foster education stability, job opportunities and integration within the community in healthy ways that promoted self-esteem, self-confidence, and independence.
Russ has been described by former clients as warm, empathetic and understanding. He believes one of the most important elements of successful therapy is instilling hope as clients start to feel better and gain confidence that change is possible through altering patterns of thinking, feeling and behaving. Many of these changes start with small shifts -- baby steps -- in perception and attitude. He is influenced by the humanistic based theories of Person-Centered Therapy (Carl Rogers), Solution-Focused Therapy (Berg), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Aaron Beck).
Hadley believes that counselling is most effective with a strong client-counsellor relationship. She is dedicated to creating a warm and relaxed atmosphere where clients feel comfortable and accepted. Clients have told Hadley that she has a compassionate, supportive, and non-judgmental approach, which helps them make meaningful changes and work through the issues that matter most to them. Hadley approaches all clients from a place of curiosity, knowing they are the experts of their own experience. She works with clients to build on what is already working and explores new ways of being in the world that are authentic to clients and their relationships.
Hadley is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She holds a Master of Counselling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Hadley has experience providing counselling to individuals, families, and couples in the areas of depression, anxiety, addiction, stress management, eating disorders, trauma recovery, self-esteem, and relationship issues (e.g. communication, connection, intimacy, parenting, and healing from betrayal). Hadley has an interest in supporting couples and individuals of all backgrounds with a particular passion for supporting the LGBTQ2S+ communities.
In her counselling work, Hadley practices from a strength- and relationship-based lens. She merges concepts from multiple models including Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy. When working with couples, she uses tools from the most researched and evidenced based practices, including the Gottman Method and Emotion Focused Therapy. As part of her desire to remain informed on current and effective practices, Hadley has completed training in the Gottman couples method, self-harm intervention, and trauma-informed training.
In her spare time Hadley loves to adventure in the mountains and spend time with her family, friends, and dog, Luna.
* INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR REGISTERED PROVISIONAL PSYCHOLOGISTS: While our experience has been that most insurance policies cover the services of a registered provisional psychologist, some plans and policies have stipulated that services provided by registered provisional psychologists are not eligible for reimbursement. As such, if you are planning to submit your receipts for reimbursement to your insurer, we strongly encourage you to contact your insurer ahead of time, before your first session, to confirm that your specific plan covers the services of a registered provisional psychologist.
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Cobb & Associates Inc. is located in southwest Calgary (near Macleod Trail and Heritage Dr. SE). Please click here for our full address and a map to our location. We are currently accepting new clients and warmly welcome self-referrals and referrals from physicians and other professionals.
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