Our Team at Cobb & Associates Inc.

Dr. Nathan Cobb, Ph.D. in MFT, RMFT, R.Psych

Nathan Cobb

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 ...

Dr. Nathan Cobb's Professional Biography

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My Theory of Change
Couple Communication Tips
Fair Fighting Rules for Couples

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Erla Christens, M.A., R. Psych

Erla Christens

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.

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Kassandra Heap, M.C., r. Psych

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Kassandra Heap is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Kassandra received her Bachelor of Arts degree (honours) in Psychology at the University of Victoria and her Masters in Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University. Prior to becoming an affiliate with Cobb & Associates, Kassandra worked as a School Counsellor with adolescents and young adults, and then as a Clinical Counsellor working with individuals, couples and families.

Kassandra is passionate about helping individuals go beyond surviving and move towards finding meaning. She uses an eclectic, mindfulness and strengths-based, approach with an emphasis on life enrichment, maximizing potential, and values-based living. She has an interest in working with adolescents, adults, couples and parents on a wide range of issues including; anxiety, depression, self-harm, self-esteem, body image, sexuality and gender issues, interpersonal conflict, self-discovery, life goals, life transitions, and identity. 

Kassandra enjoys helping couples work on gridlocked issues by moving from resentment and frustration to understanding and respect. Her main goal in working with couples is to help them develop a greater sense of empathy and understanding towards their partner. Part of this process involves guiding couples to identify their values, goals and needs as individuals, and learning how to communicate them to their partner.

Kassandra is largely influenced by the Gottman Method for couples therapy and has completed her Levels 1 and 2 training in this method. Additionally, Kassandra draws on strategies from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), and person-centered therapy.

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Russ millington, M.A., R.Psych

Russ Millington

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).

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