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.
Kassandra Heap is a Registered Psychologist with
the College of Alberta Psychologists and a Canadian Certified Counsellor with
the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. 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 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.
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).
Shezlina Haji received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Calgary, and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from McGill University. She has 3 years of experience working in various settings, and has completed trainings in various treatment modalities including Levels 1 and 2 with world-renowned couples therapy experts Drs. John and Julie Gottman. Shezlina uses an eclectic approach to counselling, primarily drawing from Emotion Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Person Centered Therapy.
Shezlina believes in
helping clients to recognize and use their strengths to cultivate change during
periods of difficulty. She has an interest in working with individuals who are
struggling in their intimate relationships, as well as with those experiencing
anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, addictions, grief and emotion regulation.
Shezlina’s approach with couples involves helping partners understand
and identify their primary emotions and needs. She also coaches partners
through communication and conflict resolution strategies to learn how to
express their emotions effectively and ultimately have their needs met. She helps couples rebuild their friendship to
feel more emotionally connected with one another, even during difficult times. As stressors emerge and major life changes
occur, it is common for partners to feel frustrated, misunderstood, or unheard. During these times, hurtful actions e.g.
name-calling, infidelities, or disrespectfulness can weather the level of trust
and safety in the relationship. As such,
she strives to coach couples in working towards validating each other’s feelings
in order to facilitate a sense of understanding, comfort, and trust in the
relationship. At the foundation of any
romantic relationship is trust and security; therefore, Shezlina helps partners
build an environment of openness and honesty, and implementing any necessary
changes in order to strengthen this foundation upon which a healthy relationship
Shezlina uses evidence-based practices when working with clients to create treatment plans. She recognizes that each individual or couple unit is unique and thus personalizes her approach to best meet the needs of clients. It is important to find a good fit between client and therapist; therefore, she offers phone consultations to all new clients to get to know more about her and her approach and takes a collaborative approach throughout the therapy process.
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