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).
Cam Burbank is a Registered Provisional Psychologist, and an avid life-long learner. His educational background includes a master’s degree in counselling from City University of Seattle. Additional training includes couple’s training (Gottman).
Cam’s approach to therapy is a simple one, focused on enhancing client's self-awareness to help them become the best version of themselves. He views therapy as a customized and collaborative process where the client is the expert in his or her life, and clear and specific goals are set to help bring about meaningful and lasting change.
* 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.
Katie is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Katie holds a Master of Counselling in Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University and an Honours Bachelor of Social Science in Communications and Sociology from the University of Ottawa.
Katie has four years experience providing counselling to individuals and couples in the areas of:
Kimberly Neuman is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Kim holds a Master of Counselling from Athabasca University and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Honours) from the University of Calgary. She has worked with clients of all ages and backgrounds and is dedicated to using a culturally sensitive and client-centred approach to therapy.
Kim is working towards her certification in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and she draws from her experience working with trauma survivors when supporting couples in their healing journey. Kim is interested in helping couples deepen their understanding of one another by strengthening their friendship, allowing them to better manage conflict and support each other. She’s been described by her clients as someone who is compassionate and understanding, and who makes them feel heard. Couples work is important to Kim because she believes that with hard work and change, marriages can be saved. Things can get better.
Kim has worked with individuals, couples, and families in the following areas:
When she is not with clients or family, Kim spends her time with her pets, volunteering, landscaping, and listening to music
Jessica is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She holds a Master of Counselling from City University of Seattle and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Lethbridge. Jessica has 3 years’ experience providing counselling to individuals and couples in the areas of:
Relationship issues (communication, conflict, connection, intimacy)
Jessica is interested in helping couples return to a place of connection, respect and admiration. Conflicts and setbacks in relationships are inevitable. It’s how they are managed and resolved that is important. Jessica aims to improve the communication the understanding among the couple, increasing their overall relationship satisfaction.
theory of practice primarily draws from attachment perspectives, as she
believes that individuals learn to relate to themselves and others through
early childhood relationships. These formative bonds unconsciously shape one’s
beliefs and behaviours, impacting their everyday functioning and the quality of
Jessica helps individuals to heal from childhood traumas and free themselves from the emotional burdens of the past. She encourages her clients to take an active role in their life, living one that is meaningful and authentically theirs. In her practice, Jessica utilizes techniques from various therapies, including emotion focused, interpersonal, cognitive behavioural, narrative, existential, and inner-child healing. Jessica has completed Level 1 training of Gottman Couples Counselling and is currently working towards her certification as a Certified Clinic Trauma Professional.
Jessica is kind-hearted and patient. She has the capacity to see the good in absolutely everyone, which enables her to empathically walk with her clients during their challenges. She believes that the most important elements of therapy are an authentic relationship between the client and the therapist, and a high degree of clients’ trust in their therapists. Humans are relational beings, and working through emotions and challenges in the presence of a supportive and understanding relationship is necessary for progress.
Jessica views each session as an opportunity to learn more about her clients and adapt the therapy to suit their unique needs and learning styles. She feels privileged to hear the stories of her clients’ lives, and she feels great joy in seeing their overall improvements.
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The Calgary Couples Counselling Centre (a subsidiary of Cobb & Associates Inc.) is located in southeast Calgary (near Leons and Trail Appliances on 11th Street 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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