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Our Team

Book with Jenna (North Location)

Registered Psychologist & Owner

Jenna Fortinski is the creator of Simply Counselling Services, and as a Registered Psychologist, she recognizes the challenges people face when seeking counselling. She built a practice that ensures finding support is exactly how it should be, simple.

With an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a Master’s in counselling, and an extensive background working in Calgary area hospitals, Jenna built Simply Counselling on a firm foundation of experience and education.

 

Book with Amanda (North Location)

 

Registered Psychologist

With a heart that cares deeply for others, Amanda is drawn to help people face life experiences in healthy, positive ways. Her approachable, calm demeanor helps clients feel at ease in sharing their unique memories and stories. Amanda tailors her approach to fit the particular needs of the client, which change as the client grows. She offers insight and guidance while helping clients articulate and work toward achieving their own goals. In her practice, she aims to strike a balance between showing kindness, understanding, and compassion, alongside the values of truth, integrity, and genuineness.

Amanda’s past work experience includes group and individual counselling of children, youth, and young adults, and conducting psychological assessments for students from preschool to university. Over the years, Amanda has worked alongside many professionals in mental health, and she appreciates learning from, and collaborating with, her colleagues and mentors.

Amanda is a registered psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Amanda earned her doctoral degree in Psychology at Brock University in Ontario, with a specialization in developmental psychology. Amanda and her family recently relocated to Calgary and they are loving it! She is grateful for the opportunity to join the team at Simply Counselling, and looks forward to meeting you.

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Candace believes in humanizing the psychology experience by adapting her modality to fit the needs of every unique client. With experience in a variety of demographics in Canada and the United States, Candace has worked primarily with trauma, PTSD, sexual and domestic violence, and addictions. Candace holds a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology, as well as advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This provides the opportunity to support those struggling with emotional vulnerabilities including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and low self-esteem.

From a strength-based approach, Candace strives to foster a positive and judgment free space for all clients. Candace has experience working in both clinical inpatient and outpatient settings, which has fostered her client centered approach. This allows her to meet clients where they are at in their therapeutic journey, with a goal of guiding clients to reach their individual potential and live their best lives.

Book with Sadaf (North Location)

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Sadaf is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with extensive experience in both clinical and counselling roles. She works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, with varying psychological concerns. She believes that therapy is a collaborative process and assists clients to progress in life by identifying and setting life goals for better mental health.

Sadaf uses different psychotherapy techniques, according to each client’s needs. She provides counselling to people with depression, anxiety, stress, mood disorders, self esteem, family issues, relationship difficulties, anger, grief or loss, trauma, marital problems, experience of abuse, domestic violence and cultural adjustments.

Sadaf is compassionate and multi-lingual, providing counselling services in English, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Honors, and a Master’s degree in Psychology.

Book with Najwa (North Location)

Clinical Social Worker/ Group Therapy Lead

Najwa is a therapist located in Calgary/Cochrane who specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and their families. She is certified in offering Dialectical Behaviour Skills Training and facilitates adolescent dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) groups, and Circle of Security Caregivers groups.

Najwa is experienced in working with a wide range of teen mental health issues. As a result, she understands the emotional toll youth conflict can inflict on a family, particularly the caregivers, who are doing their best to support their teens. Najwa is recognized for effectively addressing ADHD, ODD, anxiety, substance abuse, depression, suicide attempts, and attachment issues in adolescents and youth, as well as trauma and personality disorders across all ages.

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Tara is passionate about improving the well being and quality of life of those she is supporting. She will compassionately and wholeheartedly listen to the challenges that are preventing you from living your preferred life.

Over her career, Tara has worked with youth, individuals and families on challenges with unhealthy thinking and behaviors, addictions to substances, psychosis, relationships, and regulating emotions. From this experience, Tara is able to use different therapeutic approaches to best meet your needs.

Tara believes in empowering clients to ultimately reach their potential.  Tara has a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree from Yorkville University. She enjoys spending time with her pets, reading, and being with family.

Book with Ashley (North Location)

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Ashley is a very welcoming and passionate therapist. She focuses on providing exceptional support while meeting you where you are at. She holds a range of experience in areas of family violence, adolescent mental health, gender identity, self-image, anxiety, depression, stress, mood, and grief. Ashley’s experience comes from working within a hospital setting and community organizations. Her passion is working with individuals, families, couples and facilitating group therapy virtually or in person. Ashley views therapy as being tailored to each client. She brings experience in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy. She holds a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Yorkville University. Ashley enjoys fishing during summer months, spending time with family, and creating art.

Registered Psychologist

Debra has an extensive background working in community, educational and hospital settings providing individual, family, couple and group therapy. She is strength-based, relational, and believes in empowering clients to become the best versions of themselves.

She provides treatment to adults, children and adolescents struggling with a variety of mental health challenges including those related to anxiety, mood, social and behavioral, OCD, PTSD, relationships, learning related challenges, and grief and loss.

Debra incorporates several psychotherapeutic modalities into her practice and has the required training for many different approaches. She possesses a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Calgary; a Master of Arts in Child Studies from Concordia University, as well as a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. She enjoys spending time with family, swimming and traveling.

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Bruce has been dedicated to improving the lives of others for many years in several different roles, including as a teacher in multiple hospital and mental health settings, Assistant Director at a mental health camp, and in leadership roles with the Calgary Board of Education. Bruce has completed research in education and chronic pain with clinicians and teachers at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, and research in school engagement. 

Bruce loves to help individuals, couples and families, and uses a variety of research-based interventions, including psychodynamic, Emotion Focused, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. 

Bruce is non-judgmental, and comes from a place of curiosity, supporting individuals to learn to adjust their sails so that they can go where they want to. Bruce holds a Masters in Counselling Psychology from the University of Lethbridge, an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degree’s from Lakehead University, and is close to completing an Honours Bachelor of Arts in a Research Specialist Psychology degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Book with Misha (North Location)

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Misha is a Registered Provisional Psychologist who provides treatment for various concerns, including anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, and relationship issues.

In the last 10 years, she has worked with children, youth, and adults who have experienced complex trauma and related mental health issues. She is passionate about working with people from diverse backgrounds and is fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi.

Misha provides counselling and psychoeducational assessment services for all age groups.

Book with Lea (North Location)

Registered Clinical Social Worker

Lea joins the team with a versatile background of over thirteen years of experience. She is passionate about working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Throughout her career, she worked with vulnerable individuals including children, youth and their families battling with various traumas and obstacles that can cause emotional pain. Lea is a wealth of knowledge and has connections to different community agencies and resources available to help you manage and navigate your life. She is compassionate, full of life and dedicated to working with her clients.

Lea is registered with the Alberta College of Social Workers and holds a Bachelors in Honors Developmental Psychology and a master’s in Clinical Social Work focusing on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. During her leisure time, she enjoys travelling with her family and reading books.

Book with Mary (North Location)

Occupational Therapist

Mary is a Registered Occupational Therapist (OT) with a clinical specialization in Mental Health for Children, Adolescents and Adults.With undergraduate studies in occupational therapy and graduate studies in counselling psychology, Mary has held the position of Clinical Leader within Alberta Health Services (AHS) for the last 20 years. Mary is focused on providing OT assessment, treatment and counselling for children, their parents and adults with struggles regulating attention, emotions, moods and behaviours. Identifying barriers, finding solutions to problems, and increasing awareness of what may be causing difficulty at home, school, work and the community is her primary goal. Evaluating atypical sensory processing and exaggerated behavioural responses to sensory input is a key component to informing the intervention process. Mary is happy to support you if you or your child is challenged by typical daily routines and social interactions with others, if self-regulation and emotional ‘melt downs’ are an ongoing struggle, and you want to understand how to better manage these life situations with a calm and organized approach.

Book with Nicki (North Location)

Practicum Student

**Not covered under extended health insurance**

As a Master’s Level Practicum Student, sessions with Nicki cannot be billed or covered under extended health benefits. Please see Nicki’s discounted session rate through the booking system.Dedicated to breaking the stigma for seeking and receiving mental health support, Nicki Kirlin has a diverse background in the health services field. Nicki’s career of helping others began in the non-profit field helping individuals at risk of, or involved with, the criminal justice system. Continuing her professional journey into the health services field in the areas of Indigenous health, and addictions and mental health, Nicki has always maintained a fierce passion for advocating and supporting those most in need. She believes in establishing a respectful relationship with clients, rooted in empathy, connection, and understanding.
 
Nicki has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (MACP) through Yorkville University.

Our Support Staff

Making sure that clients can access information and services with ease, is Cheryl Nixon.

As the first point of contact for most clients, Cheryl is an integral part of Simply Counselling.

Her top-notch organizational skills, attention to detail, expertise in providing exceptional service, and care for client comfort ensures that each client has a seamless experience.

Amber is willing and eager to assist clients in need of administrative support at Simply Counselling Services.
 
She is reliable, friendly and outgoing, and her goal is to ensure all clients are cared for in an efficient and professional manner.
 
Amber is currently pursuing her undergraduate degree in Psychology, as well as minoring in Sociology at the University of Calgary.

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Land Acknowledgement

In the spirit of respect and truth, Simply Counselling Services acknowledges the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.