Private Counselling Services

Our Therapists

David Williamson, PhD, RPsych

Hi! I’m Dr. David Williamson, and I’m a registered psychologist with a passion for supporting children and their families through some of their most difficult times. Even before pursuing psychology as a profession, I had the privilege of working with at-risk young people. Those early experiences pushed me to receive training as a clinical psychologist. I received my clinical training in Alberta, British Columbia, and Illinois in a variety of settings: from mental health clinics, to multiple pediatric hospitals, to mental health summer camps! I love to teach and train other therapists and currently supervise a team of therapists as a clinical co-ordinator at Wood’s Homes. I am also a clinical supervisor at the University of Calgary Psychology Clinic where I supervise clinical psychology graduate students.

Expertise:

  • Children, adolescents, and their parents
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Child behaviour problems
  • Trauma and maltreatment
  • Obsessive-compulsive behaviours
  • Psychoeducational assessments
 
Daina Havens, MSW, RSW

Hello! My name is Daina Havens. I am a registered social worker with a Master's Degree in clinical practice from the University of Calgary. I have had the privilege of working within the human helping field for 20 years. Prior to following my passion for clinical work and couples therapy, I focused on developing a holistic interpersonal practice expanding my knowledge in Massage Therapy, Reiki, Meditation, Reflexology, Birthing Support (Doula) and Yoga Instruction. I believe the foundation for growth and change is the therapeutic relationship. Connection, comfort and the formation of trust are the keys to finding new ways to handle life and change. I use a flexible approach integrating knowledge from differing therapy approaches depending on the needs of the client, situational goals and individual preferences. I engage in gentle humour and find value in these small and subtle moments of self-care.

I draw as much from my holistic experience as I do from my clinical work supporting individuals, couples and families with their interpersonal and systemic challenges.

Approaches:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Solution-focused therapy
  • Compassionate therapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • Emotionally-focused therapy
  • Mindfulness

Expertise:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Couples therapy
  • Domestic abuse
  • Child developmental challenges

 

Jamie Gramlich, MSW, RMFT

Hello! My name is Jamie. I am a registered social worker with a Master’s degree from Dalhousie University. I have a long history of helping children and families work through some of their biggest challenges, and have done so in several different roles. My primary interest is in how trauma and maltreatment (including systemic maltreatment and social injustice) impact families, and how relationships among family members can be powerful sources of healing. I love helping families utilize and build relationships that enhance their wellbeing. I work from an orientation of systems theory, social constructionism, and narrative therapy. In addition to being a therapist at Elbow Springs Counselling, I also am the family therapist for an in-patient program for adolescents and their families who are experiencing significant mental health difficulties.

Expertise:

  • Family therapy
  • Couples therapy
  • Helping victims of trauma

 

Christopher Scissons, MSW, RCSW

Hello! My name is Christopher Scissons. I am a registered clinical social worker with a Master’s Degree in clinical practice from the University of Calgary. I have over 25 years of experience working in Human Services in the Calgary community with at risk youth and families, which includes 8 years of clinical practice providing therapy to individuals, couples and families with a wide range of issues including complex mental health. I currently support parents and families with involvement with child protection issues, and provide evaluation and consultation for child development issues. I believe in providing a safe, comfortable atmosphere with enriching, purposeful conversations that will promote healing, personal growth, and opportunities to break old patterns or unwanted ways of thinking and behavior towards desirable change. I look forward to connecting with you to discuss your unique concerns and experience.