Amanda focuses primarily on addictions counselling, trauma therapy, couples counselling, self-harming behaviors, and anxiety/depression counselling. She has specialized training in treating complex trauma and addictions and uses a variety of modalities including those drawn from Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioual Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Structural Dissociation Theory, Animal-Assisted Therapy, Polyvagal Theory, Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Focus: Addictions, trauma therapy, couples counselling, self-harming behaviors, anxiety/depression
Specialization: Equine-Assisted Mental Health
Treatment therapies: EMDR, CBT, DBT, Structural Dissociation Theory, AAT, Polyvagal Theory, Trauma-Informed Stabilization Treatment, EFT.
Serves: individuals, couples, group therapy
*Dr. Michelle Emmerling, (RPsych, PhD)
Dr. Michelle Emmerling is a Registered Psychologist practicing in Edmonton with a PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta. She is the co-owner of Alberta Wellness Center for Eating Disorders and owner of Emmerling Psychology. Dr. Emmerling’s professional training and experience includes working with individuals (adults and adolescents), couples, and families struggling with eating disorders, body image concerns, self-esteem, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder and more. She also has a passion for working with caregivers who are supporting their loved one’s recovery. Dr. Emmerling is also an Emotion Focused Skills Training clinician, trainer, and provides workshops for caregivers.
Focus: Eating Disorders, Body Image, Self-Esteem, Anxiety, Depression, Perfectionism, OCD
Specialization: Eating disorders. See Michelle’s approach to working with eating disorders. EFT for Eating disorders, and EFFT for families.
Treatment therapies: EFT, EFFT, EFST, Somatic Experiencing and Body-based skills
Serves: individuals, (adults, adolescents), couples, families
Additional information: Offers EFFT workshops for parents and loved ones.
*Mona Ullah (RPsych)
Mona specializes in eating disorders, ADHD, disordered eating, relationship issues, self-esteem, trauma, depression, and healing from attachment wounds from childhood. She also specializes in EFT, EMDR, CBT.
Focus: help clients illuminate their ability to face challenges from the past and future.
Specialization: Eating Disorders, ADHD, Self Esteem, Mood/Personality Disorders
Treatment therapies: EFT, EMDR, CBT, DBT, ACT, Attachment-based, Biofeedback, Existential, Family / Marital, Feminist, GM, Humanistic, IFS, Interpersonal, Intervention, Jungian, MBCT, MI, Multicultural, Narrative, Neuro-Linguistic, Person-Centered, PET, REBT, SFBT, Strength-Based, SFT, TFT. .
Serves: Individuals (aged 6 and over), couples, family, elders, bisexual, gay, lesbian. Indigenous and other racial or ethnic backgrounds.
Communities served: Body Positivity, Cancer, Open Relationships Non-Monogamy, Veterans
Additional information: Also speaks: Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu
*Jody Lamb (RPN)
Jody is a Registered Psychiatric Nurse who currently works in an out-patient setting as a Mental Health Therapist. Jody holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology. She works primarily with adults experiencing mental health concerns including eating disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar, addictions, and personality disorders. She utilizes a variety of approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and psychodynamic therapy in her practice.
Focus: eating disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety, bipolar, addictions, personality disorders.
Treatment therapies: CBT, DBT, psychodynamic therapy
*Nicolas Allen (MA, BPE, MES, RPsych)
Nicolas specializes in treating athletes with eating disorders. He has an extensive background in sport psychology and counselling with over twenty years of athletic coaching and mentoring experience and was a five-time member of the Canadian National Fencing Team. With a background in exercise, sports performance, and sport psychology combined with training in exercise rehabilitation, he offers unique insight into eating disorders, weight control challenges, chronic pain management, and sport psychology needs. (note: office is located in a sports performance facility, which may be triggering for some sufferers).
Focus: Anxiety, depression, eating disorders, concussion diagnosis and rehabilitation, injury rehabilitation and life transitions.
Specialization: eating disorders, weight control challenges, chronic pain management, sport psychology
Treatment therapies: tailored and include SFT, CBT.
Serves: Pre-teens, teens, young adults, adults.
Additional information: welcomes amateur and professional athletes
Dr. Joanna Bolster (RPsych)
Joanna is a registered psychologist whose practice is located on the south side within Edmonton, Alberta. She has been licensed as a psychologist for 15 years now, and has worked as a therapist for a further five years prior to being licensed. Joanna has worked at the University of Alberta Hospital, Yellowhead Youth Centre, Bosco Family Services, Alberta Care-a-Child, Ermineskin Elementary School (Hobbema, AB), and several different private practices. In addition to her private practice work, she am also a clinical lecturer with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta; providing supervision and training in the provision of psychotherapy, to physicians in training to be psychiatrists.
Focus: broad, including eating disorders, health psychology, stress, anxiety, addictions
Treatment therapies: integrates different styles to suit client
Serves: individuals, families, couples, parent(s), children, teens
*Katie Poirier (RPsych)
Katie is a Registered Psychologist with over five years of counselling experience. Over the past several years, she has worked effectively with people experiencing trauma-related effects and addictions, including eating disorders. Katie values working with both individuals struggling with trauma/eating disorders and their supporters such as parents, partners, and friends. Katie embraces a client-centered framework that emphasizes equality and empowerment, and she considers a genuine therapeutic relationship to be paramount for healing, growth and change.
Focus: individuals struggling with trauma, addictions, eating disorders and their supporters such as parents, partners, and friends
Specialization: Sexual assault/abuse, eating disorders, depression
Treatment approaches: CBT, Couples Counselling, EFT, Humanistic, MBT, Narrative, TFT
Serves: adult and senior individuals, couples, groups
*Monica Hinton (PhD Candidate, RSW)
For the past 10 years, Monica has specialized in treating those diagnosed with eating disorders. Depression, anxiety, addiction and trauma typically accompany disordered eating/eating disorders and are also addressed in sessions. She has also spent the past 8 years working with active duty and retired Canadian Armed Forces personnel working from a cognitive and experiential trauma treatment focus. Monica’s 15 years of clinical work includes government, non-profit and private practice work.
Virtual services available in Alberta
Focus: anxiety, depression, marital and premarital, sexual abuse, suicidal Ideation
Specialization: Eating disorders, trauma, PTSD, self-harming
Treatment therapies include: CBT, DBT, Gestalt, SFT, strengths based, experiential, MI, IFS, guided imagery, humanist, feminist therapy
Serves: Civilian and military individuals and couples.
Communities: Aviation Professionals, Body Positivity, Gay Allied, Lesbian Allied, Open Relationships Non-Monogamy. Veterans.
Erin Botterill (R.Psych)
Focus: Eating Disorders, Body Image, Anxiety, Depression, Perinatal Struggles (Incl. Adjustment Difficulties, Postpartum Anxiety & Depression), Coping Mechanisms, Life Transitions & Being a New Parent, Stress & Burnout, Grief & Loss (Incl. Infertility & Pregnancy Loss)
Clients served: adults
Brittany Sales (Provisional Psych)
Focus: Eating Disorders, Anxiety & Stress, Depression, Self-Harm, Suicidal Behaviour, LGBTQIA2S+ and Gender Identity Challenges, Interpersonal Relationship Challenges, Life Transitions and Changes, Self-Image, Self-Confidence, Self-Esteem Challenges, Trauma, Person-Centred (humanistic)
Clients served: adults (individuals & couples), teens 11-17
*Dr. Agatha Murray (PhD, RPsych)
Agatha’s therapeutic approach is grounded in empathy, respect for diversity (including LGBTQ+), and evidence-based practice. She uses cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), solution-focused brief therapy, and other therapy techniques.
Focus includes: anxiety, difficult or toxic relationships, depression, PTSD, eating disorders
Treatment therapies include: EMDR, CBT, EMDR, SFT, mindfulness, EFT.
Clients served: adults of all races, genders, and sexual orientations
Additional information: does not provide couples’ counselling, formal psychological assessments, or counselling for work-related injury (WCB) cases or those with legal (court) involvement.
Dr Michelle Brewer (PhD)
Specialization: Eating Disorders, Women’s Issues
Treatment therapies/Treatment Approach/Types of Therapy: Coaching, CF, Compassionate Inquiry; Culturally Sensitive, EFT, Feminist; GM, Humanistic, Imago, MBCT; Psychodynamic; Re-Evaluation Counselling, Somatic, TF
Ethnicity: Indigenous Peoples. Individuals, adults, adolescents / teenagers (14 to 19). Groups
Additional information: Also speaks German and French. Buddist faith. Offers weekly group meetings: Mindful Meals on Sunday nights. Daring and Sharing Weekly Call, a support and coaching call that runs as a book club. Trained in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy
Ellen Robertson, R.Psych, M.ED
Specialization: ARFID in children at adolescents. At this time, Ellen does not work with adults with ARFID
Treatment therapies/Treatment Approach/Types of Therapy: Coaching, CBT, parent skill development, behaviour management, anxiety treatment, and pediatric feeding challenges.
Additional information: Focus on pediatric assessment was supported through public healthcare (provisional hours in preschool and school age diagnostic clinics); works in diagnostic assessment with focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Currently seeing clients both in-person and virtually.