M.C., Registered Psychologist and Founder
I was born and raised in Red Deer, Alberta, to a family of lifelong helpers. My mother is a (retired) fourth-generation nurse, and my father is a retired social worker. My younger sister is also a nurse. I joined the military at the age of 17 and spent my 18th birthday sitting in a trench at boot camp. I remained in the military for 6.5 years while I completed my Criminology degree at the University of Alberta. I was then recruited by the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) as a Signals Officer at Headquarters and Signals at CFB Edmonton. I remained with the EPS for 20 years and have a lived understanding of the military and first responder culture. While working at the EPS, I came to realize the significant need to support first responders and their mental health. I completed my Masters of Counselling in Counselling Psychology while working as a Sergeant with the EPS. I left the EPS in 2019 to work in the psychology field full-time.
In my career as a psychologist, I have supported children, adolescents, families, couples, adults, and the elderly as they move through their trying times, yet I still have a special place in my heart for trauma work with First Responders, Military personnel, and Veterans. I have presented across Canada on topics such as Trauma, Seasonal Affective Disorder, Stress Management, and how Stress Disorders affect families. I have been an associate professor at Simon Fraser University since 2018, where I teach the Organizational Structure and Stigma Reduction course as a component of the First Responders Trauma Prevention and Recovery certificate. I am also a doctoral student at California Southern University. In her spare time, Kathy enjoys spending time with her friends and family, hanging out with her two dogs, running, travelling, and golfing.
"Great things never came from comfort zones." - Anonymous
I like this quote because taking risks and believing in yourself can get you to amazing places. It can also create the kind of change that is scary at first and yet pushes you beyond your limits to achieve great things. Therapy is like that - it causes you to look at yourself, be honest and sometimes even uncomfortable and then helps a person make meaningful, positive changes.