As of June 19, 2023, Momentum's new address is #132 6325 Gateway Blvd Edmonton, AB T6H 5H6

Our Team

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Angela Ross

Executive Director

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Clinical Director

Joanne 3

Clinical Supervisor

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Jennifer Thomson

Clinical Supervisor 

Nathan Foerger

Registered Therapist

Jeremy Layton

Registered Therapist

Mario Fafard

Registered Therapist

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Michelle Thompson

Registered Therapist

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Erica Attia

Registered Therapist

Jody Cook

Registered Therapist

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Micheline Charrois

Counselling Intern 

Janet Vancaeseele

Registered Therapist


Registered Therapist

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Jesse howard

Registered Therapist

Natalie Kuhn
Natalie Kuhn

Registered Therapist

Darcy Raymond

Registered Therapist

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Registered Therapist 

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Fatima Awad

Reception & Intake 

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Reception & Intake 

Anastasia Lori

Reception & Intake 

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Kellie Symons

Counselling Intern 

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Gabrielle Desgagne

Registered Therapist 

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Deanna Irwin

Counselling Intern

Carolin Thompson

Counselling Intern

Donna Kawahara

Counselling Intern

Mehrnaaz Teja
Mehrnaaz Teja

Social Worker and Group Facilitator

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Brenna Sloan

Registered Therapist

Rachelle Kay
Rachelle Kay

Reception & Intake 

Anastasia Lori

Reception & Intake 

Kellie Thompson

Counselling Intern 

Welcome to Momentum!

I am a mom of two amazing girls, two mischievous cats and the world’s cutest dog. As a passionate social justice activist, I strongly believe that every person deserves accessible mental healthcare. I am a mental health advocate, a collaborator, connector and mentor. My 24 years of local and international experience as a Registered Social Worker has solidified my commitment to serve and build professional capacity. I am thrilled to lead Momentum where I can combine my passions for advocacy and leadership.

Kimberly Masliuk-Giddings, RCSW, is a Registered Clinical Social Worker, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor of Record, who is a member in good standing with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW). She has obtained her Masters in Clinical Social Work and has been in the field of mental health for several years. Kimberly also completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Psychology.

Kimberly is an author of an academic publication featured in the Journal of Psychological Injury and Law, which explores the facets of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and malingering. She has been involved in the development and delivery of various programs, services, clinical treatment and therapy, for diverse individuals presenting with a variety of mental health concerns.

Kimberly is currently employed as a Clinical Director for Momentum, and continue to practice as a mental health therapist. She has developed and implemented curriculums for several group therapy sessions and workshops covering a variety of topics such as emotion regulation, attachment disorders, trauma, anxiety, and depression. Workshops and presentations on a variety of topics can be tailored for the needs of your agency. She has extensive knowledge, training, and experience treating complex PTSD, trauma related disorders in children and adults, as well as anxiety, depression, and mood regulation disorders.

Kimberly is a certified EMDR therapist; EMDR is currently the leading modality for treatment of trauma and trauma related issues and experiences. As a Registered Clinical Social Worker, she values the person-in-environment perspective to treatment; this allows the ability to assess and provide treatment to individuals through trauma-informed, client-centered, solution-focused approach. Through individual and group therapy, individuals are able to gain insight as to how and why certain behaviours are developed and maintained by the influences within and around them through various contexts.

Kimberly believes that every person possesses the ability to safely and successfully overcome one’s obstacles and challenges that are causing crisis or distress in their life. As a mental health therapist and therapy group facilitator, she endeavours to create an atmosphere that encourages self-discovery of skills, talents, and abilities in an environment that is safe, genuine and non-judgemental.

In her role as a Clinical Director, Kimberly helps to ensure that Momentum Counselling continues to provide high quality mental health counselling and services, and continue to advocate for the reduction of barriers to quality mental health treatment for all individuals.

As an approved clinical supervisor, she provides supervision to social workers who are interested in pursuing their Clinical Designation and/or are actively seeking additional support/mentorship in their current role as a social worker. She also provides group facilitator training for agencies and their staff; this can include support with the development and implementation of various group facilitation curriculums. If you or your agency is interested in learning more about our services at Momentum, presentations, workshops, group therapy, supervision opportunities, and other inquiries please email Kimberly at

After the birth of her two children, Joanne enjoyed a few years as a stay-at-home mother. In 2008, she decided to follow her passion for helping people and began her journey towards becoming a Canadian Certified Counsellor. Having already obtained her BSc in Psychology from Memorial University, she decided to pursue a Master’s degree. In 2010 she achieved her Master of Psychology and Pastoral Counselling from St. Andrew’s College and in 2011 became certified by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, all while continuing to raise her children.Since 2009, Joanne has been involved with Momentum Walk-In Counselling. She started as a volunteer, providing individual, family, and group counselling. In 2013, she assumed the role of Team Lead, coordinating client sessions, volunteers and students. In 2014, she became a supervisor of Master’s level counselling interns and in 2020 she assumed the role of Clinical Supervisor and helped Momentum keep providing high level counselling services during the Covid pandemic. She is deeply devoted to providing mentorship and guidance to her students, managing client sessions at the clinic, as well as counselling her own private clients.

Jennifer Thomson is a Registered Clinical Social Worker and Canadian Certified Counsellor. Jennifer’s education includes social work (diploma and BSW) and a master’s degree from the University of Alberta (counselling psychology). To advance her clinical and supervision skills, she is currently attending Yorkville University to complete her doctorate in counselling and psychotherapy (DCP). She has trained and supervised volunteers and graduate students since 1999, and is known for her love of solution-focused, single-session therapy. 

Jennifer’s years of experience with walk-in counselling, and its necessity for trauma-informed, strengths-based, and non-judgmental interventions have been central to her practice. Jennifer’s therapeutic approach is creative and practical to promote insight and next steps to change. Counselling can include gaining perspective, setting boundaries, energizing coping and developing skills. When supervising, Jennifer is collaborative, using her expertise to inspire and guide supervisees’ confidence, capacity, and success as professionals. As the co-founder of Momentum, Jennifer is committed to valuing each person’s unique cultural context and identity in order to actively support their solutions.


I have over 5 years of experience working with kids, teens, adults, and groups. I thoroughly enjoy working with different populations as it informs my approach. I am constantly learning from my clients’ honesty, bravery, and hope, and am passionate about co-creating strategies for how to make life a little bit better. I am interested in what you are hoping to work on or get from therapy and how we can find ways to practice, experiment, and evaluate how to meet your needs. I use a number of different approaches that aim to understand what you are already doing that are helpful. Together we can build tools to support your individual needs.

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. I am a registered provisional psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists.

I am passionate about finding the right approach or the right support; so, in the case that the best fit is not with me, I am happy to refer you to a broader community of supportive professionals that could meet your needs.

Graduating with both a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Honours Psychology from MacEwan University and a Master of Arts (MA) in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, I have spent my time since finishing my formal education as a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists.

Having a background working with addictions, trauma, and grief, I understand the heaviness individuals carry around with them. I often see the emotional weight of day-to-day life expressed as anxiety, depression, and relational stress, which can be a very lonely experience. My aim is to provide a safe space for both individuals and couples to express themselves in a more genuine way. Being vulnerable can be an intimidating experience, but it can be easier given the right environment, level of trust, and freedom from judgement.

Given the highly individual nature of therapy, my therapeutic style emphasizes collaboration, internal strengths, and flexibility. Using a combination of Cognitive-Behavioural, Solution-Focused, and Narrative Therapies, I work with the ideas we have about ourselves and the world around us to help create a clearer image of the road ahead. I believe that people are doing the best with the resources they currently have access to; therapy can be an opportunity to expand those resources, gain insight, and break the silence surrounding mental health. Together, we can begin to validate the weight of lived stories and write a new chapter.

Mario currently holds two undergraduate degrees as well as a Masters in Counselling Psychology. His career in therapy began with supporting victims of sexual assault and he realized that the best way to support women and LGBTQS+ was to specialize in helping men and promoting healthy masculinity. Mario enjoys getting to know every individual in therapy and exploring solutions to overwhelm, stress, anxiety and self-sabotage.

Mario was raised on a farm, has been a construction worker, oilfield labourer, classroom teacher and has lived in Asia for three years. His passions include being a father, horsemanship, literature, gardening and philosophy. He is excited to be a part of the Momentum Team and helping to facilitate the virtual Men’s Group each week.

My name is Michelle, and I am honoured to join the Momentum counselling team as a Registered Therapist. I have completed all my core courses for the Masters in Counselling Psychology at Athabasca University. I am looking forward to completing my practicum experience with Momentum Counselling.

I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Guidance and Counselling and have over eight years of experience in the field at the high school level. As a Guidance counsellor, I have vast experience and knowledge that can help my clients deal with their mental health concerns. My clients are encouraged to have the autonomy to speak about their problems in a safe and therapeutic environment. I have training in Addiction and mental health focusing on youth, harm reduction, anxiety in children, high-functioning autism and complex behavioural problems. 

I have worked with children from diverse backgrounds and cultural locations in the education system. I have experience counselling children and adolescents from kindergarten through to grade 12. Some of my career highlights include helping persons on the brink of suicide and children who have been abused and experienced traumatic experiences. I believe I am an agent of change to bring effective therapy and well-being to my clients.

I love to sing in my spare time and spend time with my husband and two sons. I love connecting and getting together with family and close friends for tea or coffee.

My name is Erica (she/her) and I completed my Masters of Counselling through Athabasca University in 2022. Prior to graduate studies, I completed a BSc in psychology at MacEwan University, with a focus on behavioural neuroscience. 

For the past several years I have worked front lines and facilitated programming for adults experiencing homelessness. This experience has led me to work alongside a variety of people experiencing a wide range of presenting concerns. I believe we all experience different hardships throughout our lives. At the same time, it is my core belief that we all possess unique skills and strengths that can be cultivated to overcome challenges thrown our way. 

I use an integrative approach to therapy, meaning that I tailor therapy to fit with your needs and hopes using a variety of evidence-based approaches. Theoretical orientations that I often draw upon are solution focused brief therapy, narrative therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, and somatic experiencing therapy. I enjoy working with youth (10+), and adults.   


A few additional things about me:  


  • I love playing soccer  
  • My dog often comes to my virtual sessions, sometimes you can hear her softly snoring in the background 
  • My favourite Netflix show right now is Ginny & Gorgia  
Hello! My name is Jody Cook and I am very excited to join the Momentum Team. 
I am a registered social worker in Alberta and The Northwest Territories.
After completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Psychology, and a Bachelor of Social Work many years ago, I returned to school and graduated from the Master of Social Work program at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2020. 
I have worked in the hospital setting for over 20 years, supporting patients and families as they navigate challenges and life transitions, including birth, health challenges and loss. In 2020 I began my transition into private practice where I work with individuals, couples and groups. My areas of focus include  depression, anxiety, grief/loss, acute stress disorders, relationship challenges, and life transitions.  I am also passionate about perinatal mental health and obtained Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C) from Postpartum Support International in 2022. 
I use a person centered, trauma-informed approach when working with clients. My training includes cognitive behavioural therapy, advanced training in EMDR, Gottman and  I am currently completing Somatic Experiencing (SE) Therapy training at the intermediate level. I am a big fan of mindfulness and often invite my clients to increase their awareness of their somatic selves and nervous systems.
I am very much looking forward to meeting and working with everyone at Momentum!

My name is Micheline (she/her). I’m happy to be working with the Momentum team as a counselling intern as I complete my graduate degree through Yorkville University. 

I hold a bilingual French/English Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. I gained a lot of knowledge about social issues working with the provincial government regarding seniors, persons with disabilities and housing. I’ve always been passionate about helping others, volunteering at my children’s school and providing guidance to clients of the Edmonton Food Bank’s employment services.

The years I spent at home raising my three children helped me realize to what extent people are unique and have different needs for optimal mental health. In my spare time, I love to read, practice yoga, go for walks in the nearby ravine, cook and eat. 

I am honoured to offer a safe space to accompany people of all backgrounds in their journey of exploration, healing, and growth. 

Welcome to Momentum!

My name is Janet VanCaeseele, and I am a Mental Health Therapist and licensed Canadian Certified Counsellor.

I am honored and privileged to have this opportunity to walk alongside others as they work through the challenges they face within their lives. Regardless of everyone’s background and past, I strive to focus on the individual’s potential, strengths, and resilience
to improve their well-being.

My goal as a therapist is to create a safe environment where the client feels valued and understood, that can instil hope. I am passionate in applying a trauma informed approach to empowering individuals to heal from their adversity.

I apply a variety of modalities within my practice including solution focused, somatic experiencing, client centred, attachment based, emotion focused, humanistic, CBT, DBT, ACT, MBCT, and I am certified in EMDR trauma treatment.

I look forward to this opportunity to assist others in seeing their potential and growing within their mental health journey.

I am extremely grateful to be part of the Momentum team. My time at Momentum started during the end of my graduate studies, in early 2014, as a volunteer walk-in counselling therapist. Soon after joining the team, I was asked to lead a weekly men’s support group, now known as Anchor Men’s Group, which I have continued to do since then, with the help of several amazing co-facilitators.

I am a cisgender, heterosexual, white, able bodied, not quite middle aged, learning disabled (self-diagnosed), man with French, Ukrainian, and English heritage who was born and raised in rural Alberta. I am passionate about social justice and strive to be an ally of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and engaged in the Truth and Reconciliation process. I am also a mini-van driving husband and father of two energic and often emotionally dysregulated young boys. I enjoy playing and watching soccer and most other sports. 

I also happen to be a Registered Psychologist in the Province of Alberta who has training and experience providing psychological counselling with school aged children, adolescents, adults, older adults, groups, couples and families; and training and experience conducting psycho-educational assessments with children, adolescents and adults; adult capacity assessments; employment selection screening; formal adult psychological assessments; parenting capacity assessments; and custody (parenting time) evaluations. I work therapeutically from a collaborative and integrative approach that is informed by the needs and preferences of my clients combined with the various therapeutic approaches that I have training and experience providing (i.e. Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Hakomi, Play therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy). 

Additionally, I enjoy teaching and I am Associate Faculty in the Master of Psychotherapy and Spirituality Program at St. Stephen’s College, currently teaching a course on Couples/Family therapy, and I have been a teaching assistant and sessional instructor for several undergraduate and graduate courses at the University of Alberta. I have also supervised a couple of graduate students in their couples/family therapy practicums at the University of Alberta. Furthermore, I have previously volunteered for the board of directors for the Psychologist Association of Alberta, a youth drop-in Centre, local distress line, and I currently volunteer on the board of directors for Kids Kottage. Finally, I have been involved in and have completed my own research projects in the areas of marginalized youth, positive psychology, youth criminal justice, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, homelessness, Canadian immigration, and refugee mental health. I am currently not involved in conducting any research and do not anticipate doing so in the near future.  

My name is Jesse Howard, and I am a Master of Counselling student at City University, and I am looking forward to an internship with Momentum through the fall and winter of 2023-2024. Prior to pursuing my master’s degree, I spent 20+ years as an Environmental Consultant. Despite many successes in that field, living for a career that was out of alignment with my values required action, and I returned to school to pursue a career as a Registered Therapist. It excites me that my time and effort can now help improve aspects of people’s mental health, well-being, and motivation toward meaningful life changes. 

I believe healing occurs within a safe and trusting relationship, whether with oneself, one’s environment, or another person. I also believe that every client is an expert in their own experience and that the counsellor’s main responsibility is to provide structure and guidance in this regard. From a solution-oriented and strength-based approach, I intend to build relationships with clients, understand their needs, help establish goals that suit their unique needs and that rely on their personal strengths to achieve, and to seek out available solutions that move us towards the therapeutic goals.  

I hope to ensure that each session will center on the client’s unique and specific needs as I walk beside them with care, compassion, and empathy on their path to healing.  

Natalie (she/her) is currently completing her Master’s degree in Registered Therapist with Yorkville University. She is a certified teacher in both Alberta and British Columbia and has contributed to research surrounding hope and hopefulness with the University of Alberta. This work, her time in the classroom and her master’s coursework have led her to Momentum Counselling as an intern. Her work is rooted in the belief that every conversation we have has the power to shape our future.

Darcy is a registered Provisional Psychologist who graduated from Yorkville University, completing a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree, with a major in psychology, from MacEwan University. Darcy uses a variety of counselling frameworks and takes a client-centered approach to therapy. In his free-time, Darcy enjoys learning, exploring the outdoors, and sharing a laugh with others. He enjoys participating in various sports, and has been a player, coach, referee, and spectator throughout the years.

Welcome! You have made the first (and often scariest and most challenging) step toward starting therapy: finding a therapist! Whether you are looking to improve your mental health, tackle some tricky issues in your life that seem to keep you in a cycle, or just want to talk to someone who can offer you support, you are in the right place. Rooted in a client-centred approach, I offer a supportive, nonjudgmental, and, at times, humorous environment to facilitate optimal growth for my clients.

I am passionate about supporting Veterans, active CAF members, and First Responders. As part of a military family (spouse, sibling), I have an in-depth understanding of the specific culture, mentality, workplace-expectations, and higher probability of risks, illnesses, and disorders associated with these industries (e.g., OSI, PTSD, anger, family/marital strains, depression, anxiety).

As a licensed C.C.C. (Canadian Certified Counsellor), I offer evidence-based, therapeutic practices and modalities that aim to lessen suffering and increase positive health and well-being. From Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to Trauma-Informed counselling, I believe in empowerment. Every client has the strength and potential to enact powerful change, I am simply shining a light on all you have to offer.

My name is Fatima Awad and I am so happy to be part of the Momentum team as a full-time receptionist.

I graduated in 2021 from Lebanese International University with a degree in Public Relations and Communications. I have a passion for languages and have a very outgoing personality. I currently am looking to grow my language skills to learn Italian in the near future. I have 5 languages under my belt and consider them to be my biggest accomplishment. I am fluent in Spanish, English, Arabic, and Portuguese and can defend myself in French. I love to connect with people all over the world and be able to have conversations with them in a language they are comfortable with.

I am a bride to be so my hobbies as of now are enjoying quality time with my family and making sure my big day in July 2024 is perfect as can be!

My name is Reese Thurmeier and I am a psychology major at the University of Alberta. I am a volunteer in reception and intake. I aim to become a psychologist in Alberta so I can be closer to family and friends.

I love travelling, skiing, and watching Harry Potter, Pitch Perfect, and Stranger Things.

Some fun facts about me:

  • I can play the alto saxophone and the piano.
  • Thanks to my parents, I have been lucky to visit every continent, except Africa and Antarctica. My favourite places are Iceland, Australia, Italy, and Japan!
  • If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be Justin Bieber (I have been a majorNfan since I was 6).
  • I am double-jointed in my elbows, knees, and right thumb.

My name is Anastasia LoRi and I am excited to join the Momentum Team as a Reception & Intake volunteer!

I am currently completing a PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University of Edmonton and will be starting as a sessional instructor for undergraduate psychology courses soon. I have also completed a MSc in Forensic Clinical Psychology and a BSc in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour. In the near future, I aspire to become a clinical psychologist working with both youth and adults in various settings.

I have years of experience working with forensic patients, substance use difficulties and neurodevelopmental disorders – in both research and clinical settings. Through my experiences, I was able to see the resilience that individuals possess and believe in a strength-based approach to help foster hope and increase coping skills. Thus, I am particularly passionate about helping others and advocating for my community’s mental health needs.

In my personal time, I love to be creative as a dancer and artist! I am an outdoorsy person, who loves to travel and explore new places – especially those that have adorable furry friends! I also love to spend my time with my friends, family, and cat – Picasso! 

Kellie Symons is excited to embark on her career, transitioning from corporate account management to becoming a counsellor. She has secured an internship position starting in January 2024 and is honoured to learn from and work with the leadership team at Momentum Counselling. 

Kellie is eager to become skilled using Solution-Focused Brief Therapy. She strongly believes that all people have the ability, courage and capability to draw from their inner strengths to overcome challenges. Every client has an ability to realize their successes and work towards better lived experiences, grounded by their own meaning-making.

Kellie looks forward to supporting others to find their voice, learn to understand, and leverage their own self-empowerment tools and resources to overcome obstacles that arise in everyday life. She believes there is potential within everyone to build resilience in the face of adversity.

Kellie is commited to supporting Albertans as they begin their healing journey.

Gabrielle was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. In 2016, she moved to Edmonton, Alberta to pursue her passion for helping others and gain education and training in counselling psychology. Gabrielle is a Registered Psychologist with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. In addition, she is a doctoral student in the accredited Counselling Psychology program at the University of Alberta. Gabrielle works at Momentum as a Team Lead. She has the ability to connect with diverse individuals and understand and share their feelings. She takes a gentle, collaborative, and goal-directed approach in mentoring our counselling team and in helping our clients find solutions to challenges. In her spare time, Gabrielle enjoys cooking, connecting with nature, and playing with her feisty cat named Piper.

Hello and welcome! I’m Deanna (She/Her), presently completing the practicum phase of my master’s program in counselling at Yorkville University. I am incredibly grateful to be part of the Momentum team, and look forward to integrating my academic knowledge with real-world experience.

I completed my undergraduate Bachelor of Arts at the University of Alberta, with a double major in Linguistics and Psychology. Guided by my passion for languages and international experience, I moved to South Korea after completing my undergraduate degree to teach English. This was truly a transformative experience and greatly broadened my world perspective. Following this, I worked in multi-family community housing in Edmonton. Serving underprivileged communities deeply stressed the need for mental health support in our communities and inspired my journey to counselling.

My counselling approach is deeply rooted in compassion, empathy, and a commitment to dismantling mental health stigma. I believe in the power of each individual’s unique story and am dedicated to providing a safe space where clients can explore their experiences, challenges, and aspirations. My therapeutic approach integrates person-centered and solution-focused techniques, emphasizing social justice as well as incorporating mindfulness and systems theories.

In my spare time, I love attending live music, spending quality time with friends and family, playing with furry friends, and discovering all of the hidden gems that Edmonton has to offer!

My name is Carrie (she/her/hers) and I feel extremely privileged to be joining the Momentum team in May 2024 as an intern as I complete a graduate degree in counselling psychology through Yorkville University. I live with my husband, two adult children and two cats. We are originally from England and moved to Canada, Toronto in 2008 for a three-year exchange posting as my husband was in the British Army. We all loved Canada so much he transferred to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in 2011 and we moved to Edmonton in 2013.

I have been a registered Social Worker for nearly 20 years, initially working in the adoption and foster care field. I currently work for the Department of National Defence assisting serving CAF members with their transition from military to civilian life. I have a passion for helping and hope to provide culturally sensitive services with people from a variety of differing cultural backgrounds. I hope my unique lived experiences as a military spouse, military veteran, newcomer to Canada, and the proud mother of an adopted daughter with disabilities will help me provide a safe space for clients to share their concerns, promote healing and develop strategies for growth and positive change. In my limited free time, I enjoy walking, going to the gym, and listening to audio books.

My name is Donna (she/her), and I am pleased to join the team at Momentum as a counselling intern in the final step in my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree through Yorkville University.

I have a Bachelor of Dental Sciences degree in dental hygiene and a Master of Health Studies Leadership degree. I have spent three decades in the dental field and was a post-secondary educator for 17 of those years. Currently, I focus on providing dental hygiene care for cognitively and physically disabled, and geriatric patients.

I am a library trustee and community volunteer with various nonprofit organizations. I practice yoga, take gym classes at my local fitness club, and enjoy crocheting, knitting, reading, and writing in my spare time. I share my home with my two young adult children, two cats and a dog.

My name is Mehrnaaz (she/her) and I am a Social Worker with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Calgary. I am currently obtaining my registration with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW).

My interest in the field fuels from my passion for reducing the stigma surrounding mental health in underserved communities. I carry experience in non-profit and mental health settings. I have also worked closely with the Criminal Justice System to reduce systematic barriers and provide advocacy for vulnerable populations. I believe that mental health is a fundamental human right as it is integral to overall well-being.

In my practice, I use an anti-oppressive and strengths-based approach to create empowering environments driven by resilience and growth. Using a person-in- environment lens, I strive to nurture a deep understanding of the interconnectedness between individuals and their surroundings. As such, the experiences I’ve gained have reinforced my belief in the power of community to dismantle stereotypes and foster culturally safe practices.

My role at Momentum varies from facilitating the Empowering Teens Group, to providing in-take and social work assessments to better understand the multifaceted needs of clients, while connecting them to appropriate resources.

In the near future, I intend to pursue an MSW with Clinical Specialization. My goal is to be able to provide therapeutic support to those in need, while cultivating an environment in which individuals feel safe to express themselves.

Working with people; to support them, to listen, to talk, to improve mental health has always been my passion. I believe as individuals we have greater strength and ability than we often give ourselves credit for. Sometimes we get into situations too overwhelming, confusing, or difficult to even know where to start. 

Being able to support individuals, help them discover their strengths and how to use them is why I practice from a Strengths Based perspective. I like to be Solutions Focused, but draw from other modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), to provide a client centred approach. My goal in practice is to provide a space to feel safe and heard. 

I am a Registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers. I have a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Social Work, with a Clinical Specialization from the University of Calgary. I also have a Bachelor of Science Degree majoring in Psychology from the University of Alberta. I have been practicing in Social Work for almost 15 years, in a variety of settings. I am committed to my field and practice, always working to learn and improve. 

As part of this commitment, I am grateful to be part of the team at Momentum. Our team is providing accessible mental health services to our community. Momentum is also growing the field of mental health by providing a place for individuals entering the field to learn and grow. We truly have an exceptional team!

Rachelle Kay holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta where she majored in Sociology and Spanish. She joined the Momentum team to assist in increasing mental health accessibility and awareness. Rachelle has worked in the public sector with non-profit organizations to increase mentoring for children and youth for over a decade, and is now working to increase psychological safety in the workplace. She is a long time youth mentor, and past board member for Today’s Innovative Music Edmonton (TIME Association) and Kenilworth Community League. In her down time, Rachelle enjoys expressing her creativity through pottery and watercolours, time with friends and family and being out in nature.



With the health, safety and comfort of our clients and team members being our first priority, we are transitioning to in-person counselling on Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only, beginning April 1st. We will continue to offer all of our services virtually as well. When booking your preferred method, please watch for ‘in person’ or ‘virtual’ offerings in the schedule.

Should you have any questions please email or call us at 780 757-0900.

If you require immediate assistance please contact the Distress Line at 780-482-4357, Access 24/7 at 780-424-2424 or 911.

Angela Morris is a Certified Life and Mindset Coach, known for her commitment to personal development and empowerment. As a devoted mother of four, Angela’s life journey is a testament to healing and recovery with an unshakable belief in limitless possibilities, even in the face of adversity.

Angela’s coaching approach blends empathy and empowerment, helping clients reshape their mindsets to unlock their true potential and walk boldly in their purpose. She is a vocal advocate for women’s well-being and mental health, leveraging her own experiences to support others who have, or who are overcoming past traumas.

Her career as a life coach, born from enduring extreme challenges, is a testament to the power of mindset in achieving personal growth and happiness. With Angela, you will embark on a transformative journey to self-discovery and transformation!