Welcome to Momentum!
I am lucky enough to lead this inspiring team of committed mental health professionals. I am a mom of two girls, a wife, sister, daughter and friend. I am also a self-professed social work nerd, with over 20 years of experience as a Registered Social Worker. I am thrilled to lead Momentum where I can combine my passions for mental health advocacy and leadership.
I feel privileged to be on the Momentum Team since 2016. It has been such a joy to grow with such a beautiful organization that is making an impact in the lives of Albertans, daily. Reaching out for help in our darkest moments can be scary and intimidating. My role at Momentum includes being the first point of contact for those who are taking this first step in their journey of mental health wellness and I admire each and every one of them.
I feel extremely privileged to be a member of the Executive Team with Momentum Walk-In Counselling. Carrying the unique role of working together with the Executive Director and Board of Directors while also supporting both the Office Manager and Clinical Team.
Mental health advocacy is a passion of mine. Having worked many years administratively in private practice, it has been deeply rewarding to work for a non-profit society and their volunteers who are so generous with their time.
I look forward to supporting Momentum in their mission to ensure that mental health support is available to all Albertans who may not have been able to access services due to financial or other barriers.
In my personal time, I love spending quality time with my husband, daughters, family and friends. Camping, quading and lake life are the days I live for. My mission as a mom, is to empower and encourage my daughters to be fierce female leaders and to always trust their heart.
It is admirable the strength and vulnerability it takes to reach out for mental health support. I look forward to connecting with you!
Kimberly Masliuk-Giddings, RCSW, is a Registered Clinical Social Worker who is a member in good standing with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW). I have obtained my Masters in Clinical Social Work and have been in the field of mental health for several years. I also completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Psychology. I am 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 I have 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. I am currently employed as a Clinical Director for Momentum, and continue to practice as a mental health therapist. I have 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. I have extensive knowledge, training, and experience treating complex PTSD, trauma related disorders in children and adults, as well as anxiety, depression, and mood regulation disorders. I am 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, I value the person-in-environment perspective to treatment; this allows the ability to assess and provide treatment to individuals through a systemic, strengths-based, 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. I believe 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, I endeavour to create an atmosphere that encourages self-discovery of skills, talents, and abilities in an environment that is safe, genuine and non-judgemental. In my role as a Clinical Director, I help to ensure that we continue 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. If you or your agency is interested in learning more about our services at Momentum, presentations, workshops, group therapy, and other inquiries please email me at Kimberly.Giddings@
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.
I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C) working in the Edmonton area. The decision to seek therapy often follows frustrating attempts to manage on your own. Reaching out for support takes courage but I am convinced that working with a supportive therapist can result in positive and lasting changes.
I firmly believe that people are stuck and not broken. I use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Emotionally-focused Therapy (EFT), and Solution-Focused therapy with my clients to create change. Together we can reduce the negative impacts of challenging situations, thoughts, and feelings while exploring and embracing those things that will make your life deeply fulfilling and meaningful!
You may feel stuck, lost, alone or unsure how to move forward in life. Whatever you are dealing with there is hope. With the right support change is possible.
A little bit about me: I completed my undergrad with a BA in English, Creative Writing, and Psychology, and am a major bookworm and lover of all things related to grammar and language. I am in the process of completing my Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University, and plan to pursue a career as a registered psychologist in Alberta.
I have experience in Peer Support for university students and volunteering with at-risk youth. I am very interested in trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder, Narrative Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, EMDR, and Existential Psychotherapy, to name a few! During my time spent as an intern at Momentum, I want to provide a personable, empathic, and open-minded experience for my clients so they can leave their sessions hopeful and motivated to pursue meaningful experiences in their own lives.
Jennifer MacKinnon is a Canadian Certified Counsellor. Jennifer completed her internship with Momentum Walk-in Counselling and is currently volunteering with us while building her private counselling practice. After 14 years of experience working frontline as a Certified Child and Youth Care Counsellor in Family Wellness, and while raising her own three children, Jennifer completed the Master of Counselling Psychology program at Yorkville University. If you asked Jennifer she would tell you she wanted to be a counsellor since before she knew how to spell it and her passion for helping others has always been a part of her. Throughout her career in the helping profession, she has supported people from children to seniors with various mental health and developmental concerns through a strengths-based approach. Jennifer strives to provide a safe, judgment-free environment for consultation, advocacy, counselling, and wellness support.
Jennifer believes every person is unique based on their biology, personality, values, and their environment. Therefore, she utilizes a collaborative approach with her clients to ensure their therapy goals are met. Jennifer helps her clients by accessing emotions, using logical reasoning, and identifying their own strengths from their experience, all while offering insight and education along the way. She utilizes Solution Focused Therapy, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). You can read more about Jennifer and check our her website here:
I was born and raised in Edmonton Alberta. I have a background in education and taught in Canada and South Korea before deciding to become a Registered Psychologist. I have worked in a wide variety of settings as a psychologist including schools, community clinics (specialized and general) and in private practice providing me the opportunity to work with various clients and concerns. I am currently working with Alberta Health Services along with private practice, and have been part of the Momentum Walk-In Counselling family since 2017 and a Team Lead since 2019.
I work collaboratively with clients to discover their resources, strengths and skills, and believe in their ability to change and grow. I am passionate about helping people change their relationship with food and their bodies and how they feel about themselves and their place in this world, as well as gaining insight into the factors that may be influencing their well-being and assisting clients make the changes they desire. I believe therapy is a process of learning and unlearning and I believe it is a privilege to witness people on their journey of healing and growth.
In my free time, I enjoy discovering the river valley trails on my new electric bike, spending time with family and friends, being exposed to new ideas, places and experiences and looking for beauty and awe all around us.
I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist with a BSc in Neuroscience from the University of Calgary and a MEd in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta. I enjoy working with diverse clients that each bring valuable perspectives and strengths to explore in therapy. I aim to create a safe and nonjudgmental atmosphere for sharing difficult experiences, thoughts, and feelings. Therapy can be hard work, but it can also be satisfying and even fun. I focus on your ability to apply your own knowledge and skills in new ways to reach your important goals. I like to collaborate on ideas for increasing positive feelings directly by doing more of what is enjoyable and valuable to you. It can take practice and experimentation to get a sense of possibilities that are open to you, but often a single session is enough to make a start.
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.
I completed my internship at Momentum and graduated with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University in 2019. Before starting my journey as a Registered Provisional Psychologist, I spent 2.5 years post-graduation, working as a mental health and addictions counsellor while living in a small and remote community in the Northwest Territories. Through this experience, I was able to work with a diverse population experiencing a wide range of presenting issues. During my time up North, I gained a huge appreciation for many things, including Edmonton’s winters, and just how difficult fishing is (at least for me!).
Therapy can be a scary (and courageous!) step to take for your wellness. I work to understand your life through your perspective, as this is after all, your journey. You bring unique experiences, values, strengths, and knowledge to therapy that deserve to be respected and honoured. I strive to establish a safe, non-judgemental space for you throughout your therapeutic process.
I use a trauma informed, strengths-based approach to treatment which means that I tailor counseling and treatment to your individual needs, while focusing on your skills. I incorporate Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Gottman’s Method for couples and families, and Play Therapy interventions to help you gain awareness and work towards your goals. I enjoy working with youth, adults, couples, and families.
A few things about me:
-There is never a season where I find it to be too cold for iced coffee.
-I am a novice photograher and my favourite subject is the Northern Lights.
-My guilty pleasure is reality TV.
My name is Erica (she/her pronouns) and I am completing my Masters of Counselling through Athabasca University. 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 appreciate the uniqueness of our individual journey and I truly believe we all hold unique skills and strengths that can be used to overcome challenges thrown our way.
Along with solution focused therapy (SFT), I find myself drawn to learning more about narrative therapy, and social-justice counselling. I look forward to one day becoming a registered psychologist, and offering outreach counselling.
I also have a five year old daughter, and a bulldog named Mango. When I am not chasing them around I enjoy some quiet time on my yoga mat, sticking my nose in a good book, or watching Netflix (romantic comedy and true crime are my fav genres).
I am a practicum student at Momentum Walk-In Counselling, and am currently on track to complete my Master’s in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University in August. While I am just embarking on my official career in counselling, I have over eight years of experience supporting adults with a variety of mental health needs- including those within marginalized populations.
Momentum’s Solution Focused therapy approach really speaks to me, as I believe YOU are the expert on your own life. It is my job to listen and find those amazing capabilities within you! I find it extremely rewarding to support clients with varying concerns, witnessing new coping strategies, increases in confidence and overall life satisfaction during single sessions and ongoing brief therapy.
I look forward to getting to know you, in a safe, collaborative, and judgement free zone.
I am currently studying Master of Counselling at Athabasca University and working towards becoming a Registered Psychologist in Alberta. I previously obtained my Bachelor of Arts Degree (major in Psychology) and a graduate diploma in Psychological Assessments. My psychological career began with greeting clients in the waiting room. I currently work as a clinician completing psychological assessments with people including areas of personal injury, learning disabilities, and parenting.
I believe everyone has a unique story to bring into session and therapy can help a person grow towards becoming their best selves. I like to work collaboratively with clients, looking at what resources and strengths they currently have to build on their ability to utilize their skills. My aim is for clients to leave every session having gained an insight, a skill, or newfound hope to continue journeying towards change.
NEW! IN-PERSON APPOINTMENTS AS WELL AS ONLINE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE!
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.
We are looking for passionate people who believe in accessible, affordable, quality mental health and wellness services. In addition, those who are interested in increasing awareness and the profile of Momentum. We are looking for strong strategic development skills, a high level of problem solving skills, communication and writing skills, as well as experience working within a team environment. Currently, we are in need of those with expertise/experience in fundraising and event planning.
We are actively encouraging Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, gender diverse, differently-abled as well as people with lived experience with mental health to apply.
For more information on this opportunity please reach out to Tracy.Fox@walkinedmonton.org