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!
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.
Kimberly Masliuk-Giddings, MSW.RSW.BA, is a Registered 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. Previously I completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree (major in Psychology). I am also the 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 employed in the field of mental health for over 12 years; during my career I have been involved in the development and delivery of various programs, services and clinical treatment and therapy for individuals presenting with a variety of mental health concerns. I am
currently employed as a mental health therapist in a trauma clinic; I provide individual and group therapy to children, adolescents, and their families who are impacted by complex PTSD and Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD). I have developed and implemented curriculums for several group therapy sessions covering a variety of topics such as emotion regulation, attachment disorders, anxiety and depression. As a Registered 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, trauma-informed, client-centered 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 therapist, 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.
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.
With the health and safety of our clients and team members being our first priority, we are currently providing all of our services either online or by telephone for the time being.
We recognize the impact of the physical distancing restrictions and stress of COVID-19, we plan to open our walk-in doors as soon as it is safe to do so. Please reach out for support and book an appointment with one of our counsellors today.