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 have been on the Momentum team since 2016. It has been an honour to grow with such a beautiful organization that is commited to supporting Albertans in their mental health journey. I understand the kind of courage it takes for people to reach out for help in their darkest moments. My hope is that you always feel welcomed and safe in your time of need.
In my personal time you will find me fostering puppies and kittens for a local animal rescue, cooking up a storm in the kitchen, playing softball, painting and spending time with my husband and two kids.
I feel priveleged to be working on an innovative team who supports me, challenges me and always allows me the opportunity to grow.
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.
My name is Jade, I go with the she/her pronouns. I was born and raised in Cameroon. I am married with four lovely kids (a girl and 3 boys). Some of my personal interests include dancing, working out, baking, biking, and hanging out with friends. I value social justice especially for the marginalized.
I have a BA in Sociology and Anthropology. I am completing my Master’s in Clinical Social Work in Trauma-Informed specialty with the University of Calgary and currently in the final year of my program. I am a practicum student at Momentum Counselling. While with Momentum, I will shadow and learn from the very capable clinicians/therapists. I am humbled to have been granted this opportunity and I look forward to demonstrating my gratitude constantly by always giving my best.
I believe in empowering and supporting others in identifying their strengths and abilities to handle their struggles. I understand that everyone’s story is unique and I look at treatment based on individual needs. I believe in creating a safe, non-judgemental and welcoming environment where clients feel respected and valued.
In addition to Trauma-Informed therapy, I look forward to incorporating Solution-Focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy and EDMR in my practice. I come with an open mind and am willing to learn and grow as I embark on my professional journey. My wish is to support you in your mental health journey
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.
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.
My name Is Janet Vancaeseele and currently I am in the Master of Counseling Program at Yorkville University. I am passionate about advocating for improved mental health for individuals, families, and communities. I am honoured and privileged to have this opportunity to walk alongside others as they work through the challenges they face within their daily lives. Regardless of everyone’s background and past, I always look at people’s potential, strengths, and goals to improve their well-being. My strengths include an ability to create a safe environment where the client feels valued, respected, and understood. I like to create this environment by keeping a positive attitude and remaining non-judgemental. I look forward to this opportunity to assist others in seeing there potential and growing within their mental health journey.
I graduated with a Master of Counselling from Athabasca University and am 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.
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 second-year Master of Counselling student at the City University of Seattle in Edmonton. I have spent the last 20+ years as an Environmental Consultant where I led a team of professionals and managed numerous complex environmental projects. Despite many successes in that field, I reached a point where the consequences of living for a career out of alignment with my values required action.
In late 2018, with the support of my wife, I initiated a career change. I left my employer of 17 years, started my own part-time consulting business, and began completing my undergrad as a first step toward the City U Masters program. To date, my experiences in the counselling industry have brought a sense of congruence that I did not have in my previous career. They have shown me how to channel my professional efforts in a direction that benefits real people and promotes positive social change. It excites me that the time and effort put into my new career will pay off in the lives of individuals in ways that will improve aspects of their mental health, foster well-being, and motivate them toward meaningful change.
I come to Momentum equipped with project management and team leadership skills. As a long-term registered member of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists, I also have professional experience in matters of ethics, confidentiality, and responsibility to the public. Having navigated such a stressful corporate environment, encountered burnout, and come out the other side, I feel I also have a unique set of life experiences from which to draw in my future career. I believe these skills will provide a solid foundation on which to build a new career in the counselling profession.
I am grateful to be a part of the Momentum team and am excited to work with such a diverse team of professionals.
I am a graduate-level counselling intern completing my Master of Counselling degree and have joined the Momentum Counselling team as the final step in finishing my studies. I completed my Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) degree from the University of Alberta and have worked as a Registered Nurse (RN) for the past eight years. My nursing experience providing care to people in various care settings, such as Labour/Delivery/Postpartum, Adult Intensive Care (ICU), and Public Health, spurred my interest in pursuing my Master of Counselling degree to become a Registered Psychologist in Alberta. I am incredibly passionate about helping others, and my career as an RN has highlighted my desire to provide counselling services and pursue this career change. I have completed various mental health certifications, including Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1), Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Postpartum Support International – PMD Components of Care, and Postpartum Support International’s Advanced Psychotherapy.
It is an honour to join the Momentum Counselling team, and I look forward to working collaboratively with you to highlight your inner strengths. Reaching out for help is a courageous step in prioritizing your well-being, and I hope to be of service on your journey toward wellness.
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.