LGBTQ+ Affirming Therapists in Okotoks, AB

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Leigh van Rootselaar
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Okotoks, AB T1S
I provide a supportive environment for those on their journey of identity exploration and healing. As someone who shares in the experience of queer identity, my practice is a safe haven that welcomes and affirms all queer and gender-diverse individuals. My expertise includes serving individuals facing trauma, addiction, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, and emotion dysregulation.
I provide a supportive environment for those on their journey of identity exploration and healing. As someone who shares in the experience of queer identity, my practice is a safe haven that welcomes and affirms all queer and gender-diverse individuals. My expertise includes serving individuals facing trauma, addiction, personality disorders, anxiety, depression, and emotion dysregulation.
(587) 705-4072 View (587) 705-4072
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Jennifer Rioux
Psychologist, MC, RPsych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
I work with individuals & couples with a variety of issues including addictions, trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, relationship wellness, anger management, life stress, self-harm, infertility, unresolved trauma, grief, and sexual identity. I value a collaborative approach whether offering support or working to look at the thoughts, feelings, and behaviour that are keeping you stuck in unhealthy or unsatisfying patterns. My goal is to help you recognize your strengths and potential, increase positive life experiences, and build capacity to cope with life's struggles. LGBTQIA+ affirming.
I work with individuals & couples with a variety of issues including addictions, trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, relationship wellness, anger management, life stress, self-harm, infertility, unresolved trauma, grief, and sexual identity. I value a collaborative approach whether offering support or working to look at the thoughts, feelings, and behaviour that are keeping you stuck in unhealthy or unsatisfying patterns. My goal is to help you recognize your strengths and potential, increase positive life experiences, and build capacity to cope with life's struggles. LGBTQIA+ affirming.
(587) 850-2937 View (587) 850-2937
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Amy Gale
Registered Provisional Psychologist, BA,, MSc
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
LGBTQIA+ Affirming.
Reduced Fees and Evening Availability- Currently a Registered Provisional Psychologist. The challenges life presents are REAL. The recent challenging times has created an opportunity for deep healing, connection and profound growth. The first step toward feeling better is simply reaching out for help. Humans are exceptionally strong and adaptive, but often we don’t recognize our own internal strengths and abilities when faced with life’s roadblocks.
LGBTQIA+ Affirming.
Reduced Fees and Evening Availability- Currently a Registered Provisional Psychologist. The challenges life presents are REAL. The recent challenging times has created an opportunity for deep healing, connection and profound growth. The first step toward feeling better is simply reaching out for help. Humans are exceptionally strong and adaptive, but often we don’t recognize our own internal strengths and abilities when faced with life’s roadblocks.
(587) 419-6645 View (587) 419-6645
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Michelle Poon
Psychologist, MC , RPsych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
I welcome clients from all backgrounds and am a LGBTQ+ ally.
Ever Feel Stuck? Let me help guide you through! Hi I'm Michelle, a Registered Psychologist in Alberta. I started her career in the not-for-profit sector working with clients in home and long-term care settings, particularly with children and teens with behavioral disorders. During this time I gained extensive experience supporting parents and working with clients experiencing oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder. I also began working in private practice in 2019 where I worked with a diverse range of clients and their concerns. For more information or to book an appointment visit www.throughthewoods.ca.
I welcome clients from all backgrounds and am a LGBTQ+ ally.
Ever Feel Stuck? Let me help guide you through! Hi I'm Michelle, a Registered Psychologist in Alberta. I started her career in the not-for-profit sector working with clients in home and long-term care settings, particularly with children and teens with behavioral disorders. During this time I gained extensive experience supporting parents and working with clients experiencing oppositional defiant disorder and conduct disorder. I also began working in private practice in 2019 where I worked with a diverse range of clients and their concerns. For more information or to book an appointment visit www.throughthewoods.ca.
(780) 666-3424 View (780) 666-3424
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Emily Wasylenko
Psychologist, MA, RPsych, CCC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Waitlist for new clients
I believe that you should walk away from counselling feeling empowered; with a sense of agency to make choices that improve your quality of life within the social contexts and systems you operate in. My role is to provide a nonjudgmental, warm, and accepting environment while accompanying you in discovering the resources you hold within you to move past the difficulties you’re facing.
I believe that you should walk away from counselling feeling empowered; with a sense of agency to make choices that improve your quality of life within the social contexts and systems you operate in. My role is to provide a nonjudgmental, warm, and accepting environment while accompanying you in discovering the resources you hold within you to move past the difficulties you’re facing.
(587) 848-3331 View (587) 848-3331
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Jeremy Luk
Psychologist, RPsych, MEd
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Hey there! My name is Jeremy and I'm glad you're looking into some mental health supports. Whether it is for yourself or for someone you know, looking into different therapy options can be overwhelming with all the options out there, so it can be helpful to have a general idea of what some of your counselling goals might be and go from there. Phone consultations are a great way to see if you might be a good fit with each other as well. I believe in everyone's ability to create changes for themselves and haven't met a client I haven't learned from yet!
Hey there! My name is Jeremy and I'm glad you're looking into some mental health supports. Whether it is for yourself or for someone you know, looking into different therapy options can be overwhelming with all the options out there, so it can be helpful to have a general idea of what some of your counselling goals might be and go from there. Phone consultations are a great way to see if you might be a good fit with each other as well. I believe in everyone's ability to create changes for themselves and haven't met a client I haven't learned from yet!
(825) 602-5099 View (825) 602-5099
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True Living Counselling & Coaching Inc
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Are you looking for someone that is experienced, empathetic, trustworthy and a good listener without judgements? You are in the right place! Here at True Living Counselling and Coaching Inc. we believe in the importance of sharing your experience in a warm and compassionate space. We want to hear your story, connect with you and walk with you through your journey from hurt to healing. We will work with you from a curious standpoint to look deeper within yourself and help you transform, heal and live the life you want. Areas of speciality include trauma, ptsd, anxiety, addictions, BPD and human connection.
Are you looking for someone that is experienced, empathetic, trustworthy and a good listener without judgements? You are in the right place! Here at True Living Counselling and Coaching Inc. we believe in the importance of sharing your experience in a warm and compassionate space. We want to hear your story, connect with you and walk with you through your journey from hurt to healing. We will work with you from a curious standpoint to look deeper within yourself and help you transform, heal and live the life you want. Areas of speciality include trauma, ptsd, anxiety, addictions, BPD and human connection.
(587) 715-2365 View (587) 715-2365
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Helene Eldegard (Nordic Psychology Inc.)
Psychologist, R Psyc
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
I am a Registered Psychologist specializing in couples counselling. I work with couples on a variety of obstacles in their relationship, such as a breakdown of communication, recurring arguments, life transitions, disconnection between partners, and intimacy issues. I also specialize in working with adult individuals struggling with anxiety, low self-esteem, and relationship/communication difficulties.
I am a Registered Psychologist specializing in couples counselling. I work with couples on a variety of obstacles in their relationship, such as a breakdown of communication, recurring arguments, life transitions, disconnection between partners, and intimacy issues. I also specialize in working with adult individuals struggling with anxiety, low self-esteem, and relationship/communication difficulties.
(587) 848-3719 View (587) 848-3719
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Celine Olsen
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Do you feel disconnected and alone as you journey through life? Are your emotions overwhelming right now? Does it feel like the anxiety, depression, isolation, or emotional overwhelm are a barrier to living a whole and connected life? Maybe you’ve experienced some kind of trauma, sexual abuse, or depression and you are at a point where you are ready to move forward. If you are reading this, a part of you is ready for change and to feel better.
Do you feel disconnected and alone as you journey through life? Are your emotions overwhelming right now? Does it feel like the anxiety, depression, isolation, or emotional overwhelm are a barrier to living a whole and connected life? Maybe you’ve experienced some kind of trauma, sexual abuse, or depression and you are at a point where you are ready to move forward. If you are reading this, a part of you is ready for change and to feel better.
(587) 816-4125 View (587) 816-4125
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Dawn H Furlong
Psychologist, MSc, RPsyc
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Reaching out and researching professionals who can help can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience. However, finding the right fit for you (or a family member) is absolutely critical to achieving the results you are wanting. So allow me to introduce myself... My name is Dawn Furlong and I am a Registered Psychologist serving Okotoks and surrounding areas. I provide individual counselling services to individuals ages 16 and up. I have a wide range of experience working with youth and adults from many different backgrounds. I am also passionate about parent consultation to help you improve your relationship with your child.
Reaching out and researching professionals who can help can be an intimidating and overwhelming experience. However, finding the right fit for you (or a family member) is absolutely critical to achieving the results you are wanting. So allow me to introduce myself... My name is Dawn Furlong and I am a Registered Psychologist serving Okotoks and surrounding areas. I provide individual counselling services to individuals ages 16 and up. I have a wide range of experience working with youth and adults from many different backgrounds. I am also passionate about parent consultation to help you improve your relationship with your child.
(587) 801-1668 View (587) 801-1668
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Nicole Mullen
Registered Social Worker, RSW, MSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Starting therapy can be overwhelming but you have come to the right place! I will help you understand the underlying factors contributing to your challenges and help you create lasting positive change. I work with those 14 years and older who are facing anxiety, stress, burnout, parenting struggles, illness adjustment, grief/loss, trauma, relationship issues and much more. I have a special interest working with health care workers and first responders.
Starting therapy can be overwhelming but you have come to the right place! I will help you understand the underlying factors contributing to your challenges and help you create lasting positive change. I work with those 14 years and older who are facing anxiety, stress, burnout, parenting struggles, illness adjustment, grief/loss, trauma, relationship issues and much more. I have a special interest working with health care workers and first responders.
(587) 608-5631 View (587) 608-5631
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Tia Bell
BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Accepting new clients - Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery, woven with the supportive guidance of counseling. This profound exploration centers entirely on your personal growth, aspirations, and well-being. Envision a dedicated space for unraveling your inner world, where you are empowered to shed societal expectations and authentically reveal yourself. Within these counseling sessions, the focus remains on your transformative path, with professional support guiding your way.
Accepting new clients - Embark on a transformative journey of self-discovery, woven with the supportive guidance of counseling. This profound exploration centers entirely on your personal growth, aspirations, and well-being. Envision a dedicated space for unraveling your inner world, where you are empowered to shed societal expectations and authentically reveal yourself. Within these counseling sessions, the focus remains on your transformative path, with professional support guiding your way.
(587) 870-6697 View (587) 870-6697
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Lierin Churla
Registered Provisional Psychologist, MC
Verified Verified
Okotoks, AB T1S
Evening and weekend availability - We can all feel lost and overwhelmed by our emotions or get stuck in patterns of unhelpful thoughts and behaviours - when all we really crave is connection, support, and tools to help us show up more peacefully for ourselves and others. My experience is primarily with teenagers and adults facing challenges related to anxiety, stress, depression, interpersonal relationships, grief and loss, self-worth, & challenging life transitions. Together, we can explore how to help you gain better insight and overcome the barriers that are preventing you from accessing your authentic self.
Evening and weekend availability - We can all feel lost and overwhelmed by our emotions or get stuck in patterns of unhelpful thoughts and behaviours - when all we really crave is connection, support, and tools to help us show up more peacefully for ourselves and others. My experience is primarily with teenagers and adults facing challenges related to anxiety, stress, depression, interpersonal relationships, grief and loss, self-worth, & challenging life transitions. Together, we can explore how to help you gain better insight and overcome the barriers that are preventing you from accessing your authentic self.
(587) 804-2430 View (587) 804-2430
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Toni Harris
Psychologist, MSc, RPsych
Verified Verified
Okotoks, AB T1S
Weekdays/evening /weekend availability: I offer 25 years experience in the psychology field with extensive background in a variety of modalities that range the continuum of science and soul. I have been honoured to journey thousands of hours with clients through the intricate and sacred stories of their lives. I strive to bring grounded knowledge and theory, compassionate witnessing, heart-led guidance, practical tools and strategies, and body/mind techniques to support the reflection, healing and change process. A little humour goes a long way too ;)
Weekdays/evening /weekend availability: I offer 25 years experience in the psychology field with extensive background in a variety of modalities that range the continuum of science and soul. I have been honoured to journey thousands of hours with clients through the intricate and sacred stories of their lives. I strive to bring grounded knowledge and theory, compassionate witnessing, heart-led guidance, practical tools and strategies, and body/mind techniques to support the reflection, healing and change process. A little humour goes a long way too ;)
(587) 801-3313 View (587) 801-3313
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Shauna Greene
Registered Provisional Psychologist, CCC, MACP, BA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Evening and Weekend Availability. Seeking support is brave. It signifies that you already have the strength and capacity for resilience and growth. I would be honoured to learn about you and your story, and adjust my approach so that your unique needs are met. It is my priority to provide a safe, non-judgmental, and unbiased space where you will be seen, heard, and comfortable exploring your inner and outer world and working through your concerns. I hope all my clients feel understood, accepted, validated, cared for, and empowered. I believe in mutual transparency and cultural humility, and value your perspective and feedback.
Evening and Weekend Availability. Seeking support is brave. It signifies that you already have the strength and capacity for resilience and growth. I would be honoured to learn about you and your story, and adjust my approach so that your unique needs are met. It is my priority to provide a safe, non-judgmental, and unbiased space where you will be seen, heard, and comfortable exploring your inner and outer world and working through your concerns. I hope all my clients feel understood, accepted, validated, cared for, and empowered. I believe in mutual transparency and cultural humility, and value your perspective and feedback.
(403) 775-4655 View (403) 775-4655
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Valerie Stitchman
Registered Provisional Psychologist, MSc
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Calling all overthinkers, high achievers, perfectionists, worriers, and those seeking profound change. I draw from the most relevant elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Processing Therapy to craft a truly unique therapeutic approach that is structured, effective, and at the same time ultra-personalized to every client. One size fits all doesn’t live here. If it’s not working for you then it’s not working for me.
Calling all overthinkers, high achievers, perfectionists, worriers, and those seeking profound change. I draw from the most relevant elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Cognitive Processing Therapy to craft a truly unique therapeutic approach that is structured, effective, and at the same time ultra-personalized to every client. One size fits all doesn’t live here. If it’s not working for you then it’s not working for me.
(587) 402-4390 View (587) 402-4390
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Lauren Samantha Byrne
Psychologist, MC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Registered Psychologist. I work with adults and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, stress management, self-esteem, life transitions, and emotional wellness. I aim to provide a safe, understanding, and encouraging environment to help clients explore the difficulties they are facing. I work collaboratively with clients to provide the best tools possible to help them achieve their goals and live their best lives.
Registered Psychologist. I work with adults and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, PTSD, trauma, stress management, self-esteem, life transitions, and emotional wellness. I aim to provide a safe, understanding, and encouraging environment to help clients explore the difficulties they are facing. I work collaboratively with clients to provide the best tools possible to help them achieve their goals and live their best lives.
(587) 800-8410 View (587) 800-8410
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Elizabeth Muhle
Registered Social Worker, MSW, RSW
Verified Verified
Okotoks, AB T1S
Evening and weekend appointments available in person or virtual. I hold a deep seeded belief that we each are doing the very best that we can in any given moment. I believe no one is exempt from struggle and at times it is difficult to know how we got to this painful place, and at other times an event (trauma) takes place which can leave us not recognizing ourselves or our life. I offer a safe validating space to heal and rediscover how you want to show up in your life. If you are feeling overwhelmed, stuck or wanting support in any area of your life, please reach out to me. I would be honored to be a part of your healing journey.
Evening and weekend appointments available in person or virtual. I hold a deep seeded belief that we each are doing the very best that we can in any given moment. I believe no one is exempt from struggle and at times it is difficult to know how we got to this painful place, and at other times an event (trauma) takes place which can leave us not recognizing ourselves or our life. I offer a safe validating space to heal and rediscover how you want to show up in your life. If you are feeling overwhelmed, stuck or wanting support in any area of your life, please reach out to me. I would be honored to be a part of your healing journey.
(587) 741-9074 View (587) 741-9074
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Gita Ward; Anxiety And Trauma Specialist
Registered Social Worker, BA, MSW, RCSW
Verified Verified
5 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Now Offering Therapy Intensives! Accelerate your healing by feeling better faster with our 1, 2, 3 & 4 day intensives. Anxiety and trauma can make us feel stuck and overwhelmed, but there is hope. Let me pour you a cup of coffee or tea and let's talk. Anxiety and trauma no longer has to take over you and your world. You deserve to live a fulfilling life. I can help you find the answers you are looking for and start to live the life you want. I know how intimidating it can be to reach out to a therapist. Take a deep breath and connect with me.
Now Offering Therapy Intensives! Accelerate your healing by feeling better faster with our 1, 2, 3 & 4 day intensives. Anxiety and trauma can make us feel stuck and overwhelmed, but there is hope. Let me pour you a cup of coffee or tea and let's talk. Anxiety and trauma no longer has to take over you and your world. You deserve to live a fulfilling life. I can help you find the answers you are looking for and start to live the life you want. I know how intimidating it can be to reach out to a therapist. Take a deep breath and connect with me.
(587) 209-8972 View (587) 209-8972
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Jessica Donovan
Registered Social Worker, MSW, BSW, RSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Okotoks, AB T1S
Life can be tough, even at the best of times, and we can all use a little help! I am passionate about supporting children, teens and their parents create better connections, increase communication, build coping skills and of course bringing back the fun to the family. Along with my work with families, I also support individuals on their journey of self discovery, whether it is by examining their values, relationship patterns or gaining perspective.
Life can be tough, even at the best of times, and we can all use a little help! I am passionate about supporting children, teens and their parents create better connections, increase communication, build coping skills and of course bringing back the fun to the family. Along with my work with families, I also support individuals on their journey of self discovery, whether it is by examining their values, relationship patterns or gaining perspective.
(587) 705-1737 View (587) 705-1737

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LGBTQ+ Counsellors

Do LGBTQ-affirmative therapists receive special training?

Yes. Many therapists who practice LGBTQ-affirmative therapy have completed specialised training, either during their degree programme or as continuing education, to learn the core principles of affirmative therapy and how to best support their LGBTQ clients; some have received certifications in LGBTQ-affirmative therapy. Prospective clients should inquire as to a clinician’s background and training to ensure a good fit.

Why might I want to see an LGBTQ-affirming or LGBTQ-friendly therapist?

Queer and gender-non-conforming individuals frequently experience bias and marginalisation in day-to-day life. Working with a therapist who understands these unique challenges, as well as accepts and affirms their identity, can help LGBTQ clients feel safe and supported during therapy—allowing them to better navigate their relationships, mental health, and anything else that they wish to explore during therapy. It is important to note that many therapists can be effective in their work with LGBTQ+ individuals, even in the absence of specific training or background knowledge. The most important component in therapy is the alliance between therapist and client, and this alliance can exist between individuals with very different backgrounds.

How can I find an LGBTQ-friendly therapist?

You may wish to inquire about a therapist’s expertise with your specific challenges or concerns—depression, for example, or relationship strife—as well as their past experiences treating LGBTQ+ clients. Prospective clients may also ask whether a therapist has obtained additional training and/or certification in LGBTQ-affirmative techniques.

How can I inquire about a therapist’s experience with LGBTQ issues?

Prospective clients should feel empowered to directly ask therapists whether they have received training or been certified in LGBTQ-affirming therapy; competent therapists will be happy to explain their educational background and preferred approach(es) to help a client find the best match for them. Clients may also wish to ask how a therapist has treated clients with their particular challenges in the past and what they expect treatment to look like.

Are all the therapists listed in the LGBTQ directory themselves members of the LGBTQ community?

While therapists may choose to disclose their sexual orientation or gender identity in their profiles, the LGBTQ directory features not only those who have shared this information but also those who assert specialised training or experience in providing support to queer individuals, couples or families.