Canniff and Associates, Psychological and Support Services, has been providing quality services to a wide range of clients since becoming incorporated in 1978. We are comprised of Registered Psychologists, Provisional Registered Psychologists, Mental Health Therapists and specialists such as Neuropsychologists.
Canniff and Associates’ Psychologists provide a wide range of therapeutic services, which may include individual, couple and family counseling, as well as educational, parenting, socio-emotional, personal risk, learning disabilities, vocational and neuropsychological assessments. We also offer consultation services pertaining to Custody and Access matters, file reviews and second opinions, and employee selection and termination. A variety of groups are offered on an as-needed basis, which may include anger management, self-esteem building, teen issues, gender identity issues, depression, grieving and loss, survivors of sexual abuse, sexual offender groups and women’s psychology groups.
Canniff and Associates has offices in Edmonton, Edson, Calgary and Whitecourt, Alberta. Our Head Office is located in Edmonton, Alberta. Associates are also available across Alberta to facilitate your therapeutic needs.
Dr. Jim Canniff, Ph.D., Registered Psychologist
Dr. Jim Canniff, the Founder of Canniff & Associates, is a Registered Psychologist as well as a teacher. He is also a member of several professional organizations and has been in private practice since 1983. For 30 years through offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Whitecourt, Alberta, he and his team have continued to provide a variety of services related to assessment, counseling and consultation. Dr. Canniff has provided expert witness testimony at many levels and on many occasions. Dr. Canniff has had the opportunity to present on a variety of topics at local, national and international levels. He is active in his community and has been involved in coaching minor sports for more than 40 years at various levels. Contact Dr. Canniff at: email@example.com
Harsharan Sehdev, M.A., Registered Psychologist
Harsharan started with Canniff and Associates in 2012. She has a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology, as well as 20 years of experience working with addictions, trauma and mental health issues within hospital, residential addiction treatment, school and child protection settings. Harsharan has interest in addictions, trauma and women's issues, and works from an integrated approach, primarily utilizing Client Centred and Cognitive Behavioural therapies. She provides therapy services both in the Edmonton office and in rural school settings to individuals, including adults, youths and children, as well as groups and families. Harsharan is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for clients, in which they can work toward their therapeutic goals. She also conducts assessments, and has provided expert testimony in Provincial Court. Contact Ms. Sehdev at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula Mihai, M.A., Registered Psychologist
Paula started with Canniff and Associates in January 2014. She has a Master of Arts degree in Counselling psychology, and has interest working with children, youth and adults. Paula has an integrative approach to therapy, with a main focus on Cognitive Behaviour and Mindfulness approaches to counselling. Paula has experience working with a variety of issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, relationship conflicts, and parenting. Paula also has experience working with trauma and mental health concerns within clinical, schools and residential treatment settings. Paula believes in the importance of building supportive therapeutic relationships and a safe environment, to help foster change and growth. Paula is bilingual and offers counselling in both English and Spanish. She has provided expert testimony in Provincial Court. Contact Ms. Mihai at: email@example.com
Heidi Keefe, M.C., Registered Psychologist
Heidi has a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to provide therapy and behaviour consultation services to children and their families in a variety of settings. Heidi has also worked with adults providing support services to individuals who are struggling with addiction and recovery. Her approach is primarily client-centred, as Heidi believes that a strong alliance between the therapist and client is the foundation for growth and change. Heidi aims to assist her clients in discovering and developing the tools and resources they need to achieve their therapeutic goals. Heidi also integrates components of other approaches such as cognitive behavioural therapy and solution-focused therapy in order to meet the unique needs of each client. Heidi works with individuals, groups and families, and currently provides services in Edmonton, Alberta. Contact Ms. Keefe at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Janine Groeneveld, M.C., Registered Psychologist
Janine joined the Canniff and Associates’ team in 2017. She has a Masters degree in Counselling from City University of Seattle, and has interest in working with children, youth, and adults. Within those populations, Janine has a keen interest in working with trauma, attachment concerns, and secondary issues after trauma such as addictions. Janine works from an integrated approach, primarily working from a Client Centred Approach. She is fully trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Janine has worked children who have experienced multiple forms of abuse and their families. She has counselled sexual assault and human trafficking survivors and worked with marginalized families in a number of roles. Janine is passionate about supporting her clients by getting their voices heard and their needs met. Janine believes no matter the personal circumstance, people have a right to love, belonging, and meaningful connection with others. She has provided expert testimony in Provincial Court. Please contact Ms. Groeneveld at email@example.com
Cheska Montinola, M.C., Provisional Registered Psychologist
Cheska has a Master of Counselling degree from City University of Seattle in Canada. Her experience includes working with children, adolescents, adults and families in their homes, the community and in school settings. Cheska works from an integrated approach to therapy with a multicultural lens. She often uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and has basic trainging in EMDR therapy. Cheska has worked with immigrants and refugees and individuals with complex needs. She is interested in working with anxiety, trauma, attachment and various issues faced by immigrants and refugees such as reunification and acculturation. Cheska is fluent in Tagalog. She is currently providing in-person sessions in Calgary, as well as telepsychology. Contact Ms. Montinola at firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin de Leon, M.Ed., M.Sc., Provisional Registered Psychologist
Kevin has a Master’s of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Alberta and a Master’s of Science in Family Relations and Human Development from the University of Guelph. Kevin has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in both community and school settings, with particular interests in trauma, anxiety, self-criticism, and family relationships. Kevin primarily utilizes Person-Centered, Cognitive Behaviour, and Emotion-Focused therapy approaches to support clients in reaching their therapeutic goals. Kevin is currently providing services in Whitecourt, Alberta and can be contacted at: email@example.com
Jari Edinger, M. C., Provisional Registered Psychologist
Jari has a Master of Counselling Psychology through the City University of Seattle. Jari joined the Canniff team in 2019 and has worked with individuals facing a wide array of challenges. He has worked with individuals experiencing complex trauma, addictions, homelessness, anxiety, depression, and other complex mental health issues. Jari has been providing services in schools as well as at Edmonton’s Boyle McCauley Health Centre. Jari offers a Mindfulness informed Cognitive Behavioural Therapy approach to help people achieve their therapeutic goals. Jari also provides telepsychological services for individuals who face barriers to in person service, and speaks fluent French. Mr. Edinger can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Moira Rankin, M.C., Provisional Registered Psychologist
Moira Rankin earned her Master of Counselling degree from City University of Seattle and joined the Canniff and Associates' team in 2020 following a graduate internship in 2019. Moira has always enjoyed helping people and has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of needs. She strives to help her clients feel comfortable, safe, and heard while working together towards positive change. Moira works primarily from a Cognitive Behavioural Approach while integrating pieces from other approaches to find a best fit for her clients' needs. She is currently offering services in Edmonton and Whitecourt. Contact Ms. Rankin at: email@example.com
Harpreet Sarao, M. Sc., Provisional Registered Psychologist
Harpreet has a Master of Science in Counselling Psychology from Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (U.S). Over the years, she has provided counselling and clinical services to children and families in culturally diverse settings. She has a keen interest in working with children from a Cognitive Behavioral and multicultural framework and draws inspiration from the interplay of heredity and environment to explore behavioral patterns across time. As an advocate of child rights, Harpreet genuinely believes that all children can function to the best of their individual abilities when their basic psycho-social needs are fulfilled. Currently a Mental Health Therapist in Edson, AB, she take pride in communicating in English, Hindi, and Punjabi. Contact Ms. Sarao at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtney Mackay, B.A., Mental Health Therapist
Courtney is currently completing her Master of Counselling degree with City University of Seattle. She completed a graduate internship at Canniff and Associates, which involved working in community and school settings with children, adolescents, and adults. Courtney is passionate about creating a safe, inclusive, and non-judgmental space for each person to share their story. Courtney practices from a person-centered approach, and often draws from her training in third-wave Cognitive Behavioural therapies and somatic psychotherapy in order to provide a variety of tools and strategies based on an individual’s needs. Courtney has a particular interest in working with children and adolescents going through life transitions and dealing with various mental health concerns. She is currently providing services in Edmonton, AB, and can be contacted directly at email@example.com.
Alexandra Brewka, M.C., Provisional Registered Psychologist
Alexandra has been with Canniff & Associates since 2020, at which time she completed a graduate internship. Alexandra has worked with individuals experiencing complex trauma, abuse, addictions, anxiety, depression and other complex mental health issues. Alexandra believes that effective counselling begins by developing a genuine and authentic relationship. From this relationship, Alexandra uses trauma informed and harm reduction strategies. She draws from Narrative Therapy, Family Systems Therapy and Third Wave Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approaches to collaborate with clients in working toward their therapeutic goals. Alexandra is currently providing services in Edmonton, AB and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Megan Cote, M.C., Provisional Registered Psychologist
Megan has a Master of Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University. She has worked collaboratively with children, youth, and families for over 10 years by providing supports for client growth and change. Megan uses a narrative therapy approach to help clients find inner strength and success. She also incorporates cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness into her practice. Megan believes it is a privilege to work alongside individuals and families on their mental health journeys, and she strives to create a safe, supportive environment for all. Megan is currently providing services in Whitecourt, Alberta. Ms. Cote can be contacted at email@example.com
Alison Ditner, M.Ed., Provisional Registered Psychologist
Alison has a Master of Education degree in Educational Psychology with a specialization in School and Applied Child Psychology from the University of Calgary. She has extensive experience working with children with a variety of needs, in school, community, and home settings. Alison works from a holistic, integrative, and strengths-based approach, drawing from Developmental, Cognitive, and Behavioral theories, to determine effective, evidence-based, individualized interventions to prevent, remediate, and alleviate child academic, social, and emotional difficulties. She believes that parents, families, and schools are paramount to supporting childhood development and well-being; she seeks to guide others in understanding the ‘whole’ child, promoting positive change, and building resiliency skills. Alison strives to create a comfortable, safe, and accepting environment to support all she works with. She is currently providing services in Whitecourt, AB, and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Marie Lafleur, M.Ed, Canadian Certified Counsellor
Marie Lafleur earned a Master of Education degree in Counselling and Personal Services from the University of Maryland at College Park. Marie joined Canniff & Associates in March 2022 after a 30-year career in education, where she worked as teacher, school administrator and later as a special needs/inclusive education consultant with the North-Central Francophone School Authority. As a certified counsellor and psychotherapist, Marie’s main modalities include Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy, Expressive Arts, Narrative, Internal Family Systems and SoulCollage®. Marie firmly believes in a strength-based approach with her clients as they journey toward positive change in their lives. Marie provides services in both English and French and can be reached at Marie@canniff.ca
Michelle Rivkind, B.A., Mental Health Therapist
Michelle is currently completing her Master of Counselling degree with City University of Seattle. She completed her graduate internship at Canniff and Associates and has worked with individuals facing a wide array of challenges, including anxiety, depression, grief and loss, addiction, homelessness, trauma, and other complex mental health difficulties. Michelle believes that clients are the experts in their lives and recognizes that she cannot directly step into a client’s worldview, but instead, she can walk alongside them in their journey. She utilizes a Client-Centered and strength-based approach, drawing from a variety of therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive-Behavioral, Emotion-Focused, Narrative and Solution-Focused. Michelle is currently providing in-person and virtual services in Edmonton, AB and can be contacted at Michelle@canniff.ca
Stephen Clarke, B.A., Mental Health Therapist
Stephen is currently completing his Master of Counselling degree with City University. He completed a graduate internship with Canniff and Associates, working in both school and clinical settings. Stephen believes in creating an accepting, inclusive, and comfortable atmosphere within the counselling environment to help clients feel safe exploring their inner selves. Stephen uses an Acceptance and Commitment Therapy approach to help individuals take back control of their lives from anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Stephen provides services in Edmonton, AB, in-person and
virtually, and can be contacted directly at email@example.com
Emily Ackerman, M.Sc., Mental Heath Therapist
Emily has a Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of United Arab Emirates. She also obtained a post-grad certificate in Addiction and Mental Health from Durham College in Ontario.
Emily has international experience working with children and adolescents with trauma, addiction, and mental health concerns. She advocates at a system level for non-judgemental acceptance and unconditional positive regard for individuals with addiction and mental health issues. She practices from a Cognitive Behavioral and Motivational Interviewing approach that focuses on encouraging and facilitating motivation within the individual and explore and resolve their ambivalence about behaviour change. Emily is bilingual and offers counselling in both English and Afrikaans.
Emily is currently providing services in Edson, Alberta and can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org