Our Team

kathleen

kathleen

Kathleen KelavaRegistered Psychologist (#4818), BComm, MC

I am constantly amazed at the resilience we all show, as we navigate our lives amidst the challenges that invariably arise! Sometimes the demands on us outweigh the resources we have available at that moment. It takes a courageous person to recognize the need for, and to request and accept, support. I am honoured every time clients invite me to join them along their journeys toward improved insight, skill, interaction, and overall living. I explore change on individual and systemic bases – both approaches are often beneficial. As a former police officer, and a mother to 3 children with some exceptional needs, I understand how tough life can get and how we can find the “tough” within ourselves to “get going” and rise above! I would be thrilled to work with you, your family, and your systems. Raise the bar and raise the roof!

Practice Areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Learning Disabilities (offering comprehensive psycho-educational assessment: cognitive, academic, and social/emotional/behavioural profiles)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) [offering Habit Reversal Therapy (HRT); Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)]
  • Family Dynamics (including Family Restructuring Therapy)
  • Tourette’s Syndrome and Tic Disorders (offering Comprehensive Behavioural Intervention for Tics – CBIT)
  • Substance Use and Addiction
  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma (including in first-responder clients)
  • School Support (including connecting with school personnel to ensure students are well-equipped to succeed in their given school settings)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
austin brown sparks

austin brown sparks

Austin Brown Sparks Registered Psychologist

Does life feel more overwhelming than ever? For youth, young adults, and parents, even small decisions seem to come with endless complications. I am here to help you feel capable and confident in making decisions, no matter how big or small. We will work together to help you get past paralyzing walls of confusion and fear; to a place where you can feel calm and confident when making choices. If you are an individual looking for confidence, or a parent looking for empowerment, I am here to help you let go of the weight of second guessing, so your days can be something to look forward to instead of something to dread.

Austin works with children, youth, and young adults, and also engages in parenting work. Austin is available on Saturdays, in-person and virtually.

Practice Areas:

  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioural Issues (including Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD))
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • Empowered Parenting
  • Family Conflict
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Life Transitions
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Relational Dynamics
  • Sleep Issues and Insomnia
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
cindy woolfrey

cindy woolfrey

Cindy WoolfreyExecutive Function and ADHD Consultant

Cindy Woolfrey holds a Master’s in Education, and Undergraduate degrees in both Education and Kinesiology. She is presently finishing a Master’s in Counselling Psychology. Cindy recently completed a very successful (400+-hour) practicum placement, under the supervision of Kathleen Kelava of Pinnacle Psych. She has been a teacher for 18 years, working primarily with youth and families. She has extensive education and experience working with ADHD and executive-function considerations, in schools, her practicum placement, and in her personal life.

McKenzie Lukacs

McKenzie Lukacs

McKenzie Lukacs (she/her)Practicum Student

I am passionate about sparking changes and empowering individuals and families with whom I work. I have an extensive background as a competitive athlete, and as a sports-performance coach, helping athletes of various ages and abilities to achieve their goals and to build resilience. I also have experience in promoting mental health and providing crisis support to individuals in distress. My approach to counselling is collaborative, with the aim to promote a safe(r) space that is body-positive, culturally conscious, and LGBTQ2IA+ affirming, for clients to feel comfortable in sharing their stories and in having their voices heard.

I believe in examining systemic factors, such as related to culture, ethnicity, and gender identity, in order to facilitate optimal impact in clients’ lives. I draw from various evidence-based approaches, such as cognitive-behavioural, narrative, solution-focused, and positive-psychology realms. I am excited for the opportunity to walk with you, your family, and your systems to identify your strengths and to overcome obstacles. As a Master of Counselling practicum student, I am supervised by Kathleen Kelava of Pinnacle Psych, and offer counselling services at a reduced rate to Pinnacle clients.