Our Team

kathleen

kathleen

Kathleen KelavaRegistered Psychologist (#4818); BComm and 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 (#4925); BA, MC

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)
Nichola Cross

Nichola Cross

Nichola CrossRegistered Psychologist (#5298); BA, MEd

Hello! I am a Registered Psychologist who offers comprehensive psycho-educational assessments for children, teens, and adults. Are you experiencing difficulties at school, work, or completing daily tasks?
I love connecting with families and individuals, and putting all the pieces of the puzzle together to help you understand your profile and find the best supports. I earned my Master’s degree in School and Applied Child Psychology from the University of Calgary, and I am a registered member with the College of Alberta Psychologists and the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta. I have experience conducting assessments within private practice and within a school board. I’d love to use a collaborative approach to help enhance your success and help you meet your goals.

Areas of Practice:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Giftedness
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • PDD/ AISH
  • Transition to Post-Secondary
  • Behavioural Disorders
Tiffany Smith

Tiffany Smith

Tiffany SmithRegistered Provisional Psychologist (#P6296); BComm, MC

In our work together, you can expect to find an open, secure, safe place to explore your life experiences. I believe human connection is what fuels many of us and I endeavor to create therapeutic relationships where I empower clients to find greater authentic connection in their lives.
Whether you choose to see me as an individual, couple, or family our work together is guided by your needs and desires. From me, you can expect an empathetic environment in which we will explore your values, life desires, goals, and relationship patterns. Our sessions are intentional, you’ll be given the space to create goals for outside therapy and live your most authentic life.You can expect to laugh, cry, practice skills and leave every session with a direction or plan.
I utilize a variety of different modalities and stay up to date on the ever-changing world of psychology and its advancements. The main pillar from which I work is Attachment Theory. Once we have built a secure base together, you can expect me to integrate the following modalities that best fit your needs: The Gottman Method, Emotionally-focused Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, and Acceptance-commitment Therapy.

Session Availability: Sundays and Monday/Tuesday evenings.

Practice Areas:

  • Relationship Concerns
  • Couples Therapy
  • Anxiety 
  • Depression 
  • Self-esteem
  • Family Conflict
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Life Transitions
  • Career Guidance
  • Coping Skills
  • Parenting Skills
cindy woolfrey

cindy woolfrey

Cindy WoolfreyADHD & Executive Function Consultant; BKin, BEd, MEd

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; BA (Psychology & Sociology)

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.