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Our Team

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Susan Grinder

Founder of Charis Counselling

Registered Psychologist

Susan Grinder is a Registered Psychologist and owner of Charis Counselling Corporation. She has been practicing in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and healthy relationship development using Cognitive Behavioral, Narrative, Solution-Focused, and other therapeutic modalities. Susan works with children, adults, couples, and families from a Client-Centered, Existential, and Jungian philosophy. She strives to assist with clients' holistic health via self-acceptance, healing, empowerment, and mastery. She is also a First Nations counselling services provider.

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Kyneeshaw Brightley

MA in Counselling Psychology 

Kyneeshaw Brightley offers a non-judgmental, respectful, and collaborative environment for all individuals to find dignity and genuine care. Their perspective focuses on personal strengths and integrates a trauma-informed lens for all people-- including marginalized groups. To support each person's goals, Kyneeshaw utilizes tools from Client-Centered, Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT/ SFBT), Mindfulness, and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS). Having been on the client-end of the therapeutic relationship, Kyneeshaw knows the importance of compassion and honesty. Therefore, they are committed to assisting clients in finding what they need and feeling empowered.

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Sabaria Ahmed

MA in Counselling Psychology

Sabaria offers a warm, welcoming, and judgement-free environment for clients to feel safe, understood, and be their authentic selves. She uses an individualized, integrative, and holistic Client-Centred approach to aid clients in healing, and growth. Also, Sabaria incorporates cultural sensitivity and intersectionality in her therapeutic interventions particularly with individuals who experience multiple social identities or marginalization. Sabaria possesses specialized expertise in working with diverse populations, marginalized individuals, youth, LGBTQIA2s+, survivors of domestic violence, individuals struggling with substance abuse, and anger management. She also supports clients with anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, PTSD, etc. Collaborative relationships with clients is the goal with emotional regulation, communication, self-esteem, and accepting life transitions.

Sabaria is fluent in English, Urdu, and Punjabi.

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Tehya Davey

Master of Counselling Psychology Intern

Tehya Davey is a Master of Counselling Intern at Charis Counselling. She is dedicated to creating a safe and nurturing space where individuals can embark on a journey towards wholeness and well-being. Through collaborative work, clients not only address immediate concerns, but also develop a deeper sense of self-awareness, empowerment, and alignment. One of Tehya’s favourite quotes is: “quiet the mind and the soul will speak”. Tehya is committed to listening and cultivating an environment where clients’ souls can open up. She draws from a diverse range of therapeutic modalities, including Client-Centered, mindfulness, Cognitive-Behavioural, Narrative, Emotion-Focused, and Solution-Focused therapies. Her areas of expertise encompass anxiety, depression, relationship issues, sports psychology, trauma, grief, and self-esteem struggles. Having experienced therapy as a client herself, Tehya understands the nerve-wracking nature of the process. She assures clients that they will be heard, seen, and honored for taking this courageous step towards healing. 


Lyvia Hughes

Provisional Psychologist

Lyvia Hughes is a conscientious trauma-informed Provisional Psychologist, who offers a safe, non-judgmental and open environment for individuals/couples. A Client-Centered approached is used to demonstrate compassion. Lyvia supports people dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, diversity, polyamory, sexuality, and intimacy. She is skilled at assisting clients in their healing journey with acceptance and non-judgement.  In addition, Lyvia has training and experience working with clients with complex needs including survivors of sexual assault and those with disabilities. Also, Lyvia has completed training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and works from a client-centered, strength-based approach.

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Eileen Noel


Eileen Noel is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta with 20 years of experience working with adults, children, and families. Eileen is passionate about supporting clients to effectively navigate life challenges and transitions. Her therapeutic approach is holistic, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and grounded in cultural humility. Eileen understands and respects unique life experiences, values, and needs. She works with the client's strengths, strategies, resilience, and inherent capacity for growth and change. She also draws upon skills, tools, and techniques from evidence-based therapies (i.e. Person-
Centered, cognitive, behavioral, narrative, compassion-focused, emotion-focused, attachment-based, and mindfulness-based).

Eileen is equipped to address anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, parenting concerns and challenges, grief and loss, interpersonal violence, relationship difficulties, and workplace  concerns and conflict. Her
availability is weekdays, evenings and weekends for in-person and online sessions.

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Bruce MacLeod

Canadian Certified Counsellor 

Bruce’s primary focus in psychotherapy is on addictions and trauma: two major issues in mental health which have touched most of our lives in some form, including his own. 
He understands that addiction is a complex distortion in the body's response to trauma and requires a holistic treatment that takes into account one's mind, body and soul.
Bruce has many tools at his disposal including:
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy,
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy,
Somatic Experiencing Therapy,
Heart math,
Family Constellation Therapy,
Integrative Body Psychotherapy. You will find a warm, compassionate healing energy when you choose to work with Bruce. 

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Johanna Green

Master of Counselling Psychology Intern

Johanna Green is completing her Master of Counselling Internship with Charis Counselling. Through her warm, caring, and collaborative approach, she is committed to fostering an environment that empowers people to face their obstacles, harness their strengths, and ascend to the best versions of themselves. Johanna’s approach is grounded in Client-Centred and existential philosophy and integrates tools from Cognitive Behavioural, Solution Focused, and Narrative Therapy modalities to best meet each person’s unique needs. With a background in serving people living with chronic illness, coupled with personal experience as a family caregiver, Johanna is passionate about helping others navigate key life transitions and overcome challenges related to burnout, grief, loss, depression, and anxiety. Through her own counselling journey, Johanna recognizes first-hand the courage it takes to reach out for support and the transformative power of therapy in helping people find hope, joy, meaning, balance, and fulfilment in their lives. 

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Rachel Lingnau

Master of Counselling Psychology Intern

Rachel Lingnau is completing their Master of Counselling Psychology internship at Charis Counselling. They believe in the importance of collaboration, authenticity, and holistic care and aim to provide a safe space where everyone feels welcome and heard. From Rachel’s own experiences, they know how difficult and scary it can be to seek mental health support. They also know how incredibly validating and relieving it can be and they want to share with you your struggles and successes as you continue on your life journey. Rachel is especially passionate about working with diverse and marginalized individuals and has experience with 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals and people experiencing difficulties related to substance use and trauma. They apply tools from EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral, Solution-Focused, and Person-Centered therapy primarily and Client-Centered, trauma-informed and harm reduction modalities. In your work together, Rachel hopes to help you gain insight into yourself, foster hope for your future, and empower you to build the life you want.

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