Leili is a Clinical Psychologist registered in the Northwest Territories and Alberta, and a member of the Association of Psychologists of the Northwest Territories. She is also a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.
Leili is a Doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD). In addition she holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (2010) from Adler University in Vancouver.
As a mental health clinician in the North for over 13 years working in the public and private sector, Leili has experience supporting diverse clients across many presenting symptoms. Part of her caseload includes providing clinical supervision and consultation to mental health professionals and supporting counselling practicum placements.
The clinical foundations used in Leili’s work are rooted in an integrative, client-centred approach. She incorporates evidence-based methods that highlight the role of the entire being in healing psychological issues. Her areas of expertise are PTSD/trauma, anxiety and relationships. Leili is an EMDR Certified Therapist. Leili provides the couples therapy on the team.
Laura (she/her) is a Registered Psychologist in the Northwest Territories and Alberta and is a member of the Canadian Psychological Association. She completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University (2013) while also learning from Elders and Knowledge Keepers in Yellowknife where she had the pleasure of living for eight years. She is delighted to join the Heidema team to serve northerners again.
As a mental health therapist with nearly ten years of experience, Laura has worked in both the private and non-profit sectors serving diverse clients. Laura feels honoured to serve adult clients facing the effects of a range of challenges, including stress, anxiety, anger, depression, and trauma. Her approach is compassionate, non-judgemental, anti-oppressive, and client-centred. Laura is always open to learning first from the clients she serves. She incorporates evidence-based modalities that best suit clients based on their unique backgrounds. When appropriate, she finds humour can also help build the therapeutic working relationship.
Always curious and continuously learning, Laura has received training in a wide breadth of specialized therapies. She draws on narrative therapy (which focuses on how our stories and values shape the way we view our challenges and strengths) with mindful body-awareness to walk clients through uncovering the deep healing they seek.
Canadian Certified Counsellor
Jennifer is a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. In addition, she holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (2019) from Yorkville University.
Jenn takes a holistic approach to counselling and focuses on the whole person. Her counselling style is eclectic so she can tailor the counselling journey to fit the needs and situations of her clients. Jenn is passionate about helping others find clarity and a way forward in the face of life’s many challenges. Her heart’s desire is to journey alongside her clients in a caring and compassionate way.
Some of the therapeutic methods used in Jenn’s practice include Client -Focused, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Mind-Body Connection. Her areas of specialty include depression, anxiety and grief.
Counselling Therapist & Registered Clinical Counsellor
Ari is a Counselling Therapist with the Association of Counselling Therapists of Alberta and a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. Ari holds a Master of Education in Counselling (2019) from Thompson Rivers University. Ari has over 15 years of experience working in human services and counselling related positions. She has worked with diverse populations in settings such as schools, corrections, and military. Ari previously lived in Yellowknife for six years and loves the North.
Ari has expertise working with young people and is the only member of the team who works with children. When working with children and youth, Ari draws from her training in Sandtray Therapy, Theraplay and Play Therapy. Ari also holds a certificate in Jungian Sandplay Therapy and specific training to deliver these services in a virtual setting to children and teens. Aside from an expertise with young people, Ari’s areas of specialties include complex childhood and intergenerational trauma, life transitions, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. She uses Somatic Experiencing, Narrative Therapy, CBT and DBT.
Ari’s approach to therapy is holistic, and integrates approaches that connect mind and body. Ari believes in working collaboratively with clients in establishing therapeutic relationships to help them discover and strengthen internal resources, develop goals and strive for growth.
Meghan is completing her Master of Counselling degree at the University of Lethbridge. She is doing her practicum with Heidema Psychology from September 2023 to April 2024. Meghan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (2020) from the University of Alberta and works as a school counsellor on K’atl’odeeche First Nation in Hay River.
Meghan has worked with clients who experience a wide range of issues, such as depression, anxiety, and trauma. She values the therapeutic relationship and collaborating with clients to make goals that best suit their lifestyles and values. Meghan’s work often involves CBT and mindfulness. Based on her experience with Indigenous children, youth, and families, she recognizes the unique challenges Indigenous people in the North face and integrates that knowledge into her culturally-sensitive approach.
Christina is the glue that holds our practice together. She takes care of scheduling, billing, social media/marketing, and supporting our clinicians and clients so that we can offer excellent services.
Christina is currently completing her Master of Counselling Psychology degree with Yorkville University. She co-hosts a marriage and parenting podcast with her husband. She brings her compassion and professional experience to this role.
We help clients explore their experiences in a safe and compassionate environment. We help clients identify the systems and patterns that contribute to their experiences and support them to make shifts that result in clarity and healing.