Aspire Too Counselling and Professional Services, BSW, MSW, RSW, CLC

Aspire Too Counselling and Professional Services View Specialties

  • Aspire Too - Registered Clinical Counsellors
  • 496 Marquis Road, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, S6V 8B3
  • Additional Locations:
      See additional office location: Melfort, S7L 1Y9
      202 Main Street
      Melfort, S7L 1Y9
      306-382-2391
      See additional office location: Saskatoon, S7M 0S5
      #304 - 1114 22nd Street West
      Saskatoon, S7M 0S5
      (306)382-2391
  • Phone: (306) 382-2391
  • Session Fees: Counselling fees - $126.19 per one hour session
  • www.aspiretoo.ca
  • This member is also available for online counseling.
  • Online-counseling methods: Email, Phone, IM, Webcam



Saskatoon Counsellors
 
 
Leanne Leedahl, BSW, RSW, CLC, Director of High Conflict Services 

 
 I am a Registered Social Worker who has worked with individuals, families and professional groups since 1998. I have worked in both frontline and management positions throughout my career in both government and school systems and have provided counselling on First Nation reserves within Saskatchewan. I have a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Regina and have acquired certification in Interdisciplinary Collaborative Divorce, New Ways for Families, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and as a Certified Life Coach and can administer the Strong Inventory Assessment pertaining to career counselling. I am experienced in supporting clients with a variety of mental health concerns and emotional challenges which can interfere in so many aspects of our lives.

My passion and commitment for helping others runs deep.  I have trained in Conflict Resolution, Crucial Conversations, leadership, Violence Risk Assessment, and Safe Talk. My knowledge of family systems theory and societal issues impacting individuals and families has led me to develop highly effective skills and tools to assist clients in reaching successful outcomes. My continued learning is essential to working together with clients to support them through their own strengths and abilities. I believe every client’s situation is unique and therefore tailor my therapeutic approach to meet their individual needs.

What works for one may not work for someone else. Therefore, through our sessions, I will combine a number of therapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), conflict resolution, family systems theory and solution focused problem solving to assist individuals and families in addressing areas of concern. I provide clinical services in a number of areas including:

  • Relationship and couples counselling
  • Collaborative Divorce, including High Conflict Divorce
  • Divorce Recovery
  • Career counselling
  • Life Coaching
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Interpersonal conflict
  • Stress management
  • Emotional regulation, including anger management
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Workplace stress and conflict

I seek to help people navigate their complex worlds in order to live a happier and healthier life. I believe in a holistic approach focusing on client strengths. Through compassion and caring, utilizing knowledge, a sense of humor, passion and dedication to clients well-being, I provide a non-judgmental, accepting and safe environment in which to help to empower clients to realize their greatest potential.

 


 
Elizabeth Smith, BA, BSW, RSW, Director of Clinical Services
  

I’ve been fortunate enough to do the work I am absolutely passionate about since 2003. I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 2001, followed by a Bachelor of Social Work in 2003. I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW #2235) with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers. After a few years gaining work experience and advanced training, I began my counselling career in 2006 in Alberta, working as a Mental Health Therapist for Alberta Health Services. A prairie farm kid at heart, I moved back to Saskatchewan in 2008 and began counselling in private practice in Saskatoon and Melfort. I joined Aspire Too in 2014 and became a partner, continuing my work with clients and taking on managerial responsibilities including my role as Director of Clinical Services where I oversee all clinical services within our agency.

I feel blessed every day to be able to do the work that I do. I provide counselling services for individuals, couples and families. My primary areas of practice include adult mental health and relationship counselling. I am considered a generalist practitioner so I meet with people from all walks of life who are dealing with a variety of concerns. I am client centred, solution focussed, and strengths based. Those are therapy terms that basically mean I meet the client where they’re at, and I work collaboratively with the client to address concerns, set realistic goals, and develop an individualized plan based on (already present) strengths while focusing on solutions. I have a ton of training in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, mindfulness, mental health, marital therapy, conflict resolution, and collaborative problem solving.

I approach my work with people in a holistic manner; I believe that we must treat people as a whole, looking at all aspects of health and wellness, including physical health, mental and emotional health and well being, as well as social and spiritual considerations. I believe that assessing and addressing all areas allows us to identify strengths as well as potential areas for growth. When people are supported in a safe space without judgement, they are able to learn new information and skills that will benefit them life long. I feel honoured when my clients allow me to walk beside them on this journey of self actualization.

I take pride in my ability to connect and relate to people. I have been told that my warm and welcoming nature allows my clients to feel understood and accepted without judgement or criticism. I am direct yet gentle in my approach. I believe humour is an absolute necessity in most circumstances, because sometimes all you can do is laugh. While I take all concerns seriously, I am able to offer a unique and refreshing perspective that people appreciate.

I work primarily with adults; individuals, couples, and families dealing with the following:

  • Depression and Mood problems
  • Anxiety Disorders including Generalized Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Phobias
  • Panic Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma including Acute Stress Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Co-dependency
  • Relationship Breakup and Divorce Recovery
  • Affair Recovery (Individuals and Couples)
  • Family Conflict and Communication
  • Emotional Regulation including Anger Management
  • Personal or Work Stress Management
  • Abuse Recovery including Physical, Sexual, Emotional, Financial
  • Communication Skill Development
  • Conflict Management and Resolution
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Self Esteem
  • Women’s Issues
  • Relationship Conflict and Skill Building
  • Emotional IQ Skill Building

When I’m not working with my valued clients, you will find me travelling, golfing, camping, digging in the dirt, and spending time with friends and family.


 
 Sherry Tucker, BA, BSW, RSW, Director of Family Services

 
My name is Sherry Tucker and I am a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers (SASW). I have Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan. I have also earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and I recently completed a Master’s of Social Work degree, both from the University of Regina.

I have training in Clinical Counselling, Marital Therapy, Family Systems Theory, Intensive Applied Behavioural Analysis (IABA), Restorative Justice, Threat Assessment Training, Trauma Systems Training, Attachment Training, and Collaborative Problem Solving. In addition, I have completed extensive research on neurodevelopment, trauma, and attachment. I utilize my experience working with children, individuals and families over the past two decades to work with children, teenagers, families, individuals, and couples.

Children

I use my knowledge of neurodevelopment and attachment theory to assist parents/caregivers and children to develop closer bonds and address children’s behavioural concerns. I provide information about child development, neurodevelopment, trauma and attachment to help families develop an integrative strategy to assist the family.  Through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, skills training and somatosensory activities, I work alongside children and families to help them address their concerns.

Teenagers

The transition to adulthood is a difficult one for most children. Teenagers today experience more pressure than ever before. Balancing school, family and work obligations can be difficult even for adults. The added strain of traversing the road to independence can at times seem like too much for some adolescents. I build a foundation of trust with teenagers which allows them to express themselves through art therapy, talk therapy, and family therapy. With the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Art Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Attachment Therapy.

Individuals

My goal with individuals is to help them navigate life’s obstacles and address their concerns in a non-judgemental and direct way. I utilize Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Solution-focused Therapy, Attachment Therapy, and Art Therapy to assist individuals in dealing with a variety of difficulties.

I have worked extensively with children, teenagers, and individuals who have been diagnosed with or experienced:

  • ADHD
  • Oppositional Defiance Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Grief and Loss
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Neglect
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Attachment Disruptions
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Autism
  • Parental Alienation
  • Divorce/Separation
  • Anger Management
  • Self-Harm
  • Parent Teen conflict
  • Communication issues
  • Oppositional Defiance disorder
  • Developmental disabilities
  • Cognitive disabilities
  • Self-Exploration/self-improvement
  • Family of origin concerns
  • Retirement planning
  • Divorce/Separation

I enjoy public speaking and giving presentations to groups of people who are interested in a variety of topics. Typically, those interested in a presentation would contact our office to discuss the topic they wish the presentation to focus upon. Topics range from stress management to attachment and neurodevelopment. Presentations are tailored to suit the needs of participants. For more information contact Aspire Too.

I also offer assessment  services including:

  • Adoption Home Study
  • Attachment Assessment
  • Children’s Voices Report

Adoption Home Study

As a certified adoption home study assessor approved by the Ministry of Social Services, I can provide prospective adoptive parents with a Mutual Family Assessment (MFA). I can provide you with information about the assessment process at the initial consultation. I provide prospective parents with information on how to foster an attachment with their child and answer questions they may have regarding child development throughout the assessment process. For more information contact Aspire Too.

Children’s Voices Reports

Children’s Voices reports must be ordered by the court or agreed upon by both parents, and focus on the child’s perspective in separation and divorce. Once the court orders an assessment, I interview the child(ren) and each parent. Children’s voices reports typically involve children who are at least 12 years old, and is intended to provide the children’s voice to the courts.

Attachment Assessments

I have training through the Neufeld Institute, run by Dr. Gordon Neufeld and I can provide caregivers with an understanding of how attachment impacts a child’s ability to grow, mature and develop in an optimal way. Some children who experience attachment disruptions experience difficulties in many areas of their growth process. Some children have trouble concentrating, anxiety, temper tantrums and outbursts. Children’s ability to show affection to caregivers may be either stilted or limited. An assessment can provide caregivers with an introduction to how their child has been impacted by their attachment experiences and provides a roadmap on how to correct their attachment styles. Assessments can provide any parent or caregiver with essential information, but it is particularly important for those children who have multiple service providers working with them, so that the team can work towards healing the attachment void and creating a secure attachment with the child.

I am a wife and mother, with years of experience in working with individuals, couples, children, teenagers, and families. When I’m not assisting children, individuals, or families I enjoy knitting a baby blanket or babysitting my daughter’s 180-pound English Mastiff, named Angus.



 
Laura Hicks, BSW, RSW
 
 Laura is a Registered Social Worker with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers. Laura has a Bachelor’s of Social Work Degree from the University of Regina. Laura has ten years of professional experience with children, youth and families. Laura has spent her career supporting people who have experienced trauma, addictions, mental health challenges and family violence. Laura has acted as a coach, mentor, facilitator, and educator supporting First Nations Child and Family Service organizations across Saskatchewan. Laura is passionate about helping people identify their strengths and gain perspective to work through life’s challenges. She believes in the power of safe, supportive, compassionate relationships and is committed to creating those relationships with her clients.

Client Areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mental and Emotional Health and Wellbeing
  • Eating Disorders/Body Acceptance
  • Self Esteem/Self Confidence
  • Trauma
  • Children and Teens
  • Couples/Relationship Issues
  • Communication
  • Stress management
  • Anger
  • Suicidal ideation/thoughts and Self-Harm
  • Personal Growth and Goal Setting

 


 
Margarita Sysing, BSW, MSW, RSW
 
I have been a Registered Social Worker since 2007. I completed a Bachelor of Social Work in 2007, then a Master of Social Work in 2013 from the University of Regina. I am a Registered Social Worker (RSW #2126) with the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers. I have a great wealth of social work experience working in both community-based and government organizations. Most of the social work experience that I have is with children, youth, and families. I also have clinical social work experience in mental health settings working with children, youth, and adults.

I feel very fortunate and blessed to be working in the field of social work, as it is both challenging and rewarding. My main areas of clinical practice are doing individual and family therapy with children and youth. My training is generalist in nature, and I have prided myself on taking continuing education opportunities to further improve my skills and clinical practice. I have advanced training in family therapy and trauma-informed practice. I work from a client-centered, strengths-based, and feminist practice. This means that I work with clients where they are at, and truly believe that clients are the experts in their own lives.

My approach to practice includes: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Structural Family Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Family Systems Trauma Therapy. I use a biopsychosocial-spiritual-cultural approach in my assessment and practice with clients. I like to incorporate expressive arts in my therapy, including therapeutic drumming and elements of music, art, and movement.

I work primarily with children, youth, and families in the following areas:

  • Mental health and illness
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide ideation
  • Trauma
  • Abuse (emotional, mental, physical, sexual)
  • Parent-teen conflict
  • Parenting
  • Family therapy
  • Cross-cultural issues for immigrant, refugee, and Indigenous youth and families
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Stress management
  • Bullying
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Healthy Relationships
  • LGBTQ
  • Identity
  • Women’s issues
  • Grief and loss
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Self-Esteem

 
 
Cara Taylor, BSW, MSW, RSW
 
You do not have to be alone with overwhelming, confusing, or upsetting emotions. I can be right there with you. This is the heart of my practice. I believe an empathetic, attuned presence in the midst of whatever (big or small) difficulty we face helps us to grow and heal. I’ve come to this perspective through a diversity of professional, academic, and personal experiences.

Professionally, working as a social worker in inpatient psychiatry, I have helped people and their families walk through the reality of living with a debilitating mental health condition. Working on a mobile crisis response team, I have often been alongside people experiencing suicidal thoughts, self-harm, psychosis, and/or addiction. Through running a small non-profit that told personal stories of mental illness to reduce stigma, I have listened to and learned from the stories of so many courageous, struggling people. Presently, I continue to learn and grow through the work I do as a mental health educator.

Academically, I completed a year of graduate studies in counselling psychology at Trinity Western University. Finding myself drawn back to the field of social work, I began graduate studies and recently completed a Master of Social Work in the spring of 2020. During the course of my graduate studies I have focused my research and practice on understanding and supporting people struggling with their mental health.

Personally, I have lived experience of mental illness and suicide loss. My own personal experiences in the realm of mental health are never the focus of counselling, but rather another form of “education” that has powerfully shaped my practice and perspective.

As a counsellor, the foundations of my practice are rooted in narrative therapy, person-centred therapy, AEDP, and DBT. However, I do incorporate helpful techniques and tools from all sorts of other therapies. Overall, I strive to be aware of and responsive to whatever approaches would be uniquely helpful for you.

I have the most experience in helping people with:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders / Poor Body-Image
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Grief / Loss
  • Low Self-Esteem / Negative Self-Talk
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Schizophrenia / Schizoaffective Disorder / Psychosis
  • Self-Harm
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Supporting family members with mental health struggles
  • Trauma / Dissociation

 
  Prince Albert Counsellors 
 
 

Tiffaney Haydukewich, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
 
 I have worked in various areas of mental health and wellness with a special interest in trauma, mental health, grief & loss and stress management.  I have also provided EFAP services for the last 12 years.  I am a soft-spoken social worker and generalist practitioner who believes that each person has an inherent capacity to create change in their life.  I enjoy watching the magic of “ah-ha” moments sparking change.  I always focus on the importance of balance, strengths, building resiliency and achieving healing.  My practice style incorporates a person-centered, strengths based, trauma informed and cultural sensitivity approach.  I believe it is important to walk with a person through their healing journey.

I love working from a holistic framework inclusive of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, cultural and environmental dynamics.  When one dynamic is out of balance there may be impacts on other dynamics.  Providing the space and time to explore without judgment begins a journey of change and growth.  How can it get better than that?!

Making a connection with the individuals and families I have worked with is critically important.  I have been blessed to be in a profession that allows me to walk with people in a non-judgmental, confidential and empathetic way while learning something new each day.

I enjoy working with adults, individuals and families experiencing the following concerns:

  • Grief, loss and adjustment
  • Trauma
  • Addictions
  • Mental Health
  • Stress Management – Individual, Macro, Critical Incident
  • Compassion Fatigue & Vicarious Trauma
  • Mindfulness
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Post Traumatic Growth
  • Goal Setting

As part of my life balance, I thoroughly enjoy spending time with family and friends, gardening, cooking, fishing and being in the outdoors.


 

Melfort Counsellors

 
 
Tiffaney Haydukewich, BA, BSW, MSW, RSW
 
 I have worked in various areas of mental health and wellness with a special interest in trauma, mental health, grief & loss and stress management.  I have also provided EFAP services for the last 12 years.  I am a soft-spoken social worker and generalist practitioner who believes that each person has an inherent capacity to create change in their life.  I enjoy watching the magic of “ah-ha” moments sparking change.  I always focus on the importance of balance, strengths, building resiliency and achieving healing.  My practice style incorporates a person-centered, strengths based, trauma informed and cultural sensitivity approach.  I believe it is important to walk with a person through their healing journey.

I love working from a holistic framework inclusive of physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, social, cultural and environmental dynamics.  When one dynamic is out of balance there may be impacts on other dynamics.  Providing the space and time to explore without judgment begins a journey of change and growth.  How can it get better than that?!

Making a connection with the individuals and families I have worked with is critically important.  I have been blessed to be in a profession that allows me to walk with people in a non-judgmental, confidential and empathetic way while learning something new each day.

I enjoy working with adults, individuals and families experiencing the following concerns:

  • Grief, loss and adjustment
  • Trauma
  • Addictions
  • Mental Health
  • Stress Management – Individual, Macro, Critical Incident
  • Compassion Fatigue & Vicarious Trauma
  • Mindfulness
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Post Traumatic Growth
  • Goal Setting

As part of my life balance, I thoroughly enjoy spending time with family and friends, gardening, cooking, fishing and being in the outdoors.





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