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Flourish Psychological Services

High-Quality Effective Therapy in Calgary

Phoenix Brill

Dr. Phoenix Brill

Phoenix holds a Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, a Masters in Counselling Psychology and a Degree in Health Sciences. 


Phoenix has extensive training and experience working with couples using the Gottman Method of Therapy (Level II), as well as Emotion-Focused Techniques as taught by both Les Greenberg for individuals and Dr. Sue Johnson for couples.

Phoenix works with anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, Grief and Loss, family difficulties and divorce avoidance. 

Her approaches include Collaborative Problem Solving, Attachment-based Interventions, Accelerated Resolution Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Gottman Method level II  couples counselling, Emotion-Focused and Narrative Therapy.  

McKenzie Henderson

McKenzie Terry-Henderson

McKenzie is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology. McKenzie has had the opportunity to work with adults in various stages of life (including couples), as well as young-adults and teens. She has experience working with clients who are experiencing life transitions, anxiety, depression, increased stress, self-esteem challenges, relationship difficulties, and trauma.


McKenzie believes in using a collaborative and integrative approach, often drawing from Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Attachment, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She prioritizes creating a warm and welcoming space to process the past and embrace the present. It is her goal to support clients in their ability to face life challenges and obstacles to growth. McKenzie works to highlight and build upon the existing strengths of each client. She believes that each situation is unique and works to create an individualized plan to help clients reach their goals.


McKenzie is pursuing additional training in Narrative Therapy. She has specialized training in the Gottman Method of Therapy for couples (Level 1)


Please note: McKenzie does not accept those under 13 years of age into her practice at this time.

Melissa Sawers

Melissa Sawers

Melissa is a Registered Psychologist with a Masters of Counselling.
Melissa believes that engaging in a collaborative, therapeutic process can help people live happier, healthier, more productive lives.  Melissa utilizes a client-centered, holistic approach that can include elements of Solution Focused Therapy, Family Systems Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. 

Melissa has extensive experience working with children, youth, and families in both educational and mental health environments.


Melissa has specialized experience providing family therapy services and working with family units to manage problems more effectively and improve coping and communication skills.  Additionally, she is passionate about Perinatal Mental Health and is certified to work with pregnant and new mothers.

Melissa has training in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (for trauma) as well as Gottman Method (for couples)

Melissa focuses on building a warm, supportive environment that allows clients to identify and disrupt unhelpful thought and behavior patterns, replacing them with more positive patterns to promote health and wellness.  Melissa excels at working with children and collaborates with their support networks to encourage new ways of framing and dealing with difficulties or challenges.


Trish Hardy

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Trish is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She is
also a certified yoga and meditation teacher.

Trish has an extensive background working with children, adolescents and parents. Her practice
includes a collaborative and holistic approach through first developing a strong relationship with her clients. She incorporates therapy styles that best fit with an individual’s needs including one or more of the following: Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Family
Systems Therapy, Women/Feminist Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Trish is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy for trauma.

Trish specializes in supporting LGBTQ2S+ community youth, adults, parents and families and
issues related to gender and sexuality as well as women specific concerns such as life stage
transitions (puberty, motherhood, menopause). Other areas of support include: anxiety, stress management, depression suicide concerns, divorce, grief and loss, family dynamic issues, parent/teen relationships, health and lifestyle goals and career/school issues.

Trish understands some clients can be nervous or unsure about seeking help however she works to create an environment of trust by providing a safe and non-judgemental space for her clients. Her strengths of care, compassion and empathy will help put her clients be at ease. She believes we all have within us what we need to create more positive and meaningful lives.


Laurissa Knight


Laurissa is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with a master’s degree in Counselling
Psychology. Laurissa works from a holistic and integrative approach to support her clients in
mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual healing and growth. Her focus is to guide individuals
in recognizing patterns and stories that do not serve them, developing skills to move through
challenges with clarity, insight, and choice, and healing relationships (with self and others).

Laurissa believes therapy should empower people, help them to be more in control of their lives,
and enhance their relationships with others.
Laurissa shows up to each session with warmth and authenticity, working from a place of
compassion, respect, curiosity, and humour. She aims to facilitate a space in which individuals
feel comfortable showing up fully as they are; encouraging an exploration of what happened to
them, not what is wrong with them. Laurissa has experience working with various non-dominant
populations and incorporates culture-infused counselling (CIC) and feminist therapy in her

Laurissa draws upon different modalities including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy,
Somatic Psychotherapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy,
Compassionate Inquiry, and Narrative Therapy. Laurissa works with adults and youth in the
areas of anxiety, depression, anger, trauma, self/body image, boundaries, relationship concerns,
grief and loss, and communication.




Mary-Lou Carlyle

Mary-Lou is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with a Masters of Counselling. She recognizes that making the decision to reach out for extra support can sometimes be an overwhelming experience. Everything from not knowing which therapist to book with, to worrying about what the process will look like, to wondering how long it will take to feel better. 

Mary-Lou prioritizes making her clients feel welcomed and at ease with her warm, approachable, and down-to-earth nature. She is a strong believer that the issues that bring clients into counselling can be serious and complicated, AND it is ok to incorporate humour and laughter into sessions when appropriate. Counselling does not have to be a narrow vision of a clock ticking with a therapist silently waiting for your deep responses. She avoids using a cookie cutter approach and instead works with her clients to create a unique experience by drawing from elements of Solution-Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness, Attachment Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  

Mary-Lou has volunteered with the Calgary Distress Centre for many years, has experience working with children of all ages, couples, and has provided therapy to clients experiencing diverse challenges such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, work-related trauma, self-esteem, and relational issues. 

She has specialized training in:

Gottman Couples Therapy Levels 1 & 2 & ART for trauma

Please note: Mary-Lou does not work with children under the age of 13 

Cailea Slifka

Cailea Slifka

Cailea is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology.
Cailea completed her practical training as a student at Eastside Community Mental Health Services where she gained experience in working with individuals of all ages and various presenting concerns. Cailea also has experience from her time volunteering for Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse and her time working in the non-profit sector with vulnerable populations.

Cailea works from an integrative approach, often drawing from Solution Focused Therapy,
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Emotion-Focused Therapy.

Cailea believes that the best experience in therapy happens when there is a strong therapeutic
relationship. Cailea strives to create a safe and judgement-free space where honesty and
transparency help to achieve goals.

Cailea is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy

Cailea works with clients with a variety of presenting concerns including anxiety, depression,
trauma, boundary setting, relationship concerns, grief, and self-esteem.

Cailea is not currently accepting clients under 10 years old. 

Lisa Thompson

Lisa Thompson

Lisa is a Registered Provisional Psychologist, with a Masters of Counselling. Prior to joining Flourish, Lisa completed her training at Eastside Family Centre and the Calgary Family Therapy Centre.

Lisa works with children, youth, couples, and families as they strive to overcome life’s inevitable challenges. When offered the security and support of the therapeutic relationship, Lisa believes clients can identify inner strengths; recognize problematic interpersonal patterns at play within their relationships; and realize new possibilities for growth and change, resulting in greater contentment within themselves and in their relationships.

Lisa works from a collaborative and strength-based perspective. She is trained in Solution-Focused, Narrative, Family Systems, and Gottman approaches to therapy. Lisa also has specialized training in art therapy and can offer art as an additional therapeutic tool: engaging the creative process to help communicate, gain insight, and find solutions by viewing challenges from a fresh perspective.

Lisa has experience supporting individuals, couples, and families struggling with a variety of challenges including anxiety, depression, parenting struggles, and life transitions.

More Therapists



Martina Vaneckova

Martina is a Registered Psychologist with over a decade of experience working with youth, families, and individuals. She holds a Masters in Counselling and a Child and Youth Care Certificate. 

Martina aims to provide caring, compassionate, and non-judgmental support to her clients that sets the foundation for trust and safety. She believes that strong client-therapist rapport allows clients to explore barriers that hold them back in their attempt to live their full potential. Through collaborative therapeutic conversations, she helps explore and address beliefs and behaviours clients hold about their relationship to self and others potentially leading to anxiety, depression, stress, self-esteem, or relational issues.


In addition, her specialty is supporting the process of cultural adjustment and life transitions.

As Martina learned from living and working with families across 4 countries on 3 different continents, life is always changing for everyone so we need continuous self-awareness, flexible mindsets, and emotional agility to live our potentials and have fulfilling relationships. Therapy is the best place to explore these concepts so we all adapt well to our ever-changing lives.      

Emily Lester


Ellen is a Practicum Student and is currently completing her master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. Prior to beginning masters level studies Ellen completed an undergraduate degree in Community Rehabilitation at the University of Calgary. Ellen’s background includes working one-on-one with diverse individuals in community and non-profit settings. 

Ellen’s areas of therapeutic experience include topics of stress, anxiety, chronic illness, self-esteem, life transitions, career planning, and working towards healthy lifestyle goals.

Ellen believes that by exploring our unique lived experiences, we have the ability to pursue a different future and create the change we desire. Ellen aims to collaborate with clients to reach their therapeutic goals and provide support as they work through their healing journey. Ellen uses an integrative and holistic approach while drawing from various modalities including Attachment theory, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Narrative therapy.

We are all on some type of healing journey, and I look forward to being a part of yours!

Please note: Ellen is currently not accepting clients under the age of 10 at this time.

Jessy Mix


Jessy is a registered provisional psychologist with a masters degree in School and Applied Child Psychology. 

Jessy aims to support individuals in navigating life’s challenges. She has experience working with children, youth and emerging adults struggling with a variety of concerns such as life transitions, learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety and depression.


Jessy works to offer a warm and welcoming environment where people can feel safe and secure, to allow them to identify their strengths and grow their confidence. Jessy approaches each client interaction with compassion, positivity, and genuine interest to allow the individuals she works with to feel valued and understood. 


Jessy believes in utilizing a collaborative and integrative approach that encompasses elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy,  Solution Focused Therapy as well as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Jessy also works with her clients to uncover what makes them unique and what their interests entail to encourage a strength based approach that clients can utilize as they face new trying situations. 

Christopher Sciberras

Christopher Scriberras

Chris is a Registered Psychologist with a Masters of Counselling from the University of Calgary.


Chris has worked extensively with youth, adults, and families for the past eight years in a variety of capacities. Through the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused practices, and strength-based approaches, Chris is able to develop personalized support to assist clients with the unique challenges they face.


Chris excels at creating a non-judgmental and safe environment which is key to identifying unhelpful thinking patterns and behaviours that often contribute to the spiral of poor mental health practices.


Through the process of collaboration, Chris' mission is to support clients explore alternate options that promote resilience, confidence, and positive mental health.  

Getting Help

Most of the time we are able to effectively manage the difficulties we face using our own knowledge and resources.  Sometimes we need guidance along the way.  Seeking help with a skilled therapist when the obstacles seem too great may be the very best way you can continue to take good care of yourself, and your family.


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The wound is the place where the light enters you.                     ~Rumi

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