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We are a "one stop shop" for mental health counselling and support.  Our experienced team of certified counsellors, registered social workers and registered psychologists in Calgary are able to provide a diverse level of support to you.

You are not limited to only 1 counsellor at our practice.  We offer the option of co-counselling, which allows you the option of working with 2 counsellors in a session, sometimes at no additional cost.  Our counselling team also meets regularly to discuss how you are being cared for and share insights, and we do this with the utmost regard for confidentiality and personal safety.

Get multi-discipline support from our counsellors, social workers and registered psychologists in Calgary.

“There's much that you can't change, but there is something important that you can change: you.

- Rick Warren

Our Psychologists’ Approach

How We Work With You

The counsellors, social workers and registered psychologists at our Calgary office have different backgrounds and experiences, but we all practice a client-centered, trauma informed approach.

We believe that you are the expert in what you require, as far as your counselling experience, but we provide wrap-around support, expert guidance, encouragement, and offer informed suggestions to lead you towards where you need to be.

In a trauma informed approach, we view you from a holistic perspective looking at past trauma and how that may have impacted you throughout your life.  We’ll explore resulting behaviors with you, and coping mechanisms that you may rely on.  Goal-setting is important and we will let you set your own goals, while providing much needed support to get you there.

Our Psychologists, Counsellors and Staff

Wade Belt
BA, MC, CCC, CT
Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCPA)
Counselling Therapist (ACTA)
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Jasminder (Jassi) Randhawa Punj
BA, MC
Registered Provisional Psychologist
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Zoë Brennan
BA, Med
Registered Provisional Psychologist
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Melanie Landrey
BSW, MSW, ACSW
Clinical Social Worker
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Amy McMillan
BA, MC
Counsellor
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Madison Graves
BA, MA
Counsellor
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Adam Elkestawi
BA, MC
Registered Provisional Psychologist
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Holly Tait
B.Ed, M.Ed
Registered Psychologist
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Vanessa Fahie - Owner
BA, MC, CCC, CT
Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCPA)
Counselling Therapist (ACTA)
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Ashley Alain
Director of Client Experience
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Kelsey Bodell
Receptionist
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  • Eclectic approach
  • Client centered approach
  • EFT (emotion-focused therapy)
  • Narrative therapy
  • Domestic violence
  • Metaphors to encourage healing
  • Adults, couples

Wade Belt

BA, MC, CCC, CT
Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCPA)
Counselling Therapist (ACTA)

I work from an integrated approach focusing not just on the client’s problems in their life, but on the system in which those problems exist. At the center of my work is looking at the relationships in the person’s life and how those connections are made and maintained. I believe that at the center of these relationships, emotions play a key role, and with that belief I help clients understand, explore, and express emotions.

Put simply, I help people create coherency between their internal world and their external world.

I draw from theoretical approaches such as Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Existential Therapy, and the work of Peter Levin and Bessel van der Kolk. I've completed an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy externship and received my Gottman's Certification in the 10 Core Principles of Effective Couples Therapy.  Through intensive ethics training I ensure my case noting and my counselling support remains ethical.

Feedback that clients have provided is that I do a great job allowing them to express their stories and make sense of them. I have also been told that I help connect all the pieces of a client’s story. I have practiced and honed these skills in the field of family violence for many years, working both with people who have experienced violence and with those who have perpetrated violence on others.

I spent a good part of my 20’s traveling and have spent time in Hawaii, the Middle East, the South Pacific (Fiji and Vanuatu), India, Bangladesh, Thailand and others.  My wife and I have one amazing son.

Before I did my Masters of Counseling, I was a carpenter and worked both framing and finishing.

My hobbies include:

Fly fishing, golfing, surfing (whenever I am close to an ocean), hiking, drinking good coffee, and listening to podcasts such as 99% Invisible, Cautionary Tales, and Revisionist History

Some quotes I like:

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Vicktor Frankl

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou

“What is a poet? An unhappy man who hides deep anguish in his heart, but whose lips are so formed that when the sigh and cry pass through them, it sounds like lovely music.... And people flock around the poet and say: 'Sing again soon' - that is, 'May new sufferings torment your soul but your lips be fashioned as before, for the cry would only frighten us, but the music, that is blissful.” - Soren Kierkegaard

“The propensity to make strong emotional bonds to particular individuals [is] a basic component of human nature.” – John Bowlby

Books and authors I like:

George Orwell, Sue Johnson, The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van Der Kolk, Malcom Gladwell, Brené Brown, Daniel Siegel, and When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

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Jasminder (Jassi) Randhawa Punj
  • Eclectic approach
  • Client-centered
  • Solution-focused brief therapy
  • CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)
  • Narrative play therapy
  • Youth, adults, couples, families

Jasminder (Jassi) Randhawa Punj

BA, MC
Registered Provisional Psychologist

Jassi is passionate about working with people, is a strong listener, understanding, and strives to create a warm, safe, and non-judgmental environment. Jassi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Mount Royal University and a Master’s of Counselling Psychology degree from Athabasca University. She is a provisional psychologist, registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists.

Jassi has diverse experience in providing emotional/mental health support and crisis intervention for children, youth, adults with or without the presence of chronic and persistent mental illness, as well as families. Jassi has provided services through various modalities such as phone, text, chat, email, and face to face contact. Jassi operates from a client centered approach in that she will match intervention strategies based on the individual needs of the client, and through intensive ethics training she ensures the practice, her case noting, and her counselling support remains ethical.

Her goal of psychotherapy is to provide a warm therapeutic environment that assists individuals to move towards a state of a self-actualization, to recognize their full potential, and elicit motivation for personal growth. Jassi continues her relationship with learning and being up to date with intervention strategies that will lead to desired change, and has also completed her Gottman's Certification in the 10 Core Principles of Effective Couples Therapy.

“It is the client who knows what hurts, what direction to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences have been deeply buried.”
– Carl Rogers

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Calgary Psychologist Zoë Brennan
  • Integrative approach
  • Client centered
  • Trauma informed
  • CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)
  • DBT (dialectic behavioural therapy)
  • SFBT (solution-focused brief therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Children, teens, adults, and families

Zoë Brennan

BA, Med
Registered Provisional Psychologist

Zoë is a compassionate and dedicated therapist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Dartmouth College and a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Lethbridge. Zoë is a registered provisional psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists.

With a commitment to fostering well-being, Zoë employs an integrative and strength-based approach, drawing inspiration from various modalities such as CBT, DBT, narrative therapy, play therapy, solution-focused brief therapy, and collaborative problem-solving. Her goal is to connect with each client, providing a safe space for growth and empowerment.

Zoë is passionate about working with individuals of all ages, including children, teens, adults, couples, and families. Tailoring her approach to meet the unique needs of each individual or family, she guides them on a personalized journey toward achieving their goals. Zoë also has a specialized interest in working with child and youth care workers and those in similar fields who may be struggling with the emotional demands of their roles.

Zoë helps her clients build resilience, cultivate positive relationships, and navigate life’s challenges.

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Melanie Landrey, social worker
  • Client-centered
  • Trauma-informed
  • Attachment-based
  • Integrative Approach
  • CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)
  • DBT (dialectic behavioural therapy)
  • Individual, family/parenting, youth

Melanie Landrey

BSW, MSW, ACSW
Clinical Social Worker

How I practice

With you as the expert, my goal as a therapist is to help make sense of your life and to help you develop skills that align with your goals. My practice is integrative, meaning we choose the best path together using the tools and models that work best for you. I accomplish this by prioritizing trust and relationship first, while maintaining a client-focused therapeutic environment where you are safe, heard and validated.

My background

I hold a Master of Clinical Social Work degree with an Infant, Child, and Youth Mental Health specialization. I work effectively with children, youth, adults, and families. My journey as a therapist evolved in community crisis and mental health settings. My areas of focus include anxiety, depression, ADHD, attachment, disruptive behaviours, suicidal ideation, parent-child relationships, parenting, trauma, non-traditional relationships, and substance use. I use cognitive behavioural therapy, Dialectical Behavioural therapy, attachment based, strength based and trauma informed practice.

Recommended books

  • Hold On to Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers – Gordon Neufeld and Gabo Maté
  • The Body Keeps Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma – Bessel Van Der Kolk
  • What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing – Bruce Perry
  • Parenting from the Inside Out: How a Deeper Self-Understanding Can Help You Raise Children Who Thrive – Daniel J. Siegel and Mary Hartzell

"Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light." – Brené Brown

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  • Eclectic approach
  • Client centered approach
  • Trauma-informed
  • Mindfulness
  • Youth, adults, couples
  • CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy ACT

Amy McMillan

BA, MC
Counsellor

Amy is enthusiastic about watching people grow in their personal lives and carries a warm, kind, and compassionate approach to health and healing.

She has earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a concentration in Psychology from St. Mary’s University in Calgary and has completed the Masters of Counselling Psychology program through Yorkville University.

During her studies, she has also completed Trauma Informed Care through Alberta Health Services and she holds nearly 10 years of experience providing behavioural therapy to children with Autism and other developmental and mental health needs.  Amy is eager to expand her knowledge in additional counselling theories, and looks forward to taking that journey alongside her clients!

Born and raised in Calgary, Amy loves to take her senior dog swimming, get lost in a good book, crochet, and spend time with family.

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  • SFT (solution-focused therapy)
  • CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy)
  • Eclectic approach
  • Adults, adolescents, youth (12+)

Madison Graves

BA, MC
Counsellor

Madison has a strong academic background in psychology. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Concordia University of Edmonton and recently completed her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.

Madison grew up in Edmonton but recently moved to Calgary to complete her practicum.  She is passionate about helping people and strives to create a warm, safe, and supportive environment for her clients. Her experience volunteering at a sexual assault centre provided her with a solid foundation in therapeutic skills and exposed her to a diverse clientele.

Madison approaches therapy with a trauma-informed and client-centred approach. She believes that her clients are the experts on their own experiences and tailors her approach to meet their unique needs. As a result, she takes an eclectic approach to therapy, drawing on various therapeutic modalities to help her clients work through their emotions.

In her work, Madison’s goal is to create a space where her clients feel comfortable expressing themselves and working through their challenges. She does this by offering compassion, empathy, and non-judgmental support. Additionally, Madison has found that using humour can be an effective way to connect with clients and create a sense of comfort in the therapy session.

Overall, Madison is skilled, compassionate and committed to helping her clients achieve their goals and work through life’s challenges.

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Adam Elkestawi - Registered Psychologist
  • MBCT (mindful based cognitive therapy)
  • SFBT (solution-focused brief therapy)
  • NT (narrative therapy)
  • Adults, couples, youth, families, assessments

Adam Elsestawi

BA, MC
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Assessment Facilitator

Adam is a Provisional Psychologist who holds a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. He has worked for over 10 years in areas spanning individual and group counselling, community outreach, mental health assessment facilitation and implementing Client-Centered treatment programs that promote wellbeing. Adam has worked for 5 years with the adult vulnerable population providing housing options, crisis & trauma counselling, and suicide intervention.

More recently, Adam has worked with children and young adults with behavioral and mental health concerns, providing day-to-day living skills, psychoeducation, CBT, and solution focused interventions.

Adam has experience in a variety of settings that include shelters, detox treatment facilities, outreach, group home, and housing settings. Adam has extensive experience working with individuals with anxiety, depression, addiction, and trauma. He loves to understand people and appreciates the method of brainstorming solutions to complex problems.

Adam draws from Client-Centered, Solution-Focused, and CBT approaches, as well as Jungian, Mindfulness, Narrative, and Existential Therapy treatment modalities. With Couples, and Families, Adam also integrates Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) and Gottman Method therapeutic approaches to help Clients develop solid and secure relationships.

More specifically, Adam appreciates the power of mindfulness practices that help an individual focus on the present moment and enjoys implementing this approach in his practice. He integrates narrative therapy in his treatment approach, because he is passionate about storytelling for the purpose of utilizing creative and new approaches to solving problems.

He believes this type of therapy is one of the best ways to empower an individual to own their journey, to help themselves heal, and to inspire others as a reflection of their resilience through the recognition of their triumphant moments of growth.

In his free time, Adam enjoys engaging in deep conversations with friends and aspires to have his own podcast someday. He also enjoys volleyball, exercising, reading, and sings in a choir.

Favourite quote: "Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life." - Eckhart Tolle

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Holly Tait - Registered Psychologist
  • Client centered approach
  • NT (narrative therapy)
  • Addiction recovery
  • Trauma informed
  • Equine therapy
  • Individuals, couples, families/parenting, teenagers

Holly Tait

B.Ed, M.Ed
Registered Psychologist

Holly is deeply committed to fostering a client-centered therapeutic experience. She is currently immersed in the study of Hakomi Therapy, a somatic approach to healing. With over 35 years of dedicated practice, Holly has accompanied numerous individuals through their personal struggles, offering steadfast support and guidance.

Beginning with a foundation of trust, honesty, and mutual respect, Holly believes in the inherent wisdom of everyone. She sees herself as a facilitator in the client's journey toward self-discovery, empowering them to unearth their own answers. Holly stays abreast of new counselling approaches, embracing continuous learning as an integral part of her professional development.

Outside of her practice, Holly values the balance between work and leisure. She treasures moments with her family, especially her four grandchildren. Finding joy in the companionship of her Bouvier dog, "Journey," and the exhilaration of riding her Arabian horse, "Willy," Holly embodies a holistic approach to life and well-being.

She is a believer in the importance of balancing work and play. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family especially her 4 grandchildren , her Bouvier dog "Journey" and riding her Arabian horse, "Willy".

Favourite quote: "Perfectionism is the thief of Joy" - Brené Brown

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  • Response-based approach
  • Mind-body connection
  • Power of vulnerability
  • Trauma-informed
  • Mindfulness & grounding
  • Eclectic approach
  • Client centered approach
  • NT (narrative therapy)
  • EFT (emotional focused therapy)
  • Attachment focussed
  • Circle of Security
  • Adults, families/parenting, couples, youth

Vanessa Fahie

Owner of Building Bridges Counselling Services
BA, MC, CCC, CT
Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCPA)
Counselling Therapist (CT)

Vanessa is passionate about people and strives to create a safe, supportive and healing environment for clients by providing support during their time of need. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology from the University of Lethbridge and a Masters of Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle. She is also a Professional Member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, a nation-wide accredited body that works to enhance mental health services to Canadians and The Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta, a provincial accredited body that works to enhance mental health services for Albertans.

Vanessa’s diverse experience in the counselling field has allowed her to develop and refine her skills as a counsellor in a variety of ways and has provided experience to work with a variety of clients facing an array of issues. She has learned how to integrate counselling skills into each session and how to match appropriate clinical interventions with the needs of each client. Vanessa has eight years’ experience providing one-on-one interventions to children, families, couples,  groups, and adults as a crisis counsellor, counsellor, and cognitive coach.

Vanessa is dedicated to creating a practice that supports total body wellness and mental well-being. She approaches all sessions from the stance of being transparent, open, honest, and collaborative with her clients. Her education and experience in counselling has allowed her to develop tools and interventions to help people move from distress to wellness. Vanessa draws largely from response based, solution focused, narrative, mind-body, and multimodal approaches. She has a warm and empathetic approach to working with clients of all ages. Vanessa has experience addressing mental health concerns, parent/child conflict, schooling difficulties, maintaining healthy relationships, domestic violence, substance abuse, life stresses, family stress, relationship issues, risk issues, transition issues, grief and loss, trauma, and sexual health concerns. She also has knowledge regarding sex and desire and their importance for couples, as she has researched and wrote a published paper on the subject. Vanessa aspires to assist clients in processing and understanding their own circumstances in the hopes of aiding them in developing and implementing strategies to improve their quality of life.

Vanessa is up-to-date with current counselling approaches, which she allows to inform her practice, such as receiving her Gottman's Certification in the 10 Core Principles of Effective Couples Therapy. As part of her desire to remain informed of current and effective practices, Vanessa is a Trauma Informed counsellor, a response based counsellor, and a DBT informed counsellor. Vanessa also continues to engage in a variety of training to ensure she is up to date when working with different stressors, and has completed intensive ethics training to ensure the practice, case noting, and her counselling support remains ethical.

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Our Administrative Staff

Ashley Alain

Ashley Alain

Director of Client Experience

Ashley's education & experience lay in Business and HR Management. She has been working in Health Care, Human Resources and Administration since 2008, giving her a diverse set of skills and knowledge to help run our office as efficiently as possible.

Bringing creativity and connection, Ashley also comes to us with a passion for growth. It's her mission to support her fellow human beings in finding their "best life". She believes that we can all foster a more loving and compassionate journey with courage and through connection.

Her curious & compassionate nature makes her a great fit for your first Coffee & Chat meeting, where you get to learn more about what we all offer at Building Bridges Counselling Services. She will provide a safe, secure environment in which you feel empowered to get the support you need to live a better life.

Favourite quote: "Oh, don’t you worry, you will find yourself. Just follow your heart and nothing else" - Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Kelsey

Kelsey Bodell

Receptionist

Kelsey is a dedicated Administrative Assistant with a diverse educational background. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Calgary and a Business Administration Diploma from SAIT. Kelsey's career has been marked by extensive customer service experiences where her ability to connect with people and address their needs has shone through. Her work has also involved interactions with children, demonstrating her versatility and capacity to create an inviting and nurturing environment for young minds.

Kelsey's future ambitions include pursuing a Master of Counselling, driven by her desire to make a positive impact on people's lives. Known for her friendly, professional demeanour, she is considerate of others' needs and always aims to create a welcoming and supportive environment for clients and colleagues.

Outside of her professional life, Kelsey is an avid outdoor enthusiast. Hiking and yoga are two of her favourite activities, providing both a connection to nature and a sense of balance. She also has a deep appreciation for music, whether it be attending concerts & live performances or listening in the car and at home.

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