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Meet the TEAM

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Dr. Cindy Medeiros-Connors, PsyD, MACP, BSCJ

CEO of Beyond the Cycle Trauma and Wellness Clinic

CEO of Monarch Child and Family Therapy Inc.

 

Cindy has a PsyD (Doctor of Psychology in Grief Counselling) 

(Specializing in Grief & Loss / Trauma).

Cindy also holds a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology, and a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice & Organizational Leadership

 

Registered / Certified and Trained in the following Specialties:

  • Certified EMDR Specialist (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) (for: Children, Youth and Adults)

  • ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy)

  • Advanced BLAST Hypnotherapy

  • Play Therapy / Sandplay / Art Therapy / Sensorimotor Therapy

  • Mindfulness  / Solution Focused

  • Complex Trauma / Clinical / Intergenerational Trauma 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT)

  • Circle of Security (Facilitator) - Attachment Based Therapy for Parents/Caregivers

 

Cindy is registered with several associations which include: 

  • Registered with The Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta; (ACTA), soon to be under CAP (College of Alberta Psychologists) as a Counselling Therapist.

  • Registered C.C.C with The Canadian Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) as a Canadian Certified Counsellor.

  • Registered & Certified EMDR Therapist with EMDR CANADA & EMDRIA Association

  • Registered with ART (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) Rosenzweig Centre for Rapid Recovery

  • Specialized Play Therapist with the Play Therapy Training Academy of Australia

  • Certified Advanced BLAST Practitioner with Warwickshire School of Hypnotherapy​

  • Trained Facilitator in Circle of Security - Attachment Based for Parents & Caregivers 

Cindy has worked with Children, Adolescents and Families for 21 years; which includes 13 years of direct counselling and therapy services to children, adolescents, adults and families and 11 years in Critical Response, Forensic Interviewing, and Crisis Intervention Work. 

 

 

 

Cindy specializes in Therapy services for Children, Youth and Adults, while utilizing specialized approaches and professional therapist modalities that work within complex trauma, behavioural and Conduct disorders, stress, anxiety, emotional disorders, attachment, disassociation and parent / family supportive services.

 

Cindy has significant experience working within crisis intervention / first responder, and Child Intervention services. This included working with families directly involved with Government Intervention Services and Court related processes (such as Voice of the child; divorce or separation; custody & access; child intervention cases, and direct parent / family support).

 

Cindy currently provides Therapy services to children/youth within the ages of 3-18 years of age, as well as Therapy to Adults and Family Therapy.  As well as Parental and Family support services.

 

Cindy's approach is a combination of Eclecticism and Multitheoretical approach; this framework allows a combined intervention from more than one theoretical source based on the client's individual needs, which allows techniques based on their efficiency/effectiveness. 

 

Clientele: Children, Youth, Adults, Family Support, Assessments

Cindy completed her PsyD (Doctor of Psychology in Grief Counselling) with Breyer State Theology University. Completing a required Dissertation and studies for 1.5 yrs, as well as attended Yorkville University for 2 yrs of studies in the Doctor of Counselling Psychology DCP program). Cindy completed a Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University. 

Breyer State Theology University meets the requirements for code 1005.06 (1)(f) set by the Department of Education Florida,  Commission on Independent Education. Accreditation is a voluntary process, and in fact, the U.S.A Department of Education states that accreditation itself is a voluntary process. There is no mandate by federal law for a School, College or University to be accredited. Many good schools are not accredited. Also, each accreditor has its own unique standards and, thus, there is no national consistency in institutional accreditation. Accreditation in the United States is awarded by non-US governmental agencies. Again, accreditation is strictly a voluntary option in the United States and many high-quality, legitimate and legal Colleges and Universities and other institutions of higher education operate today without accreditation. You can access the website of the U.S. Department of Education

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Sara Sheaves-FordMACP (IP), BPsyh

 

Sara Sheaves-Ford is currently completing a masters Degree in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, and holds a BA Degree in Psychology.

 

For the last two years, Sara provides counselling to students within the FMCSD, and is part of our team providing therapeutic services to children, youth and families.

Sara has 15 years of experience working within AHS (Alberta Health Services) as a child and youth development specialist, working alongside Dr. Goulden (now retired Developmental Pediatrician).

Sara is also a Circle of Security Facilitator.

Areas of Practice: Sara's modality approach consists of narrative therapy, CBT, Emotion Focused, DBT, and Mindfulness approaches.

 

Clientele: Children, Youth, Family Support

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Trudy FinnsonRPsych (Clinical Psych), MEd

 

Trudy is a Metis Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologist, and has over 30 years of experience providing services in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba.

 

Her clinical practice includes the following settings: education, mental health, private practice, and child and family services. 

 

She holds a Master’s of Education degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Manitoba, specializing in psychoeducational assessments as well as career assessments and post secondary exploration. 

 

She has trained/certified in many modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Creative Expressive Art Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Trauma Informed Practices. 

As a proud member of the Metis community, Trudy works from a strength based, culturally sensitive approach and integrates various therapeutic techniques when connecting with others.  She strives to foster a safe, supportive, and non-judgemental space for those finding a need to heal and grow.  Trudy takes great pleasure in relating with people, learning from their stories, and supporting them in ways that best suit their needs.  

Areas of her practice includes the following: Anxiety, Depression, Grief and Loss, Trauma, Educational Assessments.

Clientele: Youth (10 yrs and up), Family Support

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Angela FontaineMACP, BEd, BHLsc, BA

 

 

Angela Fontaine was born and raised in Fort McMurray. 

Angela’s academic background includes a BA Sociology degree/Health Science degree in Addictions Counselling from the University of Lethbridge, BA Education Degree from the University of Alberta and Masters in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University.

 

Working 13 yrs with the Catholic School board as a teacher, with the last 2 yrs working as a school counsellor,

 

Areas of Practice: Angela likes to use modalities such as Narrative Therapy, MCBT, CBT and DBT in a collaborative approach when working with children, parents and families struggling with mental health issues.

 

Angela is passionate about connecting and building relationships with the clients she is working with by individualizing their wellness journey to their specific needs.

Clientele: Children, Youth, Family Support

 

 

 

 

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