Meet Our Team
Linda Kelly, MSW, RSW
CEO, Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Question: What are some traits that you believe make a good counsellor?
Humility. To have made enough mistakes to understand the whys of what we, as human beings, do. Why we feel what we feel, and what motivates us to keep pushing forward no matter what.
Warmth. Being down to earth. Humour, because let's face it, sometimes life is bewildering and frustrating and insane, and laughter helps. It always helps.
I've always felt that to be a good therapist, you have to be genuine. You must be authentic and real if you expect the person in front of you to be real with you too. It is when we level with one another that true change can happen.
Seija Grant, MEd CP, RP
Question: What is one thing about counselling that people don't quite understand?
Counselling is not about an expert telling you what to do or knowing a miracle cure. It's a collaborative experience where the client and the therapist work together on the client's goals.
It's not just for people with diagnosed mental health problems. Most people could benefit from counselling at some point in their life. I would even go as far as saying EVERYONE!
Kristen Sohlman, MACP, RP
Question: What made you get into this field?
I believe that how you live your life is who you become. I made a decision to become a psychotherapist. I also made a conscious decision to do what I love and to love what I do. I like people and love advocating for others. I have chosen who I want to be through my actions, and psychotherapy represents this for me.
Kelly Graham, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Question: What's the thing that you practice as much as you preach?
What I strive to practice as much as I preach comes from a quote by the Dali Lama. If you can fix a situation, then there's no need to worry. And if you can't, then worrying won't help. We all need to worry less and relax more.
Marianne Wylie, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Question: What are your areas of interest, and why?
I truly believe that knowledge is power. When we understand why we feel and think the way that we do or learn how to cope effectively it often improves self-confidence and gives a personal sense of empowerment. I look at my own experiences, and that of people around me and my clients and see how some information can make a big difference. That is why I took such as strong interest in the areas of trauma, mental health and substance use counselling. These are areas that are often not well understood and even less understood together.
Lara Hollway, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker
Question: What has working in this field taught you?
"It takes so much bravery to show up and be vulnerable in front of someone else, especially because of hard experiences which have left us feeling isolated and like we are the only ones struggling. What working in this field has taught me is that we are more connected than we think. We are all struggling. We are all growing and healing to the best of our abilities. And it is amazing the depth of healing that is possible when we are gifted with the space to truly show up, be witnessed, and held as able."
Accounts Receivable Specialist
Question: What is one thing you find fulfilling about working in the Mental Health Industry?
The opportunity to be an agent of change. The mental health industry has a wide range of opportunities to work with various populations, such as private practice, substance abuse, mental health research, education or corporate entities to name a few. But at best, when you work in mental health, you do work that makes a person's life better.