Dr. Martina Kanciruk
Registered Psychologist Founder & Clinical Director
Martina is passionate about supporting the growth and development of her clients, and prides herself on building meaningful connections with them. She believes that there is a bright direction for each person and seeks to empower her clients to take steps to walk that path in their daily lives.
With comprehensive training in the most reliable assessment instruments, Martina is an expert at gaining insight on her clients through the assessment process. She is highly skilled at then applying this valuable knowledge to develop effective treatment plans to enable her clients and their families to move in their bright direction.
Dr. Martina Kanciruk completed her PhD in School and Applied Psychology at the University of Calgary. She fulfilled her doctoral internship with the Calgary Board of Education, where she worked mostly with school-aged children in an assessment and counselling capacity. She has also received training in adult assessment.
Martina has extensive counselling and intervention training, focusing on cognitive behaviour techniques. This training enables her to formulate effective treatment plans for her clients to learn how to cope effectively with a broad range of mental health challenges.
Dr. Martina Kanciruk has been practising as a Registered Psychologist for over ten years. Her early training was in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorder, when she received applied behavioural analysis training. Martina still keeps in contact with some of the families she worked with while completing her undergraduate education.
While she works primarily with children and youth, Martina is increasingly supporting adults as many of her long-term clients grow into adulthood.
Martina lives in Calgary with her husband and daughter. In her free time, she enjoys travelling and exploring new destinations around the world. Her favorite country is Thailand, and she hopes to explore Singapore and Egypt when she has an opportunity to travel again. Martina is also an avid sports fan who enjoys running and spending time outdoors.
Katie Hewitt, MSc
Registered Provisional Psychologist
Katie joins our team as a talented and highly experienced recent Master of Science in School and Applied Child Psychology graduate. She has completed her education and is a Registered Provisional Psychologist.
Katie is passionate about empowering her clients with the proper tools to reach their full potential through high-quality, relationship-first services. With comprehensive training in child development, assessment, intervention, and consultation, she understands the importance of taking a family-centered approach to care to build lasting, trusted relationships with the clients and families that she works with.
As a Registered Provisional Psychologist working towards registration as a fully-accredited Registered Psychologist, Katie is working closely with and under the supervision and mentorship of Dr. Kanciruk to build her clinical experience and further develop her skills in the field.
Katie has a Master of Science in School and Applied Child Psychology from the University of Calgary, and completed her practicum at the Calgary Board of Education. She is currently completing her supervised clinical practice as a Registered Provisional Psychologist licensed by the College of Alberta Psychologists.
Originally from Ontario, Katie received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in Family and Child studies from the University of Guelph in 2015. She moved to Calgary shortly after, while completing a graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science through Seneca College.
Katie has a strong clinical background in assessment, including a wealth of experience working with clients with neurodevelopmental disorders. She has previously worked at the Society for Treatment of Autism, where she gained experience providing early intervention services to children and their families. She has also worked in the Integrated Services in Education Clinic at the University of Calgary.
Katie has also been passionately involved with Special Olympics, where she worked to promote emotional health and positive coping strategies among individuals with intellectual disabilities. Katie’s MSc thesis examined how Special Olympic athletes cope with stress and how coping style relates to physical health.
Katie lives in Calgary with her husband and her dog, Lucy. When she isn’t working, you can find her outside enjoying the mountains, practicing yoga, reading, and traveling to new places. When she has the opportunity to travel again, Katie is looking forward to sailing around Greece.
Sarah Connolly, MC
Sarah’s desire to pursue a career in a helping profession began immediately after she completed two introductory courses in psychology during the first year of her undergraduate studies. She became particularly intrigued with child development and the many changes that occur between infancy and young adulthood.
In her practice, Sarah is always striving to create a safe and nurturing environment for her clients to self-reflect, heal and grow. After years of clinical experience, she has learned that building genuine connections, validating individual experiences, and empowering others to succeed are key elements in the process of developing a strong therapeutic relationship.
We are excited to have Sarah join our team in August of 2021!
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major in Psychology from Mount Royal University, and a Master of Counselling degree from City University of Seattle. She has been a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists since 2017, and her provisional training was completed under the supervision of Dr. Kanciruk.
Sarah is trained in and primarily utilizes cognitive behavioral, acceptance and commitment, and solution-focused techniques in her counselling approach. Her areas of interest include work with mood and anxiety disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Sarah is also enthusiastic about teaching social skills to children and teens who can benefit from direct instruction and coaching in specific social areas.
While completing her post-secondary education, Sarah was employed in residential treatment settings for nearly four years and gained valuable experience working with adolescents with a variety of mental health disorders. It was during this time that she became very passionate about her work with individuals who were preparing to transition into young adulthood.
Sarah then went on to complete her graduate level internship as a school counsellor, and provided counselling and assessment services to children of all ages. Since 2015, Sarah has gained considerable clinical experience in both counselling and psychoeducational assessment.
Sarah lives in Calgary with her husband and two young daughters. Sarah and her family vacation in Osoyoos, British Columbia every summer and enjoy travelling to other destinations as well. When travel is permitted again, Sarah would love to return to Ireland. Outside of work, she also enjoys spending quality time with her friends, gardening, and staying physically active.
Whether she’s warmly welcoming clients to our clinic, helping them by phone or email and so much more, Japneet keeps our clinic running smoothly so that our psychologists can stay focused on supporting our clients.
Japneet’s extensive customer service and health care experience combined with her ongoing education and interest in the field of Psychology make her a valuable asset in our clinic, and we are privileged to have her on our team!
Japneet graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biological Anthropology from the University of Calgary in 2019.
She is currently working towards completing her Master in Counselling Psychology degree and is preparing to start her practicum next year as a psychology student.
Japneet has a strong background in customer service, and worked in various health service roles prior to joining our team shortly after the opening of our clinic. She has also volunteered with Alberta Health Services in emergency and psychiatric departments for several years.
During her undergraduate degree, Japneet designed and conducted her own research project examining natal attraction and infant handling in black and white colobus monkeys in Ghana, which furthered her interest in evolutionary behavioral science and psychology.
Japneet grew up in Calgary and currently lives with her parents and younger brother. In her free time, she loves to read, dance, go hiking in the Rockies, and travel. When she has the opportunity to travel again, she looks forward to visiting Italy with her best friend for a belated graduation trip.
Japneet recently adopted a tiny Biewer Yorkie puppy named Rue, and she is happy to show off pictures of her adorable new pup to everyone that wants to see!