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Counselling Team

Donna George - Coordinator

I have been the Coordinator of Counselling and Wellness since 2014. I received both my Bachelor of Social Work and my Master of Social Work (Leadership) from the University of Calgary and I am a Registered Clinical Social Worker. I have been a practicing social worker in Calgary for 25 + years and have worked in the fields of domestic violence and women's issues/women's health.

I believe strongly in the importance of working collaboratively, both in a counselling relationship as well as with colleagues. I approach all interactions with people from a position of Appreciative Inquiry. From a counselling perspective, I access a variety of modalites including a strength based counselling approach, solution focused therapy as well as narrative therapy. I am always amazed by the strength and determination that people exhibit when faced with challenging situations and am grateful for being allowed to be a part of someone's journey.

Alana Thibault

Hi, I'm Alana and I've been a counsellor at Bow Valley College for 5 years. I received both my Bachelor Degree in Psychology and my Master of Science specializing in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary, and I have been a Registered Psychologist in Alberta since 2010.

My approach to counselling is informed by solution focused and cognitive -behavioral therapy, but mostly I take an existential approach to therapy and to life generally. Life is always in a state of continuous change and transformation, and though we cannot always know or control what lies ahead of us, we can always choose to live deliberately in the face of uncertainty. As said by Viktor Frankl, "Everything can be taken from a (person) but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances". It is in realizing and utilizing this freedom that transformation can occur. I enjoy working with people towards their authentic selves, and I believe each person with whom I work is his or her own best authority. I will not tell you what you should do with your challenges, but with purpose, compassion, and humour, I will be privileged to help you discover these things for yourself. And remember, whether you're happy or you're sad, don't worry- it won't last!

Alice Charland

I have been a counsellor at Bow Valley College since 2009. I am a Registered Social Worker and graduated at University of Alberta with a Masters of Theological Studies. My specialized areas of studies included Indigenous science and Psychology and Women's Studies. I enjoy working with a general population with a strength-based focus. I assist students in dealing positively with personal or academic issues including learning difficulties, stress, anxiety, depression, grief and therefore building resiliency to life's challenges. My goal is that of supporting and celebrating students' personal and academic journeys towards their choice of career.

Heather Abbott

I have been a counsellor at Bow Valley College for almost a decade and counselling for 16 years. I am a Registered Social Worker and I have a Masters in Counselling Psychology (2005) from Campus Alberta.

I love my work with the diverse students here at Bow Valley College and I feel privileged to be a part of their school and life journey. I have worked with and helped students with a variety of problems such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, life transitions, grief and loss, family and couple issues, stress management, personal growth and development, school and career issues, crisis, conflicts and trauma and referrals to other resources. In counselling, my goal is to help you overcome your barriers and assist you in finding and developing your strengths and gifts. My approach to counselling is eclectic, holistic and client centred so I draw from a number of therapeutic approaches (Narrative, CBT, Solution Focused) depending on students' needs. Whenever possible I like to integrate positive psychology into my work with students as I value the strengths based approach and enjoy uncovering the brilliant gems of resiliency and power within all. On a personal note, I try to practice what I preach and so yes, I try to eat healthy, exercise, meditate and spend quality time with family and friends. Remember, everyone has problems and struggles at time but as Nelson Mandela said, "The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." The counselling team here is here to support you in rising up so come by and see us. We look forward to meeting you.

Lindsey Fiebig

Hi, I'm Lindsey and I have been a counsellor at Bow Valley College since 2006, and I am also a provisional psychologist. I see my job as a counsellor at Bow Valley College as an opportunity to create a warm, inclusive and welcoming environment for all the students here at Bow Valley College.

I completed my Bachelor degree at Simon Fraser University, in Psychology in 2000 and a Master Degree of Science in Applied Psychology at University of Calgary in 2009. I am currently finishing up my registration as a psychologist in Alberta.

I have a background in mental health and psychoeducational assessments for students with disabilities. I have worked closely with Accessibilities Services in Learner Success Services and can be a great advocate for students who have a disability and supporting them to have success in their learning goals. In the past, I worked as an academic strategist at the University of Calgary, and therefore can help all students with academic strategies and learning how to learn.

My theoretical orientation is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which I believe helps students quickly focus on their personal and mental health goals and make lifelong changes in their lives in a manageable amount of time. I also have a background in Dialectic Behaviour Therapy and Solution-Focused Therapy. I see myself as a guide here at Bow Valley College, someone to walk beside you as you learn, and help you manage life events as they come up: personal issues, career exploration and academic learning. I love to celebrate the successes of our students who arrive with multiple barriers and leave with education, greater self-esteem and a brighter more successful future.

Steve Perron

MSc. R. Psych.

Specialty areas: Understanding stress to let it work for you, enhancement of student skills, career counselling, techniques to reduce test and other forms of anxiety, methods to deal with depression and/or past trauma. Each day brings new challenges and, even after many years of working in Student Services, I look forward to every day that I have a chance to help our students be successful in attaining their dreams. I deeply respect the courage and sacrifices our students show to improve their lives and I feel honoured to be able to help them deal with any obstacles that get in the way of their success. My varied experiences in the sciences, education, the Armed Forces, song and stage work, extensive travel, years at the college, keen interest in neuroplasticity and being a family man both enrich my life and help me to better understand others.