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 CHARIS                                    COUNSELLING

Our Team

Susan Grinder

Founder of Charis Counselling

Registered Psychologist

Susan Grinder is a Registered Psychologist and owner of Charis Counselling Corporation. She has been practicing in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, and healthy relationship development using Cognitive Behavioral, Narrative, Solution-Focused, and other therapeutic modalities. Susan works with children, adults, couples, and families from a Client-Centered, Existential, and Jungian philosophy. She strives to assist with clients' holistic health via self-acceptance, healing, empowerment, and mastery. She is also a First Nations counselling services provider.

Keesha Sidhu

MA in Counselling Psychology

Keesha Sidhu is a former educator with a Masters in Counselling Psychology.

She uses a Client-Centered approach in her sessions and applies tools from Cognitive Behavioural, Narrative, and Trauma Therapy. Keesha also specializes in Mindfulness and aspires to help her clients grow authentically in a positive/ safe environment while remaining culturally sensitive. 

She has experience in counselling children, adolescents, families, and adults. 



Coltan Thompson

Registered Pychologist

Coltan Thompson is a Registered Provisional Psychologist who works with trauma/PTSD, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, regulating emotions, relationship problems, existentialism  (meaning, purpose, death, life-direction), and LGBTQ+ concerns. Coltan collaborates with clients to determine which therapeutic approaches best meet their needs and prioritizes resolving the roots of problems so that clients can move beyond coping and toward change.

Coltan's practice is based in Cognitive Behavioural, Acceptance and Commitment, Emotion-Focused, EMDR, Solution-Focused, and Existential therapies. He works with teens, adults, and couples. Sliding scale options and a 15-minute initial phone consult is available .

Kyneeshaw Brightley

MA in Counselling Psychology 

Kyneeshaw Brightley offers a non-judgmental, respectful, and collaborative environment for all individuals to find dignity and genuine care. Their perspective focuses on personal strengths and integrates a trauma-informed lens for all people-- including marginalized groups. To support each person's goals, Kyneeshaw utilizes tools from Client-Centered, Rational-Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy (SFT/ SFBT), Mindfulness, and Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS). Having been on the client-end of the therapeutic relationship, Kyneeshaw knows the importance of compassion and honesty. Therefore, they are committed to assisting clients in finding what they need and feeling empowered.

Chloe Kim

Student Intern

Chloe Kim is an intern student currently pursuing her Master's in Counselling Psychology. Chloe has experience with children and adolescents with various mental health concerns. She is passionate about advocating for individuals, families, and multicultural communities to improve their mental health. Chloe is interested in various counselling modalities, but her primary focus is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). She has sharpened her skillset by completing her certificate in CBT from Beck's institution. Chloe believes every person is unique depending upon their biology, personality, background, values, and environment. Therefore, she utilizes a collaborative approach to help the client move forward to meet their therapeutic goals.

Joyce Mathews

Student Intern

Joyce Mathews (she/her) is in the final year of completing her Master of Counselling Psychology degree. Joyce provides therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She supports her clients using a respectful, non-judgmental approach that is compassionate, curious, and empathetic. 

Joyce has training in Narrative Therapy, so works collaboratively with individuals to reauthor their stories. She is effective at helping people deal with anger, depression, anxiety, grief, life transitions, and trauma. She also incorporates elements of Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, mindfulness, and self-compassion.

Joyce believes every person deserves a supportive space to be heard and wants clients to feel empowered.  

Kris Annea Ferguson

 Student Intern

Kris Annea Ferguson is a current student at Concordia University of Edmonton, completing her Bachelor of Psychology program with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She intends to complete a Master’s in Counselling and Clinical Psychology. Kris uses various approaches in working with individuals, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, and Narrative Therapy. She will work with the team at Charis Counselling to support clients in groups and individual therapy.


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