Contributor Bios

E-Book Authors/Editors

Gina Ko, PhD, RPsych

Pronouns: she/her

I am a Registered Psychologist in the province of Alberta and have a private practice wherein I infuse socially just and culturally responsive practices with a diversity of clients. I identify as a Chinese Canadian and came to Canada as a refugee from Vietnam at the age of two years old. I teach part-time with Athabasca University in their Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology program. My research interest pertains to racialized and minoritized clients’ experiences in counselling. I am an activist and speak out against anti-Asian racism and racism facing many racialized communities. Here are my private practice and podcast websites: and


Murray Anderson, PhD, RPsych

Pronouns: he/him/his

I am an assistant professor in the Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University. I previously worked as a social program officer and psychologist at Island Health in Victoria, providing outreach services to people dealing with mental health and addiction issues. My research interests include gender and identity, stigma, masculinity, hoarding/clutter concerns, and alternative forms of music. I also maintain a small private practice focusing on work with couples and counsellor supervision.

Sandra Collins, PhD, RPsych

Sandra Collins, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Pronouns: she/her

I am a professor of counselling psychology in the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology, Faculty of Health Disciplines at Athabasca University. I have focused my research, writing, and teaching, over the length of my career, on multicultural counselling and social justice. I have also specialized in counsellor education, including online and blended delivery and open learning resource development. I write from the perspective of a lesbian, cisgender, middle-class woman with an invisible disability, who is near retirement age and inhabits a privileged social location. I am also positioned by my European heritage and consequent colonial relationship to Indigenous peoples, and my atheist worldview.

Yevgen Yasynskyy, MEd, MSc, BCom

Pronouns: he/him

My work passion is instructional design and use of technology in education. I have worked in different roles related to online course and program delivery for over 17 years. My goal is to make online learning more interesting, engaging, and motivating, while aligning it with curriculum outcomes and assessment strategies. In my spare time I enjoy discovering new places, meeting new people, and learning about different cultures while camping or travelling. Being involved in this project pushed my boundaries and beliefs and helped me grow personally and professionally.

Professional Editor

L. Chris Fox, PhD


Pronouns: she/her

I have been a social justice activist in queer, feminist, and union movements. I also worked as an engineering assistant in Vancouver for 20 years while finishing my B.A. and M.A. at Simon Fraser University, before taking my Ph.D. in English at the University of Victoria. My research focused on intersectional queer women’s postmodern Canadian novels. I have taught academic writing and literature at the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser U., and Royal Roads U. My business, Fox Edits (, specializes in editing academic work for publication. My own writing has appeared in activist alternative periodicals, peer-reviewed scholarly journals, and literary magazines. I acknowledge my white, cisgender, and european privilege, and I thank the Lekwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, on whose traditional and unceded territories I live, in Victoria, with my partner (now wife) of 41 years, author Arleen Paré; our children and grandchildren live in Vancouver. HÍSW̱ḴE.


We deeply grateful to the many colleagues who have contributed experiential learning activities, commentaries, and applied practice examples on different topics to enhance the diversity of voices in this ebook and to bring to life a wide range of client experiences and counselling practices. Their contributions have enhanced significantly the quality of this ebook, broadened its cultural relevance and responsivity, and strengthened substantively its breadth and depth. We provide direct links to each person’s contributions below, except for videos created by Athabasca University faculty for earlier versions of our counselling skills and techniques course.

Josie Auger, PhD

Pronouns: she/her, they/their

I have been at Athabasca University since 2018. I am an Associate Professor in Indigenous Studies in Nukskahtowin and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. I am from Treaty 8 and a nehiyaw iskwew* who served as an elected official for Bigstone Cree Nation (2014-2018). After reading Sarah Deer (2015) I thought to myself, if we cannot self-determine our sexual experiences, how can we self-determine our lives? To answer this research question, I recruited five Indigenous women who had already been on a healing journey and they referred other Indigenous women. I worked with eleven Indigenous women. Together the group discussed the invasion of sexual boundaries. The topic allowed me to explore self-determination and sovereignty. The research followed cultural protocols and involved ceremony to support the nehiyaw iskwewak. *Nehiyaw iskwewak is a nehiyawewin (Cree language) term to describe four dimensional female beings; the four dimensions are the mind, body, spirit, and emotions. Nehiyaw iskwew is the singular form.

Ana Azevedo, PhD, MBA

Pronouns: she/her

I am an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business at Athabasca University, where I teach MBA courses in Visionary and Entrepreneurial Thinking and New Venture Development. Previously, I worked at the University of Texas at El Paso, Florida A&M University, and the University of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum. Since 2003 I have been investigating how to promote skills development and work readiness in students, business leaders, and entrepreneurs. During 2016–2017 I developed and tested a new training program in cultural intelligence (CQ) that can be used to accelerate the development of intercultural competence as well as key future skills. Since 2015 I am also a Certified Cultural Intelligence Facilitator. My current research interests include management education, cultural diversity, and entrepreneurship. I am passionate about promoting skills development, cultural intelligence, and entrepreneurial thinking among working professionals.

Daljit-Gill Badesha, MA, EdD (Candidate)

Pronouns: she/her

I am a seasoned leader serving clients through the development of programs, research tools, best practices, policy initiatives and strategic frameworks to affect systemic change in Surrey and beyond. Additionally, I have provided expertise to many local, regional, and provincial advisory committees and have presented my work nationally and internationally. I bring several decades of experience in the nonprofit and government sectors that allows me to contribute a rich and diverse perspective worldview.

Janelle Baker, PhD

Pronouns: she/her

I am of Métis ancestry and an Assistant Professor in Anthropology at Athabasca University. My research is on sakâwiyiniwak (Northern Bush Cree) experiences with wild food contamination in Treaty No. 8 territory, which is an area of extreme extraction of bitumen and forests. In this context, I collaborate with Bigstone Cree Nation environmental monitors using community-based methods and ethnoecology to test moose and water samples, while partnering with microbiologists who use a metagenomics approach to study the composition of microbiomes to map the source of potential harmful contaminants. I am also co-PI with Métis anthropologist Zoe Todd on a project that is restor(y)ing land use governance and bull trout population health in a contested area of the Rocky Mountain foothills in Alberta, Canada. I am the North American Representative on the Board of Directors for the International Society of Ethnobiology and a Co-Editor of Ethnobiology Letters, a diamond open-access online peer-reviewed journal. I am the winner of the 2019 Canadian Association for Graduate Studies – ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award, Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences category.

Leah Beech, MSc, RPsych

Pronouns: she/her

I am a Registered Psychologist in Calgary, Alberta. I received my M.Sc. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary where I completed my master’s thesis research on couples’ small stories about resolving conflicts. I belong to a group private practice in Calgary where I work with individual adults and couples.

White Northern Lights Woman, Elaine Berwald 

Pronouns: she/her

My name is White Northern Lights Woman, Elaine Berwald. I have been studying Indigenous Teachings for over 25 years as I reclaim my Indigenous heritage. My past training and employment include work in medical office management and human resources, which have helped to shape my current passions and work as an Indigenous Cultural Liaison, Knowledge Keeper, Grandmother/Elder, and Indigenous child welfare consultant. It has allowed me to incorporate and use two-eyed seeing in my continued work as an advocate, public speaker, and facilitator on several important topics regarding Indigenous culture. My teachings maintain and place focus on a global Indigenous perspective. My maternal line is Restigouche Northern New Brunswick, and my paternal line is Selkirk Establishment. I make my home in Niagara.

Jason Brown, PhD, RPsych

Pronouns: he/his

Jason Brown is a psychologist and professor of counselling in the Faculty of Education at Western University. Jason has a small private practice. He is the author of Anti-Oppressive Counseling and Psychotherapy (2019) and Community Development in Canada (3rd ed., forthcoming).

Jeff Chang, PhD, RPsych

Jeff Chang, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Pronouns: he/his

I am Chinese Canadian man, born in Vancouver at the trailing edge of the baby boom. I am an associate professor in the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology at Athabasca University. I also work as a therapist and clinical supervisor at Calgary Family Therapy Centre and maintain a private practice. My work as a researcher, a clinical supervisor, a psychologist, an advocate, and a workshop presenter-trainer intersect in my interest in improving services for families immersed in high-conflict separation and divorce. I am also passionate about clinical supervision, children’s and school-based mental health, and postmodern therapeutic approaches such as narrative and solution-focused therapy.

Ivana Djuraskovic, PhD, RPsych

Ivana Djuraskovic, Ph.D.. R.Psych

Pronouns: she/her

I am a registered psychologist in Alberta Health Services in Calgary, Alberta. I have extensive training and experience counselling refugees and immigrants, and individuals who are struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, and other clinical issues. I work with diverse populations, and I supervise masters and doctoral practicum students. I have published in peer-reviewed journals and books. I have presented my research at both national and international conferences, and I received the Canadian Psychological Association Dissertation Award for my doctoral dissertation. My research interests include acculturation, cultural identity reconstruction, refugee counselling, refugee women’s issues, and cross-cultural transitions. Currently, I am a permanent adjunct faculty at City University of Seattle (Calgary Campus), and a sessional instructor at Athabasca University, Yorkville University, and St. Mary’s University College. In my free time, I read, spend time with my husband and son, ski, and ride a motorcycle. I enjoy nature, new places, and “growing” my home library.


Emily Doyle, PhD, RPsych

Emily Doyle, Ph.D., R. Psych.

Pronouns: she/her

I am a registered psychologist, family therapist, and supervisor at the Calgary Family Therapy Centre, and an academic coordinator and instructor for the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology at Athabasca University. From my positions of academic, white, and cisgender privilege, I’m drawn to approaches to therapy and research that trouble the taken-for-granted in the institutional organization of our practices in counselling individuals and families. These include institutional ethnography, narrative therapy, systemic family therapy, and other social constructionist ways to look at my looking to see what I’m seeing.

Anita Girvan, PhD

Pronouns: she/her/they/their

I am an assistant professor of Cultural Studies at Athabasca University in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Working in the fields of the cultural politics of climate change and metaphors, I am interested in exploring how we create worlds through relations of power in terms of, race, ecology, and (de)colonization. Beyond the academic realm of scholarly writing, I also experiment with spoken word and musical compositions, tapping into a rich tradition of IBPOC ways of sustaining life in troubled times.

Brandin Glos

Pronouns: he/him

I am a PhD student in Adult Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor, Canada.  In addition to cognitive behavioural and emotion-focused therapy, I have received training as an integrative psychotherapist.  During my clinical training, I have had the opportunity to work with Syrian refugee clients with the assistance of a language interpreter. My research focuses on the MeToo Movement and cultural discourses surrounding sexual violence.

Lisa Gunderson, PhD, RCC

Lisa Gunderson, Ph.D., R.C.C.

Pronouns: she/her

I am the founder of One Love Consulting and an award-winning educator and equity consultant for families, educational, and organizational institutions. Under OLC, I am a registered clinical counsellor and intern supervisor at LÁU, WELNEW Elementary Tribal School in British Columbia. In 2017 I became the part-time associate program director for the City University of Seattle, Master of Counselling program in Victoria. I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Southern California, and for the past 20 years I have focused on multicultural issues for racialized populations, including ethnic identity in the US and Canada. Prior to immigrating to Canada seven years ago, I was a tenured professor of psychology and a licensed California psychologist. I live in Victoria with my partner and two children. I am of Jamaican ancestry and grew up primarily throughout the US and Jamaica. I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, travelling, baking, and watching movies.

Michael Anthony Hart, PhD, MSW

Pronouns: he/him I am a proud citizen of Fisher River Cree Nation in central Turtle Island. In 2018 I moved to the University of Calgary to be the inaugural Vice-Provost of Indigenous Engagement and a professor in the Faculty of Social Work. From 2012 to 2018 I held a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledges and Social Work through the University of Manitoba. I led the development of the Master of Social Work in Indigenous Knowledges program at the University of Manitoba and was the first Director of the program. My research focuses on Indigenist helping perspectives, theories, and practices. I hold a BSW, MSW, and PhD in Social Work from the University of Manitoba, as well as a BA in Psychology from the University of Manitoba.

Mateo Huezo, MC, RPsych

Mateo Huezo, M.C.

Pronouns: they/them/he/him/

I am a clinical counsellor, activist, researcher, writer, and teacher. I am actively involved across various projects focused on queer, trans, and ethnoracial group mental health, research, education, and advocacy. I believe in shifting the narratives about nondominant cultural experiences from one of disprivilege to one that centres minority voice as a source of strength, identity, and resilience. Check out the e-book I created for the trans community, based on my master’s research: The trans community says . . .

Nada Hussein

Pronouns: she/her

I am an Egyptian and a psychology undergraduate student at the University of Windsor, Canada. My research interest is in the area of multicultural counselling. I am an active member of Dr. Kuo’s Multicultural Clinical and Counselling Research Group (MCCRG), and I am assisting with several research projects in this research lab, including the “International Cultural Stress Coping” project and “Cultural Immersion as a Multicultural Training Intervention.” I aspire to become a professor of Psychology in the future, and I wish to focus on the application of therapy for, and study of, acculturation among Middle Easterners in Canada.


Melissa Jay, PhD, RPsych

Melissa Jay, Ph.D. Candidate

Pronouns: she/her

I am a Nehiyaw-Métis member of the Métis Nation of Alberta, a registered psychologist, and an assistant professor at Athabasca University. I celebrate all Indigenous Peoples who care for Turtle Island. I am grateful to live, work, and play on the sacred lands now called Canmore with my spouse and rescue-therapy dog, where I am co-owner of Canmore Counselling & Trauma-Informed Yoga Psychology School.

Ben Kuo, PhD, RPsych

Pronouns: he/him

I am a Professor of Adult Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor, Canada, and a registered psychologist in Ontario. I received my master’s degree from the University of Toronto-OISE and my Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA. I publish research in the areas of multicultural counselling and training and cross-cultural psychology, examining the intersection between culture, psychology, and mental health. My clinical experience extends to clients of diverse backgrounds, including immigrants, refugees, and international students; I regularly teach and supervise clinical psychology graduate students in multicultural counselling and psychotherapy courses and practica. With my expertise, I have taught, lectured, and undertaken distinguished visiting professorships in Taiwan, China, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Brazil, U.S., U.K., and Canada. Moreover, I am an active communicator and speaker at various conferences and events for public, community, health, and religious organizations and audiences. Finally, I am a recipient of many awards from the University of Windsor, including the Outstanding Research Award: Establish Research/Scholar Category in 2017; the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Science’s Dr. Kathleen E. McCrone Teaching Award in 2017; and most recently the Mary Lou Dietz Equity Leadership Award in 2019.

Sandra LaCroix (nee Twin), MEd

Pronouns: she/her

I live and work on the traditional territories of the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples. I am Woodland Cree (nêhiyaw) from Swan River Nation in Kinuso, Alberta on my father’s side and French on my mother’s side. I have a Bachelor’s of Canadian History degree from the University of Calgary (2002) and a Master of Education degree in Counselling in Aboriginal Communities from the University of Victoria (2011). I also have a certificate in the Indigenous Family Support Worker program from Camosun College (2005). I am currently working for Island Health as the Indigenous Liaison person within Mental Health and Substance Use access services.


Heather Macdonald, PhD, RPsych

Heather Macdonald, Ph.D., R. Psych,

Pronouns: she/her

I am a registered psychologist and clinical fellow with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy currently employed as an associate director and internship coordinator at City University. I have been working with at-risk children and teens for the last 20 years. I opened my own private practice 12 years ago and, more recently, completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology. I bring an understanding of child and adolescent development, supervisory and management experience, teaching/training facilitation experience, and a wealth of knowledge in connecting with children and teenagers about their educational and socioemotional needs. My own personal journey with a learning disability gives me an inside view of what children experience in their day-to-day academic journeys. Using my own journey to find an optimal learning and healing environment, I discovered the importance of secure attachment, of having an environment where the brain is allowed to change and grow, and of families, communities, and governments working together.

Mariam Mahdi, PhD, RPsych

Pronouns: she/her

I am an Iraqi Canadian. I began my primary education in Iraq and completed my primary and secondary education in Dubai before enrolling at the University of Windsor, Canada. I am currently an undergraduate student at the University of Windsor and will soon graduate with a B.A. (Honours) in Psychology, with a thesis. My thesis project focused on psychological help-seeking among culturally diverse university students from the perspectives of acculturation, enculturation, and stigma. I aspire to become a clinical psychologist who supports clients with post-traumatic stress disorder and specializes in multicultural psychology.

Stephanie Nardone

Pronouns: she/her

I am a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Windsor. My research focuses on emotion change processes, including the role of emotion in psychotherapy. In 2016 and 2017, I received the University of Windsor Board of Governors medal for outstanding academic achievement. My goal is to pursue a career combining psychotherapy process research with clinical practice.

Simon Nuttgens, PhD, RPsych

Simon Nuttgens, PhD, RPsych

Pronouns: He/him

I am an associate professor with Athabasca University’s Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology. My areas of research interest include counselling ethics, postmodern approaches to counselling, paternal absence, and First Nations mental health. I served two years as chair of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Ethics Complaints Committee and three years as chair of the Athabasca University Research Ethics Board. I have written and presented extensively in the area of professional ethics. I provide counselling, supervision, and consultation services for a nonprofit multiservice agency in Penticton, BC.

Lyana Patrick, PhD

Pronouns: she/her

I am an Indigenous scholar and practitioner from the Stellat’en First Nation and Acadian/Scottish heritage. I have worked as an education specialist for over two decades, developing curriculum, managing education programs, and evaluating Indigenous health and education initiatives. I work together with communities to develop Indigenous-focused, collaborative research models that can transform Indigenous experiences of health, planning, and justice. I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University where my work focuses on the intersection of community planning, health, and justice.

Allison Reeves, PhD, RPsych

Pronouns: she/her

I am a Registered Psychologist in Toronto and an assistant professor in Psychology at the University of Guelph and the University of Guelph-Humber. My research looks at the impacts of complex trauma in Anishnawbe communities as well as cultural resurgence and healing. My current areas of interest are anti-oppressive psychologies and ethnocultural empathy training to reduce racial bias.

Amy Rubin, MA, RCT-C

Pronouns: she/them

I am a white, settler, queer/nonbinary, Jewish person living in L’Sitkuk/Mi’kma’ki (also known as Bear River, Nova Scotia). I work in private practice as a registered counselling therapist, and I am also a visual artist.

Monica Sesma, PhD, RSW, RMFT

Pronouns: she/her I am a social constructionist-oriented family therapist, educator, supervisor, and researcher, working as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Werklund School of Education and as the Academic Coordinator of the Couple and Family Therapy Program at the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary. I also work at the Eastside Family Centre and the Calgary Family Therapy as a therapist and supervisor. My main therapeutic and research interest focuses on relational and systemic work with immigrants, refugees, and newcomers. I pursued studies (Bachelor, Master, and PhD) in Psychology at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico and Universidad de las Americas, followed by a master’s degree in social work with clinical specialization at the University of Calgary. I am a Board Member of the Taos Institute and the Canadian Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. For more information, see my profile at:

Lisa Thompson, MC, RPsych (provisional)

Pronouns: she/her

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist, holding a Master of Counselling in Art Therapy from Athabasca University. I completed my training at Eastside Family Centre and the Calgary Family Therapy Centre and currently work with children, youth, couples, and families in a private practice in Calgary, AB.

Jon Woodend, PhD, RPsych (provisional)

Pronouns: he/him

I am a Lecturer in Guidance, Counselling and Career Development at James Cook University in Australia. I am a registered provisional psychologist in Alberta, and my research program focuses on working with newcomers, including international students and their accompanying partners, and with immigrant workers to understand their international career transitions. In my counselling practice, I have worked in secondary and post-secondary settings with diverse populations, including international students, for academic, career, and personal concerns.

Gina Wong, PhD, RPsych

Gina Wong, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Pronouns: she/her

I am an associate professor in the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology at Athabasca University. I am dedicated to galvanizing maternal mental health and wellness endeavours in Canada for women in the perinatal period of life. I am certified by Postpartum Support International and have trained in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMAD) in advanced clinical skills. I have authored/edited three books: Counsellor Know Thyself: Growing Ourselves, Shaping our Professional Practice (Wong, 2010); Moms Gone Mad: Motherhood and Madness Oppression and Resistance (Wong, 2012); and Mothering in East Asian Communities: Politics and Practices (Duncan & Wong, 2014); and have developed the PMAD educational curriculum for the Baby Box University. In my passion for parent-child relational well-being, I research an early parenting intervention program, and have trained as a Circle of Security® Parenting educator, and conduct Circle of Security assessment and treatment planning. I also serve as an expert witness in maternal filicide cases in Canada.

Dr. Sophie Yohani, PhD, RPsych

Pronouns: she/her

I am a registered psychologist and associate professor of Counselling Psychology in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. I have training in global mental health, elementary education, and experience in community psychology, program development, and community-based research. I maintain an interest in multicultural issues in counselling psychology, international psychology, childhood and adult trauma, the psychosocial adaptation of immigrants and refugees, hope/resiliency, and community-based participatory approaches. My current research focuses on the mental health and psychosocial adaptation of African and Middle Eastern refugees influenced by pre- and post-migration experiences and program/policy implications in education, healthcare, and community settings. I also engage in interdisciplinary research with colleagues in Canada, focusing on the wellbeing of African/Black communities. As a healthcare practitioner, researcher, and advocate, my work over the last 20 years has ranged from providing individual psychotherapy and assessments in traditional clinical settings (in private practice, schools, community agencies, and hospitals) to mental health promotion, research, and training within community settings. I previously served as the director of the Counselling Centre in the Division of Clinical Services (Faculty of Education) at the University of Alberta. I have worked to bring attention to underrepresented groups’ mental health through spearheading programs, training, and collaborating with others at the provincial and national levels. I have supervised and mentored psychologists in Canada, and my birth country, Tanzania, where I regularly serve as a visiting professor.

Michael Yudcovitch, MA, RPsych

Pronouns: he/him

I am a registered psychologist and independent filmmaker, I am bi-racial (Black and White), of Polish-Jamaican ancestry, and I was born in Calgary, Alberta. My journey as a counsellor began in 2001, and my journey as a filmmaker began in 2011. I co-own a psychology practice, with my spouse and rescue-therapy dog, where I channel my passions for counselling and storytelling into empowering my clients to be the heroes of their journeys.

Don Zeman, PhD, RPsych

Don Zeman, Ph.D., R. Psych.

Pronouns: he/him

I am a registered psychologist in Alberta, where I am a settler on Treaty 6 land. I have been a healthcare professional for over 30 years, first as a chiropractor (11 years), then as a sport mental trainer/sport psychologist, becoming a counsellor and psychologist most recently. Before that I was a professional figure skater and did about 5,000 performances in pair and solo skating in over 50 countries. These experiences contribute to my current social constructionist, queer, and feminist perspectives, which I bring into my teaching and counselling. Currently, I am an instructor with three online Master of Counselling programs and an adjunct associate professor in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, and I supervise Registered Provisional Psychologists in Alberta. I am intrigued by, and curious about, how we use language, receive it, and take it up in counselling conversations and our lives.


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