Joseph St.Paul Graham MC:AT, CCC, RCAT
Joseph Graham is a Canadian Certified Counsellor and Registered Art Therapist who has worked in the Yukon since 2001. Joseph helps people and families of all ages to communicate difficult issues and to face their challenges in an inspired and creative way.
Joseph has professional training and experience with individual, couples, group and family counselling on a range of issues including trauma, grief and loss, relationships, transitions, attachment, addictions and meaning making. With compassion and creativity, Joseph offers professional problem solving for people wanting efficient, positive change.
Pat Bragg, BA, BEd
Pat has extensive experience in the field of peacemaking, conflict resolution, mediation, parenting assessment, and clinical training. She has worked as a mediator in both public and private practice for over 20 years. Pat’ s qualifications include degrees in English Literature, Counselling and Education and a Teaching and School Administration Certificate. She has been certified in negotiation and mediation skills through the Justice Institute of British Columbia’ s Conflict Resolution Program and Child Protection Mediation. She has been certified to use and train others in the Virginia Satir Model of Counselling by the Satir Professional Development Institute of Manitoba.
A valued member of the Conflict Resolution/Peacemaking community in Canada, she has presented her work at the national level at many conferences. Most recently, Pat has worked for as a family mediator, parent coach and evaluator, with official designation from the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of Manitoba, Canada at Family Conciliation in Winnipeg. The current focus of her private practice is parent coaching and coordination, personal injury mediation, family mediation and personal growth coaching. She continues to train therapists in Dubai, Turkey and the Kingdom of Bahrain. Pat believes in supporting individuals, couples and families to weather conflict and changes in their circumstances.
Tayo Adamek, MA, Registered Provisional Psychologist
Tayo is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and has experience working with all ages. Tayo has experience and training in various modalities including Trauma Informed Therapy, EMDR, Attachment-Focused Therapy, CBT, and Mindfulness and Somatic-Based approaches and has experience working with many areas including trauma and PTSD, dissociation, anxiety, depression, attachment, and suicide. Tayo is a Yukoner who draws on his diverse community experience in his clinical work in Whitehorse and northern rural areas.
He believes we hold the ability to heal, improve our lives and find meaning and is honoured to be a part of his client's journey on this path. Tayo provides an open, safe, collaborative and welcoming space and prioritizes the very important relationship between client and counsellor in his work to tailor his services to meet your specific needs. As a therapist, he works with people in a deeply meaningful and impactful way.
Kat Roberts, MA, B.ED, MACP, CCC Canadian Clinical Counsellor, Registered Provisional Psychologist
Kat works collaboratively with her clients to help them identify and map out goals to improve relationships, to understand and manage mental health, and to optimize health. She is dedicated to developing person oriented, culturally sensitive and nonjudgemental working alliances.
Kat works with youth, adults, couples and families to support well being through attention to psychological, physical, social and emotional variables that influence how people are able to cope and manage.
Her theoretical approach is eclectic and person centred and her work with clients is influenced by culturally informed, attachment based, psychodynamic, bio-psychosocial, cognitive behavioural, solution focused and trauma informed practices.
Kat has completed a master’s degree in Anthropology through the University of Victoria, a B.Ed degree through the University of British Columbia, and a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology through Yorkville University. She is a registered provisional Psychologist with the Alberta College of Psychologists.
Kat is passionate about travel, outdoor experiences and time with family and friends. She is curious, enthusiastic about learning and supporting others to feel better.
Cheryl Maguire, C.C.C., RSW, Art Therapist
Cheryl is a Certified Canadian Counsellor, Registered Social Worker and Professional Art Therapist. She was born and raised in the Yukon and is a proud member of Tr'ondëk Hwëchin. She recently graduated from Adler University in the Master of Counselling Psychology – Art Therapy program and has an undergraduate degree in Social Work.
Cheryl has experience working with children, youth, adults and seniors dealing with various social issues. She takes a trauma-informed, person-centred, positive psychotherapy and holistic approach to help her clients reach counselling goals. Cheryl recognizes the importance of exploring and honouring an individuals' interconnection to their family, community, and environment as fundamental to their well-being.
As a counselling art therapist, she sees art-making as a creative process that can lead to the expression of thoughts and feelings that may otherwise be difficult to communicate. Embarking on this journey can lead to problem-solving, insight, self-awareness, improved self-esteem, lower stress, and enhanced interpersonal skills.
Cheryl uses various art mediums such as acrylic, watercolour, pastel, charcoal, pencil, clay and traditional art forms such as beadwork and textile arts. She assists her clients to connect with their creative source, their potential and true nature, and through the process, improve their well-being emotionally, mentally, physically and spiritually.
Sara Galbraith, MC, Registered Psychologist
Sara grew up in Whitehorse and began her journey in the helping profession over fifteen years ago. She has begun working on her doctorate in clinical psychology and has been a registered psychologist through the College of Alberta Psychologists for 6 years.
Sara works with children, youth, adults and families and common presenting issues have included complex trauma, attachment and relationships, addictions, mental health, neurodiversity, life transitions, grief and the frequent overlap of some of these challenges. While a client-centred approach is at the core of her practice, Sara is trained in and employs a in a variety of therapeutic modalities including: expressive arts and therapeutic play, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral approach, solution-focused approach, narrative, acceptance and commitment therapy, and family based interventions (i.e. Filial therapy, Theraplay, and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy). She is trained in assessment and has and experience in providing clinical supervision to other counsellors.
Sara is passionate about helping individuals to explore the possible, to reconnect with themselves in a healthy and meaningful way and to support them in recognizing their natural gifts and purpose. In her spare time, she loves spending time with loved ones and being active and playing outside.
Hailey Birnie, MACP, CCC
Hailey is a certified counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. Hailey works with adults, couples, and youth ages 12+.
Hailey was born and raised in the Yukon and after living down south for several years she returned to the Yukon in 2017. She has enjoyed working in Hollywood and has a passion for creating through film, television, and music. She also enjoys spending time outdoors on personal adventures, and professionally while supporting groups and youth.
Hailey has experience and professional training in trauma, addictions, sexual assault, grief/loss, self-harm, abuse, domestic violence, life transitions, separation/divorce, therapeutic recreation activity, wilderness therapy, physical health and wellness, outpatient disordered eating, and workplace and family issues.
Hilary Calnan, MA
Hilary is a Canadian Certified Counsellor-Qualifying. Hilary recognizes that we all want to understand and be understood, guiding people towards clarity in the midst of their difficulty with a balance of support and challenge. Hilary's depth of experience with restorative practice includes diverse multi-culturalism, speaking fluent German and French. The Yukon is home to Hilary's multigenerational family and they care about its’ spruce, its' moose and its' people. Hilary connects her experience on the land and water to her natural, person-centered counselling style. Hilary's vast experience is in Experiential Education as a teacher and as a river guide. She also holds a Master’s in Counselling Psychology which allows her to combine the best of both practices. Hilary offers individual counselling for children youth and adults, including parenting and family dynamics”
Kyla Vanstone, Practicum Student
Kyla is completing her internship for her Master’s in Counselling Psychology at Northern Focus. Kyla is a lifelong Northerner who has experience working throughout the North. She started her career immersed in land-based healing practices related to addiction recovery, and trauma. Kyla assists clients in resourcing their physical strengths and returning to their body; as well as developing emotional awareness and communication skills. Kyla is pursuing further studies in couples therapy and EMDR- a trauma focused therapy.