Danielle Broad MACP, Registered Psychologist

Danielle’s fascination with psychology began in high school with an interest in people and the motivations behind their behavior. After her undergraduate degree, while trying to decide which area of psychology to pursue graduate studies in, Danielle began working for Children’s Services in frontline child protection. This work was very difficult but also very rewarding. It was through this work that Danielle realized how passionate she is about working with children and youth. Witnessing the resilience of children and youth who could endure life’s most difficult experiences and still persevere sparked Danielle’s desire to do more to directly help these children and youth heal.

Danielle then completed her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree through Yorkville University. Through practicum placements in a specialized school program and private practice clinic, Danielle found her theoretical bearing in attachment and emotion-focused work with children, youth, and their parents.  It was here that Danielle learned how to teach parents to understand their children’s behaviour and start to see their functioning, or lack thereof, in a different way.  Empowering parents to be what their children needed offered visible change that both the parents and children were desiring and thankful for.  Finding an approach that was able to treat the root of the problem, not just the symptoms, has provided Danielle with the sturdy theoretical and clinical foundation that she was looking for.

Completing formal psychological assessments on an inpatient psychiatric unit solidified her calling to help parents to understand and be better equipped to support their children and to help youth understand themselves.  Acknowledging their perspectives and validating their experience through the assessment process led many youths to express their gratitude. Parents often responded with appreciation for new information and with relief that they were now more informed about what their children required moving forward.  Prompting and witnessing people make connections about themselves and others, then guiding them toward having this insight spark change, is one of the best parts of being a psychologist for Danielle.

Danielle and her husband and their young son are happy to call Red Deer home.  Danielle loves spending time with her family and friends and travelling; her favourite destination so far is Kenya, Africa.  Completing renovation projects with her husband and dabbling in interior design are a few of her other favourite past-times.

Val Fillier MACP, Registered Provisional Psychologist

Val is originally from northern Ontario, and her Alberta roots have been growing since 2006. Val’s passion with psychology started when she ended a career as a hairstylist and started a psychology degree at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario. From the first day of her introduction to psychology class, Val knew she found where she belonged. Val’s passion for helping others was so vast and so her love of children led her to complete an undergraduate degree in psychology and a Bachelor of Education degree. Val has been a classroom teacher which has provided her with immense insight into children, parents, and how family issues can impact children at school. This has provided Val with a strong back ground and interest in helping parents be successful in the challenges of raising healthy and resilient children. Val has taught various grades and has worked in post-secondary as an academic advisor and practicum coordinator. She is passionate about helping others become the best version of themselves, but teaching was not the avenue where she could utilize her skills to change lives. Val has always considered pursuing a career in mental health and so she left education to pursue a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology degree through Yorkville University. Val had a very successful practicum, and this further solidified her passion to work with adults. Empowering others was an evident strength of Val’s and her ability to meet people where they are at, has proven to be a valuable asset to her.

Val and her husband have been married for almost 13 years and they feel fortunate to call Red Deer their home. They have been blessed with 2 beautiful children who are the light of their lives. Val loves spending time with her family and friends and she enjoys cooking, cleaning, exercising, and a naturopathic mindset. Both her and her husband are in to fitness, health, and helping to create a beautiful community where we all call home.

Melissa

Born and raised in Red Deer, Melissa has always had a passion for psychology and helping others. Before starting her journey of learning, Melissa wanted to better understand and experience different cultures which led her to take two years off to travel to various countries such as Thailand, France, Italy, England, and Greece. Following her last travelling experience, she knew upon her return she wanted to go back to school to attain her Degree in Psychology.

Melissa graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with Distinction in June 2018 from the University of Calgary. During the last year of her degree, Melissa worked closely with a professor and community partners to create a research thesis. With the goal of empowering and giving a voice to those who may be struggling, Melissa created, implemented, and analyzed a poverty awareness survey that went live in Red Deer and surrounding areas. This evaluation provided her community partners with a starting point for future strategic planning regarding poverty reduction and alleviation in Red Deer. Melissa is very thankful for this opportunity as it provided meaningful work to her community.

Upon graduating, Melissa began to search for employment that could feed her passion while still balancing going for her master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. She hit the occupation jackpot as a Psychology Assistant for Dr. Jennie Psychology Group. Melissa admires and has a great deal of respect for the compassion, care, and approach that Dr. Jennie, Danielle, and Val take with their clients. Once she receives her masters, she hopes that her future will involve continued work with Dr. Jennie Psychology Group as a registered psychologist herself.

Some of Melissa’s passions outside of her job and schoolwork are to travel to new places, hike, spend quality time with family and friends, and curling up at home with good food, a movie, a book, or just having a nice nap.