Dr. Jennie Johnson PhD, Registered Psychologist

Dr. Jennie has always had a love of people, but it was not until she started babysitting at the age of 13 that she discovered her passion for working with children. In her high school year book, she strongly declared that she wanted to be a psychologist, without actually knowing what a psychologist really did! Thankfully, after her first child psychology class at the University of Calgary, she was hooked and it was then that she decided to become a clinical child psychologist. And, well the rest is history!

Dr. Jennie completed her PhD and internship in Ohio where she mostly worked with inner city youth. After 6 years in the US, Dr. Jennie decided she was ready to move back to Canada. After the birth of her two boys, Dr. Jennie began seeing child psychology in a whole new light. The focus on learning, behaviour, and CBT that was the foundation of her schooling did not fit her experience of parenting. Thus, she sought out an approach that was more developmental and relational in nature, and was rooted in attachment and emotion. She is excited to one day pursue a faculty position with the Neufeld Institute, which is the paradigm she adheres too.

She and her husband, along with their two young boys are proud to once again call Red Deer their home and the couple is passionate about helping people in Central Alberta.

Melissa Hillman, MACP Registered Provisional Psychologist

For as long as Melissa can remember, she 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 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 from 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.

Melissa then completed her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree through Yorkville University. Through practicum placement, Melissa found her passion in emotion-focused and attachment-based work. The power of connection and relationships are the foundation to her approach with children, youth, young adults, and parents. Melissa is passionate about learning about trauma.

Melissa finds her joy in spending time with those she loves and creating new experiences through traveling and getting out in nature. Although, sitting at home on a rainy day with a good book will always be time well spent too.

Brooklyn Moe, Registered Provisional Psychologist

Brooklyn was born and raised on a farm outside of Red Deer, Alberta. After graduating high school, she moved to Australia for a year where she worked and traveled. For as long as she can remember Brooklyn has always enjoyed working with people and knew that she one day wanted to pursue a profession in a field that supported the growth and development of individuals. Brooklyn’s own health journey and passion for nutrition led her to complete a diploma in natural nutrition, but she felt like her learning was not complete and there were too many missing pieces. Valuing a bio-psycho-social approach to wellbeing, Brooklyn decided to pursue a degree in psychology, where her focus shifted more towards mental wellbeing.

Graduating from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology, Brooklyn worked closely with a professor and various community partners during her last year to complete a research thesis focusing on evaluating, promoting, and building awareness of developmental assets and resiliency in Red Deer’s youth. This is what initially sparked Brooklyn’s interest in emotional health and the power of connection, and attachment.

Upon completing her undergrad, Brooklyn went on to work in schools as a Community Liaison Work (CLW/family school wellness) which only furthered her desire to focus on attachment and connection. After working in the school system for a couple of years, Brooklyn then decided to complete her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology degree through Yorkville University. During her practicum Brooklyn primarily worked with teens and adults experiencing crisis and trauma, allowing her to further immerse herself in a topic she is passionate about, but also diversify the age range in which she is experienced working with; However, her work with clients during her practicum remained rooted in an emotion-focused and attachment-based approach.

Shortly after graduating with her master’s, Brooklyn and her husband welcomed their second son. Being a mom to two young boys, Brooklyn finds joy and purpose in seeing and exploring the world through their eyes. With little opportunity for R and R, when afforded the time, Brooklyn can be found, reading and adapting recipes to nourish her young family, sipping a hot coffee and soaking up the warmth of the sun’s rays- no matter the season.

Josée Kykkanen MC, Registered Provisional Psychologist

Josée was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. After high school, she moved to Kingston, Ontario, to attend Queen’s University, where she graduated with honours. She was always intrigued with how the mind worked and pursued psychology, where she became captivated by the study and understanding of how intricate the mind is. After undergraduate university, Josée moved back to Alberta, where she met her husband, and with three kids at home took time away from her studies. In 2018, she continued her psychology education in pursuit of a Master of Counselling degree from Athabasca University. During her practicum, she worked with both adults and children.

Josée has also held many volunteer positions, with serving as the student representative for the PAA acting as the liaison for Athabasca University, as well as volunteering at the Edmonton’s Institute of Child’s Psychology. In addition, she has served on several boards, and is still active with the before and after care kids club for Sylvan Lake.

Josée loves hiking, going for walks, and going to the movies. She also enjoys quiet nights at home reading or watching a good show on Netflix.

Josée works with an integrated approach, focusing on attachment and emotional processing while incorporating various techniques to suit each individual. She values the unique qualities of her clients and works with them to develop their strengths to help them meet their goals.