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Helping you and your family create a more rich, connected, and meaningful life.

Book one of our specialized counsellors!
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Ashley Gobin

BA., MEd., Registered Provisional Psychologist

  • Children and Teen Counselling

  • Psychological Assessments and​Consultation including:

    • ADHD Gifted

    • Mental Health and Clinical

    • Psychoeducational &

    • Post-Automobile Accident

Amy Patterson

BChSt, B.A., M.C.,

Registered Provisional Psychologist

  • Children and Teen Counselling

  • Individual (Adult) Counselling

  • Family Counselling

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Gavin McAtee

BA., BASc., MEd., Registered Psychologist

  • Children and Teen Counselling

  • Individual (Adult) Counselling

  • Family Counselling

  • Psychological Assessment and Consultation

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Desiree Olivera

BA., MC., Registered Psychologist

  • Teen and Adult Counselling

  • Mood Disorders

  • Psychological Assessments

  • Addictions


Mallory Trepanier

C.C.C., MEd., Registered Provisional Psychologist

  • Children and Teen Counselling

  • Individual (Adult) Counselling

  • Family Counselling

Jessa Tiemstra

BA, MC. (student),

Child and Family Counsellor

  • Children and Teen Counselling

  • Individual (Adult) Counselling

  • Family Counselling


We provide psychological services that are collaborative, genuine, and nonjudgmental. We are an ideal fit for clients who are willing to embrace the challenge of learning skills to face and overcome difficult challenges, experiences, and emotions.

About Us

  • A team of 5 star psychologists

  • Specialized services designed to support you and your family

  • Over 60 years combined experience working with families, children, teens and adults.

  • Collaborative, transparent, and safe client approach.


We are a team of mental health therapists dedicated to educating our clients and the community about the importance of mental health. We provide transparent specialized therapeutic services which are designed to support you and your family to create a more rich, connected, and meaningful life.


Teen Psychologist


Our approach with children and teens includes a combination of child-friendly therapy strategies in conjunction with parent consultation. After performing an assessment we will help you understand the root of your child's difficulties and provide you with at-home interventions to support you and your family in managing these difficulties. We use developmentally appropriate strategies to help your child express their emotions so they can better manage emotional and behavioural challenges.

Meditation Class


We use our personal experience handling difficult relationships along with a number of proven strategies to help you work through relationship issues. We will help you clarify what's truly important and meaningful to you and help you use that knowledge to set goals and take actions that enrich the relationships in your life. We work closely with individuals, couples, and families experiencing challenges in their relationship(s).

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Our assessments provide a comprehensive examination of the strengths and weaknesses of the client. Dependent on the type of assessment completed, you will be able to gain a better understanding of the client's cognitive functioning, academic performance, social-emotional functioning, and/or adaptive functioning. Psychometric testing is conducted in a one-on-one setting with the clinician and the client. Testing sessions are for approximately one to two hours at a time, dependent upon the activities that are being conducted during the session.   

Psychology Session


Our team-based approach focuses on acknowledging your disorder while also teaching you how to overcome challenges related to peer interactions, socializing, and performance at work/school/hobbies. Developmental disorders play a major role in our ability to regulate/manage emotions, plan/organize information, and initiate and finish tasks/hobbies/work. 


"You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf"

- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Desiree Olivera



What are the steps I need to begin the counselling proccess?

If you are worried about your mental health, stressed out, depressed or just trying to take care of yourself request a free 20-minute consultation. From this point we will book an appointment in person or online and then develop goals from there to best meet your needs.

What are the first sessions like?

In the first sessions we will go through your primary concerns and begin identifying which of these concerns we should be working on immediately. We will work with you to develop a therapeutic plan designed to address your unique needs, goals, and problems/issues. Together we will prioritize which goals you would like to "target" first.

Will my health insurance cover the cost of counselling?

Almost all Extended Health Care Plans cover all or a portion of the costs for a psychologist under "psychologist services", "psychotherapy", or "counselling". Contact your insurance agent for more information on reimbursement procedures and coverage information. Direct Billing can be performed for a number of companies for our Registered Psychologists. Direct billing is where the Psychologist will bill your insurance company and you will only be responsible to pay for your portion of the session cost.

What happens after you've booked an appointment?

(a) You will receive an appointment invitation through email (b) You will receive an online intake form (to be completed prior to the appointment) through email (b) Gather appropriate documentation and bring it to your first session or subsequent appointments (e.g., assessments, insurance informationhealth insurance info). (b) familiarize yourself with our location: google/apple maps "McAtee Psychology SE" "McAtee Psychology NW" (c) for specific instructions and pictures visit Location & Office Space If your appointment is virtual/online You will receive a virtual/online link through the Jane App one hour prior to your appointment. All sessions follow a 24-hour cancellation/rescheduling policy.

What do you cover in family counselling?

  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Therapy for Couples
  • Individual counselling for individual issues outside relationships: anger management, communication skills, conflict resolution, emotional expression

What do you cover in child counselling?

  • Development of or an increase in physical complaints (i.e. headache, stomach ache, or not feeling well)
  • Mood swings or your child seems anxious, depressed, sad, tearful, worried, stressed or sulky
  • Difficulties with sleep
  • Difficulties with play or peer interaction
  • Behavioral problems such as excessive anger, acting out hitting
  • Difficulties with academic or social functioning; problems was school with peers or classroom behavior
  • Major life changes such as divorce, loss or a death, moving, or major illness in the family
  • Sexual, physical or emotional abuse or other traumatic events
  • Family relationships are stressed by the child’s mood or behaviors
  • Your child struggles with interventions (that are suppose to be effective for his/her age group)

What are the benefits of completing an assessment?

Benefits of an assessment include gaining an in-depth understanding of the client’s ability whether that be in learning, cognition, or social-emotional functioning. Additionally, a clinician can identify strengths, age-appropriate skills, and areas that may need improvement. From that evaluation, the clinician can provide individualized recommendations and strategies to help the client’s overall functioning.

What do your services cost?

Check out this page for a full list of services and their corresponding costs: Click Here

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Ideal for clients living in South Calgary

11500 29 St SE (Thrive Business Centre)

Ideal for clients living in Central & North Calgary

McAtee Psychology  NW: 203, 1982 Kensington Road NW



Monday to Friday: 9 am - 9 pm

Saturdays: 9 am - 4pm


Mon, Tuesday & Friday: 9 am - 9 pm

Saturdays: 9 am - 4 pm