Danyelle Lynch M.Sc. MCFC
The most beautiful people that we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, and known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” —Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
Since 2009 I have had the honour to walk alongside children, youth, and their caregivers as they navigate through their struggles. Using expressive therapy techniques I am able to build understanding into your child’s world view, support them in processing their current concerns, and offer insight and recommendations for the family as a whole with the goal of increasing your family’s unity and well-being.
As a Registered Psychologist, my approach with families is informed by person-centered, developmental, family systems, and trauma informed theories. I work with individuals and families 3 years old and up. My role is to assist your family through your current struggles by offering support, insight, and consultation. I have considerable experience working with children, youth and their families in areas of anxiety, depression, ADHD, anger, self-harm, disordered eating, separation/divorce, attachment, adoption, complex trauma (physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect), and singular traumatic events (car accidents, assault).
I have advanced training in Play therapy, Sandplay therapy, Art therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). I have worked with Children Services, foster parents, and adoptive parents. I offer direct billing through Blue Cross, Green Shield, and Telus Health.
Registered Professional Counsellor Candidate
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I aim to meet the needs of individuals, couples and families who are struggling with mental illness and addictions. I support clients around a variety of issues, including depression, anxiety, self-esteem/self-worth, stress, anger, addiction, workplace conflict, interpersonal issues, life transitions, separation/divorce, and grief/loss. My primary method of treatment is solution focused and cognitive-behavioural therapies, but I often incorporate therapeutic tools from other modalities (e.g., Aboriginal Medicine Wheel) based on client needs.
I aim to provide my clients with a non-judgmental, compassionate environment in which you can feel at ease when sharing your life experiences. You are not alone in your journey, and with the right therapy customized to your own strengths, positive life changes are achievable.
I strive to provide you with the tools and strategies to lead a happy and fulfilling life. My hope is for you to find health, healing, and hope.
I have a masters in education and in counselling psychology.
Therapeutic Support Counsellor
Certified Child and Youth Care Counsellor
Since 2016 I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings which include; community centres, treatment centres, daycares, group care, and in-home support work. I appreciate what working in the life space can do to help support others and expand their strengths. I have grown to appreciate and understand the impact that creative activities can have in the healing process. My role is to work with children, youth and their supports to enhance their skills and knowledge in order to overcome challenges they face.
Being a Child and Youth Care Counsellor, gives me a unique approach and allows me to work from a relational, developmental, strength-based, and trauma informed lens that enables me to have a holistic view when working with children, youth, and families. My role is to work as an equal with people where they are at and allow them a safe place where they can express themselves in a variety of mediums in order for us to work together to understand and conquer struggles. I have experience working with children and youth who struggle in the areas of developmental delays, FASD, homelessness, sexual abuse, attachment, suicidal ideation, and complex trauma.
I currently have training in Therapeutic Play and Sandplay and plan on advancing my learning in both therapies. I currently am beginning my Masters in Science in Clinical Mental Health Counselling specialized in Marriage, Couples, and Families.
Therapeutic Support Counsellor
I have been working with children, youth, and families since 2011. My background is in Child and Youth Care, and I have worked in a variety of settings like group homes, schools, crisis shelters, resource navigation services, and programs focused on family reunification and preservation. Currently, I am in the final stages of my Masters in Counselling Psychology, and I am a Sandplay Therapy Intern with the Canadian Association of Sandplay Therapy. In my role as a Therapeutic Support Counsellor, I aim to join forces with children and youth to reach their therapeutic goals through a variety of relational, creative, and active modalities.
I have experience working with children and youth who are facing challenges related to trauma, involvement with child protection authorities, disordered eating, neurodivergence, queer-identities, self-harm, and disability. Additionally, I have a special interest in supporting children, youth, and families who have experienced (or will experience) the death of someone they love. Along with personal experience losing a caregiver to a terminal illness as a youth, I have Hospice Care training from the Canadian Hospice and Palliative Care Association. I have also been facilitating arts-based therapeutic groups for children and teens who have experienced the death of a loved one since 2015. I frequently provide educational workshops for practitioners working with grieving families in settings such as non-profits, schools, and universities.
As a member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, I come to the table with personal knowledge of the unique challenges that many queer people face. I enjoy working with queer children and youth, and since 2019 I have been a volunteer with Camp Dragonfly, a summer day camp for transgender and gender-creative children and their siblings & friends.
MACP Practicum Student
I am a practicum student completing my Master of Arts in Counselling at Yorkville University. I currently hold a bachelor’s degree at the University of Alberta, specializing in Science Psychology. I am a second-generation Lebanese Canadian, born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Coming from a background where there is a strong negative stigma around mental health, I help raise awareness on mental health and enhance the outlook on the importance of mental wellness and utilizing therapeutic services.
I have resonated with Humanistic and Psychodynamic Frameworks. Irvin Yalom (2015) preaches that therapists should always listen to their clients because they always matter to them. I believe attentively listening and taking on the person-centred approach is crucial in
building a trusting and empathic relationship with clients. I want to work with clients by helping them remove obstacles that will allow them to grow and be on the path to their fullest potential.
As a behavioural consultant, I have had the pleasure of working with families, children and youth, specifically working with children and youth that have been diagnosed with developmental disabilities such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, FASD etc. I have had the pleasure of working alongside families under various circumstances such as homelessness, sexual and physical abuse by offering support, strategies and goals to better their quality of life. With that, I want to expand my own professional knowledge in play therapy and sand therapy.
If you have any questions about our clinic or if you would like to book an appointment, Jalissa will be happy to assist you.
780-886-5471 ext 0