Our Therapists

Denise Mannell

First of all, welcome to our website. My name is Denise Mannell and I have been living in Fort McMurray since 2001 and working in private practice full-time as a Registered Psychologist since 2004. My areas of speciality include psycho-educational assessments and counselling services for children and adults. I can honestly say that I thoroughly enjoy my work and it is something that I am passionate about on a daily basis. Seeking psychological services can sometimes be a daunting task and it often creates significant anxiety for people, but the benefits far outweigh this initial stress. The therapeutic relationship that develops during the counselling process will provide you with objectivity and support during a time of crisis and/or personal growth. Rest assured that your individual needs with be fully considered and a highly professional service will be delivered that will increase your coping skills for present and future life stress. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you are interested in any of the services that we offer, or if you would like to meet one of the psychologists on staff.



Michelle Kardash

My name is Michelle Kardash BA, MC. I was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, but I have called Fort McMurray home for 12 years. I obtained my Bachelor of Honours Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Regina in 2005. I completed my Master of Counselling in Counselling Psychology through Athabasca University in 2011. I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists since 2018. I have experience working in mental health settings including the outpatient services of the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre and in private practice. I have over 10 years of experience working in the Human Services field. Specifically, with youth at risk, foster care and group care children, parents, and families struggling with mental health issues, addictions, disabilities, cross cultural issues, ect. I am passionate about working with both youth and adults to help them achieve their full potential and reach their goals. I use a strength based, collaborative approach with clients to help them explore their thoughts and feelings to create hope and a new vision for their lives.



Paula Caines

Through providing a safe, supportive, therapeutic environment, I strive to help clients achieve their goals and renew their strength.
I am a Registered Social Worker with a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology. I have been providing therapeutic services in Fort McMurray for the past 15 years and have a passion for the therapeutic process. I offer a person-centred, non-judgmental approach, while using a variety of modalities including Emotionally Focused, Cognitive Behavioral, EMDR and Mindfulness-Based Approaches.
I have a passion for supporting individuals on their life journey in dealing with such issues as anxiety, depression, and other mental health struggles, life transitions, family issues, etc. I have specialised training and extensive experience in working with couples on rebuilding trust and enhancing the safety & security in their relationship. I am a Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) and offer assessment and recovery support services for those who struggle with substance use/abuse.
"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending." -- Maria Robinson



"Self Belief does not neccessarily ensure success, but self-disbelief assuredly spawns failure."
― Albert Bandura
"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination."
― Carl R. Rogers
"Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways"
― Sigmund Freud

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