I've always been fascinated by stories. I'm captivated as I follow the hero's quest, sit with a heavy heart at their lowest points, root for them as they face their demons, and eagerly celebrate their triumphs.
Counselling allows me to blend my love of stories with helping others in a creative and meaningful way. We are a product of the stories that we tell ourselves about our own abilities and the world around us. I am honoured to work with people as they start to reclaim and change their stories.
I have the training and expertise to offer evidence-based strategies, and I have the compassion and warmth to connect with you and co-create a safe, collaborative environment. I'm an introvert and this lends calmness, gentleness, and reflection to my work. When you are in my virtual office, you have my full attention as I respect your experience and work with you to creatively address the challenges that have been woven into your life story.
Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists
Canadian Certified Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
Executive Member of Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Post-Secondary Counsellors Chapter
Professional Member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science
“That's what we storytellers do. We restore order with imagination. We instill hope again and again and again.” ~Walt Disney
Education and Training
Master of Education, Counselling Psychology, University of Lethbridge
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta
Certificate in Community Mental Health: Theory and Practice, Augustana Faculty of the University of Alberta
University of Oslo: International Summer School, Intensive Intermediate Norwegian (Level III)
University of Montreal: Explore French Program, Intermediate French (Level IV)
Selected Additional Training:
The Grief Summit: Grief Counselling and Treatment in a Pandemic of Loss 2-day Training, PESI, 2021
Online Group Therapy: Delivery, Research, Ethics and Design, Online Therapy Institute, 2021
Unravelling the Acronym: Understanding LGBTQIA2+ Experiences and Subcultures, The Refuge, 2021
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Part 1 and 2, Trauma Recovery Network, 2020
Slaying the Dragon: The Fairy Tale Model of Trauma Treatment, 2020
Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals 2-day Distance Therapy Training, PESI, 2020
A Beginner's Guide to Trans 101: A Foundational Course in Transgender/Gender Studies, Reaca Pearl, 2020
Ethics in Telemental Health Course, Ethics Rock, 2020
Advanced Training for Trauma Treatment of Complex PTSD, Eric Gentry, 2020
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Trauma, Russ Harris, 2020
Counselling Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence Training, Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Services, 2019
Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist - Individual Course, Eric Gentry, 2019
Cognitive Processing Therapy, Medical University of South Carolina, 2016
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Medical University of South Carolina, 2016
Publications & Presentations
External Blog Posts and Articles - for more writing, check out the Blog page on this site!
How Movies can Improve Your Mental Health. December 18, 2020. MacEwan Today. https://www.macewan.ca/wcm/MacEwanNews/NEWS_REEL_RESILIENCE_20
Teletherapy. October 29, 2020. The Griff. https://thegriff.ca/teletherapy/
4 Reasons Why Online Counselling Can Be a Great Option for Students. July 28, 2020. MacEwan Today. https://www.macewan.ca/wcm/MacEwanNews/NEWS_ONLINE_COUNSELLING_20
Self Care in 2 Minutes: 4 Ways to Refresh Between Clients. June 30, 2020. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, Counselling Connect Blog. https://www.ccpa-accp.ca/self-care-in-2-minutes-4-ways-to-refresh-between-clients/
Reflections on Quickly - and Ethically - Moving Online. May 29, 2020. Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, Counselling Connect Blog. https://www.ccpa-accp.ca/reflections-on-quickly-and-ethically-moving-online/
It's Normal to Feel Overwhelmed Right Now - But Mental Health Help is Available. March 27, 2020. MacEwan Today. https://www.macewan.ca/wcm/MacEwanNews/NEWS_REMOTE_WPS
Career Education and Student Engagement. March 26, 2015. CERIC Blog. https://ceric.ca/fr/2015/03/career-education-and-student-engagement/
Peer-Reviewed PublicationsNote: Nee Welde
Abella, K., Bernes, K., Lyseng, A., & Roque, J. (2016). Follow your dream: Integrating career education into English Language Arts 20-1. Canadian School Counselling Review, 1(1), 29-39.
Lyseng, A., Bernes, K., Gunn, T., & Ross, S. (2016). A research review of career education and engagement with K-12 students. Canadian School Counselling Review, 1(1), 4-10.
Montoya, C., Bernes, B., Roque, J., Lyseng, A., & Draper-Caldwell, L. (2016). Beyond self-awareness: Career goal formation in integrated career education. Canadian School Counselling Review, 1(1), 40-48.
Purc-Stephenson, R., & Lyseng, A. (2016). How are the kids holding up? A systematic review and meta-analysis on the psychosocial impact of maternal breast cancer on children. Cancer Treatment Reviews, 49, 45-56.
Welde, A., Bernes, K., Gunn, T., & Ross, S. (2015). Integrating career education in junior high: Strengths, challenges, and recommendations. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 14(2), 26-44.
Welde, A., Bernes, K., Gunn, T., & Ross, S. (2015). Integrated career education in senior high: Intern teacher and student recommendations. Australian Journal of Career Development, 24 (2), 81-92. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1038416215575163
Welde, A., Bernes, K., Gunn, T., & Ross, S. (2016). Career education at the elementary school level: Student and intern teacher perspectives. Journal of Career Development. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894845316633524
Purc-Stephenson, R., Qaqish, T., Welde, A., & Yung, C. (2013). Can we Lean healthcare? Developing and evaluating a Lean assessment tool for healthcare settings. Poster presentation at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, November 2013, Boston, MA.
Welde, A. (2013). The psychosocial impact of maternal breast cancer on children: A meta-ethnography. Presented at the Augustana Faculty Student Academic Conference, April 2013, Camrose, AB.
Welde, A. (2014). Teaching for the future: Evaluating intern teachers’ career education projects. Presented at the University of Lethbridge Graduate Students’ Association Meeting of the Minds Annual Multidisciplinary Research Conference, March 2014, Lethbridge, AB.
Welde, A. (2015). Career education interventions by grade level. Presented at Cannexus National Career Development Conference, January 2015, Ottawa, ON.
Welde, A. (2015). Career education and student engagement. Poster presentation at Cannexus National Career Development Conference, January 2015, Ottawa, ON.
Welde, A. & Purc-Stephenson, R. (2013). The psychosocial impact of maternal breast cancer on children: A meta-ethnography. Presented at the Alberta Cancer Foundation Cancer Research Conference, October 2013, Banff, AB.
Welde, A., & Purc-Stephenson, R. (2013). The psychosocial impact of maternal breast cancer: A meta-analytic review. Poster presentation at the National Interdisciplinary Breast Cancer Conference, March 2013, Las Vegas, NV.
Workshops, Classes, and Groups
Reel Resilience: Movies and Mental Health - MacEwan University, Edmonton AB
ACT to Adapt to Covid - MacEwan University, Edmonton AB
Tackling Test Anxiety Workshop - MacEwan University, Edmonton AB
Maintaining Healthy Boundaries - MacEwan University, Edmonton AB
Conflict Resolution - MacEwan University, Edmonton AB
Communication Skills - MacEwan University, Edmonton AB
Coping with Emotions Life Skills Class - Brain Care Centre, Edmonton AB
Healing Through Art Life Skills Class - Brain Care Centre, Edmonton AB
Women's Support Group - Brain Care Centre, Edmonton AB
Caregivers' Support Group - Brain Care Centre, Edmonton AB
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council in Canada (SSHRC) Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship – Master’s grant
Alberta Scholarships Program Graduate Student Scholarship
Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling Graduate Student Engagement Program Award
University of Lethbridge Graduate Scholarship for academic excellence
Augustana Faculty Medal in Social Sciences, awarded to the graduating student with the highest GPA in the Social Sciences
Augustana Onesimus Service Award, granted to recognize long-term dedication and involvement in the Augustana community
Augustana Faculty Outstanding Independent Work Award, Fall 2012
Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship for academic excellence (2010, 2011, 2012)
The Battle River Credit Union Ltd Academic Excellence Award
Torskeklubben/Sons of Norway Solglyt Lodge Edmonton Award for academic excellence and dedication in Scandinavian Studies (2011, 2012)
A Roger S. Smith Award for Undergraduate Research, competitively awarded as a summer research grant to students based on the quality of their grant proposals
Richard Peter Walley Memorial Scholarship for academic excellence in English
University of Alberta Education Abroad Summer Language Program Award
Canadian Institute for Nordic Studies Bursary
Alberta Blue Cross 50th Anniversary Bursary for a Student Specializing in Psychology
Explore Program Bursary
Verda and J.D. McNeill Scholarship for academic excellence
University of Alberta Academic Excellence Scholarship