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Team

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

Our counselling practice works from a holistic approach which means we work with the community and that means, our team includes voices from Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Aly's to ensure we are doing the best work in our community.    

Shauna Livesey
BSW, MSW, RSW - Clinical Specialization 

Trauma Therapist & Owner 

Shauna is a First Nation’s (Beaver/Cree) woman and respected therapist dedicated to healing and empowering individuals within communities and beyond. Shauna is the owner of Indigenous Counselling Centre and is a college professor in Psychology, Indigenous History, and Indigenous Human Services. With deep roots in her ancestral traditions and a profound understanding of contemporary therapeutic practices, Shauna brings a unique blend of cultural sensitivity and clinical expertise to her work.

 

Growing up, Shauna witnessed the impact of intergenerational trauma firsthand and felt a calling to address these wounds. She pursued higher education at the University of Calgary, earning a BSW, and MSW specializing in clinical work with individuals, groups, and families.  Shauna’s framework of practice is rooted in the two-eyed seeing method.  She works with models such as trauma-informed care, Indigenous healing modalities, CBT, and ART (accelerated resolution therapy).

 

Recognizing the importance of supporting fellow human service professionals in their work, Shauna also provides counselling services for professionals. Through workshops, supervision, and mentorship, she helps human service professionals cultivate cultural competence, navigate complex cases, and prevent burnout. Shauna is committed to fostering healing not only for individuals but also for communities and future generations. She advocates for culturally responsive mental health services and works collaboratively with Indigenous leaders, organizations, and policymakers to promote systemic change and social justice.

 

Shauna is accepting clients for both in-person and virtual in Alberta and British Columbia (in person in Grande Prairie & Dawson Creek, virtual across the provinces).  

Shauna accepts clients of all ages. 

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Tinsa Owens
BSW, MSW, RSW 

Mental Health Therapist 

Tinsa has been working with children and youth for over 20 years. Tinsa started her career as a Child and Youth Care Worker, supporting youth in residential treatment facilities and working from rights based, client centered, housing first approach, supporting unhoused youth in finding permanent housing.          

Tinsa completed her Bachelor of Social Work at University of Calgary and completed her Master of Social Work requirements at Wilfrid Laurier University in December 2023. In her free time Tinsa spends as much time as she can outdoors connecting with the land while gardening, hunting, fishing, and hiking in the Rocky Mountains.

Tinsa is accepting clients for virtual sessions in Ontario and Alberta. 

Tinsa accepts clients of all ages. 

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Ako Ngu
BSW, MSW, RCSW 

Mental Health Therapist 

Ako is a therapist who brings a multicultural perspective to her clinical practice from a wealth of personal and professional experiences. She uses cognitive behavioral, emotional-focused, narrative, and client-centered approaches to support her clients in areas of stress management, building healthy relationships, making sense of sex and sexuality, healing from emotional injuries and trauma, addictions, and life transitions. She can meet you where you are on your life journey. Ako has worked in areas of domestic violence, as a college instructor, and her clinical work includes working with individuals and couples on a variety of life issues including intimate partner violence, emotion regulation, depression, and anxiety. You will find that the space Ako offers for unburdening and sharing is warm, safe, respectful, and friendly.

Ako completed her Masters in Clinical Social Work with the Brown School of Social Work, St Louise, Missouri, USA, and is currently in her last year of completing a Doctorate in Psychology.

Accepting clients in-person in Grande Prairie and online in Alberta and Ontario. 

Ako works with clients 12+ 

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Beatrice Harris 
BSW, MSW, RSW

Mental Health Therapist 

I'm Beatrice Harris, a Registered Social Worker and proud Indigenous woman. I belong to the Piikani Nation, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy, and have spent over a decade living in northern BC and Alberta, admiring its beauty.

 

My professional background spans 10+ years, primarily in mental health and substance, focusing on co-occurring disorders within inpatient psychiatric units. I specialize in serving Indigenous people and communities, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit peoples. My approach emphasizes individual empowerment, blending traditional and clinical healing methods for optimal care. I'm deeply committed to addressing the impacts of colonization on individuals and communities.

 

In my practice, I embrace a non-judgmental, compassionate stance, welcoming individuals of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and relationship styles, including polyamory and ethical non-monogamy. 

 

Outside of work, I value family time, nature, exploring diverse cuisines, and the rejuvenating effects of relaxation.

Waitlisting clients for Dawson Creek, and online in Alberta and B.C. 

Beatrice works with clients 18+ 

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Bee McCaig

Community Connections and Resrouces Student 

Bee is First Nations from Dene Tha First Nation.  She is currently in her second year of her addictions counselling diploma.  One of her key strengths is her ability to establish a strong rapport with clients, creating a safe and non-judgmental space where they feel comfortable sharing their experiences and working toward positive change. She is also skilled in conducting comprehensive assessments, identifying underlying issues contributing to addictive behaviors, and collaborating with interdisciplinary teams to develop holistic treatment plans tailored to each individual's needs.

 

Bee will be at the centre for the next 6 or

so weeks as the community connection

and resource student.

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Marlene Van Dam

Elder 

Marlene Van Dam, formally LaGlace is a Beaver Elder from Horse Lake First Nation. She has lived in the peace region her entire life. Marlene is a survivor of day school and knows firsthand the healing that is needed with these experiences. Marlene's role is a supportive one to ensure the organization is practicing in a good way.  

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Rosanne Mustus

Elder 

Rosanne is an Elder from Sturgeon Lake First Nation. She is a registered social worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers and currently works with at-risk clients.  Rosanne's role is a supportive one to ensure the organization is practicing in a good way. Rosanne also shares her knowledge in some of the workshops provided by the ICC, she is also available for private consultations. 

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Andi LaRocque

Knowledge Keeper/Podcast Co-host 

My name is Andi LaRocque I was born and raised in Dawson Creek, B.C on Treaty 8 Territory. I am nehiyaw (Cree) and Metis. I am passionate about teaching the younger generation cultural dance and Indigenous ways of being. My goal is to bridge the gap between non-Indigenous and Indigenous peoples through support and proper language.  Andi is a co-host in the Iskwew Strong podcast. 

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Practicum Students 

We believe that assisting the next generation of healers is vital to the success of the people we serve and community.  Email us to inquire about a practicum placement.  

 

*Must be a bachelor's practicum that will be attached to a regulatory body such as social work or psychology. 

Call 

780-876-4769

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