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Welcome! Get to know us...

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Meet Kelly

Hi! I'm Kelly Tennant. I'm a Rehabilitation Counsellor, Clinical Director, and owner of Synapse Counselling Services, located in Moose Jaw, SK. I provide in-person and online counselling.

My training is in psychology, behavioural neuroscience, and rehabilitation. I have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology, a PhD in Neuroscience, and a Master's Certificate in Rehabilitation Counselling.

I hold multiple counselling designations, all of which require me to be constantly learning and growing as a therapist: 

  • Certified Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Commission on Rehabilitation Counsellor Certification (CRC #553957)

  • Registered Therapeutic Counsellor with the Association of Cooperative Counselling Therapists of Canada (RTC #3058)

  • Registered Counselling Therapist with the Association of Counselling Therapists of Alberta (CT #2494)

What is Rehabilitation Counselling?

Rehabilitation Counselling is the sub-division of the counselling field that helps people living with disability, neurodiversity, or all kinds of chronic health conditions learn to adapt and thrive, so that they are able to live more independently and function more easily in all aspects of life. 

Training and specialization:

I have two decades of experience working in the field of disability and rehabilitation, including research, teaching, non-profit management, and now counselling for the past 8 years. I opened my private practice at the end of 2021. 

My specialization is in working with individuals with neurological or brain-based disabilities (stroke, traumatic brain injury, dementia, spinal cord injury, brain/spinal cancer, Parkinson's, MS, CP, ALS), neurodivergence (ADHD, autism, OCD, BPD), those living with chronic illness, and caregivers. I also offer neurodiversity-affirming Adult Autism Screening Services. 

I am proudly queer-affirming, neurodiversity-affirming, disability justice minded, anti-racist, and aligned with the health at every size (HAES) and fat liberation movements. 

I believe that high quality counselling should be inclusive and affordable. To provide mutual aid within the disability community, I offer sliding scale fees to disabled, chronically ill, and neurodivergent clients who are underemployed or recipients of disability benefits. 

(Kelly currently has a waitlist for counselling services, but no waitlist for Adult Autism Screening)

Meet Kristy

Hi, I’m Kristy Hourd, an associate counsellor here at Synapse Counselling. I'm based in rural Manitoba and meet with clients online. I know the struggle of being someone who is living with marginalized identities in a conservative part of the country and provide neurodivergence and LGBTQ+ affirming therapy to clients in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

My counselling style is inclusive and autonomy-focused. I work with clients discovering their neurodivergence, questioning their sexual or gender identity, managing chronic illness, and recovering from trauma. I also have a love for doing geek therapy and deep-diving into your special interests!
 
Personally, I've always been a nerd. My educational background ranges from 
English literature to linguistics and now to counselling psychology. Before working in counselling, I had a career in data analysis and system optimization - I’m great at finding patterns and solutions others might miss. I’ve always had an intense interest in learning to understand people – through literature, languages, cultural context, social contexts, and just what can make us tick in general. My philosophy is that if something seems senseless, there’s just missing information. We all do what we do for a reason. You make sense. And when you make sense, desired change is easier to achieve. 

 

(Kristy is currently accepting new clients.)
 

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Meet Noelle

Hi, I’m Noelle Hansen, an associate counsellor here at Synapse Counselling. I'm a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) based in Ontario. I work virtually with clients across Canada and am in the final stages of completing my Masters Degree in Counselling Psychology.
 
Prior to starting my counselling education, I worked in neuroscience research and had a successful career as a licensed dentist with areas of expertise in chronic pain and sleep disturbances.  Due to sustaining physical injuries that have resulted in my own acquired disability, I'm now mostly retired from clinical dentistry. My journey with trying to find a therapist to support me in managing my chronic pain, plus my background in this work within dentistry, has inspired me to support clients working through similar issues.
 
I understand first-hand how experiences like trauma, health issues, pain, neurodivergence, and burnout can seriously impact your sense of self and place in the world. It can create a sense of failure, frustration, alienation, and erode hope for the future, and for very good reason. It's not easy to be "different" in this world, and my work focuses on helping you find yourself, your place, and how to move forward in your world.

 

(Noelle is currently accepting new clients with Friday availability.)
 

Colleagues we love to refer to:

Sometimes our schedules are full and we want to make sure that we have amazing practices to refer you to if we're not able to see you in a timely manner. If you like our practice, you'll also like these folks:

 

Ruth-anne Donellsen

Infinity Minds Mental Health

https://www.infinityminds.ca/

Based in Nova Scotia, Ruth-anne is able to see clients in Alberta, Saskatchwan, and Manitoba via virtual sessions.

Charlotte Laws

https://charlottelawsrp.com/

Based in Ontario, Charlotte is able to see clients in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchwan, and Manitoba via virtual sessions.
 

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