Partners

Stephen Carter Ph.D., R.Psych.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Stephen Carter has worked as a Registered Psychologist since 1992. Dr. Carter specializes in working with adolescents and children in the areas of counselling and assessment as well as parenting/psychological and custody assessments with adults. His work history includes employment as a teacher and a school counsellor prior to entering private practice. Along with working in private practice, Dr. Carter is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. He was previously an Executive Director of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta for several years.
Dr. Carter has worked with children, adults and adolescents for many years and assists individuals and their families in dealing with serious problems including abuse, anxiety and depression, behavioural disorders, self-injurious behaviour, relationship problems and work stress. Dr. Carter has delivered many workshops, presentations and media interviews on topics such as assessment, grief and loss, effective workplaces, conflict resolution, behavioural disorders, high conflict divorce, school violence, stress management, ethics, running a private practice and expert witness testimony.

Primary Areas of Work:

  • Adolescent, child and adult / individual and family counselling
  • Academic / behavioural / intellectual / personality assessment
  • Consultation and professional training
  • Personal development / professional development workshops
  • Parenting / custody assessment
  • Family Restructuring Therapy / High Conflict Divorce Interventions

Professional Affiliations:

  • College of Alberta Psychologists
  • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
  • Canadian Association of School Psychologists
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Bonnie Haave Ph.D., R.Psych.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Bonnie Haave has worked as a Registered Psychologist for over 20 years. Dr. Haave specializes in working with adults, couples and families. She also works with adolescents and children in the areas of counselling and assessment. Her work history includes employment as a teacher and a school counsellor prior to entering private practice. Along with working in private practice, Dr. Haave serves on the boards of many community agencies and was an Executive Director of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.

Primary Areas of Work:

  • Individual counselling for adults
  • Child and adolescent counselling
  • Marriage and family counselling
  • Parenting/custody assessment
  • Child and adult abuse issues
  • Post-separation/divorce counselling
  • Management consulting

Professional Affiliations:

    • College of Alberta Psychologists
    • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta
    • Canadian Psychological Association
    • Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

Shirley Vandersteen Ph.D., R.Psych.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Shirley Vandersteen is a Registered Psychologist and Certified Mediator. Dr. Vandersteen specializes in individual and couple counselling/mediation and in work-group intervention and consulting. She has written extensively on a wide range of psychology and work place topics for media, conference, and workshop presentations.

Dr. Vandersteen is a partner in the firm Carter Haave Vandersteen Bateman Vroon and maintains an active full-time private practice. She brings a gentle, common sense, and goal directed approach to her work as a therapist, mediator, and organizational consultant. She strives to empower her clients to achieve psychological health and personal well-being, and to experience the visible results of their therapeutic efforts.

Prior to entering private practice, Dr. Vandersteen served as a training and work group consultant in Human Resources with the Alberta government. Her duties included providing workplace assessment, employee/management dialogue training, and intervention. She offered these services in a variety of formats including change management and wellness seminars and organizational development interventions including the assessment and resolution of workplace conflict.

Dr. Vandersteen enjoys being actively involved with her young adult children, working out regularly for fun, health, and fitness, oil painting, and spending time with close friends and family.

Primary Areas of Work:

  • Individual, couple, and family counselling
  • Therapy for clients experiencing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression, mid-life, or relationship issues
  • Post separation/divorce counselling/intervention/mediation
  • Organizational Dynamics: work group analysis and problem solving, i.e. employee/management dialogue, intervention, mediation, management consulting, personal leadership: counselling, support, and training, and spirituality in the workplace
  • Change management counselling (conflict resolution, personal adjustment)

Professional Affiliations:

  • College of Alberta Psychologists
  • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta
  • Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards

Dr. Vandersteen has served as the Public Education Chair, President-Elect, President, and Past President of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.

Jim Bateman, MA, R.Psych.

Brief Bio:

Mr. Jim Bateman is a Registered Psychologist in the province of Alberta. He has been registered since 1996. As a Registered Psychologist, Mr. Bateman adheres to the ethical and legal guidelines that govern the profession of psychology. Mr. Bateman has extensive experience providing assessments, diagnoses and psychotherapy for individuals, couples and families. Depression, anxiety, anger management, learning issues, relationship issues, young child and adolescent concerns, and family systems are Mr. Bateman’s predominate areas of expertise.
Mr. Bateman has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Alberta, and a Master of Arts in Counselling from Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington.

Primary Areas of Work:

  • Play therapy
  • Adolescent therapy and risk assessment
  • Relationship and marital therapy
  • Family therapy/blended family integration
  • Assessment services
  • Family restructuring therapy/high conflict
  • Divorce Interventions

Professional Affiliations:

  • College of Alberta Psychologists
  • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Everett (E.J.) Vroon, MA, R. Psych.

Brief Bio:

Everett (E.J.) has been a Registered Psychologist since 2006. He has a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University in Langley, BC.

While he has experience in a number of practice areas, Mr. Vroon’s specialty in trauma counselling has become his main area of practice.  Specifically, Mr. Vroon is an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) Therapist, and works extensively with survivors of trauma.  This population includes first responder groups (EMS, Firefighters, Police, Military, etc.) as well as private clients who wish to move past either developmental or situational traumas.

E.J. has worked extensively with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of challenges and special needs. He takes an evidence-based, best-practices approach to counselling, and enjoys facilitating acceptance, growth, and change in his clients. He has also had the opportunity to present at conferences and conduct community workshops.

Primary Areas of Work:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
  • Return to Work assessment and counselling
  • Adolescent and adult counselling
  • Individual and Couples counselling
  • Group therapy

Professional Affiliations:

  • College of Alberta Psychologists
  • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta
  • EMDR Canada
  • EMDR International Association
  • Alberta Paramedic Association

Associates

Bishu J. Fras, M.Ed., CCC

Brief Bio:

Mr. Fras has a Masters degree in School Counselling from the University of Alberta. Mr. Fras has developed several specialties; he has extensive counselling experience with children, adolescents and their families in such child developmental areas as separation anxiety, depression, eating disorders, body image, self-esteem, behavioural disorders, and learning disabilities. In addition, Mr. Fras has practiced stress management, family intervention & parent effectiveness, post traumatic experience recovery, and psychodynamic counselling.

Mr. Fras has remained current in therapeutic and counselling practices. In addition to post-graduate courses and other professional development courses, Mr. Fras also has certification in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), a psychodynamic, therapeutic model.

Prior to his involvement in private practice, Mr. Fras’ worked as an educator and guidance counsellor.

Primary Areas of Work:

  • Child, adolescent and adult counselling
  • Family Dynamics
  • Communication in relationships
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Reduction
  • Desensitization and Cognitive Restructuring

Professional Affiliations:

    • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta
    • Canadian Counselling Association
    • Alberta Teachers’ Association Guidance Council
    • Alberta Teachers’ Association

Jan Martin Ph.D., R.Psych.

Brief Bio:

 

Professional Affiliations:

Michael Stolte, Ph.D.(Special Education), C.C.C., R. Psych.

Brief Bio:

Michael Stolte is a Registered Psychologist, a Canadian Certified Counsellor, and a registered health service provider with First Nations Inuit Health (FNIH) and Children’s Services. Mr. Stolte is an Associate in the firm CHVBV in conjunction with his role as Director of Clinical Services for the Centre for Autism Services Alberta. Mr. Stolte is happily married with three children and is an active volunteer in his community.

Primary Areas of Work:

Michael is able to provide therapy, consultation and assessment services. As a therapist, he has experience with individual, couple and family formats. Michael consults for organizations involved in disability and autism intervention and also has experience in personal injury, custody, parenting, psycho-educational, clinical, vocational, and Court-ordered assessments/interventions.

  • Child, adolescent, and adult therapy
  • Individual, marriage, and family therapy
  • Psychological assessment (personal injury, custody, parenting, psycho-educational, clinical and vocational)
  • Depression, anxiety, addictions, parenting, adolescence and cross-cultural issues
  • High conflict, post-divorce, family restructuring therapy
  • Sworn in as an Expert Witness in psychotherapy and assessment

Michael has a Ph.D. in Special Education (Educational Psychology) from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts Degree (Counselling Psychology) with Great Distinction from Trinity Western University. Michael has been identified as a Canadian Institute of Health Research “Strategic Training Fellow in Autism Research”. His research focuses on community-based evaluation of autism supports and he is a regular contributor to the academic and professional community.

Professional Affiliations:

  • College of Alberta Psychologists (Alberta)
  • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (Alberta)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (Canada)
  • Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (Canada)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (Canada)
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (International)
  • International Society of Autism Research (International)

Elaine Whitford, M.Ed., R. Psych.

Ms. Elaine Whitford has been a Registered Psychologist since 1980. She has a degree in honors psychology and a masters degree in both Counselling Psychology and School Psychology, from the University of Alberta. Ms. Whitford has experience working with children and their families in the areas of counselling and assessment, as well as with adults through an employee and family assistance program. She assists individuals and their families in dealing with serious problems including depression, anxiety, and work stress. She has worked as a teacher, administrator and counsellor, and was employed by Alberta Education as the Provincial Coordinator of Guidance and Counselling Services for Alberta schools. Most recently she was an Associate Superintendent of a local public school system.

Along with working in private practice, Ms. Whitford is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.

Ms. Whitford has presented numerous workshops and professional development sessions for teachers, counsellors and parents. She has been a sessional lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta and continues to supervise masters students who are learning to conduct and interpret intellectual, academic, and behavioural assessments. Ms. Whitford served as a Board member and treasurer for the Canadian Guidance and Counselling Association and for the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.

Primary Areas of Work:

  • Child and adult counselling
  • Individual and family counselling
  • Academic and intellectual assessment
  • Health in the work environment
  • Retirement and career change

Professional Affiliations:

  • College of Alberta Psychologists
  • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta

David St. Arnault, M. Ed., R. Psych.

Mr. David St. Arnault is a Registered Psychologist in the province of Alberta. He has a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Western Ontario. Mr. St. Arnault has experience providing psychological counselling with school aged children, adolescents, adults, older adults, groups, couples and families. He works from a collaborative and integrative approach that is informed by the needs and preferences of clients combined with the various therapeutic approaches that he has training and experience providing (listed below). Mr. St. Arnault also has experience in conducting psychoeducational assessments with children, adolescents and adults; adult capacity assessments; employment selection screening; and formal adult psychological assessments. Finally, Mr. St. Arnault has experience facilitating group therapy with children and adults. In addition to Mr. St. Arnault’s clinical work at CHVBV, he is also an associate Faculty member of St. Stephen’s College and a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta.

Primary Areas of Work:

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Mindfulness and Mindful Experiential Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Professional Affiliations:

  • College of Alberta Psychologists
  • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

Ms. Erin Buhr, MA, R. Psych.

Brief Bio:

Ms. Erin Buhr is a Registered Psychologist within the province of Alberta. She has a masters degree in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University, and has experience providing counselling and assessment to children and adults, primarily based in community settings. The type of assessments she does includes psycho-educational assessments, attention-related assessments, capacity assessments, and career assessments. She also does personality assessments. In counselling, Ms. Buhr’s work with children has focused primarily on play therapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy for anxiety, depression, reactions to family conflict, and externalizing problems (i.e., ‘acting out’). Her work with adults includes a mix of therapies including person-centered, cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness, and emotion-focused for anxiety, depression, and issues related to self-esteem and boundaries. She uses person-centered work and exposure therapy for trauma, and has also provided counselling for couples and groups.

 

Primary Areas of Work:

  • Individual counselling with adults for anxiety, depression, self-esteem, problems with boundaries, and trauma.
  • Individual counselling with children for anxiety, depression, reactions to family conflict, and externalizing problems.
  • Psycho-educational assessments with children for learning disorders, attention-related problems, and behavioural disorders.
  • Capacity assessments, career assessments, and personality assessments with adults for the purposes of determining the presence of a psychological diagnosis, or for personal growth.

 

Professional Affiliations:

  • College of Alberta Psychologists
  • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta
  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

 

Ms. Buhr is a member of the Public Education Committee and a Board Member with the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, as well is an associate faculty with the University of Alberta.