Who is Calgary Career Counselling?

Established in 2009, Calgary Career Counselling (CCC) is a firm of Psychologists and Career Coaches, all specializing in career planning. We also have an Education Advisor and Job Search Strategist to help you determine educational options and maximize success in your job search.

Safe-puzzleWe welcome a diversity of clients, and are proud to be an inclusive organization, providing a safer space. Our staff undergo training in LGBTQAI+ Diversity.

Calgary Career Counselling Team

Our Career Psychologists and Coaches have extensive post-graduate training, and hold certifications, Master’s and/or Ph.D.’s in counselling, industrial/organizational psychology, and related fields.

Our Career Counsellors

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Bryanne Manveiler

Avra Davidoff

Michael Sorsdahl

Colleen Lucas (not taking new clients)

Meghan Reid (now taking clients at our Canada Career Counselling – Toronto office)

Rebecca Teebay-Webb (not taking new clients)

Laura Hambley (not taking new clients)

Our Coach

Michelle Cook

Our Research Team

April Dyrda

Michael Huston


Our Career Counsellors:

Bryanne Manveiler, M.C., M.A., Registered Provisional Psychologist

Career Counselling

Bryanne is passionate about helping individuals uncover meaning and purpose in their lives,
which is so often connected to career choice. Feeling disconnected from one’s purpose can
leave a person feeling lost, discouraged, and unfulfilled as well as impact one’s overall quality of
life and relationships. In addition to working with those wishing to make a career transition,
Bryanne also works with adolescents who want to explore future career possibilities as well as
those in later life who are leaving the workforce and wondering what life holds next.

Individual/Personal Counselling

Bryanne also works with clients experiencing depression, anxiety, self esteem/confidence issues, and those struggling with present-day triggers from painful past events. Her approach is grounded in Emotion-Focused Therapy and she draws on her background as a yoga teacher to utilize mindfulness and body-integrated modalities to help individuals connect with their innate resources and inner knowing. She also takes a psycho-spiritual approach to help clients contextualize their journey and make sense of themes and patterns in their lives to prompt self-discovery, insight and healing. Bryanne can hold a light for clients through a difficult time and see them through to the other side. Her areas of interest include body image and eating disorders, self-esteem, and self-compassion. Bryanne enjoys working with clients who take responsibility for their own growth and healing and are willing to sit in the sometimes uncomfortable places of the healing process.

Bryanne is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She is also a member of the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta and holds a Master of Counselling degree from Gonzaga University and a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Calgary. She has worked in agency settings providing crisis, trauma, and generalist counselling, and has also worked in post-secondary institutions in Career Services and supporting students overcoming disability related barriers to learning.


Avra Davidoff, MC, Registered Psychologist

teamAvra has been with Calgary Career Counselling since 2010, supporting many clients to successfully choose and transition between careers. She has over 9 years of experience providing career development services to diverse individuals, including WCB claimants, adults in transition, youth at risk, post-secondary students, newcomers to Canada, and individuals with experience of mental illness. In addition to providing individual counselling, Avra has experience designing and facilitating workshops, and is currently an instructor at Columbia College.

Avra is passionate about helping others explore their career interests and believes self-awareness is one of the keys to making informed career and life decisions. She uses a combination of discussion, self-directed exercises, and assessments to assist clients in developing and increasing their self-awareness. Additionally, Avra has developed various in house career resources to assist clients in the career counselling process.

Avra holds a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology from the University of British Columbia, and also holds a Master’s in Counselling Psychology, with a career counselling specialization, from the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology at Athabasca University. Avra is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and is also a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.

Avra is interested in a variety of career development topics and enjoys researching and learning about new theories, trends, and applications in the field. Through previous research, Avra created a handbook for career development professionals to facilitate diverse organizations. In partnership with the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (CERIC) Avra was the project lead and co-author of the Making It Work! guidebooks and webinars which was a 3 year nationwide project aimed at understanding and improving maternity leave career transitions both at the individual and employer level. By understanding the career development of the individual and in the organizational context, Avra believes that individuals can make informed decisions to obtain career satisfaction and organizations can achieve improved functioning and efficiency.


Michael Sorsdahl, CD, PhD in Education, CCC, RCC, GCDF, Registered Provisional Psychologist

Michael combines his knowledge of career development as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) alongside his experience in career counselling, both as a practitioner and educator in the field since 2005. Understanding that career is a huge part of someone’s identity, Michael focuses on helping people find their passion in work through who they are, while helping them overcome any roadblocks to their career goals. One of his specializations is helping military members transition into the civilian workforce, through capitalizing on and marketing their unique skills. Michael holds a Masters of Arts in Counselling Psychology and a PhD in Education, specializing in Counselling Psychology and Educational theory. He is currently an adjunct professor at Yorkville University and a Sessional instructor at the University of Victoria Counselling Psychology programs, instructing Career Counselling and development, Trauma, Assessment, Family therapy, and general Helping Skills.

In addition to his work in Career, Michael specializes in crisis and trauma issues (PTSD), LGBTQQ2+ issues, men’s issues, and complex life transitions in all forms. Based in an experiential form of therapy, he utilizes an integrated approach that combines the principles of a ‘here and now’ focus to therapy (Gestalt), while building a safe environment (person-centered), and exploring the underlying meaning for clients (existential) to find the best collaborated path to achieve the client’s goals. Interventions can also include CBT and practical strategies, EMDR (level 1 and 2 trained), and therapeutic enactment as needed.


Colleen Lucas, Ph.D., Registered Psychologist (Not Taking New Clients)

teamColleen holds a PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Calgary. She has spent the last 15 years consulting in the areas of personal and organizational development. Colleen is skilled in the use of various assessments that assist clients in gaining insight into their personality, interests, and strengths. She enjoys helping people use this increased understanding to identify compatible career choices and develop plans to achieve their goals. Colleen also has extensive experience in facilitating group processes with a focus on improving team development and group functioning.

Colleen’s research interests include psychological contract violation in the workplace, organizational learning and change, and career and leadership development.  She is currently involved in the research project “Making it Work! Managing Successful Maternity Leave Career Transitions”.


Meghan Reid, M.A., Registered Psychologist (Now taking clients at our Canada Career Counselling – Toronto office)

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Meghan is a Registered Psychologist specializing in career, workplace, and counselling psychology. To date, Meghan has supported hundreds of clients in making fulfilling career-related decisions and effectively navigating workplace issues. She has also helped numerous clients with personal concerns such as communication and boundary issues, assertiveness, life-transitions, self-esteem, and self-care. In addition to counselling, Meghan enjoys public speaking opportunities, facilitating workshops and corporate training, and co-hosting her weekly radio show, Career Cravings, on Bold Radio.

Meghan is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and is a Certified Emergenetics Associate. She currently resides in Toronto and has lead the expansion of Canada Career Counselling from Alberta into Ontario.


Rebecca Teebay-Webb, M.A.C.P., Registered Provisional Psychologist (Not Taking New Clients)

teamRebecca has experience in career, academic, personal, trauma, and crisis counselling. She has counselled individuals to assist in identifying their career plans, making career changes, helping them face mental health challenges, and has counselled those experiencing multiple barriers. She has worked with diverse clients: from coaching and supporting accomplished senior managers to become effective leaders, to providing support to WCB clients who were faced with the unexpected and daunting challenge of retraining and moving into a new career. Rebecca has also supported and counselled adults and adolescents in the planning of their future educational goals and has extensive experience working with youth and young adults.

In addition to her experience in career counselling, Rebecca is an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist who assists clients who are troubled by various life barriers that impede career and life success. Many clients present with feelings of dissatisfaction, unhappiness, lack of motivation, or frustration with their current career. When considering the bigger picture, the individual has realized that they are troubled by various barriers to success as a consequence of a past or recent trauma, abuse, painful negative memories, low self-esteem, confidence challenges, or anxiety, that are preventing them from ultimately seeking fulfilment in their career and life overall. In working with Rebecca, clients have identified and ultimately removed those barriers allowing them to move forward in their lives with hope. In personal counselling, Rebecca teaches her clients skills and strategies so that they can practice overcoming their challenges during therapy and begin to see positive changes and personal empowerment outside of therapy.

Rebecca is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Science honours degree in psychology from the University of Liverpool, England, a post-graduate certificate and diploma in marketing from the University of John Moores, England and a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University, New Brunswick. Rebecca is an EMDR therapist who has received level 1 and 2 training, and she also uses mindfulness-based practices with her clients.

Rebecca is currently involved in Calgary Career Counselling’s ongoing research study “Making it Work! Managing Successful Maternity Leave Career Transitions: A guide for Canadian employees and employers”.


Founder of Calgary Career Counselling
Laura Hambley, Ph.D., Registered Psychologist (Not Taking New Clients)

Dr. Laura HambleyDr. Laura Hambley is a Registered Psychologist who has been providing career counselling to people of all ages since 2001. She was trained as a career counsellor through her Master’s degree in Applied Psychology at the University of Calgary. During that time she worked with university students at the University of Calgary Counselling and Student Development Centre, where she also ran career planning workshops. Laura has also offered career planning to numerous high school students and young adults, as well as people in mid-career transitions. She has done numerous career assessments with an outplacement firm (Toombs KWA), working with professionals of all levels transitioning between jobs and careers.

Laura is skilled in many types of career/testing/assessments, which she tailors to each individual’s needs. Alongside testing, she also incorporates various exercises and discussion to help people find their ideal career direction. Laura believes a person’s career is one of the most important choices in their life, and that time and effort should be taken to help each person find a fulfilling career direction.

In addition to her Master’s in Counselling Psychology, Laura holds a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Calgary. She is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists, as well as a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.

Dr. Laura Hambley enjoys contributing to practical research in the field of career development. One example is a grant project from CERIC (Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling) investigating maternity leave career transitions in Canada, which will lead to guidebooks for women and employers.  As an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Calgary, Laura supervises the research projects of Honour’s students. She also collaborates on research about distributed workers and the personality traits that predict success when working from a distance.  When research can make a difference to the careers and lives of various groups, Laura is especially interested in contributing.


Our Career Coach

Michelle Cook, B.A., CCDP

Career Coach, Job Search Strategist, Education Advisor

 

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After earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Calgary, Michelle worked for several years in both the Human Resources and Education fields in various coordinator and learning support roles. She has also obtained a Certified Career Development Professional (CCDP) designation through the Career Development Association of Alberta.

Michelle has worked with the Calgary Career Counselling team since 2011 and has a passion for assisting people with finding solutions that lead to achieving satisfaction and happiness in their careers and lives. Her roles as a Career Coach, Job Search Strategist, and Education Advisor allow her to assist clients with career planning, choosing post-secondary institutions and programs, and creating a strong professional brand through powerful resumes and cover letters, LinkedIn coaching and interview skills support.


Our Research Team

April Dyrda, B.A. (Hons)

AprilApril is currently a student attending the University of Calgary, pursuing her Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with honours and conducted her thesis research on the career preparedness and decision-making processes of first-year university students. April is a senior mentor for the University of Calgary’s mentorship program and a member of the university’s Research in Psychology team, with an interest in addressing the career and educational needs of students at the post-secondary level. She is a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta and holds a position on the Psychological Healthy Workplace committee. She is also a research assistant for Canada Career Counselling, and is currently involved in their research project: “Making it Work! Managing Successful Maternity Leave Career Transitions.”


Michael Huston, M.Sc., R. Psych.

teamMichael Huston is an Associate Professor and Counsellor with Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta. He is part of the career research team at Calgary Career Counselling, and has contributed to a project on the career readiness and decision-making of university students, as well as other current topics. Michael brings a balanced perspective to research through his extensive practical counselling and facilitation experience, combined with a keen interest in contributing to knowledge and progress in the field of career development.

 

What Can Career Counselling Do?

Career counselling with a Registered Psychologist or Career Coach is an excellent way to make career decisions and find a fulfilling career direction. The process of career counselling includes personality, interest and values assessments, and coaching sessions to ensure you find the right career path for you. All career counsellors at Calgary Career Counselling are Master’s- and Ph.D.-level Psychologists and Career Coaches with extensive experience helping people reach their full potential.

We’re a private organization offering fee-based services, but many extended health plans cover Registered Psychologists. Further, we regularly donate our time to helping those in need with career planning presentations and individual career counselling. Our current relationships include The Calgary Women’s Immigrant Association and Discovery House.

Contact Us

Calgary Career Counselling Office:
Suite 305 - 1167 Kensington CR NW
Calgary, Alberta T2N 1X7
(403) 261-5085

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