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.


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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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Nina Hornjatkevyc – Practice Lead

Aaron Telnes

April Dyrda

Avra Davidoff

Colleen Lucas

Nicole Pesta

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

Laura Hambley (not taking new clients)

Our Coaches

Michelle Cook

Gail Kastning

Our Career Counsellors:

Nina Hornjatkevyc, M.Sc., Practice Lead and Registered Psychologist

Nina is Practice Lead at Calgary Career Counselling. She is an experienced Registered Psychologist and is passionate about helping people to plan and develop their careers. With over 14 years of counselling experience, in private practice, post-secondary and community settings, she has worked with thousands of clients individually and with thousands more as a presenter. She has extensive experience working with people who are choosing their first career and clients transitioning and developing their careers.

Nina works with clients from strengths-based and practical perspectives, using research supported strategies, career assessments and resources that help clients to identify and develop fulfilling careers. A caring and skilled professional with an eye for detail, Nina enjoys collaborating with people as they explore their preferences, priorities and needs, and plan their next steps. Nina is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta. She holds a Master of Science degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary. She also holds Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Alberta.

Nina also offers personal counselling through our Synthesis Psychology practice (visit). Her areas of specialty include managing life transitions, anxiety, loss, and supporting self-esteem

Aaron Telnes, MC, Registered Provisional Psychologist

AaronAaron believes in empowering his clients to discover, grow, and self-actualize through their own inherent abilities and skills, as they are their own experts. He believes in fostering his clients’ strengths and promoting self-efficacy through understanding personal motivation, assisting in self-exploration, and goal setting. Aaron believes in the power of our thoughts and how if we are able to change our thoughts, our feelings and behaviours will change too. He strives to address his clients’ needs through strategic, actionable problem-solving. Aaron also believes in encouraging a high level of self-awareness in his clients, and strives to support clients by developing a non-judgmental and acceptance-based therapeutic relationship.

Aaron is focused on empowering, motivating, inspiring, and assisting clients in gaining a better understanding of who they are in order to facilitate a successful career choice, transition, or departure, through self-reflection, assessment and research, and decision-making. Aaron also has a passion for working with entrepreneurs or clients attempting to determine if entrepreneurship is right for them.

Aaron is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta. Aaron is also a Special Affiliate with the Canadian Psychological Association. Aaron completed a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology, from the University of Calgary. While completing his Bachelor of Arts degree he completed a research study investigating the effectiveness of a short-term problem-solving intervention on performance anxiety. Aaron also holds a Master of Counselling degree from the University of Calgary. Throughout the completion of his Master of Counselling, he focused his research in the areas of social anxiety and improving mental health at the individual and organizational levels.

Aaron also offers personal counselling through our Synthesis Psychology practice (visit). His areas of specialty include anxiety, depression, stress, interpersonal conflicts, communication issues, self-esteem/confidence, and life transitions

April Dyrda, M.Sc., Registered Provisional Psychologist

Taking a holistic approach to the counselling process, April strives to support her clients in achieving success in career and life. She is passionate about helping individuals design and attain a preferred career path that is both personally and professionally fulfilling. Her strengths-based approach prioritizes self-determination, empowering clients to make decisions that directly align with their career values and aspirations. With a background in mental health, April also works with clients to overcome the psychological challenges that often accompany career change and transition, including stress, anxiety, and depression. Prior to becoming a counsellor on our team, April worked with Calgary Career Counselling for over 5 years supporting administration, projects, and research.

April is a Registered Provisional Psychologist and a member of the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta. She holds a Master of Science degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Calgary as well as a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Psychology from the same institution. April’s education and research background centered on the topic of career transition, including young job seekers moving from school-to-work, mid-career changes, and maternity leave transition. She has completed internships with career and counselling services through both the University of Calgary and Mount Royal University, with a focus on providing individual and group support. In addition to her academic experience, April recently held a director position working for a non-profit organization in Calgary providing mental health peer support.

Avra Davidoff, MC, Registered Psychologist

teamAvra is a Senior Associate at Calgary Career Counselling and joined the practice soon after its founding. She has over a decade of experience in the career development field working both with individuals and corporations on career development engagement initiatives. In addition to providing counselling and consulting services, Avra has extensive experience designing and facilitating workshops and has developed various in house resources and processes to assist clients in career counselling. She often works with early and mid-career adults, senior leaders and executives as well as parents re-integrating to paid employment. Avra regularly contributes to media on a variety of career development topics.

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. She injects humour into her work and is known for challenging clients to generate awareness, affect change and invite new perspective.

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.

Colleen Lucas, Ph.D., Registered Psychologist

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”.

Colleen also offers personal counselling through our Synthesis Psychology practice (visit). She is an EMDR therapist specializing in trauma, stress management, anxiety, depression, and increasing personal resilience

Nicole Pesta, M.Ed., Registered Provisional Psychologist

Nicole is passionate about helping individuals create and achieve personal, occupational, and relational meaning in their lives. She enjoys collaborating with her clients, helping them navigate a process of self-discovery while they design a career and life plan that aligns with their vision and values.

In addition to her experience with career counselling, Nicole has experience helping individuals struggling with boundaries, trauma, addiction, emotional regulation, anxiety, OCD, depression, sexual compulsivity, and relational discourse. She does not shy away from traditionally taboo topics, and has focused much of her education on the topics of human sexuality and intimate relationships, including her final capstone, ‘Polyamory: a Guide for Canadian Counsellors’.

Nicole is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta. Along with obtaining a double Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Calgary, Nicole also holds a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology from the University of Lethbridge. She completed a nine month internship in Arizona at Psychological Counseling Services, working with individuals, couples, and groups. She has worked and volunteered at several Calgary agencies, providing support to individuals healing from trauma, navigating transitions, seeking career clarity, and overcoming personal struggles.

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


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.

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 Coaches

Michelle Cook, B.A., CCDP

Career Coach, Job Search Strategist, Education Advisor



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.


Gail Kastning, B.Ed., CCS

Career and Job Search Strategist


Gail’s knowledge in career development has been built on many years of both personal and professional experience. She has changed career directions, worked overseas, relocated to a new province for work and has launched a business in Calgary.

Her interest in career development began while working in Japan. She became fascinated by work cultures and how culture impacts work motivation. She later moved from Japan to Calgary, and began a new career as a career and academic advisor. She worked with high school students moving them through self-exploration, research, decision making and goal setting. She later launched a training business coupling intercultural training and career development, specializing in helping organizations increase their intercultural competence and workplace communication. At the same time, she also facilitated hundreds in career planning, resume writing, interview skills, work search and social media branding, helping hundreds of Calgarians from diverse backgrounds job search, change jobs, and work with purpose.

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.

Contact Us

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

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