GET TO KNOW KRISTY
Greetings! My name is Kristy McConnell (she/her) and I am the founder of Off the Beaten Path. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit the site. I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists with years of experience- see below for more on that. I provide services to clients in Airdrie.
Off the Beaten Path introduces unique mental health treatment methods that utilizes movement by walking or running together during the therapy session. Office appointments are available as well. The link between mental and physical health is well established. Addressing your unique challenges with a unique and personalized approach is where I find my stride. Let's move forward, together.
Deciding to see a therapist can be nerve-racking and overwhelming. Off the Beaten Path aims to take typical therapy off of the couch and out into nature. Rather than sitting across from each other, let's walk or run alongside each other. For those who may have a hard time sitting with their emotions, being present in the moment, or those who have not tried therapy before, this might be just what you are looking for. If you want the option to be inside or outside, that's okay too! Office appointments are available.
I received my clinical training in counselling psychology. I began counselling men and women who had successful careers but were stuck for various reasons: relationship difficulties, grief, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, or postpartum depression. Exercise and connecting with nature has long been established as a powerful way to release endorphins, improve self-esteem, and increase creativity and problem solving. My own personal journey of self-improvement has involved running. As such, I began to wonder how combining therapy with exercise might benefit my clients who were already hard workers, but needed something more. This is how Off the Beaten Path was developed. I became a certified Endurance Running Coach in order to provide a safe, therapeutic environment that can be tailored to my clients at any and every fitness level, including those who may want to start off indoors.
As a therapist, I believe that each human is unique. We all come with a collection of experiences, values, and beliefs that make up our worldview. My focus with clients is to help you achieve optimal wellness: intellectually, emotionally, and physically. Together we will explore how your thoughts contribute to your intellectual wellness. We will use our therapeutic relationship to consider your emotional wellness and how you can grow with others. Lastly, by running or walking together, we will build a foundation for optimal physical wellness.
Walking and running is about forward motion, from one point to another. In therapy, our relationship is at the core, and the place from which all of our work will be done. I use a variety of approaches that look at how your thoughts, emotions, and actions interact, including Attachment Focused - Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative and Parts work, and attachment understandings. Moving forward together provides the perfect metaphor for identifying and resourcing your strengths. Along the way, we will also discuss coping strategies, and set manageable goals. Lastly, my style always incorporates humour, compassion, and appreciation for your commitment to your own health and wellness.
Kristy offers services to adults in Airdrie.
More than 15 years experience in the education system
Bachelor of Education
Edwin Parr Excellence in Teaching Award recipient
Project Lead and Campaign Catalyst for large scale research grants
Long-time volunteer with the Alberta Teachers Association of School Counsellors
Masters of Counselling Psychology
Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists
Clinical Supervisor for University of Calgary Psychology Students
Supervisor of Provisional Psychologists
EMDR American Trained Therapist
Previous Employee and Family Assistance Counsellor
Brain Story Certified and Change Agent for the Alberta Family Wellness Initiative
Previous Associate Editor of the Canadian School Counselling Review Journal
Former Victim Service Advocate volunteer
Running Coach Certified with the United Endurance Sports Coaching Academy
The Practice of Coaching Certified by the Roy Group
First Aid Certified
Completed 3 full marathons
Completed numerous half marathons
Have had the same running coach and mentor for the past 5 years
Top finisher: Once, in grade seven, on the beep test. It was then that I realized I wasn't fast, but I had endurance!
GET TO KNOW JENNIFER
Hello! My name is Jennifer (she/her). I am a Registered Psychologist who has over 15 years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I am passionate about helping individuals be their best selves. Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, substance use, stress, or are having difficulty with meeting the demands of daily life, counselling can help. Together we will develop attainable and customized goals that meet your needs, develop useful coping strategies, and create some forward momentum. I use a variety of modalities including cognitive and behavioral therapy, solution-focused counselling, and motivational interviewing.
My style is calm and compassionate. I am able to combine movement (walking/running) with psychotherapy for individuals who are looking for a less traditional approach to counselling. I also offer psychoeducational assessments for children and youth.
Combining the healing aspect of nature with the positive endorphins that are released through activity, can allow clients to develop additional clarity and better self-esteem. A safe, therapeutic environment will be maintained regardless of fitness level, and for those who prefer, office appointments are most welcome!
Jennifer provides services to adults, children and youth in Airdrie.
GET TO KNOW CHRISTINE
Hello! I’m Christine Cimolai (she/her), R. Psych.. Over the past 20 years I have had the privilege of working with children who have exceptional needs and their families. No two steps are the same, and the unique circumstances of each child, adolescent, and parent needs to be honoured. Anxiety, depression, grief, stress, trauma, and the overall navigation through the milestones of life can catch anyone off guard. For example, a parent who has a child recently diagnosed with a disability, an adolescent experiencing a life changing event, or a child having difficulties regulating.
Trauma can be about impactful events that shake us but also the little things that add up over time. My aim is to support you in your ability to adapt to life and move forward. EMDR is a comprehensive treatment modality that includes components of cognitive behavioural, family, attachment, and psychodynamic therapy.
As an EMDR therapist, we will find strategies, set goals, and resource your strengths. My professional perspective incorporates best practice alongside humour, compassion, and kindness. I combine walking with psychotherapy in south east Calgary for those who need to move and feel more at ease under big skies.
Christine provides services to adults, children and youth in Airdrie and Calgary.
GET TO KNOW JOLENE
Hi there! My name is Jolene Siemens (she/her) and I have been working with children and families for over 20 years in various capacities as a teacher, behaviour strategist, and now as a Registered Psychologist. I have a deep commitment to supporting those who are navigating life’s challenges with empathy and compassion.
If you are experiencing anxiety, grief, stress, trauma, or are struggling with parenting, I will meet and honour where you are at in your journey and move forward with you. My style is empathetic and creative, and I will treat you with dignity and grace. Whatever the case may be, we will work together to uncover goals, strategies, and the inner resources that you have within yourself to keep taking each step forward. The modalities I use are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Based practices, and EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing).
When I work with children, I will help them to feel empowered by uncovering and effectively using their own unique abilities and attributes. I am not just an observer of this journey, but a fellow traveller. Together we will playfully work to build self-esteem, improve social skills, reduce anxiety, and learn and understand coping tools. As well, I offer psycho-educational assessments for children and youth and I communicate the assessment results in a way that is easy to understand and includes strategies that can be applied in the classroom and at home. I look very forward to meeting you!
Jolene provides services to adults, children and youth online using secure telehealth and outdoors in south Calgary.