OUR TEAM

Dr. Alana Ireland

Ph.D., Registered Psychologist

(she/her)

I’m Alana, the founder of Valeo Well-Being. I am passionate about both psychological and physical wellness and consider the whole person to ensure I provide the most comprehensive support. I help clients develop insight and strategies to make meaningful change in their lives through evidence-based practice (therapy that we know works!). I specialize in working with people managing: eating disorders, obesity, body image concerns, weight-bias, depression, and anxiety.  I also have expertise in working with families, as well as helping individuals manage conflict and relationship concerns. The fit with your therapist is important, and it is my belief that therapy should be a collaborative process that is tailored to meet your individual needs. I will work closely with you, ensuring you feel heard and helping you achieve your healthiest, happiest, life. I am a strong advocate for mental health as well as for promoting health, confidence, and comfort in our bodies.

I completed my doctoral degree at the University of Calgary, am an Associate Professor of Psychology, a peer-reviewed author, and an active researcher. I have presented my research on weight related-issues such as body image, obesity, eating disorders, and weight-bias both nationally and internationally, and provided consultation regarding best practice for mental health and body image in schools, workplaces, and for other health professionals. I have had the privilege of working in a variety of healthcare, school, non-profit, and post-secondary settings with clients of all ages and a wide range of concerns.   

Sarah Chernoff

M.A., M.B.A., Registered Provisional Psychologist

(she/her)

I’m Sarah, a provisional psychologist who has been training and working at Valeo Well-Being for over two years. I care deeply about helping my clients to explore how their unique experiences throughout their lives shape how they exist within their bodies and in the world. I combine my psychodynamic training with interventions informed by cognitive-behavioural therapy and existential/humanistic therapies to provide a truly cross-disciplinary approach that is tailored to each of my clients’ individual needs and goals. I specialize in working with people managing: eating disorders, obesity, body image concerns, weight bias, ADHD, OCD, personality disorders, stress, and trauma. A particular passion of mine is parenting and family systems, and I bring considerable personal (I am a mom!), professional, and educational experience to my work with parents, families, and couples.

My pragmatic approach is grounded in managing our expectations, setting realistic goals, and focussing on acceptance and subsequent growth. I believe firmly that part of achieving true, lasting change is gaining the ability to clearly see what is within our influence and to learn to let go of the things that are outside our influence.

I am a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University, specializing in child abuse and domestic violence. I also teach psychology, have authored peer-reviewed journal articles, and have presented my research at numerous national and international psychological, forensic, and legal conferences. One of my primary interests in research is the link between childhood adversity and disordered eating/distorted body image in adulthood.

Maria Fais

M.Sc., Registered Psychologist

 

The focus of my practice is evidence-based and aimed at increasing awareness of the mind-body connection. I strive to help my clients to develop effective skills and strategies to improve both their physical and emotional wellbeing. I have a special interest in health psychology and working with individuals who have concerns related to binge-eating, obesity, body image, weight-bias, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. I also have experience with helping individuals going through life transitions, relationship difficulties, career transitions, and work-related stress/burnout. My approach to therapy is collaborative and always tailored to my clients’ specific goals and needs. I have undergone training in a variety of therapeutic approaches including CBT, CBT-I, DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution-Focused Therapy.

I completed my Masters Degree at the University of Calgary and have worked extensively in

a variety of community settings, as well as in private practice with different populations such as college/university students, adults with mood and anxiety concerns, adults with chronic pain/chronic disease, elderly patients with cognitive concerns, and individuals from different cultural backgrounds and ethnicities. During the past eight years, I also worked in a healthcare setting as part of a multidisciplinary team.

I am also fluent in Spanish and Italian and can provide counselling services in these languages if preferred by clients.

Lindsay McLachlan

M.A., Registered Psychologist

(she/her)

I’m Lindsay, a counselling psychologist with the Valeo team. Mental and physical health provide a foundation for our overall wellness and thus have captured my interest and passion for working with individuals managing the stressors, adversity, and challenges of life. Whether it’s a place to feel heard, to reflect and process, or to cope or heal,  a collaborative therapeutic relationship can provide key supports in navigating the complexities of our emotional well-being. Gaining insight and self-awareness often leads to clarity and direction, with the possibility of aligning to our most authentic selves. I specialize in working with people managing stress, anxiety, depression, including concerns related to self-esteem, body image, and obesity. As a client centered therapist, my approach to treatment is to provide a warm and welcoming environment and to set goals collaboratively.  I draw from various evidence-based therapies to best tailor my approach to my client’s strengths, values and goals.

With specialty in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), I support clients in developing a new relationship to their thoughts, feelings and somatic experiences that creates opportunities for more psychologically mindful and flexible ways of adapting.

My early experiences include working with children and youth and their families in specialized mental health classrooms, residential settings and outreach treatment programs. I completed a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology and expanded my areas of competency to include adults and couples. I also have training and experience in the formal assessment and management of ADHD, including executive dysfunction coaching.

Nichola Penny

M.C., Registered Provisional Psychologist

(she/her)

I am Nichola Penny, a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the Valeo Well-Being team. My two main areas of specialization are (1) adults who have recently been diagnosed with ADHD or Autism and (2) people who have complicated relationships with food, body image and obesity.

I’m especially passionate about supporting women who suspect or have been recently diagnosed with ADHD and Autism. There is a unique set of challenges that comes along with going through life without an explanation for why we feel so different and gaining clarity as adults. By integrating new and valuable information about the symptoms and impacts that tend to be expressed in women and girls with these conditions we can reduce feelings of shame, guilt, and imposter syndrome thereby enhancing our ability to make meaningful changes. While working together, I will help you to uncover and equip existing inner strengths as well as recognize and adjust to your unique set of strengths and limitations. Most often, we do this by defining the stories we tell ourselves that tend to keep us stuck.

By reshaping the stories we tell ourselves, we begin to change the way we experience our lives which can lead to big changes in our lives. This collaborative approach to therapy helps people get unstuck and reconnected with their purpose without toiling through worksheets, exercises, or the implementation of hard to maintain strategies and techniques alone. You’ll often hear me speak to emotional regulation, self-compassion, reframing, and slowing down complex thoughts and feelings so that you can move toward a fulfilled life. 

When I am not seeing clients at Valeo Well-Being, I am completing psychoeducational assessments and providing consultation in schools to support student mental health and learning needs. I have 10 years experience working in specialized school settings for youth aged five to eighteen, and three years experience in youth addictions

Erin Warner

MSW, Registered Social Worker

(she/they) 

Greetings! I am Erin, and I am a registered social worker with Valeo Well-Being. I come to this work with a lot of passion for health at every size and for challenging dominant ideas of bodies, minds, and health. I help folks to re-author their life stories through narrative, somatic, and artistic approaches to therapy that are backed by research, practice, and lived experience knowledges. I’ve sat in both chairs as a therapist and as a client and I know how important it is to find the right fit with your therapist. Therefore, I practice in collaborative and relational ways that honour your voice and perspectives first and foremost. I am also specialized in working with fellow neurodivergent folks, particularly with ADHD and Autism, and my practice is enthusiastically 2SLGBTQIA+-affirming and accessible for folks with disabilities.

I completed my master’s degree at the University of Calgary in clinical social work with a specialization in infant, child, and youth mental health, and have spent most of my practice experience in the disability field working with young adults and researching neurodivergence, women’s sexual health, disability, and anti-oppressive approaches to mental health.

FIND HAPPINESS AND GET MORE OUT OF YOUR LIFE.

Dr. Alana Ireland

Ph.D., Registered Psychologist

(she/her)

I’m Alana, the founder of Valeo Well-Being. I am passionate about both psychological and physical wellness and consider the whole person to ensure I provide the most comprehensive support. I help clients develop insight and strategies to make meaningful change in their lives through evidence-based practice (therapy that we know works!). I specialize in working with people managing: eating disorders, obesity, body image concerns, weight-bias, depression, and anxiety.  I also have expertise in working with families, as well as helping individuals manage conflict and relationship concerns. The fit with your therapist is important, and it is my belief that therapy should be a collaborative process that is tailored to meet your individual needs. I will work closely with you, ensuring you feel heard and helping you achieve your healthiest, happiest, life. I am a strong advocate for mental health as well as for promoting health,

confidence, and comfort in our bodies. I completed my doctoral degree at the University of Calgary, am an Associate Professor of Psychology, a peer-reviewed author, and an active researcher. I have presented my research on weight-related issues such as body image, obesity, eating disorders, and weight-bias both nationally and internationally, and provided consultation regarding best practice for mental health and body image in schools, workplaces, and for other health professionals. I have had the privilege of working in a variety of healthcare, school, non-profit, and post-secondary settings with clients of all ages and a wide range of concerns.   

Sarah Chernoff

M.A., M.B.A., Registered Provisional Psychologist

(she/her)

I’m Sarah, a provisional psychologist who has been training and working at Valeo Well-Being for over two years. I care deeply about helping my clients explore how their unique experiences throughout their lives shape how they exist within their bodies and in the world. I combine my psychodynamic training with interventions informed by cognitive-behavioral therapy and existential/humanistic therapies to provide a truly cross-disciplinary approach that is tailored to each of my clients’ individual needs and goals. I specialize in working with people managing: eating disorders, obesity, body image concerns, weight bias, ADHD, OCD, personality disorders, stress, and trauma. A particular passion of mine is parenting and family systems, and I bring considerable personal (I am a mom!), professional, and educational experience to my work with parents, families, and couples.

My pragmatic approach is grounded in managing our expectations, setting realistic goals, and focussing on acceptance and subsequent growth. I believe firmly that part of achieving true, lasting change is gaining the ability to clearly see what is within our influence and to learn to let go of the things that are outside our influence.

I am a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University, specializing in child abuse and domestic violence. I also teach psychology, have authored peer-reviewed journal articles, and have presented my research at numerous national and international psychological, forensic, and legal conferences. One of my primary interests in research is the link between childhood adversity and disordered eating/distorted body image in adulthood.

Maria Fais

M.Sc., Registered Psychologist

 

The focus of my practice is evidence-based and aimed at increasing awareness of the mind-body connection. I strive to help my clients to develop effective skills and strategies to improve both their physical and emotional wellbeing. I have a special interest in health psychology and working with individuals who have concerns related to binge-eating, obesity, body image, weight-bias, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. I also have experience with helping individuals going through life transitions, relationship difficulties, career transitions, and work-related stress/burnout. My approach to therapy is collaborative and always tailored to my clients’ specific goals and needs. I have undergone training in a variety of therapeutic approaches including CBT, CBT-I, DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution-Focused Therapy.

I completed my Masters Degree at the University of Calgary and have worked extensively in a variety of community settings, as well as in private practice with different populations such as college/university students, adults with mood and anxiety concerns, adults with chronic pain/chronic disease, elderly patients with cognitive concerns, and individuals from different cultural backgrounds and ethnicities. During the past eight years, I also worked in a healthcare setting as part of a multidisciplinary team.

I am also fluent in Spanish and Italian and can provide counselling services in these languages if preferred by clients.

Lindsay McLachlan

M.A., Registered Psychologist

(she/her)

I’m Lindsay, a counselling psychologist with the Valeo team. Mental and physical health provide a foundation for our overall wellness and thus have captured my interest and passion for working with individuals managing the stressors, adversity, and challenges of life. Whether it’s a place to feel heard, to reflect and process, or to cope or heal,  a collaborative therapeutic relationship can provide key support in navigating the complexities of our emotional well-being. Gaining insight and self-awareness often leads to clarity and direction, with the possibility of aligning to our most authentic selves. I specialize in working with people managing stress, anxiety, depression, including concerns related to self-esteem, body image, and obesity. As a client centered therapist, my approach to treatment is to provide a warm and welcoming environment and to

set goals collaboratively. I draw from various evidence-basedtherapies to best tailor my approach to my client’s strengths, values, and goals.

With a specialty in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), I support clients in developing a new relationship to their thoughts, feelings, and somatic experiences that create opportunities for more psychologically mindful and flexible ways of adapting.

My early experiences include working with children and youth and their families in specialized mental health classrooms, residential settings, and outreach treatment programs. I completed a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology and expanded my areas of competency to include adults and couples. I also have training and experience in the formal assessment and management of ADHD, including executive dysfunction coaching.

Nichola Penny

M.C., Registered Provisional Psychologist

(she/her)

I am Nichola Penny, a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the Valeo Well-Being team. My two main areas of specialization are (1) adults who have recently been diagnosed with ADHD or Autism and (2) people who have complicated relationships with food, body image and obesity.

I’m especially passionate about supporting women who suspect or have been recently diagnosed with ADHD and Autism. There is a unique set of challenges that comes along with going through life without an explanation for why we feel so different and gaining clarity as adults. By integrating new and valuable information about the symptoms and impacts that tend to be expressed in women and girls with these conditions we can reduce feelings of shame, guilt, and imposter syndrome thereby enhancing our ability to make meaningful changes.

While working together, I will help you to uncover and equip existing inner strengths as well as recognize and adjust to your unique set of strengths and limitations. Most often, we do this by defining the stories we tell ourselves that tend to keep us stuck.

By reshaping the stories we tell ourselves, we begin to change the way we experience our lives which can lead to big changes in our lives. This collaborative approach to therapy helps people get unstuck and reconnected with their purpose without toiling through worksheets, exercises, or the implementation of hard to maintain strategies and techniques alone. You’ll often hear me speak to emotional regulation, self-compassion, reframing, and slowing down complex thoughts and feelings so that you can move toward a fulfilled life. 

When I am not seeing clients at Valeo Well-Being, I am completing psychoeducational assessments and providing consultation in schools to support student mental health and learning needs. I have 10 years experience working in specialized school settings for youth aged five to eighteen, and three years experience in youth addictions.

Erin Warner

MSW, Registered Social Worker

 

(she/they)

Greetings! I am Erin, and I am a registered social worker with Valeo Well-Being. I come to this work with a lot of passion for health at every size and for challenging dominant ideas of bodies, minds, and health. I help folks to re-author their life stories through narrative, somatic, and artistic approaches to therapy that are backed by research, practice, and lived experience knowledges. I’ve sat in both chairs as a therapist and as a client and I know how important it is to find the right fit with your therapist. Therefore, I practice in collaborative and relational ways that honour your voice and perspectives first and foremost. I am also specialized in working with fellow neurodivergent folks, particularly with ADHD and Autism, and my practice is enthusiastically 2SLGBTQIA+-affirming and accessible for folks with disabilities.

I completed my master’s degree at the University of Calgary in clinical social work with a specialization in infant, child, and youth mental health, and have spent most of my practice experience in the disability field working with young adults and researching neurodivergence, women’s sexual health, disability, and anti-oppressive approaches to mental health.

FIND HAPPINESS AND GET MORE OUT OF YOUR LIFE.

OUR TEAM

Dr. Alana Ireland

Ph.D., Registered Psychologist

(she/her)

I’m Alana, the founder of Valeo Well-Being. I am passionate about both psychological and physical wellness and consider the whole person to ensure I provide the most comprehensive support. I help clients develop insight and strategies to make meaningful change in their lives through evidence-based practice (therapy that we know works!). I specialize in working with people managing: eating disorders, obesity, body image concerns, weight-bias, depression, and anxiety.  I also have expertise in working with families, as well as helping individuals manage conflict and relationship concerns. The fit with your therapist is important, and it is my belief that therapy should be a collaborative process that is tailored to meet your individual needs. I will work closely with you, ensuring you feel heard and helping you achieve your healthiest, happiest, life. I am a strong advocate for mental health as well as for promoting health, confidence, and comfort in our bodies.

I completed my doctoral degree at the University of Calgary, am an Associate Professor of Psychology, a peer-reviewed author, and an active researcher. I have presented my research on weight related-issues such as body image, obesity, eating disorders, and weight-bias both nationally and internationally, and provided consultation regarding best practice for mental health and body image in schools, workplaces, and for other health professionals. I have had the privilege of working in a variety of healthcare, school, non-profit, and post-secondary settings with clients of all ages and a wide range of concerns.   

Sarah Chernoff

M.A., M.B.A., Registered Provisional Psychologist

(she/her)

I’m Sarah, a provisional psychologist who has been training and working at Valeo Well-Being for over two years. I care deeply about helping my clients to explore how their unique experiences throughout their lives shape how they exist within their bodies and in the world. I combine my psychodynamic training with interventions informed by cognitive-behavioural therapy and existential/humanistic therapies to provide a truly cross-disciplinary approach that is tailored to each of my clients’ individual needs and goals. I specialize in working with people managing: eating disorders, obesity, body image concerns, weight bias, ADHD, OCD, personality disorders, stress, and trauma. A particular passion of mine is parenting and family systems, and I bring considerable personal (I am a mom!), professional, and educational experience to my work with parents, families, and couples.

My pragmatic approach is grounded in managing our expectations, setting realistic goals, and focussing on acceptance and subsequent growth. I believe firmly that part of achieving true, lasting change is gaining the ability to clearly see what is within our influence and to learn to let go of the things that are outside our influence.

I am a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University, specializing in child abuse and domestic violence. I also teach psychology, have authored peer-reviewed journal articles, and have presented my research at numerous national and international psychological, forensic, and legal conferences. One of my primary interests in research is the link between childhood adversity and disordered eating/distorted body image in adulthood.

Maria Fais

M.Sc., Registered Psychologist

 

The focus of my practice is evidence-based and aimed at increasing awareness of the mind-body connection. I strive to help my clients to develop effective skills and strategies to improve both their physical and emotional wellbeing. I have a special interest in health psychology and working with individuals who have concerns related to binge-eating, obesity, body image, weight-bias, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression. I also have experience with helping individuals going through life transitions, relationship difficulties, career transitions, and work-related stress/burnout. My approach to therapy is collaborative and always tailored to my clients’ specific goals and needs. I have undergone training in a variety of therapeutic approaches including CBT, CBT-I, DBT, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Solution-Focused Therapy.

I completed my Masters Degree at the University of Calgary and have worked extensively in a variety of community settings, as well as in private practice with different populations such as college/university students, adults with mood and anxiety concerns, adults with chronic pain/chronic disease, elderly patients with cognitive concerns, and individuals from different cultural backgrounds and ethnicities. During the past eight years, I also worked in a healthcare setting as part of a multidisciplinary team.

I am also fluent in Spanish and Italian and can provide counselling services in these languages if preferred by clients.

Lindsay McLachlan

M.A., Registered Psychologist

(she/her)

I’m Lindsay, a counselling psychologist with the Valeo team. Mental and physical health provide a foundation for our overall wellness and thus have captured my interest and passion for working with individuals managing the stressors, adversity, and challenges of life. Whether it’s a place to feel heard, to reflect and process, or to cope or heal,  a collaborative therapeutic relationship can provide key supports in navigating the complexities of our emotional well-being. Gaining insight and self-awareness often leads to clarity and direction, with the possibility of aligning to our most authentic selves. I specialize in working with people managing stress, anxiety, depression, including concerns related to self-esteem, body image, and obesity. As a client centered therapist, my approach to treatment is to provide a warm and welcoming environment and to set goals collaboratively.  I draw from various evidence-based therapies to best tailor my approach to my client’s strengths, values and goals.

With specialty in Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), I support clients in developing a new relationship to their thoughts, feelings and somatic experiences that creates opportunities for more psychologically mindful and flexible ways of adapting.

My early experiences include working with children and youth and their families in specialized mental health classrooms, residential settings and outreach treatment programs. I completed a Master of Arts Degree in Counselling Psychology and expanded my areas of competency to include adults and couples. I also have training and experience in the formal assessment and management of ADHD, including executive dysfunction coaching.

Nichola Penny

M.C., Registered Provisional Psychologist

(she/her)

I am Nichola Penny, a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the Valeo Well-Being team. My two main areas of specialization are (1) adults who have recently been diagnosed with ADHD or Autism and (2) people who have complicated relationships with food, body image and obesity.

I’m especially passionate about supporting women who suspect or have been recently diagnosed with ADHD and Autism. There is a unique set of challenges that comes along with going through life without an explanation for why we feel so different and gaining clarity as adults. By integrating new and valuable information about the symptoms and impacts that tend to be expressed in women and girls with these conditions we can reduce feelings of shame, guilt, and imposter syndrome thereby enhancing our ability to make meaningful changes. While working together, I will help you to uncover and equip existing inner strengths as well as recognize and adjust to your unique set of strengths and limitations. Most often, we do this by defining the stories we tell ourselves that tend to keep us stuck.

By reshaping the stories we tell ourselves, we begin to change the way we experience our lives which can lead to big changes in our lives. This collaborative approach to therapy helps people get unstuck and reconnected with their purpose without toiling through worksheets, exercises, or the implementation of hard to maintain strategies and techniques alone. You’ll often hear me speak to emotional regulation, self-compassion, reframing, and slowing down complex thoughts and feelings so that you can move toward a fulfilled life. 

When I am not seeing clients at Valeo Well-Being, I am completing psychoeducational assessments and providing consultation in schools to support student mental health and learning needs. I have 10 years experience working in specialized school settings for youth aged five to eighteen, and three years experience in youth addictions

Erin Warner

MSW, Registered Social Worker

(she/they)

Greetings! I am Erin, and I am a registered social worker with Valeo Well-Being. I come to this work with a lot of passion for health at every size and for challenging dominant ideas of bodies, minds, and health. I help folks to re-author their life stories through narrative, somatic, and artistic approaches to therapy that are backed by research, practice, and lived experience knowledges. I’ve sat in both chairs as a therapist and as a client and I know how important it is to find the right fit with your therapist. Therefore, I practice in collaborative and relational ways that honour your voice and perspectives first and foremost. I am also specialized in working with fellow neurodivergent folks, particularly with ADHD and Autism, and my practice is enthusiastically 2SLGBTQIA+-affirming and accessible for folks with disabilities.

I completed my master’s degree at the University of Calgary in clinical social work with a specialization in infant, child, and youth mental health, and have spent most of my practice experience in the disability field working with young adults and researching neurodivergence, women’s sexual health, disability, and anti-oppressive approaches to mental health.

FIND HAPPINESS AND GET MORE OUT OF YOUR LIFE.