Ponoka Family & Community Support Services

Counselling

Counselling is available at Ponoka F.C.S.S. with trained professionals. The counselling program is designed to enhance and strengthen family life, develop coping skills and help people help themselves.  Counselling is provided on a sliding fee schedule. 

If interested in obtaining counselling through Ponoka FCSS, please email the lead counselor directly at koreen@ponokafcss.net and provide your contact information. If you do not have access to email, please call the office at 403-783-4462 and leave your contact information with the receptionist or message after-hours.

The counsellor will then contact you to obtain the information she needs and to schedule an appointment if appropriate.

Currently there are 3 counsellors providing services. Information for each therapsit is provided below.

Koreen Naughler, Lead Therapist, holds a BSc in Behavioural Science and an MS in Marital and Family Therapy. She has been a member and Canadian Certified Counsellor in good standing with the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) since 2004, and is a Certified Autism Specialist. She has been counselling for over 20 years working with individuals, couples and families. She uses a client-centered framework with a trauma-informed approach. Her specialty is an emphasis on the fundamentals of Family Systems Theory, utilizing various cognitive therapies with elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, as well as Narrative and Experiential therapy modalities. She believes that there is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and everyone has special strengths they bring to the process.

Teri Boyce, our child counsellor has her Bachelor of Social Work degree and is a certified mediator. She is a member of the Alberta College of Social Work and is a member in good standing for ten years. She brings 20 years counselling experience and over 100 hours of training in play therapy techniques, which she uses regularly in her work with children (aged 3-18). Teri is currently working on her animal assisted counselling certificate through the Pro EFW (Equine Facilitated Wellness) and Child Centered Animal Assisted Therapy Association. She is also trained in trauma-informed practices. Teri believes children should enter into counselling as a willing participant and they are in charge of their wellness journey.

Kristy Honan received her BA degree in Psychology and Indigenous/Women Studies from Athabasca University and her MS in Counselling from Yorkville University. She demonstrates a strong passion and commitment for supporting individuals achieve growth, development and personal empowerment based on their worldviews, beliefs and cultural influences. Ms. Honan strives to assist clients with individualized therapy through a variety of evidence-based modalities and interventions.