Katharine Heimbigner-Tenor (She/Her)

Registered Provisional Psychologist

Katharine Heimbigner-Tenor (She/Her)
Katharine Heimbigner-Tenor
Registered Provisional Psychologist

You deserve to feel heard. I’m here to listen.

Thank you for taking the time to consider working with me.

My Background

I bring five years of experience working in the mental health field and currently hold the designation of registered provisional psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and counselling therapist with the Association of Counselling Therapy Alberta. I offer both individual and couples therapy to adults experiencing various issues, specializing in complex relational trauma, grief, couples issues, depression and anxiety, and individuals who identify as neurodiverse (e.g. ADHD, autism spectrum (ASD), and/or gifted). 

I would consider it an honour and privilege to support you on your healing journey.

More About Katharine

More About Katharine

Through professional, volunteer, and personal experience, Katharine became aware of the lack of mental health support available to Albertans, as well as the stigma many people experience related to mental health. She is passionate about breaking down barriers to receiving quality mental health support that addresses the complexity of being human. Whether it be through difficult childhood experiences, physical health challenges, intergenerational trauma, grief and loss, societal stressors, etc., we are all vulnerable to experiencing mental health challenges, and many of us have experienced multiple painful or even traumatic events.

With multiple challenges faced, an integrated, flexible approach that is person-centred, trauma-informed, neurodiversity-affirming, collaborative and strengths-based is important. Katharine combines an understanding of the science behind grief, trauma and healing with an openness and desire to view you holistically (sometimes referred to as your bio-psycho-social-spiritual self).

Katharine's most common therapeutic approaches include parts work (e.g. internal family systems informed), narrative therapy, mindfulness and meditation, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and Gottman's Couples Therapy. Additionally, with training in spirituality, and a background in spiritual health care, she understands the supportive or traumatic role it may play in your healing, and if requested, can incorporate this into your therapy.

Couples Katharine works with bring their individual challenges, plus communication challenges, and often infidelity into the counselling space. She has completed Level 2 training in The Gottman Method and when working with couples primarily uses this approach.

With 30 years of marriage, adult children and aging parents, Katharine understands the challenges and rewards that family can present. Finally, she understands that marriage can, and likely will, be hard; and that it can be healed. 

Please reach out today for a free consultation to see if Katharine may be a good fit.

Katharine's Areas of Strength

  • Are long-term difficulties due to complex and traumatic experiences continuing to make life challenging for you?
  • Do you have an unspoken or unexplored grief?
  • Is your current relationship struggling?
  • To add to this complexity, are you neurodiverse (eg., ADHD, autism, gifted) or do you suspect you are?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you are like many of Katharine's clients. She offers therapy for adults and couples, as well as formal adult psychoeducational, neurodiversity and trauma assessments.

Here are some areas of specialty for Katharine:

  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Complex Trauma & Abuse
  • Couples Therapy
  • Grief (Certified Advanced Grief Counselling Specialist)
  • ADHD 
  • Autism
  • Giftedness
 
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dissociation 
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Attachment & Relational Wounds
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Stress Management

Our Values

Land Acknowledgment: Recognizing and Honoring Treaty 7 and Metis Nation in Southern Alberta

Sentience Counselling Services, located in the heart of Southern Alberta, both acknowledges and pays tribute to the traditional territories of the peoples of Treaty 7, which include the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprised of the Siksika, the Piikani, and the Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Goodstoney First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to the Metis Nation of Alberta (Districts 5 and 6).

What Does Therapy Look Like at Sentience Counselling?

Sentience Counselling Services offers a transformative journey towards healing and personal growth. With a commitment to individualized support, the counselling process is designed to address your unique needs. Begin your path to emotional well-being by scheduling a free 20-minute consultation and discover the tailored guidance that Sentience Counselling provides on your journey to self-discovery and healing.

Contact us by email or phone to schedule your free 20 minute consultation.
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