My Network

The purpose of this page is to highlight a variety of other treating professionals in the Calgary area whom I would recommend for treatment. This list includes other clinical and/or sport psychologists that some individuals may find are a better fit for them personally.

Clinical Psychology

Kerry Mothersill, Ph.D., R.Psych.

Dr. Kerry Mothersill currently provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Mindful Transdiagnostic CBT, and psychological assessment services in his private practice. He works within a publically funded health system in leadership positions and is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Calgary. Dr. Mothersill is a Past-President of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), a Fellow of the Clinical Psychology Section of CPA, and was given the 2013 Psychologist of the Year Award by the PAA.

His former positions in Psychology organizations include:

  • Chair of the Psychologists in Hospitals and Health Centers Section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • Chair, Clinical Section, (CPA);
  • Chair, Canadian Council of Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP);
  • President, Psychologists Association of Alberta (PAA)
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    Deborah Dobson, Ph.D., R.Psych.

    Deborah Dobson has been a psychologist, advocate and practitioner of cognitive behavioural therapy for many years. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology, University of Calgary and has a private practice providing psychotherapy to adults with mental health problems as well as psychological assessments. Up to 2013, she was the Director of Clinical Training for the Calgary Clinical Psychology Residency Program in the Adult Sector of Alberta Health Services. She has provided supervision and training in CBT both within Canada and internationally. She is a founding member and served on the board of the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies from 2010 until 2016. She began the first Certificate in CBT program in Western Canada through the University of Calgary in 2014. In addition to her work in CBT, she has advocated for mental health community programs and was the President of the Canadian Mental Health Association—Calgary Region. She was awarded the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award in 2015 for her volunteer work. She is a Fellow of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Clinical Section of the CPA.

    Barb Backs-Dermott, Ph.D., R.Psych.

    Dr. Backs-Dermott is a registered Clinical Psychologist with 14 years of experience within the public health system. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary in 2002. She specializes in providing Cognitive-Behavioral therapy for individuals suffering from depression and anxiety disorders. She has extensive experience training future Clinical Psychologists. She is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary in the Department of Psychology. She has been actively involved in research, publishing journal articles and presenting at professional conferences across North America. Dr. Backs-Dermott is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She is certified as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapist by the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CACBT).

    Dr. Backs-Dermott offers individual CBT and also offers group therapy featuring Mindful Transdiagnostic Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (MTCBT). MTCBT blends the teaching of non-judgemental, present-focused attention with interventions that target cognitive and behavioural processes that underlie depression, anxiety, and stress-related problems. MTCBT has been co-developed by Dr. Backs-Dermott and her colleagues (Dr. Mothersill, Dr. Hamilton, & Dr. Macrodimitris). For more information, see or email at

    Acupuncture, Cupping, and Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Kayla Lakusta, B.A., R.Ac.

    Practitioner, Owner, and Dreamer of Banyan Tree Health

    I began my student career over 12 years ago. After growing up in the competitive swimming community, I found myself more and more intrigued by the mind body connection. Immediately after high school, I attended Mount Royal University Continuing Education Faculty where I completed my diploma in Massage Therapy. Through my studies in massage therapy and the physical manifestations of pain, I became more and more curious about the flip side of the coin. I wanted to make the connection between mind and body. This led me back to University where I completed my Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology. It is here where I really started to learn more about Eastern traditions and philosophy through many Eastern study courses. That, in combination with my psychology studies led me to discover Traditional Chinese Medicine.

    For me, choosing to study Traditional Chinese Medicine was not merely a career choice but a lifestyle choice as well. I strongly believe in the importance of holistic health, integrating many practices to address the root of the problem. I see humans and all beings as microcosms of the natural world surrounding us. Much of my practice revolves around exploring ways to align and really connect to the natural rhythms of Mother Nature.

    Today, I am a practitioner of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. I am a graduate of Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a member of the Alberta Governing Board of Acupuncturists (CAAA). I continue on in my pursuit of knowledge, travelling the world, learning different styles and modalities. There is an endless amount of tools within the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine and my drive lies in discovering more and finding ways to make them work for each unique individual.

    My passion for Eastern philosophy as a way of life drives me in my day to day activities. Making connections with likeminded people, sparking ideas, learning, and sharing, all fuel me to be an active participant and a creative and involved practitioner.

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    Physiotherapy, Acupuncture, and IMS

    Elliott Goldman, BSc (SportScience), MScPT, AACP

    Physiotherapist, Calgary Core Physiotherapy

    Elliott is originally from London, England. He completed his Bachelor of Science in Sport Science and Physiology at Leeds University in 2003 and his Masters in Physiotherapy at the University of Northumbria in 2006.

    Elliott has a keen interest in Sports Physiotherapy and Injury Prevention, spending several years working for semi-professional and elite English rugby teams (the Newcastle Falcons) and the Royal Air Force. He has also written and published a journal article in 2010 on the prevention of hamstring injuries, and ran in-service training sessions for top English Premier League Soccer teams.

    With his solid British training and experience, Elliott focuses on a hands-on approach to treatment, backed up with the most up-to-date knowledge of exercise prescription and evidence-based practice. In addition, to his manual therapy skills, Elliott also has comprehensive experience in using Acupuncture and Gunn IMS dry needling.