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Restorative Conversations

The human journey is sometimes impeded by old wounds, unfinished business, a sense of feeling "stuck" and/or a lack of clarity about how to proceed.

We can help.

Our Team of Experts

Tanya Kahanoff

M.A., R. Psych

Tanya Kahanoff is a Registered Psychologist with more than 17 years post-Masters counselling experience. Tanya was graduated with a Bachelors degree in Family Resources and Human Development from Arizona State University. She went on to pursue a Master Degree in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle in 2006.

Tanya's cross-sectoral experience includes executive leadership and governance within the non-profit sector, development and integration of a clinical framework for an innovative community agency, direct clinical practice working in a school for students with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as direct clinic work providing assessment, therapy, and consultation for complex presenting issues with, adults, adolescents, and children.

Tanya works full time in her private practice. Previously she worked full-time at an out-patient adult clinic in the Department of Psychiatry at the Foothills Medical Centre. Tanya has gained invaluable experience through working within a multidisciplinary team. She has expanded her knowledge with all issues, especially surrounding ADHD including medication, related sensory problems, workplace, education and learning concerns, as well as relationship and family issues.  Areas of clinical interest include anxiety, depression, interpersonal relationship issues, workplace challenges, and ADHD.

Patrick C. Griffin


Patrick Griffin is a Registered Clinical Social Worker with more than 40 years post-Masters clinical experience. Patrick was graduated with a Bachelors degree in both English Literature and in Philosophy from Fordham University (New York). He went on to pursue a Masters in Clinical Social Work and was graduated from Columbia University, The School of Social Work in 1980.

His career in adult psychiatry has included direct clinical practice with adults, program design and administration, clinical supervision, consultation and academia. In addition to his therapy practice, Patrick is a Adjunct Instructor in The Faculty of Social Work at the University of Calgary. In 2020 he received the Faculty's Sessional Award for Excellence in Teaching.  

Areas of clinical interest include adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, adult depression and anxiety (including panic and OCD), workplace stress and couples counselling. Patrick is also a clinical supervisor for post-MSW colleagues seeking advanced practice certification.

He has done post-graduate studies at The CG Jung Institute (Chicago) and the Psychosynthesis Centre (Madison, Wisconsin).  He is a Certified CBT therapist (u of Calgary). Patrick completed a Certificate in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) in Toronto at The Centre for Mindfulness Studies.  He went on to study mindfulness at Oxford University in the summer of 2017 at their Mindfulness Centre. In 2020 he again attended training at Oxford University's Mindfulness Centre and studied MBCT-L (Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy for Life). He is certified in MBCT through He is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) for trauma. Patrick is active in his Provincial professional College (The Alberta College of Social Workers) where he is currently serving on the Clinical Committee.  He is an Approved Clinical Supervisor for the College.

Kirsten Nelson


Kirsten Nelson . She is a registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW) with the Alberta College of Social Workers. She holds a Masters in Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary. She is currently in her Doctorate of Social Work degree at Barry University, which focuses on Clinical Trauma interventions and Leadership specializations. When she completes her DSW degree, she plans to teach at the University level while continuing her clinical practice. Kirsten practices from a trauma-informed approach and utilizes therapy techniques such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Eye-Movement and Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR).

Her specific interests and experiences have been focused on treating clients who have experienced PTSD, with emphasis in the areas of sexual assault, sexual abuse, violence, family related concerns, pre-natal complications and maternal losses. Additionally, she has experience working with clients experiencing complex symptoms from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Social Anxiety Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Depressive Disorders and General Anxiety Disorder.

Kirsten has a passion for further education and supervision of masters level students. She enjoys spending time in the outdoors and being as active as possible. At least a few times a year she likes to train for different races, such as 5km road races or trail races. She grew up in a small community and was heavily involved in many sports throughout her young life. She played a few competitive sports at the University level for 5 years and heavily relies on those learnings and experiences to form her practice when working with young adults.

Christine Turner

R. Psych

Christine Turner is a Registered Psychologist in the province of Alberta.  She specializes in the areas of Psycho-Educational Assessments and ADHD Assessments. As well Christine provides individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for adolescents and adults. Christine’s passion and expertise is working with those who struggle with ADHD, anxiety, OCD, depression, grief, and emotional regulation.

Before becoming a Registered Psychologist, Christine worked as an educator. In her 25+ years working in the school system, Christine worked as a classroom teacher, a special education teacher and a school counsellor. With her calm, relaxed and approachable style, Christine works with everyone to help them build strengths and attain personal growth.

When Christine is not working, she enjoys spending time with her two daughters, amazing granddaughter, and her four-legged friend, Beau.

Our Approach to Psychiatric Care

The human journey is both complex and wonderful! Each of us is on a path to realize our "best self"; the self you were intended to become. That path, however, is sometimes inpeded by old wounds, unfinished business, a sense of feeling "stuck" and/or a lack of clarity about how to proceed. We can help you.

Restorative Conversations is a place where you can safely explore your own journey to become a full person.  In the context of a confidential therapeutic relationship we will use these tools to help you:

• A full assessment to better understand your concerns
• Collaborate with you on an individualized treatment plan
• Use of evidence-based practice to facilitate and support you in reaching your goals
• If indicated, collaboration with your family physician, your school, or other agency (with your written and informed consent)

Restorative Conversations will work with you at your pace to realize the goals that will assist you in gaining clarity on the road ahead!

Our Psychiatric Services

Restorative Conversations has an unwavering commitment to supporting you in listening for your best self. By offering evidenced-based, culturally competent mental health services that speak to the individual as a whole person, we commit to collaborating with you in developing and attaining your goals for emotional wellness.

Treatment Areas

• Depression
• Anxiety and Phobias
• Grief and Loss
• Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
• Self-Esteem
• Relationship Issues
• Emotion Regulation
• Transitions and Change
• Work-Life Balance
• Panic Disorder
• Academic and Career
• Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
• Parenting Issues and Training
• Stress Management
• Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Assessment Services*

• Diagnostic Assessment
• Psychiatric and psychological Assessment
• ADHD Assessment
• Psycho-Educational Assessments
• Gifted Assessments

Treatment Services

• Psychotherapy: Individual, Couples, and Groups
• ADHD Coaching
• Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
• Training
• Workshops

Other Services

• Clinical Supervision & Consultation
• Research

Assessments for Children & Teens
An assessment provides valuable information about your child. Assessments can identify giftedness, specific learning disabilities, academic strengths and weaknesses, ADHD, or possible cognitive delays. We listen carefully to your child’s unique needs and help guide you through the assessment process step by step. At the end, you’ll have an informed and comprehensive plan that includes meaningful strategies to help support your child’s development.

Assessments for Adults
Adults can find post-secondary education and/or the workplace challenging due to underlying and often undiagnosed learning disabilities, ADHD, or other cognitive conditions. An assessment can help you better understand your strengths and areas of need. We will take the time to discuss the final diagnostic report with you which will include strategies to help you meet your specific goals. The assessment can be used to advocate for academic or workplace accommodations or to apply for AISH or PDD funding if applicable.