Meet The Team

Heather Faris

Animal Communicator, Distance Intuitive Healing

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Katie Grinham

Craniosacral, Massage and Energy Therapist

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Rea Kowal

M. Couns., Registered Psychologist

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Val Kendall

Ph.D., MA, Registered Psychologist, Registered Play Therapist, Registered Hypnotherapist

 

Heather Faris

Animal Communicator, Distance Intuitive Healing

Services:

Heather's experience as an Intuitive and BodyMind Practitioner provides a strong foundation for her Animal Communication. She was in private practice as an ARC Bodywork Therapist for over a decade and is a cofounder of The Healing Space in Calgary, AB, an inspiring centre for holistic practitioners. In 2010 Heather began her professional career as an Animal Communicator and has since dedicated her practice solely to Animal Communication and Distance Intuitive Healing.

Heather first studied Animal Communication in 2000 with Georgina Cyr and later Penelope Smith. Since then her work has continued to evolve out of a commitment to her own creative healing process and spiritual journey. Over the last twenty five years she has studied and explored various healing arts including Hakomi, Authentic Movement, Qi gong, Shamanism, Creative Visualization and Journey Work.

Heather currently teaches Animal Communication workshops in BC and Alberta and communicates with animals worldwide. She offers Animal Communication and Intuitive Healing for people and animals by distance and is committed to facilitating ways for people and their animal companions to live more embodied, heart-centered lives.

Heather is passionate about working in circle and uses it as a creative vessel to facilitate her workshops. She honors the richness of our individual and collective worlds and is committed to witnessing these spaces with deep respect and sacred acknowledgement.

In 1997 Heather earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria.  It was there, after an initial exploration in painting and drawing, that she found her true voice in expression of spirit through nature-based sculpture.

Heather  continues to engage in practices that facilitate her desire to have her intuitive gifts be of service to all beings. Her recent studies include Ancestral Healing, Systemic Constellations and Higher Consciousness Practice.

Current Courses/Workshops:

Learn to Communicate with Animals

Please visit Workshop page
 

Helpful Information:

What is Animal Communication?

Calgary Herald Article on Animal Communication

Comments by Heather's Animal Communication Workshop Participants

 

Katie Grinham

Registered Massage Therapist, Craniosacral Therapist, Certified Demartini Method Facilitator, Reiki Master


Services:

  • Craniosacral Therapy

  • Massage Therapy

  • Somato Emotional Release

  • Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping)

  • Demartini Method for Emotional Wellbeing/Empowerment

  • Energy Rebalancing

Katie is an Intuitive Craniosacral Therapist with over 20 years of experience. She believes that health and wholeness is our true essence and is maximized by releasing, realigning, reenergizing , not only our bodies, but our hearts and minds. Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, light touch technique developed by an Osteopathic surgeon, in the late 1960’s, to alleviate a wide range of problems such as:

  • Headaches, migraines, sinus problems

  • Jaw Pain/TMJ, shoulder, neck and back pain, sciatica

  • Falls, injuries, whiplash

  • Panic Attacks, overwhelm, depression

  • Postural Strain

Katie’s sessions are deeply relaxing and powerfully effective as she uses both a thorough analysis and intuition to help you uncover the source of why your body is reacting the way it is. Past injuries, repetitive motion, work postures, and stressful life situations, are all factors she addresses to bring your body and mind back to “healthy thoughts”, balanced energy, proper movement/function and physical comfort.

Some clients feel Katie’s innate spiritual ability, to align, clear, and reenergize the body’s natural energy system is her greatest gift, whereas other clients appreciate her unique way of aligning the physical body.

Through experience, Katie has found having 1 session a week for 4 weeks
is a powerful and effective way to move back into health. Each clients is then reassessed.

Note: Craniosacral/Massage Therapy fees are covered under most
Health Insurance plans.

Current Courses/Workshops:

Katie offers classes, seminars and public speaking engagements to help people learn how to ease the struggle in their lives. Please contact her for more information.


Helpful Information:


Institute of Noetic Sciences Newsletter article on Energy Psychology

Body Mind Therapies

Testimonials

 

Rea Kowal

Contact:

403-860-7247

reakowal@shaw.ca

www.reakowal.com

BN, M Couns, Registered Psychologist, Registered Nurse, Certified Reiki Master
Registered with EMDR Canada, CRHSPP (Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology).

Services:

  • Counselling/Therapy
    - Adults, Adolescents, Seniors
    - Individual, Couples, Groups

  • Body-Mind Therapies
    - Brainspotting
    - EMDR
    - Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT)
    - Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
    - Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT)
    - Reiki

  • Comprehensive Resource Model

(To learn more about these therapies click here.)

  • Workshops and Education
    - Half day workshops
    - Lunch and Learn workshops

Rea combines “power therapies” Brainspotting, EMDR, and AIT (Advanced Integrative Therapy) with conventional and other mind/body therapies to help clients achieve optimal psychological, physical and spiritual healing not possible with talk therapy alone. This approach effectively accesses areas of the brain that hold the root of maladaptive thoughts, behaviours and emotional responses; and creates changes at a neurobiological/cellular level. Clients spontaneously experience observable and lasting changes in “felt sense” and “global functioning” as they reconnect with their authentic selves.

Rea has more than 30 years experience in the helping professions and coaching. She assists those presenting with a broad range of issues (see www.reakowal.com), and specializes in the treatment of developmental and adult trauma, dissociation/ego state work, and performance enhancement.

Current Courses/Workshops:

Rea works therapeutically with her clients in private sessions.

Helpful Information:

Body-Mind Therapies

Institute of Noetic Sciences Newsletter article on Energy Psychology

 

Val Kendall

Contact:

403-278-7305
valken@telus.net

Ph.D. (Psychology), MA (Counselling), Registered Psychologist, Registered Hypnotherapist, Registered Play Therapist, Dip Ed (Guidance), BPE, Canadian Counselling Certification

She was recently the focus of two CUTV News Radio Spotlight interviews. Recordings of the interviews may be played by following the links below:

Val's first CUTV News Radio interview

Val's Second CUTV News Radio interview

Val's Third CUTV News Radio interview


Services:

  • Counselling/Therapy for adults, children and groups

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Play Therapy

  • Hypnotherapy

  • Biofeedback

  • HeartMath

  • Psychoeducational Assessments

  • Solution-Focused Therapy

  • Expressive Arts for healing

  • Body/Mind Therapies

    • Tapas Accupressure Technique (TAT)

    • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)

    • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Level 2

    • Brain Gym

    • Quantum Touch

  • Family Constellations​

  • Addictions Expert

Val believes that the relationship established with the client is paramount in facilitating client growth and helping the client to recognize their own strengths and resources. She is an eclectic professional who uses approaches relevant to each client and regards herself and the client as a team who work together. Val previously facilitated groups addressing family violence issues.

Play Therapy:

Using adult techniques is not appropriate with children. Their main mode of communication is play, a serious business for them. Play fits in what we call depth psychology. Subconsciously we convey a lot by our non-verbals and our selection of symbolic objects for our play. Play can be a huge metaphor of life. Special training is required to utilize play therapy. Val has been working via play therapy with children for 14 years, and the innate intelligence of children, their subconscious understandings and ability to self-heal through play continues to amaze her.

Best progress is with parents “on the team,” not being intrusive but prepared to also learn by filling the role of a “therapeutic partner” when appropriate. Child ages most appropriate are 3-12 years, but expressive arts such as drawing, painting, clay work, writing, movement, sound and sand-tray are appropriate for older children and adults as well. What is a song, but an expression of the composer’s inner life and feelings and opinion? Val is trained in Expressive Arts too.

Many adults have lost their playfulness and are reluctant to “let it all hang out.” Don’t worry! No one will ever force you to be “expressive.” Val follows your lead.

Family Constellations:

 

First conceived by Bert Hellinger, family constellations, when explored, give us clues to some of the emotionally  upsetting experiences,  misunderstood problems  and traumas we may be suffering. The amazing and intriguing notion is that we may be unconsciously living out the unresolved traumas of our past family generations, dating back as far as our great grandparents and beyond.  This type of therapy, drawing on the science of epigenetics and neuroplasticity, goes deep. Reference: Mark Wolynn. (2016). "It didn’t start with you. How inherited trauma shapes who we are and how to end the cycle."

 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YqBhAgqZGSU



Research:

Val has recently completed research on the experience of women recovering from hip replacement surgery. More information on her work is available here .

Contact Us

The Healing Space Calgary

Main Office

1407 - 10 Street SW

Calgary, AB, Canada

T2R-1E7

Second Office

2 McRae Street

Okotoks, Alberta, Canada

T1S-1J5

To book or cancel counselling/therapy appointments please view their bios and contact the therapist directly using the list in the right hand column.

We offer “in person” or telehealth (phone or video) sessions. Please observe the present Covid-19 virus protection precautions i.e. Use of a face mask if 6ft. distance cannot be achieved between you and the therapist; use of hand sanitizer; signed declaration that you have not been out of the country or in contact with a person who has Covid-19 within the last 14 days, and confirming that you do not have symptoms of Covid-19, such as runny nose, eyes. cough or a fever.

 

Thank you

Val Kendall

Therapists:

Katie Grinham

403-938-1467

katiegrinham@live.ca

Rea Kowal
403-860-7247

reakowal@shaw.ca

Val Kendall
403-278-7305

valken@telus.net

Heather Faris
250-661-7952

arccalg@telus.net

Website Manager:
Trevor Kendall