Our Therapist

Kim Silverthorn B.A., R.P.C., M.P.C.C., C.T.

Kim Silverthorn is a registered Master Practitioner of Clinical Counselling (M.P.C.C.) through the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (C.P.C.A.).   She is also a registered Counselling Therapist with ACTA – the Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta.  Kim has an Honours B.A. in Sociology and Crime and Deviance from the University of Toronto; and a Diploma of Applied Counselling and Psychology from Kelowna College.  She comes to Beaumont by way of central Ontario, the Northwest Territories and northern Alberta.

Kim has worked for more than 30 years providing therapeutic supports for individuals and for families. Her areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, self harm, eating disorders, low esteem, stress, sleep disturbance issues, grief/loss issues and relationship support/couples counselling (this also includes co-parenting support, for couples who do not want to stay together, but who want to provide their children with the best family dynamic possible).

Kim also offers Neurofeedback Training/Therapy to clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, self harm, eating disorders, addictions, sleep issues, migraines, work/sports performance needs, low motivation, self-esteem issues and stress.

And Kim offers a broad range of Professional Development Training opportunities (CEC approved) for various community groups and agencies, throughout Alberta.  She facilitates Support Groups and community based Workshops (online and in-person) which address a wide variety of mental health issues.  And Kim writes the  weekly “Dear Tacit” mental wellness articles that are published in newspapers (hard copies and online) all across Canada.

Kim’s Availability: Kim works out of the Beaumont office, and sees clients in-person and via Zoom, on Mondays to Thursdays (afternoons and evenings, from 1pm to 8:30pm); and on Saturdays (afternoons, from 12 noon to 6pm).  

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Our Associate Therapist

Teagan Mitchell B.A., M.C., C.C.C., C.T.

Teagan has her Masters of Counselling Degree.  She is registered as a C.C.C. (Canadian Certified Counsellor) with the C.C.P.A .(Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association).  She is also registered as a therapist through ACTA (The Association of Counselling Therapists of Alberta).  Teagan has had more than 10 years of clinical experience, and specializes in marginalized populations and complex cases. Her areas of expertise include clients who struggle with addictions, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, sexuality, domestic violence and relationship issues. Teagan offers EMDR therapy in addition to her diverse Talk Therapy modalities, as an option for her clients.

Teagan considers herself to be a holistic practitioner.  She explores the connections between the body, mind, heart, and spirit, helping clients heal by taking the entire human being and their life experiences into consideration, while creating a safe and collaborative therapeutic environment. In her spare time, Teagan can often be found tending to her garden, biking with her kitten, or kayaking with her dog. She is as bright, cheery, and playful, as she is also calming, non-judgmental, and understanding. She loves The Lord of The Rings, slurpees, and tacos, but not necessarily in that order!

Teagan’s Availability: Teagan works out of her office in Edmonton at 17214 60 Ave (about 30 min away from Beaumont) – she sees clients in-person and via Zoom, on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 4pm to 8pm.

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Our Associate Therapist

Janet VanCaeseele B.Sc., R.N., M.C., C.C.C.

Janet VanCaeseele is a clinical counsellor/psychotherapist and holds the designation of a registered C.C.C. (Canadian Certified Counsellor) with the CCPA (Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association). She has a Masters of Counselling Degree. She has also been a Registered Nurse (with AHS) for 16 years and has specialized in mental health support for her patients. Janet provides individual counselling support to youth and adults – she also works with couples (although she has less experience with this). Her areas of expertise include clients who struggle with addictions, anxiety, depression, grief, and relationship issues. She uses a variety of different modalities within her practice including Somatic Experiencing Therapy, Attachment Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), CBT, DBT, ACT, and EMDR trauma treatment.

In session, Janet creates a safe environment where every client feels valued and understood – she strives to help instill hope in the people she works with. Janet is passionate in applying a trauma informed approach as she empowers individuals to heal from their adversity. Regardless of each person’s background and past, Janet believes in focusing on the individual’s potential, strengths, and resilience to improve their own well-being. Janet is a nurturer and helper at heart. She is the mother of two boys, which keeps her very busy. She loves to be active and outdoors. She spends her free time exploring lots of new opportunities and especially enjoys travel, sports, cultural experiences, food, dancing and anything in nature.

Janet’s Availability: Janet works out of the Beaumont office and is available to see clients in-person on Wednesday afternoons (from 12 noon to 5:00pm) – and she sees clients via Zoom, on Thursdays (2:00pm to 6:00pm) and Saturdays (12 noon to 3:00pm).

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Our Neurofeedback Training Associate

Helen Allan

Helen joins Tacit after having worked in the human services field for more than 30 years.  Helen has a Human Resources and Labour Relations Degree (from Athabasca University); a Career Development Practitioners Diploma (from Concordia University of Edmonton); and a Human Resources Management Certificate (from the University of Alberta).  She has primarily worked in the areas of career counselling, human resources management and life skills coaching.  Helen also has had a great deal of experience facilitating personal and professional development workshops on a variety of topics (including teamwork and collaboration, embracing change, personal accountability, career planning/transition, study skills, employment preparation, self esteem, and parenting skills).  She has spent her career working closely with students, teachers, children, youth, staff members, and community members, in general.

Helen has Scottish roots but has called Canada home for many years – she has lived with her family in Beaumont for the last 20 of those years. Helen believes life is a growth journey of endeavoring to understand ourselves and others while celebrating differences!

Helen’s Availability: Helen works with Neurofeedback clients only, and provides in-person support during their regular sensor sessions – she does not provide Intake support or offer any counselling to our clients.  Neurofeedback Sessions are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (or at other times, upon special request).

Our Neurofeedback Training Associate

Lindsay Robinson

Lindsay is Tacit’s newest Neurofeedback Associate.  After receiving an Honours Degree in History from the University of Victoria, Lindsay and his wife Danielle moved to Beaumont to pursue careers in the health care industry. Lindsay has dreams of becoming a physician and has been studying science, in addition to his undergraduate work, for nearly ten years.

Along with his pursuit of medical school, Lindsay brings 20 years of experience in the Canadian Film/Television/Theatre industries. As a seasoned performer, writer, director, producer, and musician, he is eager to draw upon his interpersonal skills to facilitate the most enjoyable and helpful Neurofeedback Training sessions at Tacit.

Lindsay and Danielle have just started their own little family, and welcomed their first child this year.

Lindsay’s Availability: Lindsay works with Neurofeedback clients only, and provides in-person support during their regular sensor sessions – he does not provide Intake support or offer any counselling to our clients.  Neurofeedback Sessions are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays (or at other times, upon special request).

FAQS

Questions You May Have About Us

If you have never used our counselling services specifically, or counselling services in general, we know you probably have some questions. We believe this section, along with the rest of the website, has the answers you are looking for. However, if cannot find the answers you seek, please feel free to reach out to us. 

Tacit Knowledge is a private counselling practice which is based out of Beaumont.  Our therapists are physically located in Beaumont and in two different locations in Edmonton, and regularly provide counselling services to people and agencies all across Canada.

Upon request, Tacit is happy to travel to locations all across Canada, as part of the Professional Development/Training options that we also provide.

Our therapists see clients both virtually (via Zoom) AND in-person (in the Beaumont office, in two different office locations in Edmonton; and in various nature-based settings, in Beaumont and all over the Edmonton and outlying areas, if clients choose the nature-assisted therapy sessions).

The client has the choice of either format for any of their sessions – they do not have to just pick one method of therapy and stick with it all of the time.  For example, if the weather is bad or a client is running late for their appointment, they may opt for Zoom sessions, even if they typically see their therapist in-person.

Counselling provides a client with an increased understanding and awareness of self.  Our therapists get to know each client by first understanding the challenges that the client is facing from his/her perspective.  The therapist then helps the client come from a place of confidence and strength as he/she overcomes those challenges in a successful and healthy way.  Counselling is a unique process that is different for every person.  Tacit ensures that the therapeutic supports offered to each client is genuine, empowering, and relative to their own personality, needs and strengths.  We honour our clients for how far they have already come in their journey, and we feel privileged that the client allows us to join them as they continue to move forward through their counselling process. For more information please click HERE.

Individual counselling sessions are 50 minutes in length.  Couples/Family counselling sessions are often 70 minutes long – this provides a little extra time when there is more than one client, in the same session, who will be speaking/sharing.

Confidentiality basically means privacy.  A client may share any of the details that are discussed in the counselling session with anyone that they would like to – the information is theirs.  But the therapist is bound by the laws of confidentiality and may not share session information with any third party, without the client’s written permission; or unless the issues being discussed fall under the “exceptions” legislation.  These exceptions to confidentiality include information that relates to the abuse or neglect of anyone under the age of 18; information relating to a the disclosure of possible plans for suicide or homicide; or information covered under a court order, when a subpoena has been issued for that information.

Clients are encouraged to access any financial coverage and/or support benefits that they may be entitled to receive through their Employee Assistance Programs/Workplace Benefit Policy (please inquire with your health insurance provider regarding the details of your coverage).

Any fees for psychological services that not covered by a Benefit Program may be deducted on a client’s personal income tax return each year, under health care expenses.

Tacit works in partnership with the In The Weeds Program.  Anyone working in the hospitality industry (in any position – as a dishwasher, cook, server, hostess, manager, owner, etc), in Edmonton and the outlying areas, is eligible for this counselling subsidy support.  Participants can access 3 free therapy sessions with their choice of any of our Tacit therapists.

Clients who reside in Beaumont can also inquire about their possible eligibility for subsidized counselling supports (offered by Beaumont FCSS) – this is an income-based support program.  Tacit offers their own sliding fee schedule as well (which is also income-based).

Tacit Knowledge offers pro-rated workshop rates for non-profit organizations who request our Professional Development/Training services.

Tacit accepts cash, cheque and etransfer payments for all counselling services that are provided.  Payment is expected before or immediately after each session.   Invoices are not issued.  Receipts are provided by email when the payment has been processed.  There is a $75 fee for any NSF cheque.  There is also a full session payment cancellation fee that applies to any appointment that is missed/cancelled with less than 2 Tacit business days’ notice, prior to the day of the session. For information about rates and fees, please click HERE.

This sophisticated brain training tool was designed by a team of clinical psychologists and it has been used for 30 years. The NeurOptimal® system (used by Tacit Knowledge) measures the differences in the electrical signal emitted from the scalp, from .01 hertz to 64 hertz. This electrical signal is mathematically measured 256 times per second, by voltage changes, and is read through the NeurOptimal® software program which initiates an interruption in the audio/video stream as it detects when a change is about to happen. This small minute interruption is enough for a client to notice. Neurofeedback training allows a client to observe their brain activity and optimize their mindset.

For more information about our Neurofeedback Therapy services, click here.

Yes, definitely!  There are many other available community resources that a person can access, beyond Tacit Knowledge.  Here are just a few (if you need more, please reach out to us any time, and we will do our best to help you connect to whatever you need):

In General

Mental Health Distress Line – available 24/7 – 780-482-HELP

Access 24/7 (Edmonton support – call, text, go in-person) – 780-424-2424

Suicide Crisis Helpline (Call or Text – 24/7) – 988

Support Groups

Stronger Together – Mental Health Peer Support Group (Online – Facebook – free) https://www.facebook.com/groups/346165803944926

PEP Society- Parents Empowering Parents – Support Group meetings (online and in person) twice a month, in Edm, St Albert and Sherwood Park  PEP Society – Parents Empowering Parents (free)

S-Anon – like Al Anon meetings but for friends/family of those addicted to sex (thru porn, infidelity, etc) – only available inperson in Edm and Calgary – but they do seem to offer online options too  Find a Meeting – S-Anon (sanon.org)

EDNSA – links to various support groups for people with eating/feeding issues and for the caregivers of people with these issues (some groups have small fee but it can be waived upon request – others, like OA and Anorexics and Bulimics Anonymous, are free) Support – Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (edsna.ca)

Free or Subsidy Counselling Options

In The Weeds YEG  (for anyone in the hospitality industry)  In The Weeds YEG – Let Us Help You In AND Out Of The Kitchen

FCSS Agencies – provide free and income-based subsidy programming, for local residents only – including income tax prep, in-home parenting support, counselling, etc.  (There are FCS agencies in Sherwood Park, Fort Sask, Leduc and Beaumont.)

FSCD – parent driven – provide funding for counselling and other support options (respite, community worker, medications, supplies, taxi costs, etc) for kids (under 18) who have special needs physically, psychologically, behaviourally,).  There MUST be a formal diagnosis to access services (can be obtained by therapist, medical doctor, etc).

Families can search for sliding fee rates via Psychology Today Psychology Today Canada: Health, Help, Happiness + Find a Therapist CA  or Theravive Counseling & Therapy with Values. Find a Marriage Counselor, Psychologist, or Therapist. (theravive.com) – both only list verified therapists.  

Alberta Health Services Addiction and Mental Health Supports – including Mobile MH, Help Lines, walk-in counselling services (no pre-booking allowed), etc – and for children and for adults.  Adult Services – InformAlberta.ca – View List: Adult Addiction and Mental Health Services – Edmonton Zone  Children/Adolesent Services – InformAlberta.ca – View List: Child and Adolescent Addiction and Mental Health Services – Edmonton Zone  Senior Services – InformAlberta.ca – View List: Geriatric Addiction and Mental Health Services – Edmonton Zone

Free counselling for First Nations/Inuit clients (they must see a therapist on the NIHB list)  – Non-insured health benefits for First Nations and Inuit (sac-isc.gc.ca)

Addictions 

PEP Society – Parents Empowering Parents – great resource for all things related to addictions  PEP Society – Parents Empowering Parents

Information, resources and AA related meetings for all provinces/communities – including detox and rehab options (seems to be more private organizations)  – List of Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings In Alberta, AB (drugrehab.ca)

AA related meetings for Edmonton, Leduc, Sherwood Park (and some other areas) – https://edmontonaa.org/meetings

Marijuana Use Disorder Info Sheet – Yale Medicine – https://www.yalemedicine.org/conditions/marijuana-use-disorder

Domestic Violence/Abuse/Bullying (for men, women and kids) 

Rise Up Society Rise Up Society | Alberta  (sometimes has Support Group Programs running as well)

A Safe Place – shelter and Community Outreach Program for women/children (has links to men’s supports as well) (based in Sherwood Park) A Safe Place – Support & Resources for Domestic Abuse

Lives In Transition Program (offered online, for women from anywhere in AB) – Lives in Transition | Get Help Today (litinc.ca)

Fleeing DV Emergency Funds – Family violence – Get help with costs to leave | Alberta.ca

Bulllying Canada – text and phone support for victims – resources on their website –  https://www.bullyingcanada.ca/

The Canadian Institute of Workplace Bullying and Harassment website (https://instituteofworkplacebullyingresources.ca/

Low Income Resources

St Vincent de Paul  Society of Saint Vincent de Paul – National Council of Canada (ssvp.ca)

Food Banks

Church Groups in the client’s community

Karma Pantry – in Beaumont 

AISH or Income Support Options

Income Tax assistance – through any FCS organization

Prescription for Exercise Program (free access to local rec centres, programs, and activities for all ages)  RxTGA – Home (prescriptiontogetactive.com)

Anxiety Canada website – online course,  resources, podcast, Mindshift app, group programs (at a cost – not good for low income families but they say the fee can sometimes be waived) – https://www.anxietycanada.com/

ADHD

ADHD ++ Program – Alberta Parenting for the Future Association (Stoney Plain/Spruce Grove area but others can join)  apfa – Alberta Parenting For The Future Association

Training/Employment Prep Programs

Employabilities Programs (Edmonton, St Albert) – usually 10 weeks, 9am to 4pm, Mon to Fri – paid Training Program – sometimes online (they will provide free computers for participants)  and sometimes in person

Careers In Transition  https://careersunderconstruction.ca/

Fearless Program (A2 and E Program) – https://citinc.ca/programs-services/

Free or Lower Cost Online Courses for Personal Self Help/Wellness

Bloom For Women Courses – Bloom For Women | Bloom For Women (free)

Coursera – Coursera | Build Skills with Online Courses from Top Institutions (esp Science of Wellbeing Course) (free and at cost)

Action for Happiness – daily activities, free webinars, resources, apps, etc – All Calendars | Action for Happiness (all free)

CTRI – very basic free webinars (need to pay for more in-depth courses – and they are also very basic) – Free Resources | Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute (ctrinstitute.com)

Vicky Kidwell Palmer – paid program for women – support for any challenges being experienced around returning to one’s authentic truth, standing for yourself as your fiercest ally, and receiving what’s meant for you – R+R+R Clarity Circles Invitation (vickitidwellpalmer.lpages.co)

PCN Programs – free pre-recorded workshops and support programs facilitated for a wide variety of physical and mental wellness needs.  Anyone can use these – it doesn’t matter which PCN your dr belongs to.  Workshops & Programs | Alberta Find a Doctor (albertapcns.ca)

Reporting Disclosures of Child Abuse/Neglect

Children’s Services – report concerns to the office that covers the geographical location of where the child lives Children’s Services offices | Alberta.ca (or contact NACIS after hours or to get help in finding the appropriate office).  *** See Kim for the handout that helps you know what info to collect prior to making the call (if needed).