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Our Staff

Dr. Yumi Hopfner, Ph.D., R.D.Psych., APE

Registered Doctoral Psychologist (AB #3601, SK #848) 


I am not what happened to me. 

I am what I choose to become.

Carl. G. Jung 

Yumi is registered as a Doctoral Psychologist in Alberta and Saskatchewan. She is also a Registered Clinical Psychologist in Japan.  She has a MA in Sociology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology.


Yumi has been working with clients since 1999. She has been working in Canada since 2007, providing counselling services, clinical consultation as well as supervision.


"I have had a privilege of working with many adults, couples, families and children over decades of my career. I am grateful for all the people who had allowed me to witness their journey, woven with universal threads of humanity and their uniquely original colors and textures. What I love about my work is that, although when I initially meet people, they are often at difficult places in their life, through the process of counselling, I get to be a part of the positive changes and be a witness to their journey of incredible courage, hope and transformation. I feel honoured that my clients allow me to walk with them through their journey. "

Val Beauchesne,  BSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker (AB #9523, SK #4297)


My name is Val Beauchesne.  I am a Registered Social Worker, a supportive counsellor, and currently a student enrolled in Art Therapy at the WHEAT Institute.


As with any therapy you are the expert on you. Therapy is an ongoing collaboration to discuss and proceed with what feels right for you. You are always free to request Art but your preference for other modalities will be respected.


I work from a trauma informed perspective, using an eclectic approach. Drawing from different theories, within a foundation of humanistic and existential theory. Which is essentially person centered and strengths based. Some opportunities to explore body awareness, mindfulness, finding strengths, uncovering and listening to our inner knowing may be given, while attending to whatever comes up.

Wild Flowers

Jennifer Schulze, MSW, RSW 
Registered Social Worker (AB #11593, SK #5599) 


Jennifer is a registered Social Worker with both the Alberta College of Social Workers and the Saskatchewan Association of Social Work and received her degree through the University of Calgary. She has a master's degree in social work.  Her experience in Social Work has been primarily with Alberta Child and Family Services but also in counseling and more recently a health care setting. Jennifer works from a trauma-informed, strengths-based and person-centered approach. She believes that therapy is a collaborative process that guides clients to increase personal strengths and gain new perspectives. She creates a safe space for clients to explore life’s difficulties and create inner healing. 

Miriam Emmy Rice, MSW, RSW 
Registered Social Worker (AB #13669, SK #4636) 

Hi there!  My name is Miriam (although I go by Emmy), and I am a registered social worker in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario with a MSW from the University of Calgary with a clinical specialization in trauma informed care.  I have a variety of experience working with a broad base of clientele and modalities – primarily Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, strength based, and person centered - and believe in providing safe, client focused care.  My clinical background is rooted in working with diverse client groups and providing therapeutic services to individuals, children, groups, and couples, with a variety of different presenting symptoms including anxiety, depression, grief, stress management, marriage counseling, anger management, and addiction support.


Through my professional roles I have developed proficient skills and competencies in psychosocial assessments, working as part of an interdisciplinary team, providing resource-based interventions, provided clinical services to individuals, families, and groups, risk screening and management, case management and coordination, discharge and transition planning, and counseling and public awareness services. 


I became a social worker because I can understand how difficult and overwhelming life can be at times - whether from environmental, situational, or emotional stressors - and how much easier it can be to navigate those situations with the support of someone who can provide a safe, nonjudgmental, and comfortable space.  I consider it my privilege to have an opportunity to walk with you and provide you with strategies, tools, and an open listening ear.


In my free time, you can find me trying to keep up with two wild and beautiful kiddos, in the gym, surviving prairie winters, or nose deep in a sci-fi novel.

Cherry Blossoms
Green Plant

Catherine, Admin/Intake


Catherine is a mother of 2 young girls and has been living in Lloydminster for the past 12 years. She attended Reeves Business College. She has worked in an administrative role in the financial, business and medical industries on and off for over 10 years. She loves working with and meeting new people.

"I thrive most when I am interacting with other people, it gives me a sense of happiness and a boost of energy for the rest of the day."

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