Our Team

marneyMarney Howard, M.Sc. Registered Psychologist

Marney Howard is a Registered Psychologist and the owner of Howard & Associates, she has over 20 years of experience in the human services field, involved in operating numerous groups for individuals suffering from anxiety, panic, and depression. Marney's works with a number of concerns but some of her specialties are with marriage, family therapy, trauma with children and adults, and addictions providing EMDR when acceptable. 

Her therapeutic approach is to provide support with a more directive approach. She uses techniques such as compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths, and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. She has also worked extensively with many diverse populations such as Aboriginal people, and many other ethnicities.

In addition, she's involved in assessment, and report writing, facilitates assessing, and writing reports for Emotional Support Animals. She works also with many individuals and families that are seeking Christian counseling.

Education: B.A, M.Sc
License, and Certifications: Registered as a Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists

Credential Type: License
License Number: 5426
License Province: Alberta
License Expiration Date: March 31, 2022

email: [email protected]


Penny is an Animal Assisted Therapy dog. Penny is available to work in session with Marney upon request. The goal of AAT is to improve a patient's social, emotional, or cognitive functioning. Advocates state that animals can be useful for educational, and motivational effectiveness for participants.


Brent Spradbrow, M.C. Registered Provisional Psychologist

Brent is a Registered Provisional Psychologist. His passion is supporting  adolescents and adults through life's many obstacles, such as depression, anxiety, ADHD, life transitions, relationship issues, self-esteem and job/academic performance issues. He works with Clients to identify their strengths, and resources so they can use them to manage problems, and find solutions so that each client can discover, and reach their preferred outcome. He works with clients collaboratively, which means we both bring unique skills to the counselling session, and work together towards the client's preferred outcome.

Brent has a direct, and supportive style which allows for optimum use of the client's time. With demeanor is genuine, empathetic, empowering, non-judgmental,, and at times gregarious. He has extensive experience working with post-secondary students, and have a unique insight into the many challenges, and issues these clients face.

Brent is about building rapport, and a trusting supportive relationship, he believes this helps the clients feel comfortable, and ready to share their story early in the therapeutic process. He uses therapeutic approaches such as CBT, Solution Focused Therapy, EMDR and has additional training in supporting induvial and families struggling with ADHD and ASD.

Education : Masters of Counselling
License, and Certifications: Registered as a Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists.

Credential Type: License
License Number: 2753p
License Province: Alberta
License Expiration Date: July 1, 2022

email: [email protected]



Michelle McKenzie M.A. Registered Provisional Psychologist

Michelle McKenzie has a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Prior to transitioning into private practice, Michelle has over 15 years of experience supporting vulnerable Albertans diagnosed with intellectual delays, and mental health disorders to find community housing, and social assistance. Michelle has worked with individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down’s Syndrome, intellectual delay,, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. She has worked with individuals with addiction issues, health limitations, justice involvement,, and those experiencing homelessness She has knowledge of government social programs like Assured Income for the Severely , handicapped (AISH), Income Support, & Persons with Developmental Disabilities,, and community agencies that support vulnerable individuals.

Michelle’s experiences have provided opportunities to work with Albertans from various, cultural, religious,, and ethnic backgrounds. She has experience working with individuals, couples,, and families experiencing issues associated with work issues, relationship/family issues, addiction, depression, anxiety, domestic violence, trauma, and individuals with intellectual disabilities. Michelle is an advocate for supporting mental health for people of colour. Her areas of interest include how systemic racism impact mental health for Black women, and people of colour, and developing anti-racist activism in the workplace.

Michelle has developed the Edmonton Sister Circle , a free 6-week support group specifically for Black women that focuses on how racism impacts mental health. An Introduction to Racism in the Workplace: Getting comfortable being uncomfortable , a 2-day workshop for companies that want to learn about the subtle, and not so subtle ways racism impacts the workplace. Michelle utilizes person centered, and solution focused approach counselling techniques with a holistic approach to supporting client needs.

Education: B.A, M.A
License, and Certifications: Registered as a Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists

Credential Type: License
License Number: 3312P
License Province: Alberta
License Expiration Date: March 31,2022

email: [email protected]


Kristen Paliwoda, M.A. Registered Provisional Psychologist 

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists. My approach with clients is tailored to best suit their individual needs. I often use solution focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, positive psychology, and mindfulness-based strategies. I utilize a client centered focus which prioritizes creating a comfortable, supportive, and safe atmosphere. My mission is to collaborate with clients to help improve their overall wellbeing and to support the personal growth they are striving for. When faced with life’s adversities, I understand that it can be difficult to cope. I strive to provide a non-judgmental, compassionate, and empathetic ear while offering strategies to help you overcome challenging situations. I value client feedback and believe that clients understand their own experience best. We will work together to find a solution that fits best with your own needs and lifestyle. I am honored to work alongside you in your pursuit towards attaining meaningful goals.

Education: Bachelor of Science (Major in Psychology), Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology
License, and Certifications: Registered as a Provisional Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists
Credential Type: License
License Number: 3553p
License Province: Alberta
License Expiration Date: March 31, 2022
Email: [email protected]


Kevin Murray, Counsellor, MA, BA

Sometimes, one of the biggest hurdles in overcoming our troubles is thinking we’re all alone.
Asking for help is no longer considered a weakness. In fact, it can be one of the most influential, life-altering decisions we can make for ourselves. Because when we talk about our feelings, they often become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less worrisome. My name is Kevin. And there are two things I know for sure;
1) Counselling really can help; and 2) No one should have to face their problem’s alone.
It’s true that emotional hurts take time to heal. Sharing our story in supportive, therapeutic environment can be the courageous first step in finding relief from our troubles & stressors. If you’re open to it, let’s talk.

Education: Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology
License, and Certifications: Registered as a Certified Canadian Counsellor with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
Member #:10005598
Renewal Date: 2022-06-01
License Province: Alberta
License Expiration Date: June 30, 2022
Email: Kevin@howardpsychological.com

marneyVanessa Ross, MACP Student, BA

Vanessa is a registered member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta. Her approach is clients centered and solution focused, while focused on personal preferences and goals. Prior to completing her master’s in counselling psychology Vanessa was a full time Canadian Armed Forces member for fourteen years. She brings an empathetic understanding of how life transitions both planned and unplanned can be challenging.

Vanessa uses Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness techniques to bring about life balance, and harmonious solutions. She has a great deal of experience working as a team member and identifying individuals’ strengths for success.

We all have times of challenge and struggle. No person should struggle alone. Let’s work together to turn issues into solutions, and challenges into opportunities.

Education: Master of Arts in Counselling (Practicum Student), 
                     Bachelor of Arts (psychology major)
Credential Type: License: Psychologist’ Association of Alberta
License Number: 4675
License Province: Alberta
License Expiration Date: Dec 31, 2022

Rates: Rates are $200 for a 50-minute session, student rates are a case-by-case basis. 

Insurance: Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health insurance benefits?
  • What is my deductible and has it been met?
  • How many sessions per year does my health insurance cover?
  • What's the coverage amount per therapy session?
  • Is approval required from my primary care physician?

Payment Debit, Credit, Cash, E-Transfer, Shepell, Blue Cross, Co-operators, Optima, Humanacare, VOC, Greensheild, Medavie Blue Cross, Medavie RCMP, Veteran Affairs, NIHB, Federal and Provincial Medavie and all major credit cards accepted for payment. 

Cancellation Policy If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 48 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.

Contact Questions? Please contact me for further information.

Howard & Associates Psychological Services 
153 Athabascan Avenue
Sherwood Park, Alberta T8A 4C8


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