Our Team

DR. JACQUELINE LINDER

CLINICAL DIRECTOR – PhD Psychology, Registered Psychologist, C.C.T 

jacqueline-linderDr. Linder is a registered psychologist and certified clinical traumatologist who works as the clinical director at the Be Brave Ranch. She holds a PhD in psychology with a doctoral-level specialization in creative expression.

Dr. Linder’s areas of therapeutic expertise include cognitive, psychodynamic, attachment, exposure, transpersonal and expressive arts, as well as eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and ritual healing.

Having focused her doctoral dissertation on soul loss in survivors of child sexual abuse, Dr. Linder combines extensive professional and academic knowledge to effectively oversee the clinical team and treat children attending the Be Brave Ranch. Her current research focuses on the mental health impact of human trafficking.

As an experienced facilitator, Dr. Linder has trained over 12,000 professionals in the effects of psychological trauma. She is also internationally regarded as an expert in the psychological profiling of survivors of human trafficking, and consults for a number of NGO’s and law enforcement agencies. In addition, Dr. Linder has lectured for the Canadian Police College, Interpol and the United Nations, and has treated a wide range of trauma populations, including survivors of sexual abuse/exploitation, domestic battery and war rape, as well as first responders and military personnel.

Outside of her role as clinical director, Dr. Linder is a professor of psychology and program director at City University in Edmonton. She is also a founding co-chair of EUROTAS’ international trauma and disaster relief task force, and co-founder of the ITPA researcher’s alliance. Dr. Linder’s professional affiliations include:

  • The College of Alberta Psychologists
  • The Psychological Association of Alberta
  • The American Psychological Association
  • The International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
  • The National Anger Management Association
  • The Association of Transpersonal Psychology
  • The European Society for Trauma and Dissociation
  • The European Transpersonal Association

JANINE GROENEVELD

TRAUMA THERAPIST – Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, Registered Social Worker

janine-groeneveldJanine is a trauma therapist who specializes in providing counselling support to survivors of child sexual abuse and their families.

With over five years’ experience working with marginalized families and children, Janine is passionate about ensuring people from all walks of of life have their voices heard and needs met. She believes that, no matter the circumstances, everyone deserves to be loved and to connect in a meaningful way.

In addition to her work at the Be Brave Ranch, Janine specializes in counselling adult sexual assault and human trafficking survivors. She is also a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the Psychological Association of Alberta.

FERN ASHTON

TRAUMA THERAPIST – M.A. Counselling Psychology, Registered Psychologist

fern-ashtonFern is a registered psychologist with over twenty years’ experience specializing in the treatment of childhood sexual abuse, domestic violence, trauma, grief and loss, depression, and anxiety.

Fern works from a client-centered perspective, and applies extensive expertise in working with individuals from diverse cultures to her role as therapist at the Be Brave Ranch. Fern is particularly passionate about instilling hope among the individuals she counsels while also helping them to develop healthy wellness strategies of their own.

Fern has a strong background in academic research, having focused her studies on the middle-aged stage of development and one’s sense of belonging.

Fern’s professional affiliations include the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, the Canadian Psychological Association and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Fern is also registered with EMDR Canada.

YONA MCGINNIS

ART THERAPIST – MA Psychotherapy and Spirituality (Specialization in Art Therapy)

yona-mcginnisYona is a professional art therapist who focuses on using creative exploration and expression techniques to help people heal from a wide range of traumas, including child sexual abuse. As a professional art therapist accredited by the Canadian Art Therapy Association, Yona contributes 8 years of valuable counselling experience to the Be Brave Ranch clinical team.

Yona’s passion for strengthening individuals’ resilience in the face of trauma extends beyond her role as art therapist at the Be Brave Ranch to her work as a yoga teacher. In this capacity, Yona blends the teachings of yoga with fluid exploration of the arts to help students overcome emotional challenges.

Yona has joined the Spiral Phoenix Trauma Centre as an Art Therapist and currently provides phone counselling for the Chrysalis distress line for individuals who are victims of human trafficking. Yona is also a member of the Yoga Association of Alberta.

EILEEN BONA

EQUINE THERAPIST – M.Ed. Registered Psychologist – Owner and Founder of Dreamcatcher Association

Eileen is a registered psychologist and the owner/founder of Dreamcatcher Association, who provides equine therapy to children attending the Be Brave Ranch. Her goal is to provide a fun, therapeutic setting in which people are supported to heal through the unconditional love of animals.

Eileen has been formally working with people with disabilities, behavioral concerns and mental health issues since 1988 but, having grown up with a brain-injured brother, she is able to draw on a lifetime of personal experience and valuable learning to support individuals in need and their families.

Prior to founding Dreamcatcher in 2003, Eileen spent many years studying horses and training with equine facilitated counselling professionals to eventually become an internationally recognized expert in Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT).

Over the years, Eileen has been instrumental in the design of Western Canada’s first college-accredited course in AAT, while also having contributed to the development of the first-ever master’s level certificate in AAT. She currently chairs the national task force for developing standards and certification for AAT in Canada, and regularly teaches the concepts and techniques of AAT to organizations worldwide.

DR. RONNA JEVNE

THERAPIST – PhD Psychologist, Registered Psychologist

Dr. Jevne has over 30 years’ experience as a registered psychologist who provides treatment to children at the Be Brave Ranch through her role as therapist.

Dr. Jevne has been working with children and youth for several decades, having started her career as a counsellor and teacher within the public school system. Her academic credentials are extensive, and include a Bachelor of Education, a Masters of Educational Philosophy, a Doctorate in Counselling Psychology and a Masters of Theological Studies.

Dr. Jevne is registered with the Canadian Registry of Health Service Providers in Psychology and is an associate consultant with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. She has also served for many years on the professional examination board of the College of Psychologist of Alberta.

In addition, Dr. Jevne is a founding member of both the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology and the Hope Foundation of Alberta, a research center associated with the University of Alberta whose mission is to explore and apply the phenomena of hope. She was its first director of research and programs.

Prior to becoming a professor of Counselling Psychology with the University of Alberta, Dr. Jevne was the head of psychology for the Cross Cancer Institute, where she developed programs that continue to assist staff, patients and families locally and nationally.

Dr. Jevne has received such accolades as the Pettifor Award for Outstanding Contribution to Psychology in Alberta, the University of Alberta Board of Governors Award of Distinction, Global Woman of Vision, The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for the Social Sciences.

DR. Deena Martin

THERAPIST – Ph.D. in Educational Psychology

Deena Martin is a registered psychologist with a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Alberta. She is a Professor and the Internship Associate Director for the Master of Counselling program at City University of Seattle in Edmonton.

For the past 10 years, Deena has been studying Eastern Spiritual Practices with Kushok Lobsang Dhamchöe and integrating these teachings into her classroom, leadership philosophy, and counselling practice. Deena has completed multiple mindfulness trainings for therapists including a two-year body centred somatic psychotherapy program of study followed by advanced training in the Right Use of Power, Group Genius, and Attachment Theory. 

As a teacher, a leader, a therapist, friend, and neighbor, Deena offers a respectful, mindful, compassion-centred, and non violent approach to helping others that blends Western and Eastern psychology. With almost 20 years experience facilitating groups and trainings, Deena continues to discover secrets to the art of hosting meaningful and healing conversations.

Professionally, Deena is registered with the College of Alberta Psychologist and is appointed to the Oral Examination Committee. Deena also currently serves on the Research Committee for the Vocational Rehabilitation Association of Canada.

Clinical Team

The clinical team is comprised of staff with various diverse backgrounds: psychology, social work, early childhood development, expressive art therapy, and recreation therapy.