Kaylie Rodriguez , RPsych Registered Psychologist
Kaylie Rodriguez is a Registered Psychologist with an extensive background in addiction and mental health. Kaylie possesses additional credentials and certifications that reflect her expertise in the Substance Disorder field. Kaylie integrates biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of an individual utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
Kaylie completed her Master of Arts degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University. She began her career as a clinician in the EFAP (Employee and Family Assistance Programming) industry conducting generalized counselling. She transitioned to the role of National Coordinator of Substance Assessments and Fitness-to-Work Assessments. In this role, she oversaw hundreds of assessments. Kaylie then worked for an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Facility. She provided individual and group-therapy services. At this point, she also acted as a consulting psychologist to a men’s residential treatment facility. Kaylie has also worked in a private firm where she consulted to other psychologists, corporate teams of occupational health nurses, human resource managers, and supervisors regarding substance issues as it related to the safety sensitive industries. In conjunction with consultation, she conducted assessments and provided psychotherapy to individuals and couples.
Kaylie completed her Clinical Certification in Hypnotherapy in 2014. Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool that helps to align the conscious and subconscious minds so they work collaboratively to achieve a goal. Kaylie uses hypnotherapy as a compliment to the recovery process in areas such as depression, anxiety, stress management, tobacco cessation, and pain management.
Joining the team in August 2013, Kaylie is a group therapy co-facilitator at HUM and participates in the Saturday Mixed Recovery Group and Tuesday Women’s Group, as well as does individual sessions with clients on Tuesdays and Saturdays and participates in our Intensive Outpatient Program.
Mike Davies , RSW, BSW, MSW, CCAC Associate
Mike’s journey into counselling began with his own recovery from addiction in 2008. He holds Extension Certificates in supportive counselling and addiction studies, a Diploma in social work, as well as a bachelor and clinical master’s degree in social work from the University of Calgary.
Mike has held practicum placements, internships, and staff positions at the Aspen Family Matters Society, the Calgary Alpha House Society, Alberta Health Services – Adult Addiction Services, Alberta Health Services – Calgary Eating Disorder Program, the Sunrise Healing Lodge Society (formerly Sunrise Native Addiction Services Society), and the Calgary Counselling Centre.
Mike takes a collaborative approach to counselling, using positive psychology, narrative therapy, solution focused therapy, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioural therapy. He has extensive experience working at inpatient and outpatient treatment programs both as an individual and group counsellor. Mike is a registered social worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers, and a certified addiction counsellor with the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation.
Dr. Janette Hurley , MD, CCFP Physician, Integrative Medicine
Janette was born and raised in Grenada, West Indies. She immigrated to Canada and earned a B.Sc. (Biology, Honours) and her medical degree from Dalhousie University, 1981 and did her residency at the University of Calgary, Internal/Family Medicine. Janette has been practicing family medicine in Calgary for the past 30 years. She is a graduate of the Fellowship Program in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona (2006) and is a recipient of the prestigious Bravewell Fellowship Award, 2004 – 2006. In 1999, Janette was the recipient of the TD Insurance Meloche Monnex/ AMA Scholarship which allowed her to pursue further studies at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, addressing the health care needs of the underserved.
Janette was the lead physician at the Calgary Drop-In & Rehab Centre (DI), the largest homeless shelter in Canada. Janette was responsible for developing an Integrative Medicine program for the underserved. This is a unique societal service model to deliver Integrative Health Care services to the homeless, underserved and marginalized people in Calgary, involving both undergraduate and postgraduate medical students from the Faculty of Medicine at U of C. At the University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of family medicine, she acquires great joy in teaching undergraduate medical students. Among Janette’s most significant accomplishments has been her leadership in the development and supervision of The Student Run Clinic at the DI. Janette continues to be the lead physician for the Student Run Clinic at the University of Calgary, which now operates out of 3 sites. The first site is The Inn from the Cold Shelter. This is a family homeless shelter in downtown Calgary. Janette actively teaches and encourages her students to practice Integrative medicine with the families especially the children who present with numerous viral illnesses. The second site is Project Homeless Connect Medical Clinic. This medical clinic is under the auspices of Calgary Homeless Foundation and run twice yearly at City Hall. It is staffed with medical students and residents with Janette and colleagues as preceptors. The third site is The Alex Bus, a medical clinic on a bus providing service to marginalized and homeless men.
Janette provides clinical services in addiction medicine at Health Upwardly Mobile (HUM). This team approach care model provides integrative addiction services to the community using an integrative bio-psycho-social-spiritual model. Janette continues to co-chair The Healer’s Art program at University of Calgary for MS1& MS2 students. Janette is forever humbled by the multicultural and socioeconomic diversity of the people whose lives cross her daily path. She recognizes that by serving and advocating for the well being of her patient population and utilizing an Integrative Medicine approach she can contribute to making Calgary a better city for all.
Dr. Harbir Gill , Family Medicine Physician
Dr. Gill has been working with HUM since Fall 2017. He provides individual psychotherapy sessions as well as cofacilitates group therapy and IOP sessions.
Troy Reeves Nurse Counsellor
Troy joined HUM in June 2018 and provides comprehensive assessment, follow-up counselling, and group therapy facilitation.
Eric Fisher , BSc, MSc CCC Canadian Certified Counsellor
Eric Fisher is a mental health counsellor who has had experience in providing treatment in both inpatient and outpatient settings predominantly in the United States. He implements a holistic approach to treatment intervention that includes examining the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual facets since every person is unique in his or her struggles. The primary theoretical counselling approaches implemented by Eric are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, motivational interviewing, and client-centered elements such as being non-judgmental and displaying empathic understanding.
Eric received his Master of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counselling from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, TN, in 2009. Eric carried out his Master’s level practicum at Region IV/Timber Hills MH/MR Commission in Corinth, Mississippi, USA, where we worked in a community outpatient clinic providing individual and family counselling for the next three and a half years. Eric also independently managed a mobile therapy caseload in which he would visit individuals in their homes for counselling sessions. He performed pre-evaluations in the local hospital for patients who may require long-term commitment to psychiatric facilities. An evidence-based anger management group which emphasized assertiveness, CBT principles, and relaxation techniques was facilitated by Eric for several rotations.
In March 2012, Eric began his work in a residential treatment facility with the same organization as his outpatient position. He taught daily psychoeducation classes pertaining to addiction and mental health topics such as stress management and relapse prevention. During his 10 months at the treatment facility, Eric performed individual counselling with men and women recovering from addiction; sessions with both the person in recovery from addictions and their family members were also done. Eric became certified to administer and assess the SASSI (Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory) during intake procedures at the rehabilitation centre. Eric also served as an intern for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on two separate occasions during his university studies. One of the internships was located at the Washington, D.C. headquarters where he worked in the Office of International Operations, Middle East Unit.
Eric is a member in good standing of the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association. Eric joined the HUM team in May 2015 and helps out doing some sessions with our Intensive Outpatient Program.
What people are saying
I just wanted to thank Dr. Hajela, Sue and everyone else at the clinic for teaching me so much on this very short elective. I can see the tremendous difference your clinic makes in the lives of its patients, and it’s very inspiring.
“I am forever grateful for the opportunity and the staff. Each played a crucial role on my journey in recovery. It’s a safe place to be knowing I will be met with understanding, honesty, and compassion.”
“Exactly what I needed-a holistic approach to recovery. Fantastic team approach by the HUM team. Would highly recommend HUM for a successful start to recovery.”
“It was nothing like what I had expected, it was even better and where I am in my journey was originally unimaginable. Thank you for helping me find hope and curiosity!”
“I see that IOP gives me a chance to hear, absorb, integrate, and practice new ways of thinking and acting. Each phase and the time in between also allowed for this knowledge to start to become practical.”
“I really appreciated the professionalism of all the staff. The environment and the people are very welcoming”
“I am convinced this is the single most important program I have and ever will attend. Phenomenal!”
“I’m so impressed with how [Paige] and Dr. Hajela SO understand addiction, and how to help me see the blind spots, release some shame (or at least see it!), gain insight and connect with actually FEELING what is going on with me and how the disease shows up for me ….so amazing… Thank-you very much.”
“[The IOP] was an amazing opportunity. I liked the topics that were covered and the group therapy.”
“[For the IOP] I liked the balance of education, self-care, and sharing. I really like the ongoing discussion in the education sessions and sharing during this time, as well as in group [therapy]”
“[The IOP] was great-not just for recovery, but for life”
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“[IOP] group was great for opening up and constructive feedback”
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“[The IOP was] informative, interactive and entertaining. Keep up the great work!”
“Thank you for the very excellent group [therapy session]. The small change in perspective of my communication is making waves.”
“The newsletter sent to me was a reminder to thank you for your weekly video messages. They are quick but helpful bits of info which give you food for thought! Keep them coming!”
“The Family weekend [of the IOP] was incredible for me personally. Thank you many times over for this wonderful opportunity.”
Rebecca Foster, Foreward Reviews
The mixture of practical information and reassurances make this essential reading for patients and their loved ones.
With their first book, Addiction Is Addiction, Raju Hajela, Sue Newton, and Paige Abbott aim to foster “more open and honest dialogues about the role of Addiction in society, without stigma or judgment.” This comprehensive, well-organized guide discusses the features of addictive thinking and feeling, suggests holistic recovery methods, and offers useful definitions, diagrams, and case studies.
The authors are affiliated with Health Upwardly Mobile Inc., a health and wellness company based in Calgary, Alberta. Tracing the history of addiction back to the eighteenth century, when it was first known as “alcoholic disease syndrome,” they present an expert view of the disease’s symptoms and outlook. By stressing that addiction is a “chronic brain disease” rather than a “moral failing or personal weakness,” they evince a compassionate perspective that will encourage patients and their family members to examine their emotions and take a proactive, spiritual approach to recovery.
Addiction is influenced by both genetics and environment, the former accounting for perhaps 50 to 60 percent of incidence. Trauma does not cause it, but can aggravate it. Although the book is full of such relevant background details, the facts never become overwhelming thanks to the variety of materials included. Intriguing case studies, most of them narrated in first person, are set in italics, and diagrams and tables illustrate patients’ likely feelings, relationship roles, and recovery stages. Reading this should be an interactive experience, what with self-assessment questions and affirmations, a journaling template, and a recovery activities checklist with a sample schedule. Extensive endnotes and bibliography plus a helpful glossary provide ample resources for further research, and chapter summaries will ensure that all the take-home messages sink in.
Sometimes the book goes into too much detail for laymen. However, this means that it can be used by professionals as well as patients. An appendix on chakras seems out of place, even with the book’s focus on spiritual means of recovery. The authors have also made the unusual decision to always capitalize Addiction, “to emphasize that it is a proper noun and the name of a serious disease.” That’s as may be, but in practice it can look like a repeated typing mistake. Information appears to be specific to North America, especially when it comes to funding limitations and patient advocacy, but the general principles of care should be applicable worldwide.
This book is strongly recommended to those who have participated in groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous. The mixture of practical information and reassurances will make it essential reading for patients and their loved ones.
Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The author of this book provided free copies of the book and paid a small fee to have his/her book reviewed by a professional reviewer. Foreword Reviews and Clarion Review make no guarantee that the author will receive a positive review. Foreword Magazine, Inc. is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Three health care professionals present an approach to treating addiction as a disease having both physical and psychological components.
In this debut health book, Hajela, Newton, and Abbott address the challenges of addiction from a holistic medical and social perspective. The book opens with an explanation of addiction—which the authors capitalize throughout, part of their effort to mitigate the stigma associated with the word—as a condition that impairs the functions of the brain. They address the physical and behavioral symptoms associated with it, using pathology as a framework for understanding and treating addiction. Without blaming the patient for developing the condition in the first place, the book attempts to acknowledge the role of personal responsibility in managing a condition often attributed to individual shortcomings. The authors address medical treatments that can be effective for some forms of addiction, like alcohol and opiates, as well as the role of psychotherapy in treating underlying psychological problems and combating the thought patterns that lead to addiction behaviors. While much of the book is aimed at people dealing with addiction, later chapters discuss the roles of friends and family and treatment providers, along with strategies each group can employ in supporting the patient. For the most part, the book advocates a balanced, reasonable approach to dealing with addiction in its many forms, drawing on research and standard practices developed by mainstream organizations. As a result, it is disconcerting when the text introduces energy healing as a component of treatment: “It is important to understand that when people are out of balance in any of the energy centres, or chakras, people run at either a higher or lower level of energy.” Although an appendix explains the concept of chakras in more detail, energy healing is not essential to the book’s mission, and skeptics will still find it a useful resource for developing an approach to treating both the mental and physical aspects of addiction and understanding it as a chronic disease.
Comprehensive approach to treating addiction as a condition affecting both mind and body.
I have found HUM very supportive and non-judgmental, yet I have been challenged every step of the way. The spiritual, emotional, social, and intellectual teaching has been clear and consistent but never forced.
My experience has been mainly positive for the most part. Anything negative or perceived as negative, I have been able to discuss with staff and it is professionally dealt with.
I value my weekly [group therapy] sessions at HUM greatly. My personal experience there means more to me than I can describe in one paragraph. It helps me really understand my recovery and my life when sometimes I feel that everything is lost or in a state of confusion.
I was very fortunate to hear about HUM and then become a patient. I may well have averted death if I did not receive the guidance and support of HUM. Having the backing of HUM as I returned to work and went off again was invaluable. Dr. Hajela listened to me and had the knowledge and understanding that gave me the confidence to be patient in my early recovery. I was never judged though I expected to be. I am grateful beyond words for the help I received in battling my addiction.
Very professional , discreet, and honestly committed to helping people in recovery.
Thought provoking sessions that focus particularly on my addiction. Understanding a problem and all of the subtleties that come with it are crucial to my recovery.
I felt very safe and comfortable and I felt truly cared for by the staff and never judged
[The HUM IOP] was great, I learnt so much
I am very satisfied with the services I receive at HUM. I feel that I am recognized and acknowledged by the staff…I feel very comfortable coming to HUM and appreciate the team approach. In closing, I must say that I feel very supported by the professionals at HUM.
The HUM group is a great asset for any person struggling with addiction as well as the complicated issues that surround them.
I really like how open the staff are. They are easy to connect with and talk to.
The IOP is awesome! This was life changing for me
I appreciate the attitude that recovery is approached with
The IOP provides fantastic support and the feeling that problems are manageable, there is hope in recovery, and it is never too late to seek help