Group Programs

While group therapy typically focuses on interpersonal dynamics, our psycho-educational programs make use of workbooks and on-line resources to build skills and coping solutions.

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Chronic Pain Rehabilitation

Chronic pain is invisible, except for the scars it can leave on the lives of those it affects over time.

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Life Coaching

Our approach to psychotherapy and coaching involves many of the same tools; but an important difference lies in your objectives.

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Why Bion?

(b i ' o n) n. An organism capable of adapting to a changing environment.

If you’ve found our website, chances are you’ve discovered how little control we have over events in life - our changing environment. Illness, disability, chronic pain, family transitions, and the search for a more meaningful life all require flexibility and adaptability to meet the challenges of change. The good news is that each of us has the capacity to choose how we will cope with what life puts in our path. We can help.

Our approach builds on your strengths. We believe that when you have the right information, you’ll uncover options you hadn’t considered. In our work together, we provide the resources you need to determine your best course -- together with the insights and practical tools required to work through barriers and support positive change. Individual, couple and family therapy is brief, solution-focused and based on cognitive-behavioural approaches that net the results you target.

Psychotherapy and chronic pain rehabilitation services are face-to-face in our Calgary, AB office, over the phone, or on-line. We’re Distance Credentialed Counselors (DCC). Click on our specific services or contact us directly to learn more about how the BION approach can help you adapt to your changing environment. We look forward to hearing from you.

To learn more about what skill sets and experience you should consider before choosing a psychologist, please refer to the information provided by the Canadian Psychological Association.

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Dr. Colleen Braun, R. Psych.

Senior Analyst and Diplomat, American Board of Disability Analysts

Dr. Colleen Braun, M.Ed., Ed.D. is a registered psychologist, family therapist, and Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC). Although her clinical practice is located in Calgary, she has provided on-site consultation and supervision to chronic pain programs in both Nova Scotia and Alberta. Colleen holds adjunct status on the graduate faculties of NOVA Southeastern University (Fort Lauderdale) and Central Michigan University and commutes to weekend classes across Canada and the US. In her "spare" time, she lectures throughout North America - and aboard cruise ships internationally -- on wellness, human relations, personal-professional effectiveness, and lifestyle issues.

Credits include more than 60 publications and presentations in North American and international journals and symposia. An honorary Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, she is listed in Who's Who Worldwide, and Who's Who in Professional Speaking.

Professional memberships include (among others) The Canadian Psychologists Association; American Psychological Association; American Counseling Association; Canadian Pain Society; Association for Multi-cultural Counseling and Development; and International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.

Colleen holds an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green University, completed Master's and Doctoral programs in behavioural medicine at the University of Cincinnati, and is certified as a family therapist by the Department of Psychiatry at the University Cincinnati College of Medicine. She is registered as a psychologist in Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, and the Northwest Territories.

KIMBERLY HAUSER, MA, MSW is a licensed independent social worker (LISW-S) andDistance Credentialed Counselor (DCC)who holds graduate degrees in both Psychology and Social Work. Confidential consults with Kimberly, our parenting coach, provide support to problem solve, to help your child through transitions, to identify resources when more is required, and to support families in keeping values in sync with realities. As the Executive Director for a community based youth organization and parent of two children, she is well aware of resources for kids and families and authors a Cincinnati-based column on practical parenting.