Our Caring Staff:
Parris Winsor – MPCC, CPCA
Parris Winsor is a Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling belonging to the Canadian Professional Counselors Association. She is known for her ability to create an environment that is comforting and safe, with her compassionate and understanding approach. She has a way of helping people to get in touch with deep feelings which is imperative to the healing process. She is skilled in trauma, grief, relationship and addiction counselling, and teaches many other necessary life skills, which she facilitates through workshops and groups. Parris has a passion for wellness, especially in physical and spiritual which she practices with the clients in daily morning yoga and meditation. She has knowledge in nutrition and alternative health therapies. Parris has been in recovery since 1995 herself and has worked with others through the twelve steps over this time.
Darren Gulka – RPN, BHSc.(N), NNPBC, BCCN&M
Darren has spent over 25 years gaining a diverse background in Mental Health & Substance Use. He began his psychiatric nursing career after receiving his diploma through Douglas College in 1995 and has since worked in numerous capacities which has included psychiatry, emergency services, education, case management, and clinical leadership. He received a conflict management certificate from the University of Calgary, that enabled him to serve as a court appointed Mediator for the City of Calgary, and later went on to complete his Bachelor of Health Science. As a life long learner, Darren continues to stay current in his knowledge through ongoing courses and conferences through UBC and the BC Centre on Substance Use.
Darren is skilled in crisis intervention, comprehensive assessments, counselling, medication management, and group facilitation. He always brings his passion for recovery and helping others experience the benefits of sobriety, while using a level of warmth, empathy, and respect he has gained throughout his own journey of recovery that began in 1991. When not working, Darren enjoys painting, boating, skiing and has an everlasting desire to nurture his musical interests.
Jackie-Ellen Watson, MSc Psychology
Jackie received her Master Degree from the University of Northern British Columbia in 1997. Although Jackie majored in Social Cognition, she has a broad spectrum of Master level achievements in Psychology including Social, Cognitive, Health and Developmental Psychology as well as Assessment of Psychological Characteristics, Multivariate Statistics and Research Design and Analysis. In additional to her MSc Thesis, Jackie published a variety of papers with peer-reviewed Journals such as the International Journal of Psychology, the Journal of Applied Social Psychology and Canadian Psychology as well as Educational and Psychological Measurement. During her graduate studies she received the University Presidents Graduate Scholarship as well as awards from the Canadian Psychological Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Jackie has 20+ years of professional experience working within education, non-profit and health care organizations. She also has training in Leadership, Coaching, Change Management, Conflict Resolution, Team Building and Performance Evaluation as well as Indigenous Cultural Competency.
Jackie has a lifelong connection with recovery and, for the past decade, she has focussed her energy toward applying her skills and knowledge to support people in recovery. Her compassion, knowledge and personal journey, combined with her dynamic personality, allow Jackie to connect easily with others and to constructively support others in their own personal recovery. Jackie knows that, with help, it is possible to recover from addiction and that long term recovery is achievable.
Lisa Eimer, Counsellor
Lisa received her Diploma in psychology and counselling in 2021 and she is currently working towards her Registered Professional Counsellors designation. She has spent years in her own recovery from childhood trauma and addiction, and has come to a point in her life where she is able to devote time and effort to those who still suffer. Understanding the hardships and the work it takes to heal from such harms, she offers a safe and inviting space for others to feel comfortable to process their own sufferings. Lisa has extensive training through CMHA in which she was a crisis responder. She is also a Hospice Society volunteer providing her competent understandings of grief, loss, crisis interventions, and a quality of compassion. Currently Lisa is working towards her Masters in Reiki. She has also achieved other healing modality certificates and will continue to self-reflect and grow in a variety of ways so that she will be able to empower others to do the same.
Dr. Steen B Andersen, BSc, MSc, MD. LMCC
As a retired Navy combat surgeon, and spending over 40 years as a physician in the medical field, Steen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Foothills team. He has practiced medicine in both Canada and the United States, and has published papers in medical journals on addiction related topics. With his own personal journey in recovery, he provides weekly lectures on issues pertaining to substance use.