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Counselling Services

Counselling services and supports are inclusive, confidential, and available to all RDC students free of charge.

Meet Our Team


Manager of Student Supports | Tanya Lyons-Belt, MEd, RPsych
Tanya has a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology with a minor in Women's Studies and a Masters of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Regina. She is a Registered Psychologist from Saskatchewan.

Tanya has previously worked with two school divisions and 3 other post-secondary institutions as a Psychologist, Counsellor, and Sessional Lecturer within Inclusive Education and SUNTEP. She has spoken at national conventions regarding the inclusion of students with diverse needs and decolonizing the assessment process in higher education. She has also completed over 700 psycho-educational assessment reports over the past 12 years for students of all ages and backgrounds. Tanya enjoys working with students and their chosen support team as collaborative partners in their success. 



Counsellor | Suzanne Rosebrugh, MSW, RSW
With more than 30 years experience as a Clinical Social Worker, Suzanne is passionate about helping people create lives that bring them satisfaction and success. She loves learning and continues to develop her knowledge and skills to help RDC students.

She helps people realize that, while they may face challenges, they also have abilities and strengths with which to meet them. She draws on a wealth of education, experience, skills, and the generosity of clients who have shared their journeys with her. The privilege of being given these opportunities feeds her love and passion for her work. As she often says to clients, “While there are not too many stories I haven’t heard in my years of practice, I have not heard yours yet."

Family, friends, great colleagues, good books, art, mountains, beaches and mindfulness and gratitude practices make life rich, satisfying and well-balanced for Suzanne.


Counsellor | Heather MacLean, BA, MEd, CCC
Heather has a Master of Education in Counselling Psychology and is a Canadian Certified Counsellor with the CCPA. Her approach is client-centered, supportive, and strength-based. She works collaboratively with students to help them find skills to overcome their challenges at their own pace., using a variety of approaches including Trauma Informed, Narrative,  and DBT. Heather has worked in Post Secondary and Non-Profit Organizations for over 10 years.

Heather works with each student in an individualized style that allows them to engage comfortably in the counselling process and to meet their unique needs and goals. Heather has experience working with a diverse range of challenges such as trauma, anxiety, depression, and overall well-being. Originally from the East Coast, Heather loves good food, music, and spending time with friends, family, and nature.

Counsellor | Jay Hetherington, BEd, MSc, RPsych
Jay is a psychologist who is registered with the Alberta College of Psychologists. He has spent the majority of his career as a counsellor and psychologist in educational, clinical, sporting, and business settings. Jay considers it a gift to work with the vibrant and interesting students at RDC.

Jay has a client centered and collaborative approach to working with the students he sees. He will work with you to help manage any challenges or hardships you may be facing. He believes in positive change as a result of being in a supportive, accepting, and caring environment. Jay looks forward to meeting, talking, and working with you.



Addiction Counsellor | Dustin Nau, PhD
Dr. Nau holds a strong belief in the power and value of every human spirit.

He earned his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and a Ph.D in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology. After a tour in the U.S Army, he began practicing Psychology in Calgary, AB. He is an accomplished researcher in the area of resiliency and spirituality. Dr. Nau helps his clients with depression, anger, stress, how to increase your self-confidence, and addictions. In addition, Dr. Nau is an author and published a book, The 5 Questions You Must Ask Yourself.




Intake Coordinator | Chelsea Westrom, BHSc
Chelsea has a Bachelors of Health Sciences, majoring in Mental Health and Addictions Counselling, from the University of Lethbridge. She relocated from Saskatchewan to Alberta during Covid with her partner and four sons, and surprised herself with how well she managed through the many challenges she faced through her move. Chelsea has previous experience working for Five Hills Health Region, specifically counselling high school students, facilitating psychoeducational groups, and personal counselling.

Chelsea resonates with a quote one of her mentors shared with her: "The key to staying in love with your job is to ask the unique questions and hear the story unfold in a new way." She enjoys hearing the stories, the struggles, the stalls, and the successes students share with her, as she looks forward to help them.

Mental Health Education Coordinator | ​Linnea Vendittelli, BHSc
Linnea strives to educate and inspire others to create a supportive and collaborative environment. She provides students with the skills and knowledge necessary to help those experiencing mental health problems. She is a strong facilitator in mental health literacy programs, such as the MHCC’s Mental Health First Aid and the AHS Community Helpers Program.

Linnea has a Bachelor of Health Science, Biomedical major and Psychology minor, and previous experience volunteering with mental health groups in Canada. She is passionate about creating interactive and engaging visuals on campus to promote mental health awareness and resources.

Linnea seeks opportunities to combine her passion and knowledge to have a positive impact on students during their post-secondary education.


Counselling Intern | ​Heather Agnew, BA Hons
Heather is a Masters of Counselling Psychology student from Athabasca University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree in Psychology from University of the West of Scotland. 

Heather has previously worked as a Family and Youth Counsellor in Calgary and has many years of experience supporting young people and families. 

Heather provides her clients with a safe, non-judgmental space to increase coping and move towards making meaningful change. She looks forward to meeting you and working together.