Our Team

Family Hope

Counselling and Training Centre Inc.

Certification & Training
  • Registered Psychologist, Saskatchewan College of Psychologists, 2020
  • Masters of Education in Educational Psychology, University of Regina, 2020
  • Bachelor of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria, 2011
  • Early Childhood Educator II, Saskatchewan Learning, 2007
  • Diploma-Youth Care Worker, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), 2001
  • Certificate-Youth Care Worker, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST), 2000
  • DBT Skills for Adolescents and Families, 2023
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), 2022
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Grief and Loss, 2022
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Trauma, 2021
  • Violent Threat Risk Assessment (VTRA) Level One, 2021
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), 2019
  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing Training, 2018
  • Advanced Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Training, 2014
  • Certified Group Leader, The Incredible Years-Seattle, 2014
Associations & Awards
  • 2020-Present – Member, Saskatchewan College of Psychologists #1139
  • 2019-Present – Member, Canadian Psychological Association
  • 2023-Present – Member, Psychological Association of Saskatchewan
  • 2001-Present – Registered, Medical First Responder, Saskatchewan Health Authority
  • 2018 – Callow Family Award for Volunteer of the Year, Saskatchewan Air Cadet League
  • 2001 – Distinguished Graduate, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST)

Krystal Hawkins, M.Ed.

Registered Psychologist #1139 (APE)  

Therapeutic Framework: ACT, DBT, Narrative, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, Attachment theory,

Additional Certification: Incredible Years® Group Facilitator, First Aid/CPR Instructor, Medical First Responder

Client Focus: Children (6-12), Youth (13-17), Families, Adults, Groups

Treatment Areas: ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, BPD, Grief, Trauma, Behaviour, Personal Growth

Availability: In-Person + Virtual 2 days per week

Contact: admin@familyhope.ca, krystal@familyhope.ca, 1-306-694-4673 

Registered Provider with: NIHB, Social Services, Victims Services, FSEAP, Greensheild, ComPsych

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In a session with Krystal, clients can expect to be heard and have their experiences validated. Krystal uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for a balance of content (story telling) and process (learning skills). Krystal uses valid and reliable measures to help explore symptom severity and will individualize treatment plans accordingly.

Krystal Hawkins lives on a farm with her husband and three children.  She is a Registered Psychologist with a Master of Education Degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Regina and a Bachelor Degree in Child and Youth Care from the University of Victoria. She is a co-founder and Psychologist for Family Hope.  She practices from a cultural and systemic perspective and is influenced by attachment theory, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). Krystal is a certified Incredible Years (IY) Facilitator and has provided IY training since 2012. Krystal has delivered community and private presentations for more than 10 years on topics of behaviour, connection, and screen time. She has been a certified First Aid and CPR instructor with St. John Ambulance for more than 20 years. She volunteers in her community as a First Responder and as the Treasurer for the Gravelbourg Air Cadet program.

Certification & Training
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counselling (with Honors), Briercrest Seminary, 2015
  • Canadian Certified Counsellor with CCPA, 2019
  • Bachelor Degree in Sociology, Carleton University, 2007
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Trauma, 2023
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for Grief and Loss, 2022 
  • Prepare/Enrich Training, 2019
Associations & Awards
  • 2019-Present- Professional Member of Canadian Counsellors and Psychotherapy Association (Certified)
  • 2015 – Graduate Excellence Award in Research, Briercrest Seminary
  • 2015 – Graduate Excellence Award in Marriage and Family Counselling, Briercrest Seminary

Melissa Verheyen, M.A.

Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Canadian Certified Counsellor with CCPA

Therapeutic Framework: ACT, Narrative, Family Systems, Faith-based

Treatment Areas: Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Grief, Life Transitions, Relationships, Personal Growth

Client Focus: Youth (16-18), Adults

Availability: Virtual Services for clients in SK, ON, NB

Contact: admin@familyhope.ca, melissa@familyhope.ca, 1-306-694-4673 

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In a session with Melissa, clients can expect that she will listen with compassion and empathy while helping to develop skills and strategies to effectively manage difficult thoughts and feelings in order for clients to meet their goals. Melissa is passionate about creating a safe, supportive, and collaborative context where clients can connect with their values to guide them in making meaningful change.

Melissa Verheyen is co-founder of Family Hope, a military spouse, and a mother of four children. She has lived in Ontario, Saskatchewan, New York, and currently lives in New Brunswick. Melissa is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)* with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She earned her honours Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counselling from Briercrest College & Seminary. She received the award of excellence for her research on “Separation and Reunion within Canadian Military Marriages: A Grounded Theory Approach.” She is a Canadian Certified professional member of the Canadian Counselling and  Psychotherapy Association (CCPA). Melissa is re-energized by practicing spiritual disciplines, spending time with her family and friends, and writing.
*Qualifying means Melissa has completed her formal university education, is licensed with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, must complete 450 hours of treatment where she regularly meets with a supervisor and must successfully write the registration exam.

Lenea Okraincee BHJ, BSW, RSW

Registered Social Worker #SASW1289

Therapeutic Framework: CBT, Play Therapy, Attachment Theory

Additional Certification: NVCI and ASIST Facilitator, Play Therapy (CACPT), Addictions Studies

Client Focus: Children (6-12), Youth (13-18), Adults, Families, Couples, Groups

Treatment Areas: Behaviour, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Addictions, Trauma, Relationships, Stress

Availability: Virtual + In-Person Evenings and Weekends

Contact: admin@familyhope.ca, lenea@familyhope.ca, 1-306-694-4673

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In a session with Lenea, clients can expect that she will listen with compassion and empathy to build a therapeutic relationship that facilitates positive change.

Lenea Okraincee lives on a ranch with her husband of 25 years. She has two children who have now left home to further their educational path.  She is a Registered Social Worker and has a Bachelor of Human Justice Degree and a Bachelor of Social Work Degree from the University of Regina.  She practices from a holistic generalist perspective and utilizes techniques from play therapy, cognitive behavioural theory (CBT) and attachment theory in her work with clients. Lenea has certificates in Play Therapy (2006), Addiction Studies (2007), Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NVCI) facilitator (2008), Applied Suicide Intervention Suicide Training facilitator (ASIST) (2022). Lenea has more than 25 years of experience working in the counselling field and works within a holistic model, helping clients bring about positive changes in their lives.  She has a wide range of experiences and educational training, which she brings into her relationships with clients while helping them move through their therapeutic journey. Lenea enjoys spending time with her family, working in the greenhouse, and helping on the ranch.

Brit Adam, M.Ed.,

Registered Psychologist (Provisional) #1247

Therapeutic Framework: ACT, Queer and Gender Affirming, Feminist, Humanistic, DBT, and CBT

Additional Certification: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Gender and Sexual Diversity in Youth, Students and Anxiety, Making Sense of Trauma

Client Focus: Children (6-12), Youth (13-17), Adults, Families & Groups

Treatment Areas: Behaviour, Relationships, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Trauma, Identity Exploration and Transitioning and Emotional Regulation

Availability: In-person + virtual 5 days per week.

Contact: admin@familyhope.ca, brit@familyhope.ca, 1-306-694-4673

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In a session with Brit, you are an equal partner in the therapeutic process. Together, you will identify your values and skills, and find strategies on how to use them to achieve your goals. Brit’s goal is for clients to feel validated and to gain skills in self-compassion and self-efficacy. No matter what you’re experiencing, you are welcomed.

Brit Adam has a Master of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of Regina. She practices from a trauma informed, evidence based, queer and gender affirming, anti-oppressive lens, and is welcoming of all people and relationship styles. She has an unconditional positive regard and caring attitude toward her clients and has experience working with people of all ages, from children to adults, who are experiencing challenges with anxiety, depression, ADHD, autism, grief, emotional regulation, identity exploration, and many other challenges. Her passion is working with teens who may be feeling anxious or stressed as they deal with the complexity of being an adolescent in today’s world.

Before she began her career as a psychologist, she was employed as a teacher and as an Advocacy and Behaviour Consultant with Prairie South School Division. As a teacher, she taught all ages from Kindergarten to Grade 12 and then moved into her role as Student Support Teacher. In that role she worked one-on-one or in small groups with students who had many different challenges including behaviour, learning difficulties, and emotional regulation. Her students often had diagnoses such as specific learning disorders, autism, ADHD, ODD, and OCD, and she has experience assisting students with the difficulties that often accompany those disorders.