About Sylvia

Clinic Director, Registered Psychologist


  • Doctorate of Philosophy (2014)
  • Masters of Education (2006)
  • Bachelor of Arts (2004)


  • University of Alberta, Counselling Psychology

Treatment Approaches

  • Human Behaviour Specialist
  • Demartini
  • Acceptance & Commitment (ACT)
  • Clinical Supervision & Licensed Supervisors
  • Coaching
  • Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Existential
  • Experiential Therapy
  • Family / Martial
  • Family Systems
  • Gestalt
  • Humanistic
  • Integrative
  • Jungian
  • Mindfulness-Based (MCBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Multicultural
  • Narrative
  • Person-Centred
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic
  • Rational Emotive Behaviour
  • Reality Therapy
  • Relational
  • Solution Focused Brief
  • Somatic

Specialties & Therapeutic Concerns

  • Addiction
  • ADHD
  • Adoption
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Career Guidance
  • Chronic Illness
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Relapse
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Gambling
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Infertility
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Coaching
  • Life
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal
  • Postpartum
  • Psychosomatic
  • Racial Identity
  • Relationship Issues
  • Self-Harming
  • Self-Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Teen Violence
  • Transgender
  • Trauma & PTSD
  • Video Game Addiction
  • Women’s Issues


  • Individuals
  • Couples
  • Teenagers (14-18)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)
“Have you ever felt lost in your life’s journey? Ever wondered about the meaning of it all? Has the mundane, boredom, depression, anxiety, and illness and disease left you questioning if this is all there is or if there is more? I mean… there’s got to be more, right? I believe most of us can relate. We get caught up on a path and then wonder how we got here.

It is a bit cliche to say that there is a whole wide Universe out there and something bigger going on, but there are some certain fundamental truths here if we dare to look a bit more closely. Systems theory demonstrates that the Universe is a living system that is constantly trying to maintain equilibrium. The Universe operates under fundamental scientific laws that support this theory, and we as humans and living organisms in family systems, follow the same laws. Applied Physiology, the study of how the body works, Physics, Chemistry, Math, Biology, all demonstrate that everything the body does, symptoms and all, attempt to help us maintain equilibrium in order for us to function at maximum capacity. What this means is that any symptom we have, from mental conditions (anxiety, depression, etc.) to physical conditions (aches, injuries, Diabetes, Cancer, etc.) is an indication of our mind and body trying to bring our state into balance. Our emotional experience is an indication of how our perceptions are out of balance. It is through our emotions that our consciousness is trying to bring us back into a balanced state which includes certainty and presence of the mind and gratitude and love of the heart.

My approach encompasses these theories and scientific bases. I utilize many aspects of the Demartini Method to aid in the process of self-discovery and healing, along with education, and traditional psycho-therapy approaches if needed, such as CBT, Solution-Focussed Therapy, Experiential, Reality Therapy and others. The Demartini Method is a directive approach of concrete questions that assist the process of balancing perceptions and thus neutralizing emotions, leading to a greater sense of wholeness. I refer to my therapy sessions as “workshops” because there is an expectations that clients will actively participate. Through the process, a client can expect:
  • A greater understanding of self, including motivations to behaviour and responses;
  • To be both supported and challenged when needed;
  • To learn strategies for neutralizing emotional charges.
I have no doubt that the mind and body are connected and that there is a far greater depth to our experience as humans navigating the pleasures and pains, the supports and challenges, of that which we call life. We have the ability to dive deeply into our psyche and come up with new insights that can impact both our mental and physical well being. In doing so, we discover the wholeness and truth of our experience, which people call the authentic experience, and the greater meaning and purpose to living.
Are you ready to let go of society’s victim mentality?
Are you looking for a wholistic approach encompassing the mind-body connection?
Are you wanting a deeper dive into your experience?
Are you looking to discover meaning and purpose to life as you heal your emotional charges?
Are you ready to participate in your healing in order to empower yourself?
Are you ready to be open and honest to yourself so that you can come to know the truth of your experience?
Are you ready for both the support and challenge that comes with the healing process?

If so, then my approach just may be a fit for you.

Because of my approach, I also offer therapy options that differ from the traditional one-hour session. If you have been in therapy before, I’m sure you have had an experience of feeling like you were just getting started when the hour ran out. I prefer to focus on a perception with an intent of working it and/or a specific event through in one sitting. As such, I offer 2+ hour workshop sessions. Most clients find 2-hours sufficient for achieving some form of insight without becoming too emotionally draining; however, there is the option to book more than 2 hours if preferred.”


 – Dr. Sylvia Peske
Registered Psychologist
asj Clinic Director

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Office Hours

  • Monday (Daytime)
  • Tuesday (Daytime)
  • Thursday (Daytime)


Sylvia accepts SECURE VIDEO clients.

Sylvia currently has a waitlist and is
estimating Early 2022 for availability.

If you would like to be added to Sylvia’s
waitlist please contact our Office Manager at
780-960-1616 / reception@asjpsychological.com
to schedule with Sylvia.