Meet our Siksika Health Therapists: Michelle and Deb!

The role of a therapist is to jump into the client’s world, and support them in walking out towards healing.

Therapists don’t give advice, because this would require them to base their input on their own experience. Their role is to support a person through their experience, and journey with them towards healing

Meet some of our Siksika Mental Health Therapists! Click on their photos to learn more the team.

For more information on Siksika Mental Health, visit:…/mental-health-services/

Dr. Michelle Fercho, Registered Psychologist

I have been a psychologist for 20 years. I have worked at many places, but working at Siksika is my favourite by far. I have two children who are currently in University in Victoria, and when they are away, it is just me and my dog, but he is very good company! I love to hike, ski in the winter, and be active outside. I am currently taking hip hop lessons and love to do yoga. 

I have always been curious about people and what makes them tick. Luckily, I was able to translate that into a career that I love. Plus, it is always a bonus to witness people healing. and feeling better, that is one of the best things about psychology.  

Siksika Mental Health is safe space, we work hard to protect privacy and confidentiality. And we are trained to help people manage anxiety, depression, to heal and resolve trauma. Reach out, we are here! 

Deb Nunziata, Registered Psychologist

I do provide counseling in my private practice but for Siksika I conduct psychoeducational assessments. My primary role is the Student Services Coordinator for Golden Hills School Division. I am a teacher and a registered psychologist with over 30 years of experience.

As a special education teacher I realized that many children have mental health problems that are barriers to their learning which is why I returned to university and completed a Masters in Educational Psychology. For the past 3 years, I have worked with Alberta Health Services as part of the creative team to develop a Mental Health Literacy resource for elementary-age children.

I feel it is important that everyone understands that we all have mental health and that there is a difference between mental distress, a mental health problem, and a mental disorder and that using the right language to talk about mental health is critical. Mental health literacy can help reduce stigma and encourages help-seeking behavior. What is good for our body is good for our brain so sleep, exercise, nutrition, and social connection are essential to good mental health.