About Us

WCII Overview

The Calgary based Western Canada Institute for ISTDP (WCII) is currently the only organization west of Montreal to offer a 3-year Core Training Program in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP).  The first group of graduates completed their Core Training in December 2016. Our second cohort completed training in 2020. Future cohorts may be arranged upon sufficient interest. Please contact us at Contact@WesternCanada-ISTDP.com to express interest.

WCII Executive Board

President:  Dr. Heather Scott

Past President:  Dr. Petra Spletzler

Dr. Petra Spletzer is a Registered Psychologist and has worked with adults and children for over 10 years. In her clinical practice, she specializes in treating general dPetra Work photoepression, anxiety, stress, and relationship issues, and prenatal and postpartum depression/anxiety. She works with individuals, couples, and groups and has pursued additional training in Emotion-Focused Therapy, Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), Gottman Couples Therapy, and parenting strategies to foster effective family dynamics. Life-long learning and improving her work with her patients is important to Petra. She has completed the 3-year core training under the supervision Dr. Robert J. Neborsky, Dr. Josette Ten Have-de Labije, and Dr. Robin Kay. In addition, she’s attended numerous ISTDP conferences/workshops and is currently in advanced training.

Secretary:  Dr. Kent Sargeant

Dr. Kent Sargeant is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Calgary. In his background are post-graduate studies in Behavioural Genetics (McMaster University) and Psychiatric Epidemiology (Columbia University) before taking a faculty position at UBC. In Calgary for the past 25 years, he has practice general adult psychiatry with a special interest in psychotherapy. Kent completed ISTDP Core Training in California in 2013 under Dr. Robert Neborsky and Josette ten Have-de Labije. Currently, he works with Alberta Health Services and teaches both medical students and residents while maintaining a private psychotherapy practice. Kent is a founding member of the Western Canada Institute for ISTDP (WCII). He also plays keyboard for an as-yet-to-be-discovered garage band.

Treasurer:  Dr. Christi Alloway

Dr. Christi Alloway completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Queen’s University, and is registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists. Currently in full-time private practice, Christi provides individual psychodynamic therapy for adults of all ages. Additionally, she worked for over 15 years in an outpatient mental health clinic with Alberta Health Services, where she provided individual psychodynamic therapy and interpersonal group therapy to adults across the lifespan, including young adults and seniors, was involved in training graduate students in clinical psychology, and served on the administrative committee overseeing the clinical psychology residency program. She completed her ISTDP Core Training with Jon Frederickson MSW in 2018, and has also completed two years of Advanced Training with Jon Frederickson MSW.  In January 2017, Christi joined the executive board of the Western Canada Institute for ISTDP. In June 2017, she took on the role of Treasurer and website guru.  She loves spending her Saturday afternoons at the stable, developing her horse-back riding skills.

Director / Member at Large:  Dr. Marcel Peloquin

Dr. Marcel Peloquin earned his PhD in clinical psychology at Dalhousie University. He completed his predoctoral internship with the Saskatoon Health Region. Upon completion, Dr. Peloquin worked in a clinical health psychology department and a provincial forensic psychiatric hospital in Saskatchewan before moving to Halifax and joining an outpatient private practice. Here he provides clinical assessments and interventions for adults and adolescents across a broad range of clinical concerns. Dr. Peloquin has completed three years of core training in ISTDP with Jon Frederickson and Diane Byster, is completing additional core training with Drs. Joel Town and Allan Abbass and continues to receive supervision and training in ISTDP.

2022 – 2025 Core Group Trainers

Diane Byster, LMFT, NCC, RYT

Diane Byster is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, National Certified Counselor and Registered Yoga Teacher. She is a certified teacher and clinical supervisor with the IEDTA.

Diane co-facilitated a 3 year ISTDP core training program in Alberta, Canada for the Western Canadian Institute for ISTDP from 2017 – 2021. She has also taught workshops on “Identifying and Deconstructing Projections” for the Western Canadian Institute for ISTDP, for Therapy Today in Lansing Michigan, and for a Los Angeles based ISTDP core training group. Diane has also presented seminars on ‘Yoga Psychotherapy for Trauma’ and ‘Yoga Informed Experiential Psychotherapy’ at the IEDTA conference in Birmingham, UK, in 2017, the  IEDTA in Boston, MA in 2019 and at Stanford University in 2017. Diane also co-taught “Introduction To ISTDP”; “How Can I Be More Effective” and “Anxiety Regulation” at Stanford University .

In addition to her clinical practice, since 2014, Diane has been supervising and providing case consultation in ISTDP to psychiatrists, psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and marriage and family therapists throughout the the U.S. and Canada.

Diane completed the ISTDP Core Training from 2008 – 2010 with Dr. Robert Neborsky, M.D. and Josette Ten Have De Labije, PsyD. Starting in 2010, Diane received bi-monthly case consultation/supervision from Jon Frederickson, MSW, over period of 10 years. In addition, Diane completed over 10 advanced clinical trainings with Jon Frederickson and was a contributing manuscript editor for 3 of Jon Frederickson’s books. Between 2011 – 2014, Diane concurrently enrolled and graduated from a 3 year Training of Trainers program with Patricia Coughlin. From 2015 – 2016 Diane completed advanced clinical training with John Rathauser, PhD. Starting in 2017 – present Diane has attended numerous immersions with Allan Abbass, M.D. She has also received clinical supervision from Allan Abbass, MD from 2019 – present. Diane is currently completing her second year of Training of Trainers with Jon Frederickson, MSW.

Eval Gal-Oz, PhD

Dr. Eval Gal-Oz a licensed Psychologist in California, certified in Intensive Short Term Dynamic Therapy (ISTDP), and in the process of completing her second year of ‘training of trainers’ with Jon Frederickson.

Dr. Gal-Oz had taken core training from 2010-2013 with Drs Robert Neborsky and Josette ten Have-de Labille, and then stayed another year for an additional advanced training. The following year she took advanced training with Dr. John Rathauser, and following that has been taking advanced training with Jon Frederickson. She has also received individual supervision from Dr. Allan Abbass. In addition she has also taken many trainings with Drs. Allan Abbass, Patricia Coughlin, Steve Shapiro, Habib Davanloo, Jon Frederickson, and more.

Dr. Gal-Oz has been treating individuals since 1996 being trained in psychodynamic and psychoanalytic approaches. During 2004-2008 she was an adjunct clinical faculty at the department of psychiatry and behavioral services in the University of Stanford, CA, studying psychiatric disorders and providing care to Stanford physicians in distress

In 2007 she founded the Goodwill Wellness Center, a public mental health clinic that provides free services to severely mentally ill and underserved populations. She was the director and clinical supervisor of hundreds of graduate trainess and supervised thousands of therapies until her recent retirement from the center. In that center she taught ISTDP to students on a weekly basis, in group and individual formats. For this work, Dr. Gal-Oz has been awarded “psychologist of the year award” from the Santa Clara County Psychological Association in 2011, “Distinguished Alumni Award” from Palo Alto Univeristy and an award from the Department of Labor.

More information about her approach to treatment can be found at www.maiatherapy.com

Recent Graduates of WCII Core Training:

Some of our graduates from Core Training include: