About Us

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 (2018-2021) is currently in training. Future cohorts may be arranged upon sufficient interest. Please contact us at Events@WesternCanada-ISTDP.com to express interest.

Some of our graduates from Core Training include:

  • Ruby Sharma, PhD, Registered Psychologist
    Address: 225, 1982 Kensington Road NW, Calgary AB
  • Jodie Oosman, MD, FRCP(C) (Psychiatry)
  • Kaela Scott, Registered Clinical Counsellor
    Address: 970 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC
  • James Nieuwenhuis, PhD, Registered Psychologist
  • Rory Sellmer, MD, FRCPC

2018-2019 WCII Executive Board

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 will be starting advanced training in 2018.

Vice President:  Dr. Heather Scott

Secretary:  Dr. Robert Pogue

Dr. Robert Pogue is a Registered Psychologist in Calgary with 17 years of clinical experience and 11 years of graduate education in psychodynamic psychotherapy and depth psychology.  Robert’s scope of practice includes individual and couple psychotherapy for adults and adolescents.  His practice is focused on the treatment of emotional and relational problems utilizing psychodynamic and emotion-focused psychotherapies.  Robert completed his 3-year Core Training with the San Francisco-based ISTDP core training group lead by Dr. Robert Neborsky and Josette ten Have-de Labije PsyD.  He also completed a 4th year with the inaugural Calgary Core Training group in 2014. He  is a founding member of the Western Canada Institute for ISTDP and serves as the Secretary

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 is currently completing her third year of Core Training in ISTDP with Jon Frederickson MSW, and has also received two years of Core Training with Dr. Robert J. Neborsky, Dr. Josette Ten Have-de Labije, and Dr. Robin Kay.  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. 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 practiced general adult psychiatry with a special interest in psychotherapy. Kent completed ISTDP Core Training in California 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 and current President of the Western Canada Institute for ISTDP. He also plays keyboard for an as-yet-to-be-discovered garage band.


Education and Events Director: Dr. Elizabeth Croft


Member at Large:  Diane Anderson, MA

Diane Anderson is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who completed her ISTDP Core Training with the Southern California Society for ISTDP in 2006.  She has trained with Dr. Robert Neborsky and Dr. Josette ten Have-de Labije and has attended Dr. Davanloo’s annual Metapsychology conference in Montreal.  Diane was the coordinator (with Dr. Alan Kalpin) of the 2010 IEDTA International Conference in Vancouver and co-organizer (with Dr. Robert Neborksy) of the four-day 2010 Summer School in Whistler “Into the Wild: With a Safe Return.” Diane is a psychotherapist in private practice in Vancouver since 1996 and Calgary since 2012–where she now practices full-time. She works with individuals and couples.  She is a founding member of the Western Canada Institute for ISTDP, and has served as Vice President, Treasurer and website designer.  She bemoans the fact that she didn’t garden more when she was in Vancouver, and gives it her best effort in the challenging climate of Calgary!