About Us

Core Elements is a small private clinic in Lethbridge, Alberta offering specialized services in a variety of areas; from couples counselling and marriage counselling to counselling regarding your health.  Most clients report successful therapy outcomes  based more on the therapist then on the theoretical background chosen. Each therapist at Core Elements brings a unique set of skills, professional training and expertise but more importantly provides a professional, therapeutic, non-judgmental environment for individuals, families and couples to explore presenting difficulties.  The therapists here are all Registered Psychologists and uphold the highest ethical and professional standards.

Office Manager

Bonnie Royer

Bonnie brings many years of office management to the Core Elements office and is available to answer any questions you have regarding booking, billing, session times, availability etc. She can also provide a number of in-office and community referrals as per the individual needs of each client(s). You can reach Bonnie via email:bonnie.coreelements@gmail.com, or Phone: 403-634-6401

Clinical Staff

Alicia Hinger
Registered Psychologist Specializing in Relationships, Couples and Family Therapy

Alicia Hinger is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP). She brings over 15 years of experience to the field of clinical assessment and counselling. Alicia’s career started out in the forensic field and she continues to work in this field part time. She completed her Bachelor of Science Degree in 1995 and then went onto complete her Masters Degree in Professional Counseling (Counselling psychology) in 1998.She began her work in private practice that same year and has maintained this practice ever since.In addition, she has worked for the Solicitor General, Correctional Services, National Parole Board, Community Corrections and Alberta Child and Family Services providing assessment, individual, family and group therapy. Although many of her contracts have been focused on Assessment (Addictions, Parenting, At-Risk or High Risk behaviours, Personality etc), her clinical interests have always remained “Systems” oriented, heavily rooted in Attachment theory.She brings her knowledge of this theory to counseling through the use of thorough assessment (including primary attachment relationships) and the creation of a truly individualized treatment plan for each couple (or individual) she works with.In addition to her many years of clinical/assessment work and training, she also utilizes the Gottman method for couples (level II), Emotions Focused Therapy (EFT) by Les Greenberg and Susan Johnson and is currently under supervision (after completing the training) by the founder of the Psychobiological Approach to Couples Counselling (PACT), Stan Tatkin. She maintains regular contact with her consultation group and travels to Los Angeles four times a year to meet with Mr. Stan Tatkin in person to review her work. Although this is above and beyond the requirements of her regulatory body (the College of Alberta Psychologists) she feels it is of utmost importance to maintain the highest standards of continued learning, consultation and service for her clients here in Southern Alberta. The PACT approach provides a sound framework for the integration of other theories and interventions. PACT is heavily rooted in Attachment theory, developmental, neuroscience, psychobiological regulatory systems (including the neuroendocrine systems) and therapeutic enactment. It is developing into one of the most popular and effective means for working with couples.

Major Practice Proficiencies

  • Individual Counseling
  • Marriage and Family
  • Consultation
  • Health and Wellness
  • Testing and Assessment
  • DSM-IV-TR Diagnosis & Treatment



  • Women

Marriage and Family Counseling

  • Co-parenting
  • Communication Between Spouses
  • Family Conflicts, Resolving
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Infidelity and Adultery
  • Love and Intimacy
  • Marriage and Couples Counseling
  • Mixed / Blended Families
  • Parenting Issues and Approaches
  • Pre-marital Counseling
  • Separation

Other Specializations

  • Abandonment
  • Aggression / Hostility
  • Anger and Anger Management
  • Anxiety / Worry
  • Control
  • Identity
  • Transitions Counselling
  • Trust / Mistrust

Therapies Used

  • Biofeedback
  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy
  • Family Attachment
  • Gottman Model
  • Systems Therapy
  • Psychobiological Approach To Couples Therapy (PACT)
  • Mindful Practices

Laurie Hamer                                                                                              403-331-1925
Registered Provisional Psychologist                                                               lhamer@telus.net
Registered Yoga Teacher




Laurie is dedicated to helping clients identify and achieve their counseling goals. She has specialized training in couples therapy through the PACT (psychobiological approach to couples therapy) Institute, and continues to access training in this model. Her approach to couples therapy is rooted in attachment theory, neuroscience, and regulatory systems. Her clients gain insight into their own and their partner’s attachment-based tendencies while learning the skills possessed by secure functioning couples.

Laurie’s passion for mindfulness as a regulatory interventions lead her to Bali, Indonesia in 2014 where she truly began to walk the walk of a mindful practitioner, obtaining registration as a yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance.  She received training in trauma-sensitive yoga, and offers group and private classes in public, residential, and clinical settings. She also leads yoga classes for couples designed to enhance partner attunement, play, trust, support, and overall sense of connection.

When counseling individuals, Laurie draws on mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy, somatic (body-oriented) therapy, and solution-focused, client-centered approaches. She genuinely cares about her clients and works collaboratively to construct and deliver evidence-based interventions for the following problems and issues:

Registered Provincial Psychologist

Marital/pre-marital/couples issues
Parent/child/family issues
Self-esteem and confidence issues
Anxiety (general, social, performance)
Adjustment/life transition issues
Stress management
Anger management
Existential issues
Chronic pain management


Performance Edge Consulting is based in Lethbridge, Alberta, located at Core Elements Counselling. Our team includes Cia Crawford-Malcolm, a Registered Psychologist with 20 years clinical experience, Luc Rajcic, a Certified Personal Trainer with a high performance training background and Al Fernandes, a National Level Soccer Coach who is a Certified Life Coach.

Performance Edge guides you through Sports Performance Assessment, nutritional plans and guidelines, personal training packages, mental prep for performance, visualization, academic test & performance anxiety, academic testing and concussion protocol. Performance Edge guides you through issues with self-esteem, school struggles, peer relationships and self-confidence. Our Team includes a Registered Psychologist to guide and help you with Academic Assessment, mental prep for performance, anxiety (social, performance & general) and return to activity concussion protocol. A Certified Personal Trainer for your training and nutritional needs and a Life Coach to guide and help you with goal setting, social skills, life skills and mental and physical wellness.

We are here to provide you with:  Academic , Athletic and Life Enhancement.

For more information you can visit our website: www.performedge4.com

Or call us directly at 403-380-0504

Alyson Worrall
Registered Provincial Psychologist


After completing a counselling practicum at the University of Lethbridge and all required courses, I received a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology in November 2013. I have been registered with the College of Alberta Psychologists since May 2014.


After a 35-year teaching career, which included being on the faculty at the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge for seven years, I chose to use my experiences of working with people in a different way by becoming a psychologist. I am deeply interested in the ways people change and grow and want to help my clients achieve the changes they wish to make within themselves in order to live more balanced and fulfilling lives. In addition to my counselling practicum with Counselling Services at the University of Lethbridge, I have experience both working and volunteering at community agencies in Lethbridge and Calgary.


I provide individual counselling to youth (16+) and adults using a sliding fee scale based on household income. My area of interest includes depression; anxiety; grief and loss, which includes various types of loss such as the end of a job or a relationship; trauma-related issues, and phobias. My therapeutic orientation includes cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and mindfulness-based therapies. I also have training in EMDR, which is particularly effective in the treatment of trauma and phobias. I am currently receiving training in Somatic Experiences, which is a body-focused therapy that is also effective in the treatment of trauma-related issues.