Mythological Meaning of the Phoenix Symbol        

best_councelor_sex_marriage_calgary_kelowna_pentictonAccording to mythology, the Phoenix is a bird resembling an eagle that lived for 500 years and then burned itself to death on a pyre from whose ashes another phoenix arose. We chose this symbol as our brand name because the Phoenix symbol represents the depth and breadth of transformation that is possible when one is willing to engage in the process.

“That, out of the ashes of life’s seemingly impossible circumstances, core transformation of the self; of relationships; of family; of business; and of career or work is indeed possible, thus creating a new path, a new purpose, a new passion for life and living, no matter what age or stage of life in which one find oneself. The Phoenix Rises symbol captures all the elements of rebirth, new life, union of the yin and yang, gentleness, grace, power, prosperity, vision, fervent excitement and enduring inspiration. It captures all that we are and hope to bring to those we serve.” – Diane Monteith and Sandra Forsyth

A Vibrant Private Practice in Both Cities & Surrounding Areas

Our Roots in Calgary

The counselling partnership was launched in 1985 when Diane Monteith began her private practice in Calgary. Sandra Forsyth joined her in 1987, and together in record time, they built a vibrant, flourishing, full-time counselling practice. Its establishment for over 30 years speaks to their professionalism and success.

Reflection on the many individual client outcomes of transformation and healing led Diane and Sandra to adopt the phoenix symbol and create Phoenix Rises for their corporate identity, as a true reflection of their work.

Now located at Phoenix Rises Inc. Counselling & Consulting, Centre 70, Suite 400, 7015 Macleod Tr. S., in an easily accessed, centrally positioned part of Calgary.

Successful Expansion to Penticton

In 2008 they expanded their practice to Penticton and the Okanagan Valley and in May 2015 Diane and Sandra’s long-time colleague and friend Lyn McDonald joined the team.

Currently practicing in the Penticton Plaza Office Professional Building,

Suite 207 – 1301, Main St. Penticton, BC.


Meet our team …..

T. Diane Monteith MSW, RSW, RCC

Registered Clinical Social Worker, Registered Clinical Counsellor


EMDR Certified Therapist

AAMFT – American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Clinical Fellow

BCAMFT – British Columbia Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

BCACC – British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors

ACSW – Alberta College of Social Workers

BCCSW – British Columbia College of Social Workers

Calgary & Penticton – Diane Monteith is hugely successful in facilitating transformation through her experientially based psychotherapy. She has been a therapist for over thirty years and her expertise spans: couple’s therapy; addictions; mood disorders; mental health; trauma; physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; esteem issues; life transitions; and sexuality issues; dysfunctional family issues; codependency; adult children of dysfunctional families. Diane is trained in numerous couples and family therapeutic techniques, including marriage and family therapy, as well as EMDR, Spirituality, Energy Healing techniques, Soul Journey Work and much more.

Diane is a well-known leader in the domain of successful marriage and couple’s therapy having trained with many of the leaders in the field. In addition to her couples work, she is highly effective in her individual work with both women and men. Having grown up in a family of boys, and having a unique personal style that combines the yin and yang, Diane has a special ability to understand and effectively counsel and coach men. Furthermore, many of her clients are business and professional people who come specifically to rejuvenate their businesses and careers through personal growth.


Sandra R. Forsyth MSW, RSW, RCC

Registered Clinical Social Worker


EMDR Certified Therapist

ACSW – Alberta College of Social Workers

BCCSW – British Columbia College of Social Workers

Calgary & Penticton – Sandra Forsyth has been a counsellor and psychotherapist for over thirty years and is well-known in the field for her transformative work with children and parent/ child relationships. Sandra is passionate about helping families access their potential to be all that they can ultimately be. Her down-to-earth, engaging and often humorous style of working with children and families paves the way to a successful outcome. Sandra has a unique ability to connect with a child’s inner world and draw them out.

Many families and couples, with her expertise, have successfully overcome struggles arising out of separation and divorce; blended family dynamics; parent management issues; attention deficit disorder and behavioural problems such as oppositional defiant disorder.

Sandra’s therapy has also proven effective for individuals in the areas of life transitions; self-esteem issues, life stresses, codependency, adult children of dysfunctional families, mood disorders such as depression, mental health and a myriad of other life issues. She also facilitates adjustment for those facing chronic illness and /or loss and grief.

Her expertise also achieves outstanding healing results with those adults and children-facing trauma from emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse. Sandra’s therapy techniques include EMDR, visualization therapy, experiential therapies, play therapy, energy work and soul journeywork. Sandra has a spiritual emphasis that enhances the depth and breadth of her psychotherapy.


Lyn McDonald B. Ed, MACP, RCC

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology, City University of Seattle

BCACC – British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors


EMDR Certified Therapist

Penticton Only – Lyn McDonald started her career as a secondary school teacher in Hertfordshire, England and moved to Canada in 1982. Before entering private practice, she worked for more than a decade as an educator and counsellor in a number of Calgary junior-high and senior-high schools. Lynn specializes in working with youth who are struggling with complex presenting problems including learning differences, attention hyperactivity disorders, mood/anxiety issues, mental health as well as general life challenges. She has a unique way of engaging young people and illuminating their abilities, as she helps them to develop strategies to move through their own unique “road blocks” and realize their true potential.

Grief Counselling is another area of expertise for Lyn. Through her own personal life experience, she has developed an understanding and ability to journey alongside her clients with compassion, as they move through the layers of grief, gently making sense of their loss in a meaningful way. She also brings extensive experience working with seniors as they transition through life’s phases, helping them to make sense of various aspects of change and loss often associated with the latter stages of life.

Lyn’s experience of living in and working with a variety of diverse cultures enables her to embrace a broad-based approach to therapy, utilizing a variety of approaches including Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Experiential Therapy and CBT.