The Serene Waters Philosophy

AnneMarie draws from a number of theoretical orientations in her work. Primarily, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy guide her practice with a foundation in Family Systems Theory. The systemic model views the problem as interactional. Blame is not placed on the individual but rather on the pattern that has developed between individuals. Counselling presents the client with specific tools to cope with the present while keeping in mind the goal of creating their preferred reality.


AnneMarie Whitton is a registered Psychologist and a Marital and Family Therapist.  She graduated from The King’s University College in Edmonton in 2003, with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in psychology and completed her Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University in 2008. 

AnneMarie has been providing counselling for more than 10 years contracting privately as well as having worked for two years with the Royal Alexandra Hospital in the Pastoral Care and Psychology Department.  AnneMarie's life experience has firmly grounded her in the belief of a solid foundation in marriage and a healthy family life that values the individuals as unique beings.  AnneMarie believes that a well balanced life is one that is lived mindfully with awareness of self and others.


AnneMarie is an active member with the following organizations:

  • College of Alberta Psychologists, Registered Psychologist
  • Psychologists Association of Alberta, Full Member
  • American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy, Clinical Member


"Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world."
Hans Margolius