LifeStar Alberta Staff

Dr. Steven Thibodeau

PhD, RMFT, MSW, RSW, CSAT-S, Certified Clinical Partner Specialist     

Registered Marriage & Family Therapist (RMFT)

Clinical Social Worker Supervisor

Clinical Social Worker; Alberta College of Social Workers

Certificated Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT-S)

Faculty Alumni, University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Health Sciences, Addictions Counselling Program (2005-2011)

EMDR (Level 1)

Co-Director of LifeSTAR Alberta


Steven is a registered marriage and family therapist (RMFT), a clinical social worker and certified sexual addiction therapist (CSAT-S). In 2005, he accepted a faculty position at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Addictions Counselling Program, University of Lethbridge, and specialized in the area of sexual addiction. He left that position in 2011 to pursue full time co-directorship of LifeSTAR Alberta with his wife Jennifer Thibodeau MSW, RSW, CSAT-S. He regularly presents on issues related to addictions and sexual compulsivity while taking a particular interest in the effects of sexual addiction on the family.

Steven practices from a place of no-judgment, compassion, and understanding; while promoting responsible behaviour.

Jennifer Thibodeau 

MSW, RSW, CSAT-S, Clinical Social Worker, Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist, EMDR Therapist, Certified Clinical Partner Specialist

Co-Director of LifeSTAR Alberta


Jennifer is a licensed clinical social worker, registered in the province of Alberta, a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist (CSAT), and a Clinical Partner Specialist (C). Jennifer is also a Certified Emotionally Focused Therapist.

Emotionally Focused therapy is specifically used with couples.

“Today EFT is revolutionizing couple therapy. Rigorous studies during the past fifteen years have shown that 70 to 75 percent of couples who go through EFT recover from distress and are happy in their relationships. The results appear lasting, even with couples who are at high risk for divorce. EFT has been recognized by the American Psychological Association as an empirically proven form of couple therapy.” Sue Johnson 2008

In addition to her work at LifeStar Alberta where she serves both those who are struggling with compulsive sexual behaviours and partners, Jennifer has maintained a thriving private practice for over 20 years. She has worked with clients on a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, marital relationships, parenting skills, grief, loss, life transitions, abuse, trauma, pornography addiction and sexual compulsivity along with many other issues. One of the therapeutic interventions that Jennifer is very experienced in is EMDR, which is a therapeutic intervention used for traumatic events. Jennifer has been using EMDR in her practice since 1998 and has done well over 1,000 EMDR sessions.

Jennifer is a Co-Director of LifeStar Alberta along with her husband Dr. Steven Thibodeau. Jennifer has a non-judgmental, supportive and caring approach. She enjoys her work immensely. Jennifer has been married to Steven for over 30 years and they have two wonderful adult children.

Zac Rhodenizer, R. Psych., M.Ed.

Zac Rhodenizer is a Registered Psychologist in Alberta with a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Lethbridge. He began working for Lifestar Alberta in 2011 and has since gained experience working with children, adolescents, and families in the school system. He is excited to return to the Lifestar program to help individuals and families in their recovery process.

Zac brings an expertise and interest in addiction theory, family systems approaches, Emotional Focus Therapy, and Existential Therapy but ultimately what helps people the most in therapy is the connection they feel with their therapist and Zac works diligently to constantly improve and deepen the therapeutic connection with clients so that more significant and permanent change can take place.



Zac Rhodenizer, R.Psych

Joanne Steed-Takasaki, M. Psychology and Counselling, M. Ed., Canadian Certified Counsellor, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Level 1 Gottman Couples Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples in Crisis, CSEP-CPT, AFLCA-CFT

Are you tired of just existing and ready to start living? Change is possible.

I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor with master’s degrees in both psychology and counselling, and education. My areas of passion, research and expertise are

  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Addiction

My practice is grounded in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and selectively incorporates several other systems, including Emotion Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy and Strengths Based Therapy. I am also a certified personal fitness trainer and a ‘retired’ high school teacher and administrator. I am the co-author of two books – Awakening the Workplace, and Sink or Swim: Stress Management Strategies to Ensure Your Survival. I run both group and individual counselling sessions.

I am passionate about health and wellness. As a two-time cancer survivor, I firmly believe that wellness is more than just an absence of illness, and that a healthy lifestyle involves more than taking care of our physical needs, but our emotional needs as well.

I have deep respect and compassion for all individuals, and consider it an honor to walk on the difficult and rewarding journey of healing with my clients. My personal philosophy is based on being a therapist who is willing to accept individuals where they are at, and who they are, without bias or judgment in helping them to attain their true potential. I believe that in the quiet moments of contemplation the answers will come, with the help of a therapist who is guided by a strong theoretical background, continued learning from evidence-based studies and an open heart and mind to the discovery of the human condition.

My absolute favorite things to do are playing with my grandbabies, spending time with my family, working out, and gaining new knowledge.


Favorite Quote: Life is short.  Live your dream, and wear your passion.  –The Holstee Manifesto


Jacqueline Thibodeau, MSW, RSW, Certified Clinical Partner Specialist

I began my career as a counsellor working with Alberta Health Services focusing on tobacco addiction prevention as well as addiction recovery for youth. I then worked in an outpatient clinic for sex addiction and trauma recovery. It was in this position that the passion to understand and treat betrayal trauma first began.

I made the move to Toronto to complete my Master’s degree in social work and upon graduating I received the gold medal award for my research regarding partners of sexually addicted individuals. I have since worked in various mental health environments- including outpatient treatment centres, community agencies, walk-in counselling services, post-secondary communities and private practice.

I believe in working collaboratively and compassionately with the people that come to see me. I understand my job to be creating a therapeutic space where you feel comfortable, emotionally safe, and respected. Knowing that each person’s experience is unique, I work from a range of therapeutic modalities. Through our work together we will identify resources, skills, and patterns in your life that are effective as well as areas where you may want to transform.

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