LifeStar Alberta Staff

Dr. Steven Thibodeau, PhD, RMFT, MSW, RSW, CSAT-S

Certified Clinical Partner Specialist      APSATS

Co-Director of LifeSTAR Alberta

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)

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,

Certified Clinical Partner Specialist  APSATS


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.

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