Notice about COVID-19:

We’re Here For You

Psychology is an essential service. The response to COVID-19 has forced us all to make big changes in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, but our offices have not closed and we’ve stayed open to referrals for psychological assessment and treatment.

For the safety of clients, our staff, and the whole community, we’re providing a combination of telehealth and in-person services.

Telehealth (video and voice-only): We’re conducting most appointments through telehealth, either through a secure video call or by voice only. For video appointments, we use two user-friendly applications—zoom and doxy.me). Voice only meetings can be by phone or by doxy.me as voice only.

In-Person: When we do conduct psychological services in-person, we meet or exceed public health recommendations for safe delivery of services like ours. For example, we’ve greatly limited the number of people coming to our offices, disinfecting surfaces between meetings as well as part-way through longer meetings, and maintaining appropriate physical distancing.

We expect to be able to offer all parts of psychological and psychoeducational assessment via telehealth soon.

If you have questions about any of our safety practices, please get in touch.

P - 204.489.1682
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Who We Are



Neal D. Anderson, (MFA, Ph.D., C. Psych.) is a Registered Psychologist and Partner in Anderson Adkins and Associates / Red Ladder Optimized Learning. He has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute (Carpinteria, California), and is registered with the Psychological Association of Manitoba. He provides a variety of psychological and consultation services including psychological and psycho-educational evaluation, psychological management and treatment of learning disorders, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, family relational difficulties, parenting issues, as well as educational and occupational difficulties. Since 2009, he has been Divisional Psychologist for Royal Canadian Mounted Police D Division (Manitoba) Health Services.

Elizabeth M. Adkins (M.A., Ph.D., C. Psych.) is a Registered Psychologist and Partner in Anderson Adkins and Associates / Red Ladder Optimized Learning. Since completing her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba and an internship at Yale University in 1982, she has been Staff Psychologist at the St. Boniface Hospital and a Psychologist with the Child Guidance Clinic of Winnipeg, and Executive Director of New Directions for Children, Youth, and Families, a large Winnipeg-based community service agency. As an Assistant Professor of Clinical Health Psychology with the University of Manitoba, she provides training to Clinical Health Psychology interns. Dr. Adkins’ practice includes individual, couple, and family psychotherapy, as well as assessment of learning difficulties, trauma, and addictions. Areas of particular clinical interest include trauma, mood disorders, anxiety, sexuality and work with people who are intellectually disabled.

Stephen Andrew (B.A. (Hons), M.Ed.) did his graduate training in School Psychology at the University of Manitoba, and has worked with students from nursery school through senior high in various inner city Winnipeg schools. Here at Red Ladder Optimized learning, his work is supervised by Dr. Neal Anderson, C.Psych. and Dr. Elizabeth Adkins, C.Psych. He has a strong background in such areas as learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, FASD, ADHD, and behavioural disorders.

Daniel Buchanan (M.A.) completed his Masters Degree in School Psychology at the University of Manitoba, with training experiences in two public school divisions and the Manitoba Youth Centre. He currently divides his professional time between Red Ladder Optimized Learning and Seven Oaks School Division. His work is supervised by Dr. Neal Anderson, C.Psych. and Dr. Elizabeth Adkins, C.Psych. at Red Ladder Optimized learning. He works with elementary, middle and high school students, and adults. Areas of particular interest include assessment and intervention for depression and anxiety, learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, FASD, and intellectual disabilities.

Candace Kosack (B.A. (Hons), M.Sc.) has been a Clinical Associate with Red Ladder Optimized Learning since 2008. She is permanently certified as a School Psychologist by Manitoba Education and active with the Manitoba Association of School Psychologists. She has practiced in the Winnipeg School Division and River-East Transcona School Divisions with elementary, middle, and high school age students. Here at Red Ladder Optimized learning, her work is supervised by Dr. Neal Anderson, C.Psych. and Dr. Elizabeth Adkins, C.Psych. She is interested in working with learning disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and behavioural issues, and she has a special interest in ADHD and Anxiety Disorders. She is passionate about supporting children and teens toward growth and positive change in their lives.

Robyn Legge (M.A., Ph.D., C.Psych.) is a Registered Clinical Psychologist. She completed her Masters and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto. Before joining Anderson Adkins and Associates / Red Ladder Optimized Learning, Dr. Legge was Team Lead and Psychologist of the Adolescent Eating Disorders Day Hospital at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She has also practiced at York University's Counselling and Disability Services.
Areas of practice for Dr. Legge include individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults and family therapy. Some areas of special interest are treatment of eating disorders, mood and anxiety disorders, and trauma, family and relationship difficulties, assistance with self-esteem, management of anger and stress, grief and loss, and life transitions.

Caleb Meller (B.A. (Hons.), M.Ed., Psychological Associate, Independent Practice) completed his M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Alberta. Caleb worked as a Registered Psychologist in Alberta where he provided psychological intervention for children, youth, and adults in community, private practice, and in-patient settings. He is now registered with the Psychological Association of Manitoba to practice independently as a Psychological Associate. He has experience providing individual and group psychotherapy, as well as psycho-educational assessment services. Caleb’s therapeutic orientation is client-centered. He uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, self-compassion strategies, and mindfulness-based training to help clients deal with anxiety, mood, and behavioural disorders, and general life stressors. Caleb has particular interest in psycho-educational assessment and intervention for ADHD, FASD, specific learning disabilities, mood and anxiety disorders, and intellectual disability.

Kristin Meyer (B.A. (Hons.), MFT (Cert.), M.A., P.A. Independent Practice) is a full-time psychological evaluator with Red Ladder Optimized Learning. She is registered with the Psychological Association of Manitoba to practice independently. Prior to joining Red Ladder Optimized Learning, she was a School Psychologist with the Child Guidance Clinic of Winnipeg, and worked in various other public sector settings, including St. Amant Centre, Klinic Community Health, and Osborne House. She is interested in working with children, youth, and adults with ADHD, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Nonverbal Learning Disability, reading disorders and specific learning disabilities, as well as Anxiety and Mood Disorders.

Nicole Taylor (Ph.D., C.Psych.) is a Registered Clinical Psychologist and Pediatric Neuropsychologist. She completed her Masters in Neuropsychology at the University of Western Ontario and her Ph.D. at the University of Manitoba. She is also Assistant Professor in the Child & Adolescent section of the Clinical Health Psychology program, with cross-appointments to the Max Rady College of Medicine, University of Manitoba, and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority. Dr. Taylor provides a variety of child & adolescent psychological and consultation services including cognitive, developmental, psychoeducational, behavioural, and neuropsychological assessment and intervention. Additional areas of practice include individual and parent-based therapy for children and adolescents. Some areas of particular interest include traumatic and acquired brain injury, epilepsy, stroke, FASD, and other cognitive, learning, behaviour, and developmental disorders.

Chris E. Tysiaczny (M.A., Ph.D., C. Psych.) completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba and is a Registered Psychologist. He provides a variety of psychological services to children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Tysiaczny’s practice includes psychological and psycho-educational assessment and psychological treatment for difficulties with anxiety, mood, learning disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, FASD, and various health-related concerns. Dr. Tysiaczny’s approach to treatment involves the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Client-Centered approaches to help empower individuals to make positive changes in their lives.

Marianne Wiens is the Office Manager and Intake Coordinator for Red Ladder Optimized Learning and Red Ladder Optimized Learning. She is normally in her office between 10:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lisa M. Wright (B.A. (Hons.), M.A., Ph.D.) holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Manitoba, and has been an Associate with Red Ladder Optimized Learning since 2004, and her work is supervised by Dr. Neal Anderson, C.Psych. and Dr. Elizabeth Adkins, C.Psych. She has a special interest in learning disorders in adults, including ADHD, Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Nonverbal Learning Disability, and other specific learning disabilities. She has worked extensively in the areas of ADHD coaching, career planning, and the evaluation and treatment of Anxiety and Mood Disorders.