Counselling Psychology Compassion Self-Compassion Mindfulness Trauma
My theoretical approach to counselling psychology can best be described as integrative. I lean toward approaches that emphasize awareness and compassionate acceptance of personal experience, as a foundation for choosing new behaviours and courses of action. In working with clients, I draw largely from Compassion-Focused Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness interventions (e.g., Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), as well as Emotion Focused Therapy. Throughout my practice, I attempt to tailor counselling to the unique needs, strengths, and cultural background of each client.
Current professional affiliations include: Canadian Psychological Association (CPA), Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA), American Psychological Association (APA), Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS), and Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA). I am also a Registered Psychologist through the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP).
My research is grounded in counselling psychology’s traditional emphasis on strengths, resilience, and diverse ways of human knowing and being. As one of the greatest of human strengths, compassion has been the focus of much research in my lab. Together, my students and I have been studying compassion, self-compassion, and mindfulness as they relate to emotion regulation and the alleviation of emotional distress. Our research spans a range of contexts and populations, from the study of self-compassion among women who have experienced sexual assault and other forms of trauma, to a nuanced exploration of young men’s experiences of receiving compassion from others. We have also conducted research on compassion-based interventions for working with shame and shame-related issues and behaviours. Most recently, we have extended our research on compassion to the areas of career development and work/life well-being.
EDPY 442: Introduction to Counselling
EDPY 503: Qualitative Methods of Education Research
EDPY 534: Basic Skills, Issues, and Attitudes in Counselling II
EDPY 633: Advanced Counselling Practicum I
An introduction to the theoretical perspectives, principles, processes, and methods of qualitative research. Prerequisite: EDPY 501 or equivalent.Winter Term 2022
This course is a continuation of EDPY 533. Restricted to students enrolled in the Counselling Psychology program. Prerequisite: EDPY 533.Winter Term 2022
This doctoral level practicum is designed to provide students with an opportunity to develop an approach to counselling that is congruent with professional, social and scientific standards, is sufficiently flexible to address the range of human variability, and is facilitative of client change. Prerequisite: EDPY 533 and 534 or equivalent.Fall Term 2021