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DENNIS PUSCH PhD, RPsych

Dr. Dennis Pusch is a registered Clinical Psychologist who completed his B.A. in Honours Psychology at Trinity Western University (graduating summa cum laude) prior to completing his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Calgary.

Dennis brings years of training and experience in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) to his clinical work, but adds other therapeutic models and perspectives to his work according to the needs of his clients, including acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), mindfulness, motivational interviewing, existential therapy and relapse prevention. He is committed to using therapeutic strategies that have been consistently proven to be effective, but believes that those strategies are most helpful if they are offered in a therapy relationship that is supportive, friendly, and respectful. Dennis’ clients are generally adolescents and adults (including seniors), and he is pleased to offer services to people from all faiths, races, and orientations. He works with clients who are struggling with depression, anxiety in all its forms (e.g., panic, OCD, social anxiety, phobias, generalized anxiety), work stress, trauma, addictions (including drug and alcohol addictions as well as behavioural addictions like sex addiction, gambling, Internet, video games or shopping), and death or loss. He also provides marital therapy, as well as assessments for educational and vocational purposes. Dennis has been qualified as an expert witness in court, and maintains memberships in the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Canadian Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

While his first passion remains his work as a therapist, Dennis has maintained a broader range of professional interests. He is currently a field supervisor for the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Calgary and has trained graduate students and psychology residents in assessment and therapy, as well as supervising a number of provisional psychologists. He has served as a member of the Adult Mental Health Advisory Council for two years. He is currently the co-leader of the Behavioural Health Consultation program in Calgary, and he has served as the project lead and chair of a working group that developed a clinical pathway for depression in primary care. He is also currently collaborating with Dr. Keith Dobson (University of Calgary) in leading a research team in a multi-year research program designed to assess the impact of childhood trauma on physical and mental health outcomes later in life, and to develop treatments that can be offered in Albertan primary care settings for adults who experienced traumatic events in childhood. His work has been presented at numerous conferences and in peer-reviewed academic publications.

 

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RACHEL MARTIN PhD, RPsych

Dr. Rachel Martin is a registered Clinical Psychologist, with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Calgary. She is a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Canadian Psychological Association, and the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta.

Rachel specializes in Clinical/Counselling Psychology and Health Psychology. Her main areas of expertise are depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders (including panic attacks, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, PTSD, and OCD), marital and relationship problems, physical health, physical disability, and pain management. Other treatment areas include: adjustment, addictions, assertiveness, behaviour change, burnout, caregiver stress, eating disorders, grief and loss, habit change, life transitions, lifestyle change, stress, self-esteem, workplace stress, sexuality, sleep disorders, and spirituality.

Rachel provides treatment for adult and adolescent clients, using both individual and group therapy formats. Rachel’s approach to therapy is centered on meeting each client’s needs in a compassionate and effective way, using techniques from a variety of theoretical orientations. While she works primarily from a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) perspective, Rachel also tailors therapy to the needs of each client and may integrate techniques from the areas of mindfulness, interpersonal therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and existential therapy.

In therapy, Rachel strives to provide a supportive and caring environment to help clients discover and use their unique strengths and abilities, enhance their well-being, deal with challenges, and develop more meaningful and satisfying lives. Clients can learn to change negative thought patterns, manage worries and anxiety, deal with difficult emotions, explore new perspectives, activate behavioral changes, build resilience, improve self-expression, and enhance relationships.

 

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SHANNON JONES PhD, RPsych

Shannon Jones is a registered clinical psychologist, with a B.A. in Psychology (First-class Honours) from the University of Calgary and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Regina. Shannon is a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Canadian Psychological Association, the Canadian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies, and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Shannon has received a balance of training in Clinical Psychology and Health Psychology and provides individual and group treatment to adults of all ages. While her primary therapeutic approach is cognitive behavioural in nature, she integrates mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies, motivational interviewing, as well as interpersonal, client-centered, and existential therapies when appropriate for the individual client and problem. Shannon’s clinical practice focuses on the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of individuals with anxiety disorders (panic disorder, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias), mood disorders, and personality-related problems. Her health psychology training has emphasized the treatment of health-related issues, including health anxiety, coping with acute and chronic medical problems (e.g., diabetes, chronic pain, and cancer), behaviour change, weight management, fatigue, sleep difficulties, grief, and loss. Other areas of focus include: assertiveness, anger management, communication, relationship problems, self-esteem, and stress. Shannon is committed to fostering a strong, respectful and collaborative therapeutic relationship with clients, which she believes is integral to achieving success in therapy. She works with clients to identify goals around altering unhelpful thoughts, maladaptive behaviour patterns, and difficult emotions, to enhance overall wellness and promote a positive quality of life.

In addition to her clinical work, Shannon has been an active researcher and has published scientific papers in the area of health anxiety and breast cancer, caregiver burden and pain, and major depression. She also co-authored a self-help book chapter on treating health anxiety using cognitive-behavioural therapy in 2013. Shannon has a strong interest in increasing accessibility to mental health services. Accordingly, her dissertation research explored the efficacy of Internet cognitive behavioural therapy for treating generalized anxiety in older adults.