David has a Master’s degree in Counselling and is a Registered Psychologist. For the past decade he has devoted his time to working with issues of trauma, addictions, high-risk youth, aggression and challenging behaviours. In the last 5 years, this has expanded to include challenges that couples and families face. As a counsellor, David’s therapeutic process is to respond to both presenting issues and the underlying causes with a focus of dealing with the issues as the client is ready. He believes that change and personal growth are often initiated through hard experience or a crisis and that transformation comes not from what is done to us, but rather how we respond. Therapy allows people to be intentional about that response and consider how their thoughts, habits, and behaviors influence their outcomes.
David is a professional with over 14 years experience working in a variety of human services settings including schools, group residential homes, community outreach centres, and private counselling offices. This work has included both supervisory roles and direct client work. In these roles he has demonstrated an excellent ability to manage and work within interdisciplinary and inter-agency teams while delivering a high level of service to the clients. Currently, David’s focus is on individual counselling and private practice, however he continues to mix in workshops and consulting work with Children’s Services agencies.
Teens tend to feel comfortable with David because he gives them a sense of control over their change and supports them in maintaining their independence while being very honest with them.
Couples describe David as being very balanced in his approach and able to help each understand the others’ perspective. Whatever problem a couple is facing, David seeks to make it an issue that both partners have a role in resolving. This is done without blaming either partner, but challenging each to consider things differently.
In general, David’s relaxed style, genuine attitude, openness, and sense of humour make him approachable and understanding.
- Teens (13-18 yrs old)
- Parent-Teen Conflict
- Master of Counselling (2014); City University of Seattle, Edmonton, AB
- Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Honours (2004); Trinity Western University, Langley, BC
- University Transfer, Psychology (2002); Camosun College, Victoria, BC
- Aboriginal Awareness (Heritage Family Services), Dec 2014
- Suicide & Self Harm Intervention (Heritage Family Services), Feb 2014
- Teaching Parenting (Family Centre), Feb 2012
- Solution-Focused (Family Centre), Feb 2012
- Family Violence (Family Centre), Feb 2012
- Resiliency (Family Centre), Feb 2012
- Theory of Change (Family Centre), Feb 2012
- Critical Incident Reports (Family Centre), Feb 2012
- ASIST Suicide Intervention Training, Jan 2010
- Western Canada Mental Health and Addictions Conference, Dec 2008
- Prince’s Trust XL Adviser Training, England, Nov 2004
Joy Medori, MC, MSc, Registered Provisional Psychologist
Joy is a Registered Provisional Psychologist with the province of Alberta and a member of the Psychological Association of Alberta. She has a Master of Counselling Psychology (U of L), a Master of Science in Family Ecology (U of A) and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (AUC).
Challenges can be made more complicated by other factors that make solutions or the possibility of change seem out of reach. Joy believes that we all have histories; our relationships – present and past – or events we experience can leave a subtle or significant impact on how we live our lives today. The question is never about, what’s wrong with me but often about what has happened to me? By looking curiously at the patterns that we want to change, we can identify what those impacts may be, where they come from and look at how it either benefits or disadvantages us. How do we get there? Joy’s belief is that we have to look at our whole selves. This includes our brain, our bodies, our emotions and our relationships with others, and the interactions of all these parts. Through integration and processing, transformation happens. And then we heal.
In Joy’s work, she uses and borrows techniques from the following modalities: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassionate Inquiry, Systems Theory, Attachment Theory and Person-Centred therapy. For her work with children, she uses principles of Adlerian Play Therapy as well as Theraplay.
Joy’s experience is varied and she has worked with individuals, couples, families, children and adolescents. She has particular interest in attachment, relational issues, and challenges associated with post traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. She has had particular experience in the multicultural context helping families and children dealing with issues and barriers associated with the pre-migration experience and acculturation process. She is mindful and direct as well as compassionate and good-humoured. She is a mother, a wife, a sports enthusiast and a forever student of her profession.
- Children & Adolescents
- Counselling available in English or Tagalog
- Master of Counselling Psychology (2012); University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB
- Master of Science, Family Ecology (2011); University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
- Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (2003); Augustana University College, Camrose, AB
- Details coming soon
Michelle Chia, MC, Registered Provisional Psychologist
Sometimes what you get dealt with in life is unfair, but Michelle is here to help you get through those moments when you feel so alone. She brings a great sense of humor, enthusiasm, warmth, openness, and creativity where you feel safe and comfortable to explore anything and everything. Wherever you are at, Michelle will meet you where you are.
Michelle has 15 years of experience working with children, youth, and adults with mental health, emotional, and/or behavioral issues. She enjoys working with clients who are struggling with various issues, such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, addictions, chronic pain, stress, anger, and relationship issues, amongst others.
Michelle is a Registered Provisional Psychologist in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists. She is also a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta. She completed her Master of Counselling degree from Athabasca University in 2012 and her Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in psychology from the University of Alberta in 2004.
- Adolescents (13-18)
- Master of Counselling Psychology (2012); Athabasca University, AB
- Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (2004); University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Other Training & Experience
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprogramming (EMDR)
- Children (5-12)
- Adolescents (13-18)
- Adult Individual
- Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (2017); Yorkville University, Fredericton, NB
- Postgraduate Diploma in Psychology (2013); Bond University, Gold Coast, Australia
- Bachelor of Arts, Psychology (2012); Mount Royal University, Calgary, AB
Other Training & Experience
- Suicide Risk
- Triple P Parenting Program
- Aboriginal Awareness & Diversity
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT
- Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Narrative Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Mindfulness Based Therapy
- Feedback Informed Therapy (FIT).
Buhr Psychological Services
(Also known as “Other Awesome People”)
An important piece to therapy is finding a specialist that you can connect with. If the therapists listed above don’t quite feel like a fit, we can happily recommend some other therapists that might meet your needs. They do not work with Buhr Psychological Services, but they do share our office space so you may come across them from time to time. These are also therapists that we may consult with when we feel a little stuck. (In other words, they are our own therapists!) Feel free to check out their websites or contact them for any information.
Hollie Trobak, MC, R Psych
Reach Psychological Services
Landon Hildebrand, MC, R Psych
Approach Psychological Services