Counselling Services in Calgary

Sometimes, on the pathway of life, you may encounter challenges or obstacles that interfere with your enjoyment of the journey. At times like this, it can be very helpful to work with a psychologist – a travel companion – who can help you discover new ways of looking at things, new skills to manage situations and new resources that can add to the richness of your experience.

Individual or couple therapy can be a gift you give yourself. I would welcome your call if you would like to speak with me about how I might be able to help.

Dr. Beth Balshaw, Registered Psychologist in Calgary

I have worked as a therapist in Calgary since 1988 and have been in private practice since 1993. My education includes a doctorate in Counselling Psychology; a master's degree in Counselling Psychology and Family Life Education; a B.Ed. in Secondary Education; a B.Sc. in Mathematics and lived experience gained through roles of wife, mother, and grandmother. I believe this blend of formal and informal education enhances my understanding of issues that clients face at various stages of life.

I take a collaborative approach to therapy, encouraging clients to be actively involved in setting and working toward their goals. I help clients to identify their strengths and resources, to address barriers that may be getting in their way and to examine their issues in the context of what is going on in their lives. I celebrate diversity in individuals and relationships, helping people to find their voice.

In my general practice in psychology, I offer individual and couple therapy for both women and men. My clients deal with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, stress management, self-esteem, relationships, sexuality and communication skills. I have special interests in anger management, prevention of family violence and recovery from abuse.

Qualifications as a Registered Psychologist

I am a Registered Psychologist, having met the academic and practical requirements of the College of Alberta Psychologists. I have worked as a therapist since 1988, and have been in private practice since 1993.

My practice is guided by the Ethical Codes of the Canadian Psychological Association and the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Guidelines for Nondiscriminatory Practice, and the Ethical Guidelines for Feminist Therapists.

I am a member of the following professional associations: College of Alberta Psychologists (#2072), Psychologists' Association of Alberta, Canadian Psychological Association, Canadian Federation of Clinical Hypnosis (Alberta Society), American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Women in Psychology, and Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention. I am also registered with the Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology (#05069).

I have Level II training in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and extensive training in Clinical Hypnosis. Ongoing professional development, subscribing to professional journals, regular attendance at professional conferences and seminars, and regular supervision from peers and mentors all help to ensure that my skills are current.

Areas of Practice

In my general practice in psychology, I provide individual and couple psychotherapy to both men and women. Examples of some of the issues my clients bring include depression, anxiety, anger management, stress management, self-esteem, abuse, relationships, sexuality, spirituality and communication skills.

Approach to Therapy and Counselling

My formal training has provided me with a solid grounding in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This approach to therapy is based on the idea that a person's thoughts, feelings and behaviors all interact with each other. By increasing awareness of your thoughts, and consciously challenging and changing inaccurate thoughts or beliefs, you can influence your feelings and behaviors in a positive way. Conversely, you can change your feelings by intentionally changing your behaviors. CBT is a well-researched approach to therapy and is known to be a very effective treatment for many issues (e.g., depression, anxiety, anger and stress management).

When it is appropriate, I use the therapy technique called EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). I have used EMDR effectively with clients who are dealing with the negative impacts of witnessing or experiencing trauma, either in childhood or as adults (e.g., violence, sexual abuse, accidents). I also make use of EMDR to strengthen individuals' confidence to handle challenging events they may be facing in their future. Click here to learn more about EMDR.

Clinical Hypnosis is another therapy technique that can be very effective in helping individuals deal with depression and anxiety, improving self-esteem, enhancing performance, improving interpersonal skills, overcoming unhelpful habits and developing positive habits. Click here to learn more about how I use Clinical Hypnosis in my therapy practice.

It is important to tailor the therapy to the specific needs of clients, and to use techniques that will be effective with each individual. I listen to clients' concerns and use approaches that are appropriate for their particular issues.