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Desiree Gagnon

Registered Provisional Psychologist, EMDR Trained
Virtual and In-person

Accepting New Clients
(Counselling in French and English)

Sherwood Park
Desiree's Rate: $180/hour

Desiree’s philosophy is rooted in compassion and kindness for all people, animals, and Mother Earth. With a genuine, empathetic, and heart-centered spirit, she values creating a warm and safe space where her clients can express any emotion, thought, or struggle that need to be felt. She welcomes all backgrounds, cultures, genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and those who value vulnerability and self-discovery.

Direct billing to:

  • Greenshield

  • Alberta Blue Cross

What Can Desiree Help With?

Desiree provides a safe and compassionate environment for adolescents and adults that experience depression, anxiety, PTSD, emotional dysregulation, relationship issues, and loss. She works with her clients to challenge unhelpful thoughts and beliefs while providing the tools and coping strategies needed to develop more resilience, balance and positivity in life.

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Desiree can help her clients with:

  • Relationship Issues

  • Self Esteem

  • Self Harm

  • Stress and Burnout

  • Suicidal Ideation

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Anxiety

  • Anger Issues

  • Bullying

  • Depression

  • Emotional Regulation

  • Grief and Loss

  • Phobias

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Anxiety Disorders

Using CBT, Desiree works with people who live with anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias to help them understand and challenge the unhelpful beliefs that are causing the feelings of fear and distress.

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Trauma and PTSD

People who survived or witnessed a traumatic event may experience painful and conflicting emotions. Desiree helps her clients process and accept their situations using two chair work and therapeutic letter writing.

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Grief and Loss

Losing a loved one is the hardest ordeal anyone will ever have to go through. Desiree uses acceptance and commitment therapy to help those who have lost someone come to accept their feelings and begin the healing process.

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You are not alone and the feelings will pass. Desiree provides safe and compassionate space for people to openly discuss, process and heal from depression, suicidal ideation and self-harm.

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Emotional Regulation

Desiree uses a mindfulness approach with individuals experiencing emotional dysregulation to help them become present thereby making it easier to recognize and recover from emotional outbursts.

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Suicidal Ideation

Desiree works with her clients to explore and understand the thoughts and beliefs that cause the distress. In her sessions, she completes a suicide risk assessment and offers safety planning to the individual and their 

support network.

Desiree's Main Approaches

Desiree works from a person-centered and holistic approach to address her client’s emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. She believes within us each is a therapist and prioritizes client empowerment through collaboration.

She uses varying counselling theories including Acceptance and Commitment Based Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT), Narrative Therapy, and trauma-informed care to support her clients facing mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety, loss and grief, suicide ideation, trauma, emotional dysregulation, and unexplained mental health challenges. Desiree is also pursuing training in EMDR.

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More About Desiree

Desiree completed her Bachelor of Arts (honours) in Psychology at the University of Manitoba and her Master’s in Education (Counselling Psychology) at the University of Alberta. She is also fluent in English and French. Through her education and experiences, she deeply appreciates the ebb and flow of mental health concerns and being present with her client’s emotions. “Empathy fuels connection”- Brene Brown

Animals have a big place in Desiree's heart. She loves all animals and is particularly fond of dogs and farm animals such as goats, sheep, ponies, and silky chickens. Desiree has two adorable dogs called Kiwi and Bentley. She also enjoys travelling, trying new recipes, reading, attending hot yoga classes, and connecting with her friends and family.

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