BA, MACP, R. Psych. Clinical Psychologist
Accepting New Clients
Peter's Rate: $220/hour
Direct Billing to:
Alberta Blue Cross
Medavie Blue Cross
Who Can Peter Help?
Peter specializes in treating obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety disorders and behavioural issues. He works with adults of all ages, individuals, couples and families.
Peter can also help with:
Trauma and PTSD
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Peter has broad experience treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and anxiety concerns. Approaches include the development of practical tools to help individuals manage their feelings when obsessions persist, when doubt sets in, and when compulsions overwhelm, as well as a mindful cognitive-behavioral approach, coupled with exposure and response prevention (ERP) interventions.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) helps people with OCD recognize, cope with, and change unwanted and intrusive thoughts, feelings, beliefs and behaviours that perpetuate distress and anxiety when triggers occur. Peter pairs CBT with exposure and response prevention therapy which is an effective treatment for OCD, where a person is gradually exposed to their obsessions, and encouraged to refrain from performing the compulsions that have been used to ease anxiety and distress. Though living with OCD can be exhausting and overwhelming, with time, effort and the right approach and tools, OCD may be managed effectively.
Treatment for Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety is one of the most common reasons people seek psychological therapy. Anxiety may be triggered by many life events, and it affects people of all ages, especially those under 50 years of age. Peter applies various approaches, including challenging ‘thought distortions’, reality testing, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT Therapy), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and clinical hypnosis to help people effectively manage anxiety and move forward to live their best life. Peter has experience treating generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety, performance anxiety, work-related anxiety, panic disorders and phobias.
Depression, Grief, & Loss
Peter has treated those living with mild depressive symptoms, seasonal depression, major depressive disorder, grief, loss and bipolar disorder. His approach is focused on recognizing the specific events and situations that trigger negative thoughts, beliefs and feelings, and providing the tools to help you cope and heal. Using CBT, acceptance and commitment therapy, along with mindfulness, and other techniques, Peter can help you recover and live a happier life.
Trauma and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
You are not alone. Many individuals are living with the effects of past emotional, physical, sexual, and psychological trauma from childhood and adulthood. While the journey may feel overwhelming and hopeless at times, there is much hope for a better, brighter future. Peter has experience offering treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other consequences of acute, short-term and long-term trauma.
He uses several effective approaches to treat trauma including clinical hypnosis, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), and narrative and Gestalt therapies, which focuses on a person’s present life while gently and safely exploring past troubling and traumatic experiences.
Anger Issues and Management
Anger is a natural response to dangerous or frustrating circumstances; however, anger becomes a problem if you are experiencing overwhelming rage that affects areas of your life including relationships, work, and leisure. Anger may present passively, or as externally or internally directed. Peter may be able to provide anger management strategies to help you regain composure and control over your emotions.
Expressing anger towards oneself with negative self talk, self harm, self-isolation or stopping yourself from doing things you normally enjoy.
Expressing anger with outward emotions such as shouting, throwing or breaking things, cussing, or becoming abusive to others.
Expressing anger in indirect ways such as giving the silent treatment, making snarky remarks, sulking or being sarcastic.
LGBTQ+ Support Services
Peter recognizes that the LGBTQ+ community faces unique problems that cis-gendered and heterosexual individuals don’t encounter. These concerns may include gender dysphoria, identity questioning, acceptance, discrimination, family and friend rejection, struggles relating to coming out, and transitioning. Peter offers a compassionate approach to help you cope, heal, and blossom into becoming and accepting the best and truest version of yourself.
The primary reason many couples seek counselling ultimately stems from a breakdown in communication. Peter regularly sees couples, and he can help those who are dealing with ineffective communication, a lack of communication, as well as toxic communication patterns. Ideally, this can improve how couples interact verbally and non-verbally.
Intimacy & Sex Therapy:
Even the closest couples may experience concerns with intimacy at some point in their relationship. Improving communication will often help the issue, although other considerations may be present. Peter helps to create an open and safe space to foster healthier communication styles to benefit the experience of intimacy and sexual expression.
Infidelity & Trust:
When infidelity occurs, there has been a hurtful breach of trust. Even though trust is difficult to rebuild, counselling can help. If both partners are willing to heal, and commit to the work and rebuilding needed, the relationship may survive and recover.
We provide an inclusive and supportive environment where our couples counsellors work with all kinds of couples including heterosexual couples, same sex couples, monogamous couples, polyamorous couples, those in open relationships, and more.
All Couples Are Welcome
Families are a complex dynamic comprised of different individuals with different needs, and while no two families are exactly alike, several counselling approaches can effectively be applied to improve family relationships. Peter focuses on ensuring that family members are heard so that when concerns arise, individual viewpoints and attitudes are respected, while also outlining how each family member fits into the greater family unit.
Diverse Family Situations
Separation & Divorce
Peter provides a supportive environment where he can help you and your partner work through the difficult emotional and financial toll caused by a separation or divorce.
Domestic Abuse Situations
Peter can help family members manage, cope and heal from the effects of physical, sexual, financial, and emotional abuse, and the traumas they entail in a safe environment.
Peter may help parents and children communicate more effectively and assist with the mediation of parent/child difficulties so that everyone feels heard and respected.
Mood and personality disorders include a wide range of mental health conditions that cause disturbances in people’s emotions, self-esteem and interpersonal relationships. Peter has experience helping individuals living with mood and personality disorders cope with their condition, so they may live more fulfilling, healthier lives.
Some of the mood disorders Peter has treated include bipolar disorder, depressive mood disorder, and seasonal affective disorder, as well as personality disorders such as antisocial personality disorder, narcissistic personality disorder, avoidant personality disorder, paranoid personality disorder, and borderline personality disorder. Peter also has experience and training in working with individuals living with other forms of mental illness.
Mood and Personality Disorders
Peter's person-centered approach influences the therapy he offers clients, allowing the opportunity for emotional processing and self-exploration and growth in a non-judgmental atmosphere. He provides therapy for adults of all ages, individuals, couples and families. His clinical expertise is in treating clients who are living with a variety of issues such as depression, self-harm, grief and loss, abuse and trauma, stress, self-esteem concerns, and interpersonal struggles, relationship, marriage and family difficulties, personality and mood disorders (i.e. bi-polar disorder), anxiety, and LGBTQ+ support services.
Peter employs an open-minded, integrative and collaborative approach to psychotherapy that is solution focused, and tailored to each individual. He uses various counselling methods, including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), the “empty chair technique”, clinical hypnosis, mindfulness, coping and relaxation techniques, goal setting and tracking, journaling and narrative therapy, exposure and response prevention, psycho-education, harm reduction and safety planning.
More About Peter
Peter’s internship training took place at Alberta Hospital Edmonton. He is a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists and the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta. He has numerous pastimes; among them are playing the piano and gardening. He looks forward to getting to know you and working with you to reach your greatest potential!