(Dean) David Buhr, MC
“I am a Registered Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists and a member of the Psychologists Association of Alberta. I completed Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at Trinity Western University and Masters of Counselling with the City University of Seattle. I have gained roughly 10 years of experience working with children, youth and families through school settings, after school programs, Children Services agencies, and youth addiction programs. In the past, I have also worked in inner city programs and women’s shelters to help those without financial means. My primary areas of focus include adolescents and adults addressing addictions, trauma, anxiety, depression and parent-teen relationships or family conflict.
I use a client-centered approach and focus on helping individuals, regardless of age or circumstance, to gain a sense of empowerment and control over their situation. This can include a variety of therapeutic modalities including Cognitive Behavioural, Narrative, and Solution Focused techniques. Gaining a sense of empowerment may also come from more in depth understanding of how an individual views life, which can be based on Attachment theory, Bio-Psycho-Social-Spiritual analysis, past relationships, and past trauma experiences.
My goal with any individual is to meet them where they are at and allow them a comfortable space to discuss their challenges. Ideally this discussion will lead to new insights and new perspectives on their situation and ultimately new options and either a new appreciation for their current life or the possibilities of a new path altogether.
Specific areas of experience include: trauma, addictions (both behavioural and chemical), anxiety/depression, mood disorders, dissociative disorders, parent/teen relationships, conflict, self-harm, suicidal ideation, relationship issues, self-esteem.”