Insight's Therapist Qualifications
Insight’s emphasis has always been on quality and expertise. Every single one of their therapists, be they inhouse or affiliate, undergoes a diligent search, review, interview, and selection process, including meeting with our CEO. This is to ensure that they retain the best on their team.
Insight’s clinical team consists of Registered Psychologists, Registered Provisional Psychologists, Master’s level Registered and Clinical Social Workers, fully supervised Master’s level Practicum and Post-practicum Therapists, Canadian Certified Counsellors. All of Insight’s therapists are required to:
- Hold a minimum of Master’s degree in Applied Psychology, Social Work, Counselling, or other relevant fields. Practicum therapists are members in Master’s program that are actively completing their Master’s degree.
- Be an active member in good standing with their designated professional governing body, such as the College of Alberta Psychologists.
- Be registered as a Health Professional under the Health Professions Act where applicable, and are licensed to practice in Alberta.
- Actively pursue additional training and specialization in one or more areas of mental health.
- Have two or more years of direct experience and/or equivalent combination of specialized training and experience. Most of Insight’s practitioners have five or more years of relevant experience.
Every inhouse therapist at Insight must declare and actively pursue one or more areas of mental health specialization in addition to being able to work with a range of issues outside of their area(s) of specialization. No therapist can be an expert in all areas or types of mental health issues, nor can they honestly and ethically claim to be so without significant additional knowledge and training in each area. As such, Insight’s expectation of its therapists to specialize in mental health areas of interest and passion to them is to ensure that each of their clients can receive an enhanced level of care by a therapist:
- Who is genuinely passionate about the area of concern faced by the client and
- Who spends a significant amount of extra time and effort to advance their knowledge and expertise in that area of concern.
Collectively, issues in which their therapists have specialization and/or have experience working with include:
- Abuse, maltreatment, and violence
- Adaptive, behavior, and emotion regulation
- Anger management and behavioral regulation
- Anxiety and panic disorders
- Attachment disorders and problems
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorder and other developmental disabilities
- Bipolar Disorder
- Child and youth issues, childhood development
- Cognitive performance and injury/impairment rehabilitation
- Cognitive disability
- Complex behavioral problems
- Compulsive behaviours and addictions – alcohol, substance, online gaming, porn, gambling, and more.
- Marriage, couples, and relationship issues
- Depression, major depressive disorder
- Eating disorders, weight issues
- Family issues, blended family adjustments, family violence
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
- Gender identity as well as transition and sexual reassignment surgery preparation/issues
- Grief and loss
- Harassment and bullying
- Intercultural and interracial issues
- Learning disorders
- LGBTQ2+ issues – coming out, problems with family, issues at work, bullying, and more
- Life transition
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder (OCPD)
- Parenting, separation and divorce, custody/access
- Return-to-work assessment, accommodation, and issues
- Sex therapy, sexual issues, intimacy issues
- Sexual abuse/assault/perpetration
- Stress management
- Substance use and abuse
- Suicidal ideation
- Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), military and first responder trauma, workplace trauma
- Workplace conflicts and difficulties
- A broad range of other psychological and personality disorders
Their therapists also have training and experience in various treatment methods. Collectively, these include:
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
- Emotionally Focused Externship
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Faith Based Therapy
- Gottman's Method Couples Therapy
- Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
- Jungian therapy
- Marital and Family Therapy
- Mindfulness Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Therapy
- Sex Therapy
- Solution Focused Counselling
- Somatic Experience Therapy
- Virtual Reality Assisted Therapy
- Other Treatment Modalities
If you are interested in learning more about the training Insight's therapists go through, please contact us today at 780-461-1717.