My name is David Combden and I am a registered provisional psychologist. I am pleased to begin working with Crowsnest Counselling Services in September. I treat individuals suffering from depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, stress, and addiction. I use cognitive behavioural techniques, but work from a person-centered perspective, using techniques that focus on thoughts, behaviours, and emotions but while primarily focusing on the client as a person. In session, the client is the expert in him or herself. I strongly believe that the relationship between the therapist and the client is crucial in any type of meaningful therapy work. I primarily use Person-Centered, Cognitive-Behavioural, Feminist, Mindfulness, and Systems approaches in my work with clients.
Since graduating with my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2004, I have held a variety of positions doing research, completed my Master’s degree in Health Psychology (in stress management and emotional expression), volunteered with a Distress Centre Crisis Phone Line, completed my Master’s of Counselling degree, and worked with individuals with disabilities. Using this diverse background to inform my knowledge and experience of life, I am now starting along the path to becoming a registered psychologist. I also self-published a book in 2014 entitled Instances of Change: The Process of Personality Change, a non-fiction work in which I examined the possibilities of personality change in adults.
In my spare time, I enjoy reading, running, cooking, writing music, singing, playing guitar, and spending time with my family.
I will be offering morning, afternoon, and limited evening appointments 4 days per week.