My name is David Combden and I am a Registered Psychologist. 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 also 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. I also employ EMDR for individuals suffering from trauma.
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 completed the path to becoming a Registered Psychologist in July of 2019. 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, playing guitar, and spending time with my family.
I am available morning, afternoon, and limited evening appointments 4 days per week.
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