Areas of practice
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Divorce and/or Separation
- Grief and Loss - General
- Life Transitions
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Professional Burnout
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Workplace Issues
- Brief Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
- Gestalt Therapy
- Gottman Method Couples Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Humanistic Therapy
Therapeutic Orientation and Style
In this time of uncertainty along with an overwhelming feeling of ambiguity, ambivalence and what the new normal would look like. It is extremely imperative that people reach out for psychological consultation. Some of the desirable attributes in a therapist such as: professional/clinical skills, warmth, excellent listening skills, and above all, to have the ability to empathize and connect with the clients pain.
Dr. Davies has acquired many of these attributes over 3 decades, he has worked as an educator Psychologist (Alberta), Child Psychologist at Richmond Health Department, Organizational Development Consultant (ICBC), Psychologist BC Mental Health Services, and most recently as a Registered Clinical Counsellor and Business Consultant. His clinical office is very non-clinical. It’s colourful, natural lighting, plants, water fountain, art work, and inspirational quotes await his clients in his warm and caring waiting room. With many essential books that are available for clients, to be signed out. Don sees adults, couples, children and entrepreneurs (personality assessment and team building) from the business community.
He has a unique therapeutic style, he has the ability to empower people with realistic and optimistic perspective, to help them reach their goals, and enable his clients to make more pro-active and competent decisions. He has designed a series of questions using words starting with how and what, and eliminating the word why because it usually evokes historical and defensive reactions. In life, it’s not about finding the right answers, it’s about asking the right questions. Because a good questions makes you think, it opens windows in your mind, and can help you focus your thoughts. It could also inspire another idea by asking non-judgmental questions. A good question can inspire people to think of other possibilities.
To identify and apply the 3 prong approach applied to transitions has been a major theoretical underpinning of his therapeutic approach. Transitions consist of lost – of what was familiar and known, of personal history and what used to be. When things end we may experience a void, numbness, and emptiness, or a feeling of chaos. This is an uncomfortable phase – (it is the middle aspect of transitions, the neutral zone). We must let go of the comfortable old ways of doing things and “what used to be.” This stage of the process is where major changes takes place, and where consultation may be required to adapt to a new beginning.
University of Arizona (Tucson), Ph.D. Counselling Psychology
University of Oregon (Eugene), M.Ed., Counselling Psychology
University of Alberta (Edmonton), Graduate Diploma, Ed. Psychology
University of Alberta (Edmonton), B.Ed., History/Sociology
In British Columbia, Dr. Davies is a Registered Clinical Counsellor.
In Alberta, Dr. Davies is a Chartered Psychologist.
Therapeutic Seminars and Business Consultation
Don is very interested in speaking with you about joining one of his professional groups. As you know, he is a Clinical Therapist as well as an Organization/Business Consultant, and he uses that platform to bring together diverse people for the purpose of engaging them to have meaningful dialogue.
Subjects included issues like resilience, spirituality, and mindfulness in the workplace. Don also integrates information about social and health issues from his wealth of experience dealing with people. The people he asks to participate in his group are well-educated, smart, articulate, interested in different perspectives, good thinkers and good listeners.
"Touchstones were once used to test the purity of gold and silver. They would show a distinctive mark. The word touchstone evokes spiritual images of making contact, having a solid base, and being a tangible reminder of truth. We all have touchstones in our lives - our principles."
Business consultation involves personality assessment, team building, motivational strategies to help build a successful work team.
Dr. Davies responds to his cellular phone between 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, all day on Fridays and Saturday mornings. If he doesn't answer his phone, he's in a session and will usually call you back in 2 hours, his cellular number is 604-813-2255.
Client fee individuals:$125 + GST for a 70 minute session
Client fee couples/families:$140 + GST for a 70 minute session