Dr. Diane Evans
I have been a Registered Psychologist in Calgary since 2004 and have been in private practice since 2008. I also have over 20 years of education and volunteer experience in psychology and counselling.
I believe the quality of the therapeutic relationship is the foundation of an effective therapeutic process; and from the moment of our first encounter, you want and need to be heard and understood, in a safe environment where you are acknowledged, encouraged, and also challenged.
I utilize an integrative approach to explore both personal and relationship challenges in order to facilitate the development of skills and tools to help manage ourselves and our lives, with the mindful intention of achieving effective change that leads to an improved quality of life.
College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP)
Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA)
~ The therapeutic relationship is the foundation of an effective therapeutic process. The client needs to feel safe and understood, acknowledged, challenged, and encouraged.
~ We are more than our physical bodies – we are physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and social beings. We are always in a “state of becoming.”
~ Our mind-body-spirit selves are interconnected – what happens at one level has an impact on the others.
~ The small self is motivated by ego-based fears. The authentic self grows from feelings of trust and love.
~ We seek, most often subconsciously, congruence among our beliefs and thoughts and behaviors.
~ Intention and attention are fundamental to effective change.
My practice is influenced by the wisdom of Eastern Philosophies including Buddhism, Taoism, and Hinduism. I believe our spiritual dimensions need to be accessed to help us find meaning and purpose in our lives. In addition, because we live in a 3-dimensional world, we also need practical cognitive and emotional tools and skills, to help us navigate the journey of the physical body.
Integrating these cross-cultural influences with the rational tenets of Western Psychology offers a bridge between science and spirit and symbolizes, both literally and figuratively, my approach to healing and growth.
The topic of my doctoral research, conducted at Hospice Calgary was The Experience of Anticipatory Grief Among Individuals Living with Cancer, Their Primary Caregivers, and Families. Individuals participating in Hospice Calgary’s Living with Cancer day program were interviewed in order to gain insight into their hopes, fears, and challenges of living with palliative cancer. Their primary caregivers and family members were also interviewed in order to gain insight into the systemic impact of a terminal diagnosis and the multi-dimensional nature of grief as a response (physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and socially) to change and loss.
“The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never have otherwise occurred… unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no one could have dreamed would have come their way.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe