Shari Derksen is a Registered Provisional Psychologist* focusing on healthy relationships and healthy sexuality, and maintains a private practice in Calgary, Alberta. Shari is also an experienced vocalist/performer and offers vocal coaching.
Shari's therapeutic approach is humanistic, trauma-informed, and process-oriented, utilizing techniques such as experiential, cognitive-behavioural, solution-focused, Jungian, Adlerian, and process therapies as appropriate to address individual client needs. She tends to draw largely on her training at Process Therapy Institute in California, which taught a perspective that is a mix of humanistic, transpersonal, Rogerian, Taoist, and existential ideas, and is often Gestalt and experiential in action. With a background in Holistic Studies, Shari understands the importance of therapeutic approaches that integrate body, mind, and spirit, as well as the value of incorporating cultural and spiritual practices and ideology relevant to clients.
*Provisional indicates under supervision and working towards licensure.
B.Sc. in Psychology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB (1999)
MA in Counselling Psychology (Specializing in Holistic Studies), John F. Kennedy University, San Jose, CA (2013)
License, Certifications & Awards
Registered Provisional Psychologist, College of Alberta Psychologists, Alberta 2015 - present
Registered Marriage & Family Therapist, Board of Behavioral Sciences, California 2013 - 2016
Resident, Calgary Counselling Centre, Calgary, Alberta April 2016 - May 2017
Extensive training in process-oriented therapy at Process Therapy Institute, Los Gatos, California 2011-2014
- Hakomi I & II
Professional Activities and Memberships
Member, College of Alberta Psychologists 2015 - Present
Member, Psychologists' Association of Alberta (PAA) 2015 - present
Member, California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT) 2012 - 2014