Insight Psychological Therapists - Dr. Cory Hrushka

Dr. Cory Hrushka, Registered Senior Psychologist, PhD, CCS, DST, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, (He/Him)

I am an AASECT certified (Diplomate) Sex Therapist/ and Supervisor, an Associate in Sex Education and a Clinical Sexologist. I also provide psychological/forensic assessment services and counselling to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Although I use numerous psychological approaches to achieve client success, my foundation is in client-centered, cognitive behavioral therapy within a systemic model that focuses on pushing through issues for growth and success.

More About Dr. Cory Hrushka

Welcome to Insight Psychological!

My main specialty is sexuality (including the standard sexual functioning and couple related difficulties, as well as LGTBQPA and BDSM) with a secondary focus on violence related issues, trauma and couple counselling issues (including custody and access/high conflict). I am a certified (Diplomate) Sex Therapist/ and Supervisor, an Associate in Sex Education, and a Clinical Sexologist.

I use numerous psychological approaches to achieve client success. My foundation is in client-centered, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) within a systemic model that focuses on pushing through issues for growth and success which also includes Gottman methods and those of Schnarch.

I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-processing (EMDR) techniques for recurrent traumatic images and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder issues.

A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS

Cory, what is your favourite quote?

Carpe Diem

What was a defining moment in your life?

Realizing that what my parents thought I should be scared of, was not what I was scared of (I went on my first haunted house ride as a teen and it was extremely unimpressive) ….this changed my total view on life

Qualifications

  • Forensic Psychologist designation, Alberta.PhD (Psychology), Northcentral University (Doctoral dissertation: Change and Big Five Traits among Men in Intimate Partner Violence Group Treatment: A Correlational Study)
  • Nationally Certified Custody Evaluator, Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators (PACE)
  • Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator, Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators (PACE)
  • Clinical Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Alberta
  • Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor (AASECT)
  • Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) for supervisors certification completed for adoptive, foster, kinship and private guardianship evaluations
  • Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) certification completed for adoptive, foster, kinship and private guardianship evaluations
  • Certified Clinical Sexologist (IASHS)
  • University of Alberta, LDA and Counselling Psychology Ph.D. programs
  • Certified Diplomate of Sex Therapy, (AASECT)
  • Certified Sex Therapist (AASECT)
  • Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology/Educational Psychology, UMD, Duluth. (Master’s Thesis: Depth of Self – Disclosure in Adult Children of Alcohol Problem Families)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Alberta, Minor in Sociology
  • Registered Psychologist (Alberta)
  • Certified Associate in Sex Education (IASHS)
  • Canadian Registry for Health Service Providers in Psychology. (CRHSPP)
  • Alberta Health and Wellness Practitioner

Affiliations

  • ATSA – Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, Clinical Member
  • CPATH- Canadian Professionals Association for Transgender Health -Full member 35988 (Sept 2017-present)
  • WPATH- World Professionals Association for Transgender Health -Full member (March 10, 2016-present)
  • ISSWSH- International Society for the Study of Women’s Sexual Health (2016-present)
  • CCPA – Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (Feb 2016-present) #10000878
  • AFCC – Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Sept 2015-present)
  • Member of the Alberta Chapter (Sept 2015-present)
  • Member of the Risk Management committee
  • SSTAR- Society for Sex Therapy & Research, Full member (Jan 2015-March 2017)
  • College of Alberta Psychologists – Registration #2234 (current)
  • Psychologists Association of Alberta Member (current)
  • Fees committee Chairman of the board – 2009-2015
  • Fees committee Board member- 2005-2009
  • American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors and Therapists, member, since 2001
  • Approved by Workers Compensation Board, Edmonton, 2019
  • Approved by Canadian Forces and Veteran affairs Canada since 2000
  • Approved by Medical Services Branch/FNIHB for work with Aboriginal Clientele, Edmonton 1993
  • Approved by Corrections Service Canada, Psychologist, November, 2006
  • Approved by Medical Services Branch/FNIHB for work with Aboriginal Clientele, Edmonton 1993
  • Approved by Corrections Service Canada, Psychologist, November, 2006
  • Approved by Custody Mediation Program and Alberta Justice, Edmonton 1993
  • Approved by Child Welfare/ Children’s services Alberta regions 3, 4 (2007-2009), 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 (1993-present)
  • Board of Directors for Patch Place – Member at Large, 1998-2000
  • Edmonton Chamber of Commerce -Member since 1999-present
  • Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health I.D.# 1815 – 2000-2003
  • The Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis Affiliate Member (Alberta Division), 1998-2004
  • Alberta Council of Professionals in Sexual Health -ACPSH – SHAG – member 2007-Present

Certifications

  • 2020 Forensic Psychologist designation, Alberta.
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 2
  • 2016 Nationally Certified Custody Evaluator, Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators (PACE)
  • Nationally Certified Parenting Coordinator, Professional Academy of Custody Evaluators (PACE)
  • 2013- 2014 Clinical Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Alberta
  • 2005- present Certified Sex Therapist Supervisor (AASECT)
  • 2009  Gottman Couples Therapy Level-1
  • 2008   Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) for supervisors certification
  • 2008   Structured Analysis Family Evaluation (SAFE) certification completed for adoptive, foster, kinship and private guardianship evaluations,
  • 2005  Certified Clinical Sexologist (IASHS)
  • 2004- present  Certified Diplomate of Sex Therapy, (AASECT)
  • 2001- present  Certified Sex Therapist (AASECT)
  • Registered Psychologist (Alberta) #2234
  • 1996  Certified Associate in Sex Education (IASHS)
  • 1996  Canadian Register for Health Service Providers in Psychology. (CRHSPP), #05186
  • 2009  Alberta Health and Wellness Practitioner ID #4620-55208
  • 2020  Teen Triple P Positive Parenting Certificate (online course)
  • Triple P Positive Parenting Certificate (online course) April 2
  • 2019 Gender Based Analysis + certificate, completed Aug 8.
  • 1996 EMDR training, Level I

Languages

  • English

I specialize in:

Amare (Sex, Intimacy, & Gender)
  • Alternative Sex Behaviours
  • Coming Out
  • Dealing with Infidelity
  • Female Sexual Issues
  • Fetishes and Philias
  • Gender Identity
  • LGBTQ2S+ Issues
  • Male Sexual Issues
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Pornography Issues
  • Sex Compulsion/Out of Control Sexual Behaviours
  • Sexual Arousal Issues
  • Sexual Offending Behaviours
  • Sexuality and Intimacy Issues
Couples
  • Custody Access Issues
  • Dealing with Infidelity
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Family Issues
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
Grief & Loss Care
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Life Transitions
Thrive (Child & Youth)
  • Custody Access Issues
  • Family Issues
Trauma Care
  • Trauma
Treatment Methods
  • Sex Therapy
Uniformed Personnel & First Responders
  • Life Transitions

I have experience in:

  • Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Blended Family Adjustment
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Depression
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family Issues
  • First Responders Trauma or PTSD
  • Intercultural and Interracial Relationships
  • Military Related Trauma
  • Parenting Coordination
  • Parenting Issues & Support
  • Phobias
  • Premarital Counselling
  • Relationship Dependence
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Sexual Assault and Abuse
  • Stress Management

My treatment approaches:

  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Client Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Crucible Approach Therapy
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Sex Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Structural Family Therapy
  • Virtual Reality Assisted Therapy

Assessment services:

  • Anxiety Assessment
  • Assessments for Learning Disorders
  • Career/Occupational Assessments
  • Forensic Assessment (Sex Offending & Violence Risk)
  • Gifted/Intellectually Advanced Assessment
  • Gottman Relationship Check-up
  • PN7 Assessment
  • PN8 (Custody Access) Assessment
  • Parental Assessment
  • Personality & Behaviour Assessments
  • Psycho-educational Assessment
  • Sex Compulsion/OCSB Assessment
  • Sexual Functioning Assessment
  • Sexuality Assessments