More about Damien Daly
First and foremost, it’s important to highlight that I am a person, just like you, who has had their own unique life experiences. I’m a husband and father, and have experienced many of the joys and heartaches that life has to offer. I believe my experiences in life have led me on the path to becoming a psychologist and after a long journey I am closer to fulfilling my aspirations as I am currently a registered provisional psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists.
I started my journey in 2006 after enrolling in a Bachelor of Psychology through the National University of Ireland, Maynooth and going on to complete a Masters of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis through Queens University Belfast. Since moving to Canada in 2017, I completed a number of elective modules at the graduate level in psychology in order to meet the educational requirements to register with the College of Alberta Psychologists. I am also a currently undertaking a post-graduate program in Psychological Assessment through Concordia University of Edmonton. Presently, I have completed the required experience hours as a registered provisional psychologist and hope to undertake the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology in the coming months.
During my career, I have been fortunate enough to support children and adults of all ages, with a wide variety of needs, and in some cases, their parents. These supports have included people with developmental or intellectual challenges, learning issues, autism, anxiety, ADHD, depression, OCD tendencies, grief, and various other socio-emotional and behavioural needs. I have also experience providing these supports across a variety of settings, including residential services, in-home services, private clinics, schools, and community based services.
I like to use an eclectic approach to therapy, which means that I often integrate many aspects of different techniques into therapy, such as aspects of Person-Centred Therapy, Behaviour Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Relational Practices, Mindfulness, Family Systems, and Play Based Therapy. I feel that people are multi-faceted and this needs to be considered in the types of therapeutic approaches used.
I think effective therapy is fostered through genuine connections with people, where the therapist is not only empathetic, but also sensitive and responsive to a person’s needs at a given moment during therapy. The decision to undertake therapy may be easy or daunting for you, but in either case, I assure you that support will be provided to you in a safe and non-judgmental space so that you can feel comfortable in sharing your life experiences with me. Together, we can support you to continue being the expert in your life’s journey.
A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS
Damien, what is your favourite quote?
“Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine”
“Through the shelter of each other, people survive”
For me, this quote is referencing the resiliency that can be developed through the togetherness of people, and it makes me think of the importance of other people in supporting someone who is having difficulties with their mental health.
When did you know you wanted to become a psychologist?
I have always pondered what led me to become a psychologist. The first real action I took to become a psychologist was when I entered my degree program, which was partially initiated following my experiences with a family member’s mental health issues. But in truth, my career path came long before that. I recall being six years old and playing with another child who lived in my housing estate, and being fascinated by the fact that he could not speak. I played with him for what seemed like hours and distinctly remember trying to support him to talk in lots of different ways, but to no avail. As I recalled this event, I came to the realization that my life was littered with such events right up until the time that I actively decided I wanted to be a psychologist. As such, I find myself telling people, I do not have a big story to tell, rather, I was always that way inclined, and believe that I am doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing in this life.
Master of Science in Applied Behaviour Analysis, Queens University Belfast
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
College of Alberta Psychologists
Psychologist’s Association of Alberta
Behaviour Analyst Certification Board
CBT Strategies: Core Skills and Competencies to Treat your Most Challenging Clients Training with Jeff Riggenbach, Ph.D.
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2)
Autism Diagnostic Interview (ADI)
Mental Health First Aid
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
My Areas of Specialty:
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD / ADHD)
- Developmental Disabilities
- Family Caregiver Stress
- Parenting Issues & Support
- Stress Management
I can also help with these areas:
- Adolescent & Teen Issues
- Anger Management
- Children’s Mental Health
- Dealing with Phobias
- Family Issues
- Grief and Loss
- Self Harming
- Self-Esteem Issues
- Supporting Teenagers with Depression
My Treatment Approaches:
- Behavioural Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Assessments For Developmental Disabilities
- Gifted / Intellectually Advanced Assessments
- Intelligence, Psycho-educational and Memory Assessments