More about Diamond Dunfield

I am currently working towards completing my Master’s in Counselling Psychology degree from City University of Seattle. I have a special interest in working within the area of trauma, grief and loss and I truly believe that many of the struggles we face involve multifaceted layers of loss that often go unrecognized. I am certified in crisis work through the American Association of Suicidology and have done crisis de-escalation, suicide intervention, and domestic violence assessment through the  Edmonton distress line with the Canadian Mental Health Association. I have also worked with children and youth in our community at the Zebra Child Protection Center, supporting them through disclosures of abuse as they navigate the judicial system. I additionally work within the realm of behavior therapy within the school system, as I work to encourage success in students struggling with varying mental health and behavioural concerns.

My theoretical foundation is often rooted in attachment-based practices, as I recognize the immense impact that relationships have on our lives. We are social beings and when our relationships are not secure, we naturally feel distressed. Given this, I strive to create a trusting and secure alliance with each of my clients and feel truly honored to witness the strength, resilience, courage, and expertise that each person brings to therapy. Reflection and self awareness will be central to enhancing your perception of your unique relationships, including the important relationship you hold with yourself. Self love is central to our mental health and when impaired, we tend to cyclically engage in negative self talk. As part of my practice, I therefore integrate Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness and Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) to gently promote positive self talk and enhance coping in the present.

Therapy can be intimidating, but I assure you that you will be greeted by a warm, friendly, and welcoming demeanor each and every time you come to your session. I am truly passionate about helping others and I look forward to working with you.

 

Qualifications

City University of Seattle: Edmonton Campus – Master’s in Counselling Psychology (currently enrolled)

 The King’s University (Bachelor of Psychology Degree)

 

Affiliations

Psychologists Association of Alberta (PAA)

 

Certifications

Crisis Worker

 

Languages

  • English

My Areas of Specialty:

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Suicidal Thoughts (Ideation) and Survivor
  • Trauma

I can also help with these areas:

  • Career Changes or the Loss of a Career
  • Empty Nest
  • Family Violence
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Panic Disorder
  • Parenting Issues & Support
  • Substance Abuse
  • Weight & Eating Disorders

Mental Health Disorders:

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder

My Treatment Approaches:

  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Person Centered therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Sexuality, Intimacy, and Gender:

  • Gender Identity
  • LGBTQ+ and Gender Issues
  • Relationship Dependence
  • Sexuality and Intimacy Issues