Insight Psychological Therapists - Doris Kieser

Doris Kieser, Therapist, (Senior Therapist), Certified Canadian Counsellor, PhD

I am a Senior Counselling Therapist with Insight and have been here since 2000. I work with a variety of clients including adolescents and adults, individuals and couples.

Note: Not all insurance plans provide coverage for Certified Canadian Counsellors (CCC). Please check your insurance plan prior to booking. 

More About Doris Kieser

Choosing to see a counsellor, any counsellor, can be difficult and might even require courage. It’s OK to be nervous or ambivalent about seeking out help and support. It’s also OK to be happy and relieved.

I like to work from a relational stance. I use methods that encourage clients to recognize their situations and the issues that arise from them, and then acknowledge the emotions, thoughts, and behaviours that are difficult. Because I believe in the integration of mind, body, and spirit, I use a variety of therapies that individually, or together, promote a healthy sense of self and relationship to other.  For example: emotionally-focused, cognitive-behavioural, and body-focused therapies.

I generally like to start where people are at, and work with their strengths and vulnerabilities to create a healthy future. Every person comes to counselling with lived history, which is unique to them. While that history might weigh heavily on a person, it does not need to overwhelm them.  I believe that people are resilient and capable of making their way through difficult situations. My job is to facilitate the strengths of each person as they manage their own lived history, and living moments.


What is your favourite quote?

My favourite quote is from Anne Lamott, an American writer, who views the world with insight, compassion, and humour. When speaking about how to get things done, like writing a school report on birds, we need to take it “Bird by Bird.” We take one small step at a time, with patience and, hopefully, with grace. 

What has been the most satisfying part of being a psychologist?

Being a therapist has been an interesting journey for me, particularly in how I have come to see myself over the years. I am honoured that others trust me to work through their most difficult experiences with them. It is no small feat to walk into an office, sit with a stranger, and tell the stories of our lives; it cannot help but change the listener, who is walking the journey with the teller. And I am humbled by how much I have learned about myself in the process of walking with others.


PhD: Secondary Education

MA: Counselling Psychology

MA: Theology

BA: English Literature/German Language and Literature

CCC (Certified Canadian Counsellor, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association)


Member, Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA)

Member, Spirituality Chapter, CCPA

Member, Women and Gender Chapter, CCPA

Associate Professor, St. Joseph’s College, University of Alberta

Adjunct Associate Professor, John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, University of Alberta

Member, Canadian Theological Society

Member, College Theology Society (United States)

Member, Society for Menstrual Cycle Research

Member, Society of Christian Ethics


  • English

My areas of focus:

Anxiety & Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
Grief & Loss Care
  • Grief and Loss
Other Areas
  • Aging Parents
  • Anger Management
  • Stress Management
Thrive (Child & Youth)
  • Adolescent and Teen Issues
  • Teen's Mental Health
Trauma Care
  • Abuse
  • Sexual Assault and Abuse

I have experience in:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Child & Youth Depression
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Dealing with Infidelity
  • Difficult People
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Regulation
  • First Responders Trauma or PTSD
  • Food or Eating Issues
  • LGBTQ2S+ Issues
  • Life Transitions and Adjustment Issues
  • Losing Someone to Suicide
  • Loss of Employment
  • Loss of a Preterm Child
  • Military Related Trauma
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Premarital Counselling
  • Self-Harming
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Trauma
  • Weight & Eating Disorders
  • Youth 13 to 15 Years
  • Youth 16 to 17 Years

My treatment approaches:

  • Affirmative Therapy
  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Couples Counselling
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Existential Therapy
  • Faith Based Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Assessment services:

  • Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work After Mental Health Injury