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.



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 Specialty:

  • Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Transitions
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Teen’s Mental Health
  • Trauma

I can also help with these areas:

  • Anxiety
  • Family Issues
  • LGBTQ+ and Gender Issues
  • Weight & Eating Disorders

Mental Health Disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

My Treatment Approaches:

  • Client Centered Therapy (Rogerian therapy)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Person Centered therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Systemic Therapy

Sexuality, Intimacy, and Gender:

  • Relationship Dependence
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexuality and Intimacy Issues