Insight Psychological Therapists - Phillip Hau

Phillip Hau
Phillip Hau, Registered Psychologist, Assistant Clinical Director, Clinical Assessment Lead, Grief Recovery Specialist, MC, (He/Him)

I begin by acknowledging your strengths and vulnerability to have the courage to attend counselling. It takes strength to embark on this healing journey.  I practice counselling from a solution-focused, client-centred perspective. I honor your lived experiences and together we form a collaborative relationship to identify healthy coping, and solution-oriented pathways towards your goals.

More About Phillip Hau


I utilize Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to identify maladaptive and intrusive thoughts to form adaptive self-concepts. Furthermore, I thoughtfully incorporate Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to work with traumatic life events and Emotionally Freedom Technique to ground and process strong emotions.

I am trained in Play Therapy to work with children and Emotionally Focused Therapy to work with couples towards healthier relationships. I am also Pride certified to work with sexual and gender minority individuals. I have facilitated queer space workshops and allyship within the city with Edmonton Public Schools. I was a camp counsellor at Edmonton’s Camp FYrefly—Canada’s only national leadership retreat for LGBTQ+ folks.  I believe in social advocacy and I promote social justice in all my work.

I am certified in crisis work through the American Association of Suicidology. I have done crisis de-escalation, suicide intervention, and domestic violence assessment through the Distress Line with the Canadian Mental Health Association. I have also been recognized by Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson for my 10-year volunteer service at Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Thank you for sharing with me, your courage and resiliency.


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

As a psychologist I appreciate walking the mental health journey with my clients. I enjoy exploring the strengths, skills, and knowledge that emerges through our counselling conversations. Some conversations may be difficult to go through but the growth that comes from that is a rewarding experience to witness.  

What do you do to keep your outlook optimistic?

We often think about the “cup” as being “half full” or “half empty”. Instead, I like to ask “how do you fill up your cup”. Some activities that I do to fill up my “cup” is by engaging in intentional self-care through mindfulness, being in the present, and focusing on gratitude.


Registered Psychologist

Master of Counselling (Athabasca University)

Bachelor of Arts, double major in Psychology and Sociology (University of Alberta)


College of Alberta Psychologists

Psychologist’s Association of Alberta


Addictions Medicine Diploma

Brain Story Certification through Alberta Wellness Initiative

CBT for Anxiety 

Counselling Gender Diverse Clients 

Crisis Worker

EMDR Level 1

Emotionally Focused Externship

Emotionally Freedom Technique Levels 1, 2, 3

Gottman Training Level 1 and 2 

Indigenous Canada

Mental Health First Aid

Play Therapy (Introduction)

Psychological First Aid

SAFE Assessor and Supervisor 

Sexual and Gender Diversity and Inclusion Practices 

TEAM CBT Level 1

Trauma Informed Care 

Managing ADHD in school

Walking through Grief–Helping others deal with loss

Protecting Patients from Sexual Abuse and Misconduct

TEAM-CBT for Diverse and Multicultural Population 

Grief Recovery Method Specialist


  • English
  • Mandarin

My areas of focus:

Amare (Sex, Intimacy, & Gender)
  • Coming Out
  • LGBTQ2S+ Issues
Anxiety & Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-Esteem Issues
Grief & Loss Care
  • Grief and Loss
Other Areas
  • Stress Management
Thrive (Child & Youth)
  • Child & Youth Self Esteem Issues
  • Graduation
  • Issues Related to Bullying
Trauma Care
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Trauma
  • Trauma
  • Racism and Discrimination
Uniformed Personnel & First Responders
  • Military Related Trauma

I have experience in:

  • Abuse
  • Adolescent and Teen Issues
  • Adoption Issues
  • Alternative Sex Behaviours
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Arts Performance
  • Becoming a Parent or the Addition of Children
  • Behavioural Issues
  • Changes in Health
  • Child & Youth Anxiety
  • Child & Youth Depression
  • Child & Youth Stress and Trauma
  • Childhood Development Issues
  • Children & Youth 10 to 12 Years
  • Children 6 to 9 Years
  • Children's Mental Health
  • Communication and Negotiation
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Couples Counselling
  • Cross Cultural Issues
  • Dealing with Physical Health Issues
  • Difficult People
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Family Caregiver Stress
  • Family Issues
  • Fetishes and Philias
  • First Responders Trauma or PTSD
  • Gender Identity
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Handling Chronic Illness & Chronic Pain
  • Intercultural and Interracial Relationships
  • Life Transitions and Adjustment Issues
  • Loss of Employment
  • Loss of a Loved One
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Panic Disorder
  • Parenting Issues & Support
  • Phobias
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Relationship Dependence
  • Return to Work - Uniformed Personnel & First Responders
  • Self-Harming
  • Sexuality and Intimacy Issues
  • Social Anxiety Disorder
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Teen's Mental Health
  • Trans Counselling
  • Transformations Program
  • Workplace Stress
  • Workplace Trauma
  • Youth 13 to 15 Years
  • Youth 16 to 17 Years

Corporate Services

  • Awareness and Prevention/Management of Mental Health Issues in the Workplace
  • Dysfunctional Conflict Mediation & Intervention
  • Fit/Return-to-Work Assessment for Mental Health Injury
  • Group Support for Conflicts, Transitions & Mental Health Issues
  • Harassment & Bullying
  • Management Self Care
  • Mental Health Issue/Case Management Support
  • Organizational and Individual Assessments
  • Specialized Counselling & Treatments
  • Wellness During COVID
  • Workplace Conflicts & Difficulties
  • Workplace Psychological Health, Safety & Injury
  • Workplace Relationship Issues
  • Workplace Sex & Gender Issues

My treatment approaches:

  • Affirmative Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive & Mental Performance
  • Cognitive Disability
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Exposure Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Grief Work
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychotherapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Virtual Reality Assisted Therapy

Assessment services:

  • Anxiety Assessment
  • Assessments For Developmental Disabilities
  • Assessments for Learning Disorders
  • Behavioural Assessment
  • Career/Occupational Assessments
  • Depression Assessment
  • Functional Capacity Assessment
  • Intellectually Advanced Assessment
  • Mental Health Assessments
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Assessment
  • Parental Assessment
  • Personality & Behaviour Assessments
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder/Trauma Assessment
  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Psychological Functional Capacity Assessment
  • SAFE Assessment
  • Sexuality Assessments
  • Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work After Mental Health Injury