More about Dr. Robert Roughley

My areas of practice include a variety of mental health areas and presenting concerns. My main area of specialization is sex therapy. Specifically, I work with individuals and couples surrounding a vast spectrum of sexual expression, including medical, psychological, personal, and/or interpersonal factors that impact sexual expression and satisfaction. I adopt a collaborative and culturally-infused approach to counselling, and I strive to provide safe spaces for individuals of all cultural identities, sexual orientations, and gender expressions. I subscribe to a sex-positive approach where personal agency is prioritized and celebrated. I believe in the co-creation of space where my clients can express, explore, and engage in conversations about sex and sexuality, free from moral judgment.

I have been working in the area of mental health and wellness for the past 15 years. My work has included clinical practice, research, and teaching. I have taught for several Canadian Universities and was the Director of Graduate Programs in Counselling for a Canadian University for over eight years. I am published in the areas of human sexuality and inclusive counselling practice. My clinical experience has taken place in numerous settings, including community-based mental health services, university wellness centers, and forensic settings. I completed my PhD in Counselling Psychology in 2014 through the University of Calgary (CPA-Accredited). As part of my graduate program, I completed a PhD Internship with the Correctional Services of Canada.


Robert, what is your favourite quote?

My favourite quote is by Ralph Waldo Emerson “What we learn from others becomes our own reflection”.





PhD in Counselling Psychology, University of Calgary

Master of Counselling, University of Calgary

Master of Education, Queen’s University

Bachelor of Adult Education, Brock University

Bachelor of Education (Elementary), Queen’s University

Bachelor of Arts (Music Education), Queen’s University



College of Alberta Psychologists

Canadian Psychological Association

American Association of Sex Educators, Counsellors, and Therapists (AASECT)



Advanced Certificate in Couples and Family Therapy – University of Guelph (in progress)

Graduate Certificate in Sexual Health (in progress)

Sexual Therapy Training Intensive Program, University of Guelph

Advanced Skills in Violence Risk Assessment and Report Writing

Same Sex Domestic Violence Workshop

Critical Incident Stress Management: Group Crisis Intervention

Foundations in Motivational Interviewing

Certificate in Advanced Clinical Supervision in Psychology

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – Basic Training

Newfield Certified Coach Training Program



  • English

My Areas of Specialty:

  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Anxiety
  • Bulimia Nervosa
  • Coming Out
  • Dealing with Infidelity
  • Depression
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Life Transitions
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Pornography Issues & Addiction
  • Self-Esteem Issues

I can also help with these areas:

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

Mental Health Disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder

My Treatment Approaches:

  • Client Centered Therapy (Rogerian therapy)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person Centered therapy
  • Sex Therapy and Counselling
  • Solution Focused Therapy
  • Systemic Therapy

Sexuality, Intimacy, and Gender:

  • BDSM/Kink & Poly/Swing Relationships
  • Fetishes and Philias
  • Gender Identity
  • LGBTQ+ and Gender Issues
  • Male Sexual Issues
  • Relationship Dependence
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sex Therapy and Counselling
  • Sexual Offending Behaviours & Violence
  • Sexuality and Intimacy Issues
  • Trans Counselling