Dr. Shari Couture, R. Psych, Ph.D.
"We don't have to do all of it alone - we were never meant to."
Brené Brown (2015)
Ph.D. in Applied Psychology
Advanced Training in Family Therapy
Over 20 Years of Clinical Practice with Adults, Families and Youth
University Sessional Professor
Works with Equine Therapeutic Partners
I am a registered psychologist living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada where I have practiced for over 20 years. I have a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Applied Psychology from the University of Calgary. As part of my graduate work I completed two advanced internships in family therapy. I worked within an outpatient family therapy program with the Calgary Health Authority (directed by Maureen Leahey) during my Masters and I completed my Ph.D. internship at the Calgary Family Therapy Center (University of Calgary, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry directed and founded by Dr Karl Tomm).
Since 2002 I have worked with families and individuals as a private practitioner in Calgary, AB. I have also worked as a family therapist within the Calgary Regional Health Authority (CRHA) and continued my work at the Calgary Family Therapy Center in my role as a family therapist and clinical supervisor to graduate students. In addition to my post-graduate work, I have a background working with young people and their families in a variety of programs within the Calgary agency William Roper Hull.
More recently, I am completing my certification as an Equine Wellness Professional. Within this role in my private practice, I offer therapy sessions where I work alongside my equine partners. This extension of my work allows me to access the incredible opportunity of using the interactions and unique dispositions of horses as we navigate creative ways forward.
I also enjoy my role as a sessional professor and clinical supervisor. I have instructed core components to counselling at the graduate level such as counselling skills and intervention courses. Currently, I teach the final "capstone" course for the Master of Counselling online program at the University of Calgary. The practical focus to my research has invited many opportunities for workshops or presentations where I offer ideas for new and experienced therapists. In my role as a Clinical Supervisor in the graduate internship program at the Family Therapy Program I find I am invited to continuously engage in generative conversations with students in our research meetings, clinical discussion, live supervision and seminars.
In my doctorial research I investigated the details of helpful conversations in family therapy. This research won best dissertation in counselling psychology from the Canadian Psychological Association. Since my doctorate I continue to publish my work in a variety of journals and books plus present at numerous conferences. I find the practical nature of the methodological approach I use in my research affords continual avenues for continuous investigation into how we can do our work in helpful ways.
On a more personal note, I am married with three sons and a dog named Nico.