Dr. Donald Croft
10339 - 106 Street,
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1H8
(780) 965-0919
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Anxious or distressed? Get help now!

 

Counselling can improve your mental health and
increase your happiness

 

Counselling by an experienced Registered Psychologist
can save you time and money

 

Psychologist since 1983: Practising in Edmonton, Alberta

 

Contact Dr. Croft now at (780) 965-0919

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Get counselling and therapy from DR. CROFT, who helps men and women implement new and valuable strategies:

• improve your health by effectively dealing with anxiety, depression & stress disorders
• learn coping and problem solving skills to improve couple relationships and marriages
• make healthy changes while overcoming life’s crises, panic or affairs
• face your worries and fears in a healthy way to become passionate about life and relationships again
• maintain increased self-confidence and improved communication in important emotional relationships and work relationships
• use your personal values, interests and personality in your determination of a career path

Dr. Croft uses advanced cognitive-behavioural therapies (see "types of therapy" tab on this homepage) in a counselling relationship to help men, women and couples deal with challenges in their lives more effectively. They can turn surviving a crisis into an opportunity to thrive again. They can develop new knowledge, skills and strategies to cope with their stresses and emotions, so they can make the changes needed to reach their psychological health goals.

About Dr Croft

I am dedicated to providing confidential, ethical and compassionate services to all clients. For over three decades as a registered psychologist in Alberta, I have provided extensive psychological services in both local hospital and private practise settings, while also educating others about applied psychology in community and University settings. My first passion is helping couples to build effective and loving relationships, especially as a backbone for a healthy family. I also enjoy helping adults from a wide variety of backgrounds to reduce anxiety, depression, stress and destructive anger and to overcome crisis, by using effective emotional support, communication and advanced therapies.

My counselling and therapy services are designed to enhance your quality of life and reduce mental, emotional, cognitive, behavorial and inter-personal difficulties. The goal is for you to increasingly feel good about working through your life transitions, while coping with life’s challenges, grief or crises. Counselling provides new skills, knowledge and strategies for replacing what is not working for you in your life. I provide clients in need with evidence-based and specialized therapy strategies that you can trust involving Gottman relationship strengthening processes, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Meta-Cognitive Therapy (MCT), EMDR Therapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy. The latter two are especially helpful for overcoming the negative emotional impact of trauma.

I designed and own a conveniently located office in downtown Edmonton in order to provide you a safe, comfortable and quiet environment to express yourself in. I can also provide you services from a secondary office in St. Albert. We consult together to understand your strengths and concerns, values, and needs in order to create and implement an agreed upon and solution-focussed plan at your pace and with renewed motivation. The goal is to help you develop new skills, knowledge/awareness and strategies for replacing what is not working for you in your life, while building upon what is working for you. Activities and written/audio resources supplement counselling sessions to save you time and money.

Such psychological services are built upon a wealth of professional and life experiences, as well as, extensive knowledge gained from obtaining three University of Alberta psychology degrees. Keeping my life in balance and enjoying a sense of humour helps me to stay healthy and attentive to your needs. After four decades of marriage, my wife and I still thoroughly enjoy sharing the lives of our three adult children and three grandchildren. I maintain an active practice, while we also enjoying travel and outdoor activities locally, on Vancouver Island and in Australia.

Please follow this link to Dr. Croft’s resume for further information.

Types of Therapies

Gottman method couples therapy builds upon decades of clinical research and experience regarding how real people make a commitment to developing effective loving couple relationships that last. Angry/abusive words may harm work, intimate, family or friend relationships. Therapy helps couples and/or individuals to experience healthier relationships by developing new knowledge, skills and strategies to become better friends, to build intimacy, to understand each other, and to manage conflict respectfully. Such partners support each other and create trust by being able to be counted on. This respect also provides a healthy framework for family relationships, as children learn about relationships from their parents’ model.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a well established mental health intervention used by psychologists. It involves helping clients to become more effective at managing the inter-relationships between their thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviour, by understanding/challenging the distortions and biases they use to interpret events and which underlie their symptoms of distress. The client is actively involved in learning new ways of thinking to combat anxiety, depression, crisis and stress and to improve intimate relationships.
Meta-Cognitive Therapy (MCT) also helps clients to learn to think more effectively when they face challenges, by focusing on what maintains the unhealthy thinking that leads to emotional distress. Individuals often develop unhealthy patterns of focussing on excessive worry, fixation on potential future threats and rumination/brooding over past events. These general processes are maintained by ineffective coping and harmful self-beliefs. Clients become more aware of the thoughts they have about their thinking and the further emotions they have in response to their emotions. By becoming more aware of how they pay attention to emotions, to self-defeating inner conversations and/or to negative images of oneself/others, clients can learn to coach themselves to counter-balance such distressing processes. A client’s depressed thoughts or anxiety/panic may interfere with sleep, problem solving or work performance. The therapy actively involves the client to improve the consistency of their effort to make healthy changes.
EMDR Therapy helps to accelerate the processes for a client to overcome disturbing events in their life and continue in a healthier direction. Clients may experience understandable and yet still difficult to manage trauma or distress, as a consequence of some recent crisis, e.g., an affair, accident, assault, etcetera. Clients may find that events and feelings that they believed were dealt with in the past, still unexpectedly cause problems. Dr. Croft helps such clients to learn new strategies for letting go and moving forward, while becoming more effective at preventing or counter-balancing similar distress in the future. Such strategies can be applied to improving future performance, as a client strives to enhance their personal development.
Clinical Hypnotherapy uses a natural form of communication used to focus a client's efforts on creating a new pathway to achieving their healthy goals. One practical foundation to this therapy involves relaxed breathing/muscles, creativity and positive suggestions, sometimes in conjunction with personally relevant and brief stories. Some examples of problems that Dr. Croft helps clients deal with involve stress, sleeping, low self-esteem, depressive thoughts, panic and chronic pain. As above, such strategies can be applied to improving a client’s future performance, as they strive to enhance their psychological health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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