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Clinical Psychology

What is a Clinical Psychologist?

Clinical psychologists at the University of Calgary Sports Medicine Centre are skilled in providing support and tools to help clients address mental health challenges, improving their function. They offer confidential, individualized, and evidence-based assessment and counselling services, both short-term and long-term.

Psychologists at the Centre hold graduate degrees in clinical or counselling psychology and are registered and in good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists, whether provisional or registered. They have experience relevant to the unique pressures and complexities of the sports context and are committed to supporting clients through various life challenges.

Meet our Psychologist

Get to know Lauren Buchardt, registered provisional psychologist.

Counselling Services

Our counsellor offers compassionate and respectful counselling for various mental health concerns. We provide the following: 

  • Assessment of factors affecting your mental health and well-being.
  • Collaborative, individualized treatment planning.
  • Culturally sensitive, trauma-informed counselling.
  • Provision of evidence-based interventions for depression, anxiety, disordered eating, post-injury challenges, and other difficulties.
  • Active, implementable strategies for change.
  • Support and tools for navigating life transitions.
  • Support and tools to help you reach sport-related goals.
  • Ongoing progress monitoring.

We aim to help you: 

  • Develop coping skills.
  • Develop self-awareness, emotional literacy, and resilience to stress.
  • Develop a healthier relationship with your body and your sport. 

If you or someone you know is in imminent danger, please call 911.

What to Expect at Your First Session

For your first session, the counsellor will ask you to fill out a short consent form outlining your rights to confidentiality and as well as a client service agreement. Then your counsellor will spend the next 50 minutes answering any questions you may have about therapy, and discussing your goals and how to reach them. You may want time to think about whether to continue in therapy or you may be ready to start working. Either way, your decision will be met with respect and the counsellor will follow your lead.

Book an Appointment

Book an appointment online or

call us at 403-220-8232.