Dr. Patricia A. Kostouros

Dr. Patricia A. KostourosPatricia A. Kostouros, M.A., R.Psych., Ph.D.
Registered Psychologist

Education and Affiliation

  • Registered psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP)
  • Membership with the Psychologist Association of Alberta (PAA) and the Child and Youth Care Association of Alberta (CYCAA)
  • Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Research at the University of Calgary (U of C); research  interests include the use and effects of trauma in education settings
  • Master’s of Arts (M.A.) degree in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria (UVic); thesis research focused in the areas of Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and Burn-out, as well as issues related to practitioner self-care
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree from the University of Victoria (UVic) in Human and Social Development with emphasis on Child and Youth Care studies

Current Practice Activities

  • Associate Professor at Mount Royal University (MRU) in the Faculty of Health and Community Studies, Department of Child and Youth Studies
  • Guest Presenter of workshops on Vicarious Trauma, Compassion Fatigue and Burn-out
  • Private practitioner at Beyond Words Counselling & Consulting, Inc.
  • Instructional Associate of graduate studies with the Graduate Centre for Applied Psychology (GCAP) at Athabasca University (AU)

Employment Experience

  • Career focus related to reducing violence and crises leading to the effects of trauma and stress
  • Management experience of a youth shelter and a mental health team
  • Management experience of a shelter for abused women and their children
  • Executive Director for a small residence for women with a history of trauma and dual diagnoses (e.g., addictions and mental health disorders)
  • Facilitator of groups for both men and women related to reducing violence in their lives
  • Facilitated and developed marriage preparation courses

Specialized Registration & Training

  • Registered Psychologist (R.Psych.)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)—Level II
  • Advanced Training in Critical Incident Stress Debriefing and Post-Trauma Syndromes
  • Advanced Level Reiki Training in the Usui Shiki Ryoho System of Natural Healing

Specialized Areas of Practice

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Reducing Violence
  • Personal Growth
  • Compassion Fatigue and Practitioner Self-care
  • Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Adults
  • Youth
  • Couples
  • Families