About Dr. Patricia (Patti) Turner, Ph.D.
Registered Psychologist, Downtown Calgary
On Being a Psychologist
“I feel privileged to do work that is so important and can have such a tremendous, positive impact on people’s lives.”
I’m a Registered Psychologist who offers counselling to talented and successful professionals in downtown Calgary. I frequently work with oil and gas professionals, accountants and other financial specialists, physicians and allied health care professionals, lawyers, engineers and other technical experts, managers, executives, entrepreneurs, business owners, and academics, to name a few.
Since opening my private practice as a psychologist, I have had the pleasure to successfully help many people lead more fulfilling, happy and balanced lives, both at home and in the workplace.
I am passionate about my work. It is incredibly rewarding to know that my clients make improvements in their lives that will continue to positively impact them years down the road.
My Mission as a Therapist
My mission is to offer support and guidance in a confidential and supportive environment as we work to overcome challenges you face both at home and at work. My goal is to make your journey in life easier, as I help you address your problems in the best and quickest way possible.
My Story: From Engineer to Psychologist
I studied engineering at university and then worked in a variety of settings for 12 years. I had to learn a lot to be successful in the environments I chose, and this knowledge strengthened my character as well as my skills.
My engineering experiences taught me a lot about how to work with different groups of people, including those on the executive floor. I enjoyed supporting colleagues as they worked through issues that were impacting their performance. Over time, I increasingly questioned how I could help people meet their personal and professional needs most effectively.
Eventually, I decided to dedicate my career to helping others, and returned to school to earn my doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
Work Experience as a Psychologist / Therapist
My 15-year-long psychology career began with me working at four community-based mental health clinics in Arizona. I completed half of my Ph.D. residency at a substance abuse treatment clinic, where I gained an understanding of how to help people who struggle with alcohol and drug dependence. I completed the second half of my residency at an inpatient psychiatric hospital, where I developed the skills to diagnose and treat people with major mental health disorders.
After graduating with my doctorate, I moved to Calgary where I was employed in an array of counselling settings, including 5 physicians’ offices, alongside 20 doctors. I saw people from all walks of life at these clinics, and, as a result, obtained invaluable experience treating a wide variety of issues.
I started my private therapy practice in 2009. I have a broad professional network and consult with a dynamic group of psychologists and other allied health care professionals including physicians, psychiatrists, and physiotherapists. This continuous interaction helps to ensure my services remain of the highest caliber and my clients receive access to the highest quality of care.
Academic Training and Credentials
Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec
Master of Art (M.A.) in Clinical Psychology, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology, Arizona State University, Phoenix, Arizona
Registered Psychologist (R.Psych.) with the College of Alberta Psychologists
Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.), Queens University, Kingston, Ontario
About me Personally
I am an active person who swims, skis and cycles. I’m also a potter and have sold my work through a gallery. I currently figure draw and am becoming skilled at this art form. I’m slowly learning how to paint. As an animal lover, I have a couple of pets that keep me engaged and entertained.
If you think we are a good fit for working together in counselling, please contact me to book an appointment.