Dr Janice Dicks

Generally, individuals or couples seek counselling when they want some form of change in their lives, either within themselves or in their relationships with others. This can include a desire to change mood, perspective, attitude, habits and/or behaviours. As a doctoral-level psychologist with over 10 years of counselling experience, I enjoy working with clients at any stage of their change process, from contemplating change, to being ready to take action, as well as maintaining current well-being.

As a psychologist, I strive to develop a genuine relationship with clients, recognizing the importance of a supportive therapeutic environment. My overall approach to counselling is integrative, which allows me to be flexible in my work and tailor my approach to counselling to meet the unique needs of clients. It is my belief that our thoughts and behaviours influence how we feel and it is through changing ways of thinking and behaving that individuals or couples can learn to shift perspectives, alter feelings, and improve coping. Therapeutic frameworks from which I draw include: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy.  Wherever possible, I incorporate elements of Positive Psychology into my work, viewing humour as an asset to the therapeutic process and recognizing the importance of hope and optimism when faced with difficulties. My therapeutic style can be characterized as warm and accepting with my practice being evidence-based, meaning that I utilize interventions that that have been well-researched with documented effectiveness.

My counselling related experience includes working in the area of rehabilitative health where I have extensive experience working in the area of traumatic psychological injuries (single incident or multiple traumas). I have also worked in general mental health centres and several different university counselling centres in New Brunswick, Ontario, and Alberta. Additionally, I have experience teaching Master’s-level students in counselling, as well as supervising students at both the Master’s and Doctoral levels.

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind”
~ William James (1842-1910)

Services Offered

  • Individual counselling (adults)
  • Couples counselling

Educational Background 

  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
    (University of Alberta)
  • Master of Education in Counseling Psychology
    (University of Western Ontario)
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Psychology
    (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Areas of Experience

  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Pain
  • Depression
  • Educational difficulties
  • Grief and Loss
  • Identity
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Interpersonal violence
  • Interfaith marriages
  • Perfectionism
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
    (and other trauma-related disorders)
  • Traumatic Physical Injuries
  • Workplace Stress and Burnout