Dr. Lauren K. McCoy, R. Psych.


Registered Psychologist #5169

member of the College of Alberta Psychologists (C.A.P.) & the Psychologists' Association of Alberta (P.A.A.)

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselling Psychology

University of Calgary (one of only five PhD counselling programs in Canada accredited by the Canadian Psychological Association)

Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Counselling Psychology

University of Calgary; thesis-based program

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) with Specialization & Industrial Internship in Psychology

University of Alberta 

approved provider within the Mental Health Network (MHN) for High Performance Sport in Canada

as recognized by the multipartner initiative between Game Plan and the Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport

Professional Experience

  • Owner and Founder of Actualize Psychological Services (private practice; Edmonton & St. Albert)
  • University Counselling & Clinical Services (pre-doctoral internship/residency; University of Alberta)
  • Adult Outpatient Mental Health (Alberta Health Services, Calgary)
  • Single Session, Walk-In Counselling (Alberta Health Services, Calgary)
  • College Counselling Centre (Alberta University of the Arts, formerly named Alberta College of Art & Design)
  • Teaching Assistant for Group Counselling and Counselling Intervention courses (University of Calgary)
  • Masters and PhD research focused on athletes’ experiences of athletic career transition following athletic retirement
  • Over a decade of experience as National Certification Coaching Program (NCCP) trained and certified Professional Figure Skating Coach (Edmonton & Calgary)

Additional Counselling Certifications & Trainings

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for PTSD; recognized with CPT Provider Status
  • Prolonged Exposure (PE) Therapy for PTSD
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) for Recent Traumatic Events (EMDR R-TEP protocol)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy Training
  • Dialectical Behavior Skills (DBT) Skills Training

Theoretical Orientations & Approaches to Counselling

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE)
  • Eye Movement and Desensitization Therapy (EMDR)
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills
  • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Humanistic

Select Publications

McCoy, L. K. (2018). Conceptualizing athletic career transitions with the holistic athletic career model. In N. Arthur, R. Neault, & M. McMahon (Eds.), Career theory and models at work: Ideas for practice.

McCoy, L. K. & Arthur, N. (2017). Examining the athletic career experiences of Canadian major junior hockey players. Canadian Journal of Career Development, 16(2), 38-43.

McCoy, L. K. (2017). Longitudinal qualitative research and interpretative phenomenological analysis: Philosophical connections and practical considerations. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 14(4), 442-458.

Yeah...okay, but what is Dr. Lauren ACTUALLY like?

Lauren McCoy
  • Dr. Lauren was born and raised in Edmonton and received over 10 years of post-secondary training at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary. Dr. Lauren’s extensive training has instilled values of evidence based practice and professional competence. Clients and colleagues describe her as discerning, efficient, honest, capable, and insightful. That said, Dr. Lauren is also down-to-earth and not afraid to use her dry sense of humour or her “tell it like it is” objectivity to facilitate rapport with clients. Dr. Lauren takes a directive approach that focuses on skill development so that clients can leave therapy with skills that can be used to facilitate future wellness and success.
  • Would we be a good “fit"? 
    • Dr. Lauren works well with clients that:
        • are ready to learn and try new practical coping strategies
        • are motivated to shift their thinking and/or behavior
        • want a goal oriented approach to therapy
        • willing to complete between session tasks (aka. homework)
        • committed to self-exploration and increasing self-awareness
        • are motivated to improve mental health and wellness

Want to learn more about Dr. Lauren?

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As no one else can know how we perceive, we are the best experts on ourselves.

Carl Rogers