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

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

University of Alberta

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

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

Theoretical Orientations & Approaches to Counselling

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Eye Movement and Desensitization Therapy (EMDR)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills
  • Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
  • 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 she ACTUALLY like?

Lauren McCoy
  • Dr. Lauren was born and raised in Edmonton and received over 10 years of post-secondary training at Alberta. 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. 
  • Know the problem? Dr. Lauren works well with clients that are goal directed and committed to making their desired changes. She often uses 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.
  • Not sure what the issue is? Some clients express feeling as though something is “off”, they’re “in a rut”, or things “just aren’t working anymore”. Using an objective and practical approach, Dr. Lauren’s strength is “filtering out the noise”. Once clients understand the nature of their concerns, they move closer to being able to resolve them. 

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

Carl Rogers