Daniel Chant, M.C., R. Psych (AB: 3579)
Danielis a Registered Psychologist with over 10 years of counselling experience. Daniel has focused his career helping individuals dealing with anxiety, depression, substance abuse issues, anger management challenges, poor interpersonal communication skills, impulsive behaviors and those at risk of committing harm towards themselves or others. Daniel has a primary focus on helping individuals with difficulty managing personal stress, workplace challenges, or difficulty with authority figures.
Daniel’s therapeutic approach is guided by the three core conditions of unconditional positive regard, genuineness and empathy. He utilizes his skills to facilitate clients to strategically work through any barriers to their success and ultimately achieving their therapeutic goals.
PTSD / BPD / ABUSE
Daniel has assisted many individuals to resolve and/or reduce symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Clients who work with Daniel learn to stabilize their emotional reactivity while strengthening their ability to be in positive, balanced relationships with others. He has assisted many adults who have struggled with the outcomes of physical, emotional and/or sexual abuse inflicted in childhood and/or from more recent experience.
As a 20+ year decorated veteran of the Canadian Forces, Daniel grasps the demands and expectations placed on Canadian Forces and paramilitary service personnel (i.e. RCMP, EPS, Sheriffs…). He understands that while many serve without issue, other members may experience psychological harm in the process of protecting and serving civilians both in Canada and overseas. Daniel is able to bring a deep compassion and understanding when working with both active and retired members, and also when working with family members who are impacted by their loved one’s service.
Brain Injury /Memory /Attention
Daniel has particular skills in helping individuals who are struggling with brain injuries. Daniel is comfortable helping people with brain injuries acquired in utero, such as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), or due to genetic conditions such as Fragile X or Wilson’s Disease. He has also worked with many people who have acquired a brain injury due to trauma, illness (i.e. strokes, hematomas, blood clots), or blows to the head (i.e. concussions, falls, car accidents, being struck in the head). Daniel regularly helps individuals to understand how the brain injury may have impacted their ability to reason, remember, interact in positive ways with others, handle emotions, and manage the challenges of daily life.
Damage to the brain may impact memory, focus, attention, impulsivity, decision-making and planning skills leading to a variety of learning, social, and relationship difficulties. As a result, Daniel has made a study of assisting adults with ADHD, learning difficulties, cognitive impairment, and memory challenges.
Along with working with the person dealing with the brain injury, Daniel also works with the family members and caregivers of that person. This is very important, as enabling everyone involved to understand their strengths and limits, maximizes the chance of recovery and development of independent living skills for the affected person. Daniel can also help the family members of individuals who have a brain injury deal with the personal distress they feel regarding the brain injury and the impact that it is had on their life also.
Daniel has worked with multiple clients from the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Asexual, Agender, Intersex, Gender Queer, Bigender, Pansexual and Pangender communities. He has an excellent understanding of challenges faced by LGBTQ++ adults arising from childhood, teen and adult experiences. He is comfortable aiding individuals who are attempting to resolve sexual identity issues. He has been a part of the solution in the lives of many LGBTQ++ individuals as they resolve psychological and emotional challenges within themselves, their close interpersonal relationships, and in their process of defining their role in the larger world.
Daniel has completed over 1000 risk assessments for the Parole Board of Canada. He has assessed hundreds of individuals for personality, cognitive, and behavioral issues. His reports have been accepted for legal / court decisions, educational programming, and probation / parole determinations.
Daniel has advanced training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Mindfulness. He enjoys working in these modalities due to their significant rate of positive outcomes for clients. Daniel believes in lifelong learning. To better help his clients he is actively persuing training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) to strengthen his trauma therapy skills. He is also attending workshops in Emotional Focused Therapy (EFT) to develop a foundational skills in couples counselling and deepen his existing strengths in attachment based therapies.
Daniel became a Registered Psychologist in 2010. He has a Masters of Counselling Degree through the University of Calgary. He is a member in good standing with the Alberta College of Psychologists and the Psychological Association of Alberta.
Daniel has worked practicing as Psychologist in correctional settings providing clinical services and leadership. He has counselled adolescents in senior secondary school, adult populations in Catholic Social Services as well counsellingadult male and female populations in federal custody.
Daniel offers daytime, evening and weekend appointments out of our South Edmonton Office