Registered Psychologist Calgary (Provisional) - GREGORY ECCLES

Individual Counselling & Couple's Counselling

Licensing Info: College of Alberta Psychologists #3176p

Academic Credentials:

  • Bachelor's degree in Social Science - Human and Societal Dynamics
  • Honours degree in Social Science - Human and Societal Dynamics
  • Master of Arts degree in Community-based Counselling Psychology

Additional Training:

  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Imago Couples Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy

Types of Support Gregory Offers

Concerns related to:

  • Addiction (Alcohol Use Sexual Addiction Substance Use / Abuse, Anger Management, Gambling, Video Games)
  • Anxiety
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse & Violence
  • Eating Disorders (Mild to Moderate Severity)
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Parenting Skills
  • Relationship Issues (Marital and Premarital difficulties, Infidelity, Peer realationships)
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Orientation Difficulties
  • Sleep or Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Transgender Exploration
  • Trauma & PTSD
Types of Support Gregory Offers

What do individuals generally find challenging about the process of therapy?

Many clients struggle to perceive the full extent to which particular therapy tools may be applicable in their lives. They will often apply it to immediate examples that are currently available, but often lack persistence in continuing to apply the same tools on a daily basis once their immediate difficulties are resolved.

Emotional vulnerability is also often a difficult process for clients, and many may find it difficult to relate their experiences to their therapist in a vulnerable way (i.e. feeling connected with their emotions at the time of speaking about their experiences).

What training or specializations complement your work with individuals? What’s unique about your style?

An integrative practitioner attempts to understand not only which psychotherapy mechanisms are useful, but also the theoretical underpinnings that drive each of these approaches. They attempt to create a synthesized approach to therapy which they continue to refine through clinical practice and continued exploration of the field. This is why I have chosen an integrative approach for myself.

My integrative approach for individuals is informed by a few well-regarded modalities:

  • Psychodynamic therapy - the past is a precursor to present-day problems, and these aspects of individual history influence unconscious thinking processes
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - mindfulness, values-driven action and realistic acceptance help us learn to see past conflict and suffering that blind us from a meaning-driven life
  • Rational Emotive Behavioural Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - cognitive and behavioural techniques set within a sound philosophical theoretical background provide lasting improvements to cognitive and emotional functioning.

What do couples generally find challenging about the process of therapy?

One of the more difficult parts of couple’s therapy is helping the couple negotiate their expectations for the outcomes of therapy, as they often enter into the process with different ideals for therapeutic outcomes. While we work to establish an awareness of these differences from the very first session, these goals and desires often change as therapy progresses, which can create an ongoing need for negotiating these differences. On the flip side of this, learning to negotiate these differences is one of the foundational skills required for an effective relationship

What training or specializations complement your work with couples? What’s unique about your style?

My integrative approach to couple’s therapy draws from individual modalities, as well as some modalities developed specifically for couples:

  • Imago therapy – every individual carries wounds from their past, and a loving relationship represents the ideal setting where these hurt aspects of self can be mutually addressed and healed
  • Emotion Focused Therapy - our way of relating to others and the emotions connected to our relationships reveal the basis of interpersonal conflict and healthy connecting
  • Cognitive Behavioural Couples Therapy - cognitive and behavioural patterns that impact the health of individuals are just as readily able to impact the health of a relationship, and therefore many of the same techniques used in individual therapy can be fruitful in couple’s therapy work

You can learn more about how I support my couples through these approaches in One Life's guide to Choosing the Right Psychologist in Calgary for Your Marriage Counselling.

How will I know if you are a good fit for working with me?

We will aim to establish your goals for therapy from the first session, and these will be a major indicator of how good a fit we are working together. Ideally we will both be honest about our expectations and experience of the therapy process, which will help us eliminate possible obstacles to the effectiveness of our therapy as early as possible.

What led you to your work as a therapist?

I knew for a long time that I wanted to work in a profession where I could help other people, and I discovered during my first few years at university that human behaviour was a strong interest of mine. I also knew that I wanted to work in a field where I could use creativity as a regular part of my work, and I find that everyday in learning to interact with new people.