My Qualifications & Experience

  • Ph.D. Psychology University of Regina
  • Master of Social Work (MSW)
  • Registered Social Worker with Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers
  • Over 30 years counselling experience, and experience as a clinical and medical social worker
  • Associate Professor of Social Work, Carleton University (retired 2011)
  • Psychology Instructor University of Regina and Huron College, South Dakota
  • Leader in Re-Evaluation Counselling
  • Teacher of many counselling courses and workshops
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Level II
  • Author of
    • Work and Madness: The Rise of Community Psychiatry (Black Rose: Montreal, 1983)
    • Open for Business/Closed to People: Mike Harris’ Ontario (Fernwood: Halifax, 1997)
    • Many articles
Photo of Diana Ralph in her home office

My Counselling Style

  • Warm and supportive
  • Gentle and respectful of your pace
  • Welcoming of your deepest feelings and confident in you
  • Able to confidently accompany you to your darkest, most frightening spaces
  • Affirming of your own spirituality as a resource for healing
  • Playful and creative
  • Non-pathologizing and non-judgmental
  • Confidentiality guaranteed

My Counselling Values

  • I emphasize empowering, solution-focused, and liberating approaches
  • I understand that seeking counselling shows courage, integrity, and self-love. It is not an admission of weakness or failure. Everyone deserves relaxed, supportive attention
  • I am confident in you and your ability to heal yourself. I do not find psychiatric labels useful beyond describing “symptoms.” I know that you are doing your best and that you are not “crazy". I won’t pathologize or judge you. Instead I work to understand and help you heal from the causes of the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors with which you are struggling.
  • I respect your decisions about what you work on and the pace at which you do it. I offer my best thinking from many skills and methods. I encourage you to take an active role in your counselling journey and to tell me what you want and don't want from me.
  • I have extensive cross-cultural experience and do my best to be culturally sensitive and aware, while recognizing that you are unique and the expert in your own reality. I know that my own experience colors my perceptions, and I welcome and understand our diversity
  • I believe in using play and actively engaging the body in the healing process, because talking alone will not fully heal us. For example, I encourage clients to release anger by pounding a ball or pushing me and to release fear by shaking. Again you are in charge and can decide whether or not to try out a suggested activity