Pine Tree Counselling
Trudi Jane Wyatt, MA, CT, CCC

Counselling services for individual men and women in Calgary, Alberta.

verified by Psychology Today


Phone: 403.270.2386**
Emergencies 911

350 7 Ave SW, Calgary, T2P3N9

What is “CBT”?
Posted: January 17, 2021

There is lots of talk in the media lately* about “CBT” counselling. CBT stands for “Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.” It is one “approach” to guiding counselling therapy (talk therapy); there are others, such as Humanistic, Psychodynamic, etc. Essentially, …

“Gaslighting” (Republished)
Posted: January 17, 2021

In addition to a light bulb predecessor, “gaslighting” can refer to a strategy some people use in order to control other people in an often undetected, covert, but insidious manner. The term comes from an old movie (spoiler alert!!) called “Gaslight” i …

Tips for the Holidays if You’re Feeling Lonely
Posted: December 19, 2020

UWO psychology professor Dr. David Dozois whose research focuses on CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) interviewed with in October 2020 regarding such topics as loneliness during the pandemic. published this in December. (Note the …

Men’s Issues
Posted: December 13, 2020

I was moved reading a recent article on the CTV News Calgary app, “Alberta dad inked with tattoo in solidarity with 8-year-old son”, about a dad who noticed that his son felt self-conscious about a large birthmark, such as when going swimming, so he “d …

Men Who Have Experienced DV
Posted: December 6, 2020

This weekend (05/06 December 2020) is the virtual ICSP (International Council on Shared Parenting) conference. Research on male victims of domestic violence (DV) was a topic including a presentation by Denise Hines, PhD., of George Mason University. Ba …

“Lies confuse”
Posted: November 27, 2020

“Lies confuse.” This quote is from a book called People of the Lie and is quoted by Tennessee Psychologist Alan Godwin in a recent “Drama Review” post of his. That post describes that some clients are perplexed when a family member’s version of history …

ACTRA Members Now Covered
Posted: October 30, 2020

  ACTRA’s AFBS (ACTRA Fraternal Benefits Society) program has been extended to cover the services of Canadian Certified Counsellors (CCCs) in Alberta, so long as members also have the Members Insurance Program at the bronze, silver, or gold level. …

Sources of Stress (etc.) in Alberta during COVID
Posted: October 26, 2020

    Sometimes it can help, or at least be interesting/enlightening, to have an idea of how others are thinking and feeling. Leger, a market research company, in collaboration with The Canadian Press, conducted a North American survey from Oct …

Tips for helping preserve your mental health during social distancing
Posted: June 21, 2020

  Bessel Van Der Kolk, MD is well-known for his expertise in helping people who have experienced traumas. He recently* shared some ideas to help reduce the likelihood of mental health impact of this difficult and lonely / socially distant pandemic …

On Avoiding Faustian Bargains (borrowed post)
Posted: March 17, 2019

This post in psychologist Alan Godwin’s “The Drama Review” series is originally entitled, “Shifty Manipulators and Their Corrupting Effects”. It is most interesting and insightful, depicting via the story of It’s a Wonderful Life the risk of selling yo …

Thinking Errors
Posted: March 16, 2012

The Globe and Mail on Feb. 25, 2012 featured “What the Doctor Ordered” — an article touching on the cognitive traps physicians (and almost everyone!) can fall into when making decisions/diagnoses.  The article described a handful of these traps.  Ther …