Dr. Donald Croft
10339 - 106 Street,
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 1H8
(780) 965-0919
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Psychologist since 1983: Practising in Edmonton, Alberta

 

Contact Dr. Croft now at (780) 965-0919

About Dr Croft

Thank you for your patronage over the last 25 years. I have retired as of 15 December 2018.

I was dedicated to providing confidential, ethical and compassionate services to all clients. For over three decades as a registered psychologist in Alberta, I  provided extensive psychological services in both local hospital and private practise settings, while also educating others about applied psychology in community and University settings. My first passion was helping couples to build effective and loving relationships, especially as a backbone for a healthy family. I also enjoyed helping adults from a wide variety of backgrounds to reduce anxiety, depression, stress and destructive anger and to overcome crisis, by using effective emotional support, communication and advanced therapies.
My counselling and therapy services were designed to enhance your quality of life and reduce mental, emotional, cognitive, behavorial and inter-personal difficulties.  I provided clients in need with evidence-based and specialized therapy strategies that involved Gottman relationship strengthening processes, Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Meta-Cognitive Therapy (MCT), EMDR Therapy and Clinical Hypnotherapy. The latter two are especially helpful for overcoming the negative emotional impact of trauma.
I designed and own a conveniently located office in downtown Edmonton that provided a safe, comfortable and quiet environment. I also provided services from a secondary office in St. Albert. The goal was to help clients develop new skills, knowledge/awareness and strategies for replacing what is not working in their lives, while building upon what was.
After four decades of marriage, my wife and I still thoroughly enjoy sharing the lives of our three adult children and three grandchildren. I am currently enjoying travel and outdoor activities locally, on Vancouver Island and in Australia.

Types of Therapies

Gottman method couples therapy builds upon decades of clinical research and experience regarding how real people make a commitment to developing effective loving couple relationships that last. Angry/abusive words may harm work, intimate, family or friend relationships. Therapy helps couples and/or individuals to experience healthier relationships by developing new knowledge, skills and strategies to become better friends, to build intimacy, to understand each other, and to manage conflict respectfully. Such partners support each other and create trust by being able to be counted on. This respect also provides a healthy framework for family relationships, as children learn about relationships from their parents’ model.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a well established mental health intervention used by psychologists. It involves helping clients to become more effective at managing the inter-relationships between their thoughts, feelings, physical sensations and behaviour, by understanding/challenging the distortions and biases they use to interpret events and which underlie their symptoms of distress. The client is actively involved in learning new ways of thinking to combat anxiety, depression, crisis and stress and to improve intimate relationships.
Meta-Cognitive Therapy (MCT) also helps clients to learn to think more effectively when they face challenges, by focusing on what maintains the unhealthy thinking that leads to emotional distress. Individuals often develop unhealthy patterns of focussing on excessive worry, fixation on potential future threats and rumination/brooding over past events. These general processes are maintained by ineffective coping and harmful self-beliefs. Clients become more aware of the thoughts they have about their thinking and the further emotions they have in response to their emotions. By becoming more aware of how they pay attention to emotions, to self-defeating inner conversations and/or to negative images of oneself/others, clients can learn to coach themselves to counter-balance such distressing processes. A client’s depressed thoughts or anxiety/panic may interfere with sleep, problem solving or work performance. The therapy actively involves the client to improve the consistency of their effort to make healthy changes.
EMDR Therapy helps to accelerate the processes for a client to overcome disturbing events in their life and continue in a healthier direction. Clients may experience understandable and yet still difficult to manage trauma or distress, as a consequence of some recent crisis, e.g., an affair, accident, assault, etcetera. Clients may find that events and feelings that they believed were dealt with in the past, still unexpectedly cause problems. Dr. Croft helps such clients to learn new strategies for letting go and moving forward, while becoming more effective at preventing or counter-balancing similar distress in the future. Such strategies can be applied to improving future performance, as a client strives to enhance their personal development.
Clinical Hypnotherapy uses a natural form of communication used to focus a client's efforts on creating a new pathway to achieving their healthy goals. One practical foundation to this therapy involves relaxed breathing/muscles, creativity and positive suggestions, sometimes in conjunction with personally relevant and brief stories. Some examples of problems that Dr. Croft helps clients deal with involve stress, sleeping, low self-esteem, depressive thoughts, panic and chronic pain. As above, such strategies can be applied to improving a client’s future performance, as they strive to enhance their psychological health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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