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Meet Donna Piercy 

I am a Registered Psychologist with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. I started Back on Trak many years ago when I was working in the fitness industry. I had the opportunity to work with many clients with complex disabilities so I decided to write a book on disabled fitness. 

Prior to becoming a registered psychologist and chronic pain specialist, I had completed Bachelor of Physical Education. As I worked in the fitness industry, I quickly realized that mental health and physical health were closely intertwined and that wellness in both areas was necessary for good psychological and physiological health. I came to understand that physiological challenges directly affect psychological challenges or vice versa. As a duly registered psychologist and exercise physiologist I am able to work within both modalities, which I have found to be extremely beneficial. Coping with psychological challenges whether it be depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain, concussion, or any ongoing work life stressors will impact our overall health which why I continued on with my education.

Many conditions can be difficult to overcome especially conditions such as chronic pain, concussion (mTBI), PTSD, depression, anxiety, chronic health challenges and life stage issues can be very traumatizing. Understanding without judgement, having compassion and helping a person acquire the skills balance and cope with their challenges regardless of the situation is my focus.  Attaining psychological and physiological health is the core objective of my practice. Acquiring skills and strategies to cope with adversity is a core component of my practice.

 

On a personal note; I have had many health challenges such as overcoming cancer, and being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. These health challenges taught me that in spite of these conditions, adapting and accepting to these conditions improve the quality of my life. On a  lifestyle note; I enjoy hobbies such as camping and hiking in the mountains both winter and summer. swimming, snowshoeing and walking my dog, in general being as active as can be has taught me the importance of being out in nature and the healing properties of nature.

Donna Piercy, registered psychologist

Registered Psychologist

Therapy

Counselling Statement

I am a duly qualified registered psychologist and exercise physiologist who practices in Alberta. I have a Master of Counselling (M.C). I hold a Postgraduate Certification in Chronic Pain (PgC Pain) received from the University of Alberta; I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Educational Psychology with emphasis on Rehabilitation from the University of Calgary, and additionally I have a Bachelor of Physical Education (B.P.E) obtained at the University of Calgary. I also have Certification as a Clinical Trauma Professional certified by the International Association of Trauma Professionals.  I am certified by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (CSEP-CEP) which duly qualifies me to prescribe exercise. I am also a professional member of Exercise as Medicine, a professional member of the Psychologist’s Association of Alberta, and am a member of the Canadian Pain Society.

My belief in the importance of the mind/body connection is central to my practice and that all individuals have a right to be "heard and treated with respect and dignity."​

Profile

Primary Areas of Practice

  • Brain Injury

  • Chronic Pain

  • Post Concussion Syndrome  

Demographics Served

  • Individual Adult  18+

Types of Services Provided

  • Individual Counselling

  • Chronic Pain Management  

Educational/ Special Training and Registrations

  • Registered Psychologist, with the College of Alberta Psychologists

  • Certification as an Exercise Physiologist by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP)

  • Certified as a master trainer for the Alberta Fitness Leadership Certification Association (AFLCA).

  • Master’s degree in Counselling

  • Graduate Diploma in Educational Psychology with a Specialization in Rehabilitation

  • Bachelor of Physical Education

  • Chronic Pain Certification at the University of Alberta.

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