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Dr. Jasen Elliott

Dr. Elliott is a Registered Clinical Psychologist with the College of Alberta Psychologists (Reg.# 2762) and is a member of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association and the Canadian Psychological Association, including the Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology, Traumatic Stress, Military Psychology, and Criminal Justice sections. 

He completed a Ph.D. in a Clinical Psychology Program accredited by the Canadian and American Psychological Associations at the University of Saskatchewan. His research focussed on key aspects of the psychotherapy process and he maintains an involvement in advanced psychotherapy training for treatment resistant conditions and related health problems. He has over eight years of post-doctoral training in advanced psychotherapy through the Centre for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University. 

During his tenure with the Calgary Health Region, Dr. Elliott provided psychological services in acute psychiatric and outpatient settings for people with a broad spectrum of mental health difficulties, including anxiety, mood, personality, and psychotic disorders. He has extensive experience consulting with primary care physicians through the Shared Mental Health Care program and he was a principal developer of the Behavioural Health Consultation program for Calgary and area Primary Care Networks, including program design and implementation, staff recruitment, training, supervision, and evaluation. He has presented at local and national conferences on the overlooked burden of mental health difficulties in the health care system and the need for more accessible and effective services for people. 

Dr. Elliott's private practice includes referrals from physicians, therapists, insurance companies, and individuals in the Calgary area regarding a broad range of mental health difficulties, including treatment resistant depression, anxiety disorders, and medically unexplained symptoms. He also works extensively with first responder personnel regarding operational stress and trauma, including the provision of short-term treatment services for RCMP, Calgary Police Service, Canadian Armed Forces, and Calgary 911 members. He is a preferred service provider for Veterans Affairs Canada, providing treatment and disability evaluations and he accepts referrals from EFAPs serving various businesses and organizations, such as the Alberta Medical Association and local religious groups.

Dr. Elliott’s clinical background includes teaching and integrated practice with empirically-based treatments, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapies (PDT). He is a proponent of Feedback Informed Treatment (FIT), which involves regular monitoring of therapy progress, the client-therapist working relationship, and therapy outcomes. The aim is to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of therapy suited to each person’s concerns while minimizing setbacks.

Dr. Elliott specializes in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP)--an innovative therapy aimed at the rapid reduction or elimination of a broad range of psychological symptoms, including anxiety, depression, and various somatic complaints. The approach addresses related personality and self-sabotage patterns that are often associated with early attachment difficulties.

Dr. Elliott also provides individual and small group ISTDP training and supervision to licensed mental health professionals nationally and internationally. Emphasis is placed on simplifying ISTDP meta-psychology and interventions, optimizing clinician comfort and capacity, decision making, and response-based feedback using recordings and a deliberate practice framework. An accessible online videoconference supervision platform is available for individual and small group supervision in the convenience of one’s office. Please contact me for more information.

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