Healing Change

McGrath & Associates

Registered Psychologist in Cochrane, Alberta

Frank McGrath Ph.D.

Narrative Therapy has provided the worldview and approach of preference particularly when responding to a wide range of problems in people’s lives, including his own. In addition, he has become increasingly interested in exploring how the body responds to adversity, and how healing happens, not only in how we enact meaning in our lives, but also in how we can help our bodies process the effects of these challenges.

Individual Therapy:

Frank is guided by the knowledge that adults are often under the influence of family and social expectations that may or may not be in their best interests. These expectations make it difficult to enter problem-solving conversations. We take the position that clients need to decide which messages fit into their preferred identity. Narrative therapy is useful in this context as there is a deliberate intention to separate the "problem" from the person and collaborate to address the external and internal influences that may worsen or improve things. This allows for personal resources and potential to be recognized and agency to be realized. Often the specific expectations on how to be male or female can get in the way of a genuine connections. Narrative Therapy is particularly useful in collaborating with couples to negotiate and engage in active re-storying conversations that give new meaning to their experiences. This can also assist in challenging the ways of life that they find oppressive and encourage alternative and preferred stories of identity.

Frank also has training in somatic therapy including EMDR, ART and NP which, in combination, can resolve the body sensations associated with strong emotional states This is very helpful when we feel our emotional reactions are out of proportion to what is in front of us as when we are” triggered”. Often accelerated resolution of Anger, Anxiety, Depression, Phobias, Panic Attacks, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) Addictions/ Substance Abuse, Performance Anxiety, Family Issues, and Child Abuse can occur


Group Therapy:

Men’s Emotions and Relationships Groups are offered “on demand” as both 6x2 hour weeknight sessions and 2x6 hour Saturday sessions for 6 to 12 men who want to improve their emotional responses and relationships. Group members are required to focus on their own contributions to the emotional and relationship troubles in their lives. Participants are asked to share the effects of family of origin and society expectations on their role as spouse, father or friend. They will also be supported in discovering or recovering ways of dealing with their emotions that connect them to those they care about rather than dismiss them. Particular skills in emotional regulation, compassion, communication, problem solving and parenting are explored. The groups will also be lead by an experienced co-therapist, Keri Murray Sotropa RPN, RCC.

COST OF GROUP: $50 per hour.

REPLY TO: healingchange@shaw.ca with preference for weeknight or retreat format. Presently all sessions are provided virtually

Frank McGrath Education:

  • PhD, University of Alberta
  • B.Sc. M.A University of New Brunswick
  • Extensive Narrative Therapy Training with Michael White
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART)
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Brief and Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT)

Frank McGrath Professional Registrations:

  • Registration as a Certified Psychologist in Alberta
  • Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis by the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis & U of A
  • Doctorate of Philosophy
  • Continuing Education – EMDR Level II (Gerald Puk, Ph.D.)
  • Canadian Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology
  • Certificate of Membership – PAA
  • Narrative Training Certificate (with Michael White)
  • Paradoxes of Relationships: Inviting Intimate Freedom with Couples
  • The Three Stages of Healing: Counseling Victims of Sexual Trauma (Cross Country Education)
  • Continuing Education – Intermediate/Advanced Workshop Hypnodynamic Techniques
  • Continuing Education- Achieving Clinical Excellence: Three Steps to Superior Performance
  • International Conference on Treating Complex Developmental Trauma Disorders: Integrating EMDR and the Theory of Structural Dissociation: Day 1 – Day 4
  • When Sex Gets Complicated: Affairs, Pornography, Low Desire, Dysfunction, Dissatisfaction & Everything Else (Klein)
  • 2013 EMDR Canada Conference
  • Healing the Heart of Trauma with EMDR and Ego State Therapy by Carol Forgash
  • The Narrative Project Workshop – Brief Narrative Therapy: a road map for brief narrative therapy sessions with Scot Cooper
  • The Narrative Project Workshop – New Narratives on Loss, Death & Grief: Re-membering conversations with Lorraine Hedtke
  • Expose 2: A pornography awareness workshop
  • The Narrative Project- Narrative Therapy: Refreshing the Spirit of the Work with Maggie Carey Adelaide Narrative Practices
  • When Good Men Behave Badly: Innovative Strategies for Reaching Men in Therapy
  • EMDR Advanced Training: When there are No Words: EMDR for Early Trauma and Neglect in Implicit Memory presented by Dr. Sandra Paulsen
  • EMDR Advanced Training: Looking Through the Eyes: EMDR and Ego State Therapy Across the Dissociative Continuum presented by Dr. Sandra Paulsen
  • New Developments in the Treatment of Complex Trauma: Mindfulness, Affect Regulation and Processing instructed by John Briere, Ph. D.
  • The Art of EMDR instructed by Roger M. Solomon, Ph. D., and Kathleen M. Martin, LCSW
  • EMDR Recent-Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP) presented by Elan Shapiro