Dustin Purnell

Provisional Psychologist

Dustin has strong experience working with all age groups from children to seniors and is competent in supporting people who experience depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, parenting challenges, ADHD, chronic pain, car accidents, and relationship problems. He strongly believes that success in counselling depends on finding a good fit with your psychologist and working collaboratively toward personal growth and problem-solving. He graduated at the top of his class with a Master’s in Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University, completed an award-winning thesis on Ethical Tensions in Sex Addiction Counselling, and has enjoyed a lifetime of competitive sports including 17 years as a professional rope jumper and coach.

Degree/ Certification

Master's in Counselling Psychology

Dustin Purnell is an Expert in:

Somatic Therapy

Somatic therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on the body. It is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behavior are all related to our physical body. The goal of somatic therapy is to understand the physical causes of mental illness.

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) is a form of short-term therapy that focuses on solving problems. It is based on the idea that the client is capable of change and that the therapist’s role is to help the client find solutions to problems.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy

Prolonged Exposure Therapy is an effective treatment for PTSD. It has been shown to reduce the symptoms of PTSD, including flashbacks, avoidance, and numbing. It can also help to improve functioning and quality of life.

Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is the scientific study of happiness and well-being. Positive psychologists are interested in studying the factors that contribute to human happiness and well-being, and in using this information to help people lead more fulfilling lives.

Person-Centered Therapy

The goal of person-centered therapy is to help clients to develop a more positive view of themselves and their lives. Person-centered therapy is an evidence-based counseling approach that has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and eating disorders.

Narrative Therapy

Narrative therapy can be beneficial for anyone who wants to understand the story of their lives and make changes in their life. Narrative therapy is a strengths-based approach that focuses on the stories we tell ourselves about our lives.