Chris Shorrock, R. Psych, CSAT

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  • Registered Psychologist
  • #102-640 Kingsway Ave SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta, T1A 2X1
  • Phone: 4038787783
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  • Session Fees: We use the PAA recommended fee schedule: $190 per 50 minute session of therapy or assessment
  • This member is also available for online counseling.
  • Online-counseling methods: Phone, Webcam

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My History:

It has been quite the journey for me to reach where I am today, and begins in high school:

      Throughout grades 9 to 11 I did not even expect to continue my education; tuition seemed beyond reach of my minimum wage, and the rigorous academic work intimidating. A teacher intervened: sitting me down, telling me that she knew that I had much more potential than the work I was submitting "Miss D" convinced me to apply myself, and apply for the available grants and scholarships.

Lesson 1: One person’s entire future can be changed by the intervention of another

      In my first year at Lakehead University, scholarships and awards in hand, I was again impacted by an incredible professor. My first year psychology professor clearly cared about the discipline of psychology, and made her lessons have significance and meaning in boldly sharing personal stories related to the topics. I changed my major, still anticipating a career in law, with a better understanding of people.

Lesson 2: Do what you do with passion

      In completing my third year of studies, writing the LSAT, and applying to various law schools in Canada I was crushed upon receiving rejection after rejection letter. I returned to what I knew, added the required courses and undertook a final year to obtain an Honours B.A., major in psychology, unsure of what I was going to do with it. I decided to run for presidency of the student's union, and also received an e-mail looking for applicants to work in Alabama. Losing the election coupled with the list of law school rejection letters, I agreed to take on a position far away.

Lesson 3: In spite of failures, persevere

      My work with Three Springs Inc. was both the most difficult, and the most rewarding experience of my life. Admittedly, there were points on the job and living away from all family and friends that I was sure I was going to quit, give up, and return to Ontario. Many times the group of 10-12 kids would revolt, argue, fight, or simply shut down. However I can clearly remember several moments of really connecting with a youth, and seeing a shift from hopelessness, despair, anger or depression, to feelings of accomplishment, hope, excitement, and connectedness. It was after experiencing this that I decided to dedicate my life to counselling, and I returned to Canada to further my education.

Lesson 4: Counselling is my passion
      While enrolled in Yorkville University and completing my M.A. in counselling psychology, I obtained employment in the addictions field with the Ontario Addictions Treatment Centre (OATC). As a clinical case manager I had the opportunity to apply my Master’s level education in trying to aid clients dealing with opiate dependence and other concurrent disorders and issues, including poverty, homelessness, grief/loss, mental health concerns and relationship conflict. The job was difficult, and at times working in addictions seemed an uphill battle, however I again remember many instances of truly connecting with clients, and seeing the important shift from hopelessness to considering a new and meaningful future, beyond the grasps of addiction.

Lesson 5: No one is beyond help

      After completing my M.A., I became determined to undertake what was only a passing thought in my undergraduate: to become a psychologist. In searching for registration as a provisional psychologist, I found employment with the Thorpe Recovery Centre (TRC) in Lloydminster, Alberta. I transitioned through several positions including detox/transition counsellor, assessor, neurotherapist, and finally clinical psychologist. It was through the staff at TRC that I began to understand addiction from those not just living with it, but striving in spite of it. Many counsellors and other staff had amazing stories of battling with addictions of all types for years prior to finding recovery, and passing that message on to others now.

Finally, this brings me to my most recent placement: the business CS Counselling Services was registered June 4th, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta. I hope to utilize the experiences above and provide for others struggling in life with any variety of difficulties what I have experienced first-hand: both compassion, and strength.

*Thanks for reading through this lengthy bio; any comments are welcomed!


I have worked extensively with clients dealing with:

  • Advanced Clinical Supervision of Provisional Psychologists
  • Addiction
  • Substance Abuse problems, "problem drinking", etc.
  • Families affected by someone else’s substance abuse
  • Emotional regulation (finding balance in your emotions)
  • Depression
  • Self-harm
  • Anger

  • Philosophy:

          Each person has very unique and important strengths. Due to experiences, biology, mental states, and the people in or missing from our lives, these strengths can be forgotten, ignored, or undermined. Sometimes people need help in finding what their strengths are. I believe compassion is essential in helping a person find their strength, and awareness of our strength allows us choices, allowing us to create and find meaning in our life.  

    Chris Shorrock Reaches

    Medicine Hat AB