Areas of Speciality
Children & Adolescents
We use various techniques to help give children a sense of control in their lives and strengthen feelings of calmness and confidence.Learn more
Individual therapy helps individuals deal with the daily stress in their lives. All our psychologists are full trained in EMDR.Learn more
Areas of Expertise
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Grief and Loss
Memberships & Qualifications
College of Alberta Psychologists
Psychologists’ Association of Alberta
Hello, my name is Chandra Otterson and I am so glad you are here and are taking the first step towards seeking counselling services. I understand how hard it can be to reach out to a new therapist. I want you to feel as comfortable as possible as you begin your journey towards making change. I look forward to meeting with you and helping you on your path to improved mental well-being.
I am a registered provisional psychologist with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan and a M.A. in Counselling Psychology from City University of Seattle. I work with adults, children, youth and families. I provide a non-judgmental, welcoming space where clients are able to safely explore their emotions and experiences. In our sessions I want you to feel that you can be completely yourself. I believe that healing is most likely to occur when there is safety and connection in the therapeutic relationship between client and therapist.
My theoretical orientation incorporates evidence-based practices such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT),and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) along with techniques from both Solution Focused Therapy and Narrative Therapy. I use a client-centered approach and believe that every individual is on their own journey and that they are the experts of their own life. I provide warmth and compassion in my work with you as a client as we collaborate on working to achieve your goals. I consider it a privilege to be able to work with you on your path towards improved mental health and towards living the life that you desire.
I am passionate about working with children, youth, and families and in providing a space for young people to feel heard and valued in the therapeutic relationship. I work with parents to help them better understand their children’s needs and I provide support to parents in making changes to improve communication and connection in their relationship with their child. I have worked in partnership with schools for several years and have been involved in consultation with schools in an advocacy role to help educators better understand my clients’ needs. I have a strong understanding of ADHD and Learning Disabilities as well as other disabilities, and I have broad experience with common issues such as stress, anxiety and depression.
I understand the experience of parenting as I am a parent of two teenagers who are finding their way towards adulthood. For the past few years, I have spent time volunteering in their schools and coaching them in their sporting adventures. I am a strong proponent of mental health in sport and I am interested in helping coaches develop a team culture that is inclusive and encourages athletes to continue in youth sport.