Marcia Rich

Marcia Rich
Addictions Counselling

Phone: (403) 332-4059
Fax: (403) 329-2668
Office: M3039

Preferred Method of Contact: Email or Phone
Languages: English




Dr. Rich’s research interests are rooted in the use of qualitative research methods embedded within constructivist/interpretive, emancipatory, and contemplative paradigms. In particular, she utilizes phenomenological hermeneutics, feminist methodology and integral hermeneutics as approaches to research, as well as, advancing the use of blended methodologies where appropriate. 

Research interests related to clinical issues include:

  • trauma as a significant factor in the development and treatment of addictions and mental health issues
  • the significance of women’s self-in-relation identity for women’s mental health and addictions issues and for treatment approaches
  • psycho-spiritual issues and methods of treatment
  • consciousness  and the spectrum of human development
  • transformative experiences in psychotherapy

Research interests related to counsellor education and training include:

  • the significance of the supervisory relationship for transforming the counsellor in training from student intern to an effective  counselling practitioner
  • the significance of the counsellor’s  own psycho-spiritual journey  and the importance of attending to  personal issues and personal growth for counsellor effectiveness and well being
  • ethics

Research interests related to complimentary and alternative treatment include:

  • ancient shamanic methodology as a treatment approach for addictions, mental health, and emotionally based  issues
  • the integration of shamanic methodology and psychotherapy


M.Sc., Counselling Psychology , University Calgary

Ph.D., Applied Psychology, University of Calgary

Registered Psychologist

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