Virtuous Circle Counselling

Derek Robinson

M.Ed. Registered Psychologist/ Therapist

Hello, my name is Derek Robinson and I have been working as a Registered Psychologist since 2005. I moved to Calgary in 2002 after graduating from the University of Lethbridge with a Master of Education specialized in Counselling Psychology. As a former athlete my research focused on Junior A hockey.

As a member of the Virtuous Circle Counselling Team, I bring 20 years of experience in private practice and counselling work doing assessment, conceptualization, interventions, and maintenance with a variety of populations. My professional approach is grounded in Reality Therapy, Cognitive-Behaviour-Therapy, the Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment approach, ACT and Solution Focused Therapy. I strongly believe in the counselling relationship in understanding another’s perception and purpose of behaviour while exploring, supporting, and achieving goals, wants, and needs.

Mental Performance Consultant work has also allowed me to work in the trenches of elite sport. The values of teamwork, honesty, and accountability has always energized my focus in supporting athletes, coaches, and staff through the 2005 Canada Summer Games as well as the last 4 Winter Olympic Games in 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018. I have had the opportunity to work with teams and organizations such as Hockey Canada, Speed Skating Canada, Alpine Canada as well as professional opportunities in the Western Hockey League and National Hockey League.

Supporting others to achieve goals, overcome adversity, and enjoy the relationships that matter most is something I will never take lightly and always love doing!

Areas of Treatment:

  • Self-Belief
  • Self-Regulation
  • Managing Performance Pressure and Confidence
  • Focus Training and Distraction Control
  • Teamwork
  • Energy Management
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relational Problems
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma
  • Couples Counselling
  • Intimate Partner Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Family Counselling and Divorce
  • Parental Alienation


Who I work with:

  • Adolescents
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Organizations and Teams
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