Dr. Charlene Barva

Registered Psychologist

Life is filled with many challenges that require our attention. If you are experiencing emotional difficulties (like anxiety, depression, or stress); learning challenges; identity questions, self-esteem issues, or the effects of trauma, it might be helpful for you to seek therapy and support for yourself. Dr. Charlene J. Barva is a Registered Psychologist (and Certified Teacher) with more than 24 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. Dr. Barva graduated from the University of Calgary in 2005, and holds a PhD in Clinical, School & Community Psychology in addition to a Master of Science degree (1998, University of Calgary), a Bachelor of Education degree (1990, University of Lethbridge), and a Bachelor of Arts degree (1984, University of Alberta). Her training includes providing mental health services for children and adolescents through the Calgary public school system with a wide range of mental health issues including anxiety and panic disorders, depression and other mood disorders, trauma and PTSD, attention deficit disorders, anger management, identity transformation, self-esteem issues, and eating disorders. Dr. Barva uses a strength-based neuroscience-driven approach, one that provides assistance and guidance while focusing on the resources, strength, and problem-solving potentials of both the individual and the family. In her years as a therapist, Dr. Barva has heard stories of distress and great sadness, and also stories of strength, courage, and triumph. She believes that change is possible for every child and family with hope, belief, and consistent purposeful micro actions. She also believes that therapy can take a lot of work, but that the work is worth it.

In addition to therapeutic services, Dr. Barva has years of experience providing psychological assessment (cognitive and social-emotional testing) for children, adolescents, and adults and has an educational background in diverse, and multicultural issues. In her assessment capacity, she was also responsible for the training and supervision of graduate students in the provision of psycho-educational services in a school based setting.

Dr. Barva has served on various professional committees and Boards, has presented at a number of conferences nationally and internationally, and she is both a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists Association and the Canadian Psychological Association. When she is not working, you can find her outdoors in nature enjoying sports like running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and skiing; reading; and/or hanging out with her significant other and beloved two furry kids, Ryeli and Jaspr.

Dr. Charlene Barva

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Specialty Area(s)

• Psychoeducational assessments
• Adult psychological assessments
• Gifted assessments
• Anxiety and Depression

Treatment Approach(es)

• Dr. Barva completes comprehensive psychological assessments and does not provide direct therapy.

Service Area(s)

• Alberta
• Quebec
• New Brunswick
• Nova Scotia
• Yukon
• Nunavut