Dr. Sheila O’Byrne, Counseling Services

Dr. O'Byrne received her education from McGill University, the University of Alberta, The Sorbonne in France and the International Academy of Meditation in Italy.

The focus of her Ph.D. dissertation was on the process of recovery from Bulimia Nervosa. She has also recovered from eating issues, in addition to other challenges and difficulties. With her education and her own personal experience with change and growth, Dr. O'Byrne has a broad base from which to counsel.


Formal Education

1990 ~ Ph.D.               Educational Psychology, University of Alberta

1983 ~ M.Ed.              Educational Psychology, University of Alberta

1979 ~ B.A.                 Psychology, McGill University

1976 ~ 2 months         Completed Summer French Program at La Sorbonne – Paris 

Continuing Education 

1990 ~ to present        Attending conferences for professional development

2007 ~ 2 weeks           The Osho International Meditation Resort in India

1997 ~ 7 months         International Academy of Meditation in Italy


Professional Affiliations

College of Psychologists of B.C.


Voluntary Affiliations

British Columbia Psychologists Association


Employment History

2011 to present - Private Practice in Victoria, B.C.

1992 to 2011 - Private Practice in Calgary, Alberta

1990 to 1992 - Associate Member of the Gouldie Ruddy Psychology Group in Calgary.

1988 to 1989 - Private Practice in Edmonton, Alberta

1985 to 1987 - Private Practice affiliated with the Personal Development Center in Edmonton.

1981 to 1983 - Supervisor for the Amicus Curiae, Edmonton, Alberta


Areas of Competence in Counseling

  • Anxiety
  • Stress Management
  • Self-Development
  • Grief / Loss
  • Eating Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Insomnia, Sleep Issues
  • Burnout


Writing Career

Completed four manuscripts on self-management strategies from 1998 to 2005.


  • Uncover Your Light - A Recovery Program for Eating Disorders
  • The Power of Yes - Learning to Access Your Inner Wisdom
  • Coming Out of the Woods - A Woman's Journey
  • When the Time is Right - A Spiritual Journey


Writing opinion letters for clients.


Volunteer Work

2007 to 2011 - Served at the Center for Spiritual Living

1998 to 2008 - Served meals at ‘Feed the Hungry’, St. Mary’s parish.

April 1991 to September 1993 - Served as an investigator for the PAA.

March 1984 to January 1985 - Served on the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association, U of A.

September 1982 to April 1983 - Served on the Graduate Students’ Association, U of A.

January 1978 to April 1978 - Assisted psychologists at the Royal Victoria Hospital’s Chronic Pain Clinic in Montreal, Quebec.

Other Activities

December 1995 to Present - Parenting as a single mother from 1995 to 2011.

April 1999 to 2001 - Participated as a member of Toastmaster’s International.



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