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Kirsten Buhr

Kirsten Buhr, OT


Kirsten Buhr is an Occupational Therapist (OT) trained at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (1996). She currently works as a Mental Health Clinician in a public treatment setting. She brings a stronger focus on Hakomi body-focused psychotherapy to her private practice which she initiated in 2012. Pausing her practice in 2014 in order to complete a distance Masters in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University, she will be returning to a part-time (evening) private practice in Sept, 2017.

She has longstanding experience working via counselling modalities in Occupational Therapy, using psychotherapeutic approaches to assess and treat functioning in interpersonal, self care, and work or leisure areas. Occupational Therapy guides towards meaningful engagement in the life. Her approach is both practical and soul inspiring.

Credentials and details:

  1. Occupational Therapy Degree from Queen’s University, Kingston, ON (1996).
  2. Over 20 years of experience as a Registered Occupational Therapist counselling individuals and leading groups in inpatient and outpatient settings, including grief groups.
  3. Completing a Post-professional Masters, Dalhousie University, Halifax, (2014-2017)
  4. Registered with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapy (National, CAOT)
  5. A member of Alberta College of Occupational Therapists (Provincial Regulatory Body, #479)
  6. A member of The Society of Alberta Occupational Therapists (Educational body)
  7. Certified Hakomi Therapist (C.H.T.) – Graduate of the 2 yr Hakomi Body-focused Psychotherapy program/certification
  8. Assistant in the 2011-2013, 2013-2015, 2016-2017 2 yr Hakomi trainings
  9. Completion of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Level I (Pat Ogden)

She assists individuals to change troublesome and distressing behaviours, consulting with many clients through her work as a counselling OT. She strives to help people stay true to themselves as they decide how to ‘unstick’ parts of their lives. She has discovered that people have much more about them that is as it should be and that is healthy (at any given moment) than parts that are “ill” or stuck.

Please contact her if you are considering consulting with a therapist. Hakomi is a mindfulness based, somatic psychotherapy that allows intervention into the following:

  • Difficulty managing stressful situations – life crises
  • Grief
  • Trouble fitting in socially, or struggles with relating to others
  • Out of control emotions, or numbness
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness and depression
  • Suicidal thoughts (with and without attempts or self harm)
  • Issues related to trauma
  • Problems coping or functioning at work
  • Transitions/phase of life issues

She maintains a psychosocial (mental health) focus primarily. She will recommend names of other Occupational Therapists for any physical functioning assessments, educational/learning/cognitive assessment, specific medical-legal assessments or paediatrics or direct you to this list of OTs in Private Practice in Alberta.

Personally, she is in touch with nature, community, spirituality and art. She is practical, yet leaves space for mystery and stillness. Having experienced sadness and joy, herself, she values the people in her life, her profession, different languages and hobbies. She has traveled and lived in various cultures. Always, she is fascinated by how people often manage to be the same and yet so very different, at the same time.


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