About Cathy Pittman


  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Psychology (1985), University of Calgary.
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Clinical, School, and Community Psychology (1992), (Specializing in Clinical), University of Calgary; Thesis focused on child sexual abuse.
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Counselling Psychology (2008), (Specializing in human sexuality – sex therapy and gender identity), University of Calgary; Dissertation focused on non-traditional gender identity issues.
  • Certified Hakomi Therapist (CHT), (2010).

Certified Hakomi Therapist

Training and Experience:

Clinical and Counselling Psychology

  • Graduate of both Master and Ph.D. Clinical and Counselling Psychology programs and practicums.

Sex Therapy and Gender Identity Issues

  • Graduate of Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program (2005), University of Guelph, Ontario.
  • Completion of Sexual Attitudes Reassessment (SAR) training (2004), University of Guelph, Ontario.
  • Clinical experience, supervision, and consultation in private practice since 2001 in sex therapy and gender identity issues.
  • Completion of Gottman Couples Therapy Level I training (2009).

Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Experiential/Body-Centered Psychotherapy

  • Completion of two years (400 hours) of intensive training in the Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy (2006).
  • Completion of training in Re-Creation of Self (RCS).
  • Completion of training in EMDR Level I and II (2007).
  • Completion of training in Advanced Integrative Therapy (AIT) (2010).
  • Participation in ongoing consultation/supervision in both Hakomi and RCS.

Professional Work Experience:

Registered Psychologist since 1998 with College of Alberta Psychologists.

  • Registered Psychologist since 1998 with College of Alberta Psychologists.
  • Clinical and Child Psychologist, 1996 to 2001, in private practice, working with children and parents.
  • Clinical and Counselling Psychologist since 2001, in private practice, working with adults.
  • Clinical & Counselling Psychologist, 2002 – 2003; 2004 – 2013, working with post-secondary students at Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta.
  • Instructor/Preceptor in Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary, 2006 – 2011, in courses related to human sexuality.
  • Assistant in Hakomi and Re-Creation of Self (R-CS) trainings and workshops, 2008 – 2013, in Calgary and surrounding areas.


  • College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP)
  • Psychologists’ Association of Alberta (PAA)
  • The Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS) (past member)
  • World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) (past member)
  • Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH) (past member)
  • Alberta Society for the Promotion of Sexual Health (ASPSH) (past member)
  • International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) (past member)
  • American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT) (past member)

I continue to learn through workshops, trainings, conferences, readings, and regular consultation with other therapists.

Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)