Like all Shift Psychologists, Aaron is trained in the Shift Protocol, which is the highly effective blending of two well-researched approaches: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Bi-Lateral Stimulation (BLS).I work with both adolescents, and adults.

THE BASICS

What is your name/nicknames?

Some of my teammates called me Air Jensen back when I used to ski race because of my penchant for taking big air on the slopes. In my much more grounded existence as an adult, I go by Aaron.

What do you do at Shift?

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist at Shift’s Calgary location.

What are your academic credentials?

I have a Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. I also have a Masters degree in Religious Studies with a specialization in existential philosophy and phenomenology.

Do you have any pets?

We have two cats at home, Julius and Juniper (Juni). They are the sweetest brother and sister pair — almost twins — with matching spots on their noses.

Specialty Populations/Issues:

I work with both adolescents, and adults.In addition to working with clients who experience anxiety and depression, I have a special interest in working with those who experience chronic pain and/or somatoform disorders. Sport and performance psychology are other areas of interest, ultimately helping people reach beyond their limiting beliefs to achieve a readily accessible flow state. My other areas of focus include fertility and pregnancy loss, burnout, and trauma related stress.

THE RANDOM

What is your favourite food?

Coffee is a food, right? No? A burger and fries then please.

What is a skill you are working on currently?

Taoist philosophy has a central concept of ‘wei-wu-wei,’ or ‘doing-not-doing.’ I practice that skill a lot.

What do you do in your spare time?

I enjoy dinner and walks with my family, and getting out to the mountains.

What is your dream car?

Since we’re dreaming here, nothing could surpass the thrill of being able to drive an Indy race car. Otherwise, a Toyota Tacoma would be nice.

What is your go-to for a good laugh?

Mike Birbiglia is an amazing storyteller comedian.