Dave Hurst

the story

About me

After spending several years working in Search and Rescue with the Coast Guard, I began my education in psychology. I earned my Honours B.A. in Psychology from Laurentian University (2010), followed by my M.A. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Toronto (2013), where I am currently near completion of my Ph.D. in Clinical and Counselling Psychology.

Overview And Experience


Honored To Be Part Of Badge Of Life Canada

I believes that to be human is to experience both joy and suffering; I believe that we are all born with an innate capacity to adapt, heal, and grow in the face of our suffering, and sometimes even because of it.
I have had the privilege and honour of serving people from all walks of life, with a wide variety of concerns, including anxiety, depressed mood, emotion regulation, self-esteem/self-worth, addiction and trauma related difficulties. I fit very well with BOLC as my approach is highly experiential and holistic; I invite and nurtures the active involvement of the whole person, including mind, emotions, and “felt sense”.


A short description of the various therapist certifications in Ontario.

Clinical Psychologists

Clinical Psychologists are required to complete a related Masters and Ph.D. program to practice in the province of Ontario that must be research-based and subsequently have a thesis component. They are governed by the College of Psychologists of Ontario (CPO).

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Registered Psychotherapists

Registered Psychotherapists (RPs) are registered by the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and, like Registered Social Workers and Clinical Psychologists, are permitted to perform the controlled act of psychotherapy.

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Registered Social Workers

Registered Social Workers (RSW) are helping individuals to enhance their well-being. They are governed by the Ontario College of Social Workers.