I AM Lux

The breakdown of a relationship is difficult and confusing. You may experience feelings of worry, anger, loss or conflict. Under such circumstances, you might find it difficult to imagine a hopeful future afterwards. Lux Psychology specializes in helping families navigate the, often difficult, terrain of separation, divorce and if you have children, co-parenting. I am aware of the stress associated with the breakdown of a relationship and family problems. Where children are involved, I care, like you, about their emotional health.

 

You want compassion during this tough time and I am dedicated to providing responsive, individualized psychological care. I offer insight, reflection, guidance, honesty, and ways to disengage as alternatives to conflict. I can help you see that a “healthy” divorce is best measured in terms of psychological rather than physical separation. If there are children involved, I will help you (and your co-parent) keep your focus on your children’s point of view and on what they need now and moving forward as they adjust to living in a separated family. If there is a dynamic of control, I will see it.

 

As a Professional Psychologist, I provide assessment services, individual, relationship, and family counselling. 

I provide and have given expert testimony regarding divorce and the best psychological interest of children in both Provincial Court and the Court of Queen’s Bench.

I work with the College of Alberta Psychologists providing investigation and expert opinion reports with regard to whether a particular psychologist has met the minimum standards of practice expected by the College. I have also provided remedial training to psychologists mandated by the college to address areas in their practice that need change.

My areas of clinical interest include counselling, particularly cognitive-behavioural therapy for depression and anxiety, relationship counselling, anger, self-esteem, and intimate partner violence (IPV).  I am a member of the College of Alberta Psychologists, the Psychological Association of Alberta, the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (national and provincial chapters).

My Alberta Registration Number is #2803. 

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We need to hear the voice

of the child and act responsibly.

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Education & Licensure:

Registered Psychologist, College of Alberta Psychologists (2003)
 

M.A., Counseling Psychology, Gonzaga University, Washington (2001)

 

B.A., Psychology (with distinction), University of Calgary (1994)

Specialist in Domestic Violence in Family Law Matters, High Conflict Divorce and Co-Parenting

  • Bilateral Parenting Assessments

  • Parenting Coordination

  • Parenting Mediation

  •  Conflict Intervention

  • Therapy

  • Litigation Support

  • Reunification therapy

  • Divorce Related Co-Parenting Counselling

  • Parenting Plan Facilitation

  • Expertise in coercive control in family law

  • Custody Evaluator Domestic Violence Training via the National Counsel of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts and Battered Women's Justice Project       

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Other Areas of Practise

  • Individual and Relationship Counselling

  • Investigator with the College of Alberta Psychologists

  • Expert opinions for the College of Alberta Psychologists (with regard to whether a particular psychologist has met the minimum standards of practice expected of a Psychologist on a given file)

  • Expert Witness Testimony (Court of Queen’s Bench and Provincial Court of Alberta)

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Professional Development

Professional Organization Memberships and Affiliations

  • College of Alberta Psychologists

  • Psychological Association of Alberta

  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts both National and Provincial Chapters

  • Alberta Psychologist Association

 

Presentations

  • Invited speaker November 18, 2021 Diverse Voices Family Violence Conference.

  • May 31, 2021  Co-Parenting during Covid-19  Q & A with SVR Lawyers (invited guest) 

  • February 17, 2021 presentation to LESA (Legal Education Society Alberta): Coercive Control and Family Violence.

  • 2014 Alberta Family Mediation Society/ Association of Family and Conciliation Courts- Alberta Chapter Joint Conference: "The Perspectives Program" a custom tailored, coordinated and systemic "team therapist" approach to working with high conflict families within the structure of a long term Practice Note 7 intervention.

  • 2014 Canadian Bar Association (Alberta Branch): Practice Note 7 and Practice Note 8, Pet Peeves.

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                 Publications

Law Now:  The Divorce Act and Invisible Abuse: Coercive control in family law. November 12, 2021 The Divorce Act and Invisible Abuse: Coercive control in family law (lawnow.org)

Lux, G. and Gill, S. (2021)  Coercive Control: Determining the Best Interests of the Child in Canadian Family Law. Family Court Review, October, 2021 .

Amundson, J. and Lux G. (2019).  Tippins and Wittman Revisited: Law, Social Science, and the Role of the Child Custody Expert 14 Years Later. Family Court Review, 57: 88-106. doi:10.1111/fcre.12398.

 

Amundson, J.K., Lux G.M. (2016).  Risk Management in High-Conflict Divorce/Parenting Referrals: It’s How You Walk Through the Fire. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy ISSN 0826-3893 Vol. 50 No. 3-S © 2016 Pages S10–S22.

 

Amundson, J.K. and Lux G.M. (2016).  The Issue of Ethics and Authority for Licensed Mental Health Professionals Involved in Parenting Coordination. Family Court Review, 54: 446–456. doi: 10.1111/fcre.12223.

 

Amundson, Jon K., Lux G., & Hindmarch, B. (2005).  Investigative vs. Clinical Emphasis in Child Custody Evaluation: A Reflection on Austin and Kirkpatrick. Journal of Child Custody, 2(4), 69-83.

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