Diana Izard, MSW, RWS
When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower.
My more than 10 years of experience in the mental health field includes working with adults who are experiencing relationship challenges, stress, anxiety, self-esteem, childhood trauma, and family violence. As a Registered Social Worker, my expertise in supporting couples, parents, and families is complemented by an empathic, inclusive sensitivity developed within Alberta’s education, youth justice, and child welfare systems.
In my counselling work with couples and adults, I use an attachment-based lens to help clients understand how early childhood experiences and family relationships influence the beliefs we develop about ourselves, our partners, and the world we live in. Understanding how early relational patterns influence current relationships helps clients to understand themselves, break free of patterns that no longer serve them, and build healthier relationships within their internal and external environments.
I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, as well as a Master’s degree in Social Work with a Clinical Specialization, both from the University of Calgary. My specialized training includes play-based treatment of trauma, divorce, and attachment-based parenting.
Making a difference through community advocacy, athletics, and volunteering in sustainability, climate change, and ecological grief is also highly fulfilling for my personal interests.
I stand in strong support of LGBTQIA+ communities
As an ally of non-binary individuals and couples, I stand for diversity, equality, representation, normalization, and inclusion. I am also a sex-positive and kink-allied practitioner with experience supporting clients in the polyamorous community.
Couples Reconnect, a branch of Calgary Reconnect Counselling Group, acknowledges that we are gathered on Treaty 7 territory, the original home of the Blackfoot Confederacy, comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, and Kanai First Nations; the Stoney Nakoda, comprised of the Chiniki, Wesley, and Bearspaw First Nations; and the Tsuut’ina First Nation. This territory is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Located on this traditional territory, our mission is to spark reconnection and healing within kids, parents, and families. We do this work with respect for these First Nations and in a spirit of humility, kindness, inclusion, and diversity.