BA (Distinction), B.Ed., M.Ed., MA, Psy.D. (Candidate)

Instructor, Psychology
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
School of Social Sciences

604.986.1911 ext. 3140
Fir Building, room FR423


Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Université de Sherbrooke, Candidate.

MA, Counselling Psychology, Simon Fraser University 2005.

M.Ed., Curriculum Studies, University of British Columbia, 2000.

B.Ed., Secondary Education (Music), University of British Columbia, 2000.

BA (Distinction), Psychology, McGill University, 1988.


Louise Cournoyer (MA, Simon Fraser University 2005) started her academic journey studying psychology at McGill University with an interest in neuropsychology and psycholinguistics (metaphors and the right brain). Her journey took her away from psychology to pursue her interest in studying music and education.

She moved to British Columbia and became a music teacher and school counsellor after completing a Bachelor of Music Education, a Master's of Education (Curriculum Studies) and a Master's in Counselling Psychology.

After working in the school system, she pursued her work in the health system, working as a child/adolescent/adult psychotherapist and mental health clinician.

She has now completed the academic and residency portion of her clinical psychology doctorate at the University de Sherbrooke in Quebec. She is completing her doctoral thesis with an interest in how we use metaphors in describing complex experiences.

Cournoyer is a Certified Canadian Counsellor, registered with the College of Psychologists of Québec.

Being a psychotherapist, my interest in teaching psychology is influenced by my desire to help understand the human experience. In addition to teaching at Capilano University, I also teach to practicum students at City University.

One area of my interest relates to qualitative research. As a college educator, I have an interest in psychotherapy training. I also have an interest in the effectiveness of psychotherapy.

I have completed research work in the areas of parenthood and adoption, premature therapy termination, as well as in aging and isolation. I also have an interest in the use of creativity and metaphors in clinical work and research.