Marek Buchanan, MA
Mental Health Therapist
I am a mental health therapist at YEG Family Counselling. Much of my experience has been in supporting men struggling with their mental health and with people who have been subjected to acts of sexual violence. I also enjoy providing relationship counselling to couples, including people who engage in all forms ethical non-monogamy. I find it really rewarding to work with people who are trying to process shame and learn how to take accountability for when they have harmed other people.
My Ideal Client
I work with individuals 12+ and couples. I especially love working with:
Men who are struggling with mental health and/or their ideas around masculinity
People who have experienced sexual violence
Couples struggling with connection, division of labour, sex and sexuality, and injuries in the relationship
Individuals and couples navigating/exploring non-monogamy
People struggling with grief, loss, depression, or anxiety
People grappling with shame, accountability, and making change after causing harm
Working with Me
My belief is that the power of therapy comes from creating a space of authenticity, connection, belief, and safety. I practice in ways that reflect this, bringing open conversation, non-judgment, and humour into the space. Practicing authentically also means sometimes I'll be direct and shine light onto things that can feel uncomfortable, but I will be there every step of the way to help us both understand and work through that discomfort.
I pull from a variety of methods and theories, but the two pillars that inform everything I do are person centred care and systemic analysis. Those are fancy terms that mean that I always aim to provide a compassionate, non-judgmental approach that focuses on listening and understanding who you are, and also the different cultural and societal factors that influence you and the struggles you face.
Master of Counselling, City University of Seattle
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, University of Alberta
Sexual Violence Educator
When I'm not at YEG FC...
I am a bit of a mix of a homebody and an extrovert. I happily spend time at home, reading, catching up on my latest show, playing video games, or working out. But I also love to get out with pals for board games, sports, trivia nights, festivals, really wherever the wind takes me. I love the mountains and get out there as often as I can, which is never enough, and try to get multiple backcountry trips in over the course of the year. I enjoy staying active whether at the gym, rock climbing, spin classes, playing sports (badly), or avoiding stretching then complaining about my lack of mobility and flexibility.