University of Calgary

Kevin Alderson

  • Professor Emeritus of Education


Dr. Alderson was born in Edmonton but has spent most of his adult life in Calgary. He returned to Edmonton for two years to undertake doctoral study in counselling psychology between 1995 and 1997. Throughout his 30 years as a practicing psychologist, Dr. Alderson has counselled hundreds of clients with LGBTI identities. He is the Editor in Chief of the Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, the national Canadian peer-reviewed journal in the counselling field. Before joining the university in July 2001, Dr. Alderson was the Head of Counselling and Health Services at a community college in Calgary for several years.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Dr. Alderson is currently writing a textbook for Sage called Addictions Counseling Today.


PhD in Counselling Psychology
University of Alberta

MSc in Clinical, School, and Community Psychology
University of Calgary

BA in Psychology
University of Calgary

Professional & Community Affiliations

Dr. Alderson wrote a monthly column for the national gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) magazine, Outlooks, for several years. He is often asked for expert opinion on topics related to LGBTI issues and psychology by media at all levels. He maintains a private practice in his field of expertise, thereby continuing to assist members in the community with their psychosocial difficulties. He is often asked to provide talks to the community and be a panel member in discussions related to the LGBTI community. He is currently an elected council member with the College of Alberta Psychologists.

  • Canadian Psychological Association, Member
  • American Psychological Association, Member
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, Member
  • American Counseling Association, Member


Alderson, K. G. (2013). Counseling LGBTI clients. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Alderson, K. (2012). Breaking Out II: The complete guide to building a positive LGBTI identity. Toronto, ON: Insomniac Press.

Gladding, S. T., & Alderson, K. G. (2012). Counselling: A comprehensive profession (Can. ed.). Toronto, ON: Pearson Canada.

Alderson, K. (2011). Breathe, Freedom: A comprehensive and hypnotic approach to quitting smoking. Toronto, ON: Insomniac Press.

Alderson, K. G., & Cohen, J. N. (2010). CPA fact sheet on gender dysphoria in children. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Psychological Association.

Media Work

  • Alderson, K. G. (2011, July 25). Panel discussion: Should Alberta schools integrate LGBT education into its curriculum? Alberta Prime Time (Television Program), Broadcast on Shaw Direct Channel 351 and Express Vu Channel 267 throughout Alberta.
  • Alderson, K. G. (2011, May 22). Discussion about “Breathe Freedom,” the book. CJAD 800 Astral Radio (On-Call with Sydney Miller). Montreal, 9 – 10 pm.
  • Alderson, K. G. (2011, January 12). Can hypnosis tapes help you overcome addictions? Global News, Calgary (televised on January 13, 2011 nationally).
Photograph of Kevin Alderson

Curriculum Vitae

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