Dr. Patricia Pitsel is a psychologist(ret.), educator and Human Resource professional. Prior to starting her own counselling and consulting business in 1982, Pat taught in both the public and post-secondary systems in Alberta and Saskatchewan. She worked in Training and Organization Development for the Alberta Government, and was Training Coordinator for Nova Corporation.
Pat received her M.Sc.Ed. in counselling from Fordham University in New York City, and her Ph.D. in counselling psychology from the University of Calgary.
Pat coaches Managers and Executives , and conducts training programs on Conflict Management, Interpersonal Communication, Leadership, Improving Personal Effectiveness in the Work Place, Creative Problem Solving, and Humour in the Workplace.
Pat has worked with numerous and varied organizations including Calgary Police, Fire and EMS, all three levels of government, and industries such as insurance, oil and gas, and the financial sector.
Her volunteer work includes numerous appointments to Boards including the Alberta Community Crime Prevention Association, Calgary Police Commission, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, The Calgary Convention Centre Authority, the Federation of Calgary Communities.
Dr. Pitsel’s enthusiasm and sense of humour have made her a frequent speaker at conferences and conventions where she has been known to keep people awake for several minutes at a time. She was awarded the Outstanding Instructor Award from the Faculty of Continuing Education, University of Calgary, for four years in a row.
A final area of interest is sports’ psychology. Pat works with athletes in the field of mental training for improved athletic performance, and has worked with the Canadian National Badminton team, the Alberta Figure Skating Association, and a number of high performance and semi-pro athletes in such sports as shooting, track and field, hockey and golf. She believes that any game where you can’t hit someone is not much of a game and is currently working on developing full contact badminton.