Maria Catherine Pungur-Farrell

Registered Psychologist, Owner of Mission Hill Psychology

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” 

-Viktor Frankl

About Maria

Over the past decade, Maria has been involved in ongoing education, training and experience in the mental health field. Trained primarily in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, her style is compassionate-focused, collaborative and focused beyond symptoms to treat the entire individual, rather than a diagnosis. She is passionate about helping clients grow into better versions of themselves, a process that she finds deeply rewarding and humbly inspiring.

Maria strongly believes in the connection between the mind, the body, and the environment from which one lives and work. She believes that therapy is both evidence-based and holistic, as she integrates the importance of culture, community, and relationships that combine to inform treatment outcome.

Maria is currently completing her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D., Cand.,) from California Southern University, and currently holds a Master of Counselling (M.C.) from City University of Seattle and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Psychology from Grant MacEwan University. As a continual learner, she attends between 2-4 workshops, consultations, conferences or educational training seminars per month to focus on new research, skills, ethicals, and integration of new techniques into treatment.

I am a psychologist for one simple reason:

I am passionate about helping people heal, and I am honoured to watch them grow into the best version of themselves.


Professional Registration

College of Alberta Psychologists #5635

College of Psychologists of British Columbia #2635

Membership Affiliations

Psychologists Association of Alberta

Canadian Psychological Association

Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies


Current student, Doctor of Psychology – California Southern University

Masters of Counselling – City University of Seattle, Edmonton, Alberta

Bachelor of Arts, Major in Psychology – Grant MacEwan University, Edmonton, AB

Post Graduate Courses, Training and Workshops

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – Anxiety and Depression, CBT Canada – Accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada

CBT for Anxiety Disorders – Essential Skill, Cognitive Behavioural Institute

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT) Level 1 and 2 training with Dr. Sue Johnson

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Level 1 and 2 training with EMDR Consulting

The Unified Protocol – Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders: Introductory Workshop. Boston University.

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level II (CCTP-II) Certification, Evergreen Institute

Understanding Complex Trauma from a Culturally Informed Perspective, Cognitive Behavioural Institute

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