James Murch

 

 

BA MA R. Psych

Area of Focus: Therapy, Consultation, Assessment

James is a Registered Psychologist and the Founding Partner of Grey Matter Psychology. James founded Grey Matter in July of 2019 with the goal of creating a private practice that took staying up to date with research and clinical best practice seriously and at the same time keeping things accessible and laid back for clients, while still focusing on having a co-operative and fun workplace where team members would be compensated well for their contributions.

James grew up on the East Coast, coming from a small rural community in New Brunswick called Bear Island before moving to Halifax, Nova Scotia. He completed most of his post-secondary education in Halifax, completing his Master of Arts in Psychology in 2015, then going on to complete further graduate education in Gender Studies. James finished his clinical practicum at Dalhousie University, where he focused on general practice with specific interest in eating disorders. After moving to Calgary, James worked for 3 years in a clinical leadership role in the non-profit sector as a provisional psychologist. In that role, he led a clinical team that worked with Calgarians with schizophrenia who were experiencing housing related difficulties and were heavily involved with the justice system and frequent users of emergency services and hospital services. James was able to build strong clinical and forensic psychology skills, as well as improve his leadership and management abilities in that role before entering private practice and eventually founding Grey Matter.

In addition to being licensed as a registered psychologist in Alberta, James holds membership in a number of professional associations. He is a member of the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta and formerly chaired the Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion community of practice. He is a professional member of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

James has completed additional training over the years in Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapies, EMDR, the treatment of OCD and eating disorders, the assessment of adult decision making capacity, the assessment of parenting capacity, as well as clinical and neuropsychological assessment and diagnosis. He is currently completing board certification as a school neuropsychologist through the American Board of School Neuropsychology (ABSNP).

When James is not working, he can often be found enjoying the rocky mountains, or hanging out with his Siberian Husky, Jasper.

Specializations:

  • School Neuropsychology Assessments
  • Assessment of Adult Decision-Making Capacity
  • Clinical mental health assessments
  • Treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders, including body dysmorphia and body focused repetitive behaviors (e.g., excoriation, trichotillomania)
  • Treatment of Obesity and Weight Management in Bariatric Populations

Areas of Interest for Pro-Bono Work:

  • Adult Decision-Making Capacity Assessments for individuals experiencing housing instability and youth transitioning to adulthood
  • Psychological assessments of children from low-income families
  • Psychological consultation for non-profit organizations and staff, particularly those working with individuals experiencing homelessness or housing instability