About Peter Ciceri

MA, RCC, ICD.D, Counselling Therapist, Executive Coach and Career Counsellor

Peter Ciceri is a fully qualified Counselling Therapist (MA Counselling Psychology, University of BC, 2006, RCC), an accredited Corporate Director (ICD.D) and an ICF-trained Executive Coach (Newfield Networks). In his private practice as a Psychotherapist, Peter works with clients with mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, grief/loss and post-traumatic stress (PTSD). Peter uses multiple modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) for PTSD issues and for general mental health.

As a Career Counsellor, Peter works with people struggling with work stress, job loss and career transition with the goal to help you find meaning and joy in your career. The process has four steps and although it is simple, it is not easy:

  1. who are you?
  2. what work aligns to you?
  3. what is holding you back?
  4. your transition.

To find the answer Peter and his clients assess: skills, interests, influences, personality, values, work style, signature strengths and life goals. Career is a life-long pursuit of life meaning through our work. The devastating effects of and difficult recovery from job loss is an area of particular interest for Peter and the subject of his upcoming book: Job Loss: A Hero’s Journey.

Prior to his work in psychotherapy, Peter enjoyed a successful career for thirty years as an international business leader and corporate director, including CEO of Compaq Canada where he managed the merger of Compaq, Digital Equipment and Tandem Computers. Peter’s most recent role was President & CEO of Custom House Payments where after three years the company was sold to Western Union for $370M USD ($420M CAD), which represented a 400% shareholder return from Peter’s tenure.

Peter is an authority on international business having worked in over thirty countries, including over ten years working and living Hong Kong & Japan. Peter is an accredited corporate director with the Institute of Corporate Directors and has extensive board experience including but not limited to, Director and Chairman of Sierra Wireless (1999-2008), Director at Norsat Inc. (2014-2017), Terapeak (2014–2018), MDSI (1999–2004), and Clevest Inc. 2018 – present) as well as the Board of Governors of the University of Victoria and Premier Gordon Campbell’s BC Technology Council.

Peter was recognized by the Financial Post’s Report on Business as one of Canada’s top 100 Business Elite in 1999 and by Computerworld in 1999 one of the top ten Canadian Technology Executives and in 2000, Peter was recognized by the University of Victoria as the “Alumni of the Year” for Business Achievement.

Peter’s education includes a BA in Economics (UVic 1979), an MA in Counselling Psychology (UBC 2006), Executive Coaching (International Coaching Federation 2004) and ICD.D accreditation (Institute of Corporate Directors, 2005).

Dedicated to his family, he can also be seen sailing, fishing, golfing or playing guitar.


  • Experience as a CEO, corporate director and chairman
  • Leadership skills in setting strategy, structure and motivating
  • Management skills in driving shareholder value, including M&A
  • Cultural awareness as an international executive
  • Focused on people and HR to build a company’s talent
  • Trained with the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD)
  • Proficiency in Counselling Psychology, Therapy and Coaching

University Education

  • BA Economics, University of Victoria (1979)
  • MA Counselling Psychology, University of British Columbia (2006)


  • Listed one of Canada’s Top 100 Business Elite by Financial Post’s Report on Business in 1999
  • Named one of the Top Ten Canadian Technology Executives by Computerworld in 1999
  • Recognized by the University of Victoria as the Alumni of the Year for Business Achievement in 2000
  • Director’s Education Program, University of BC & Institute of Corporate Governance (2007)
  • International Coaching Federation (ICF), Newfield Networks (2006)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Basic Training (2017), BC School of Professional Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Certification Training, 2016) Academy of Cognitive Therapy

Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Basic and Advanced Clinical Practices
SFBTA Banff Conference (2012)

The Body Keeps the Score: Trauma, Memory and the Restoration of One’s Self
Bessel Van der Kolk, M.D. Ph.D. (2018)

Emotionally Focused (EFT) Couple Therapy
Sue Johnson, Ed.D (2017)

The Ten Best-Ever Depression and Anxiety Management Techniques
Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D. (2014)

Advanced Clinical Workshop, Parnell Institute for EMDR
Laura Parnell, (2018)

Case Conceptualization, Treatment Planning and Target Sequencing
Dr. Andrew Leeds, (2018)

EMDR Therapy for Personality Disorders with Complex Traumatization (2018)
Dolores Mosquera, Ph.D. (2018)

Look Through the Eyes: EMDR & Ego State Therapy Across the Dissociative Continuum
Sandra Paulsen Ph.D. (2018)

Treating First Responders & Military with EMDR Foundations for Effective EMDR Treatment
Dr. E.C. Hurley, (2019)

Occupational Awareness Training for Therapists, First Responder Health, BC Professional Firefighters Health
Matt Johnson & Gord Ditchburn

Healing the Traumatized Self: How to Manage Complex Clinical Situations in Trauma Treatment
Ruth Lanius, MD. Ph.D. (2019)

Beyond Trauma: Transpersonal Resourcing in EMDR for Client Transformation.
Irene Siegel, Ph.D. (2019)

Simplifying Complex PTSD: New Treatment Approaches, EMDR International Association
Mark Nickerson, Ph.D. (2020)

EMDR 2.0: An Enhanced Version of EMDR Therapy, EMDR International Association
Mark Nickerson, Ph.D. (2020)

Guided Autobiographical Instructor Training
The Birren Center for Autobiographical Studies (2017)

Treat Anxiety Fast: Certificate Course with Dr. David Burns, (2019)

Trauma Therapy Innovations: Intensive Trauma Focused Therapy & The Flash Technique
Phil Manfield, Ph.D. (2020)

Mastering Telehealth & Anxiety Treatment in the Age of Social Distancing: Your guide to documentation, ethics and insurance (2020)

Peter Ciceri family

“Obtaining an MA in Counselling Psychology allowed me to understand, and gave me unique insight at a deep level, how people work together, what motivates them to become their best, and how successful teams are built.”

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