About Peter Ciceri, MA RCC

Psychotherapist, Trauma Counsellor and Career Coach

Peter Ciceri is a Registered Psychotherapist with a focus on First Responders, including  Police, Veterans and Fire Fighters.  In his private practice Peter works with clients experiencing, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, pain management, substance misuse and trauma.  Peter uses different modalities including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Gestalt, Mindfulness, Positive Psychology and in particular Peter is a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) practitioner working with those suffering from PTSD.

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? and 3) what is holding you back?  

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 (1997-2000) where he managed the merger of Compaq, Digital Equipment and Tandem Computers.  Peter’s most recent leadership role was President & CEO of Custom House Payments (2005-2009) when the company was sold to Western Union for $370M USD ($420M CAD), which was a 400% return to shareholders. 

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 (2005) 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).  In addition, Peter has taken numerous professional workshops and courses.   

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


  • 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

“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.”

Get insight into Peter’s perspectives by reading his blog posts.

Read Peter Ciceri’s profile in Douglas Magazine