DESMOND BUHAGAR, S.J.; B.Mus.; S.T.B.; M.Div.; Th.M.; Ph.D.

B.Mus.; S.T.B.; M.Div.; Th.M.; Ph.D.
Lecturer, Marriage & Family Therapy & Pastoral Counselling
Room 202; ext. 245




Desmond Buhagar, S.J. was born in Toronto, and completed undergraduate studies at McGill University in Music, a Master Divinity and Master of Theology in Pastoral Counselling at Regis College, University of Toronto.  He completed his Ph.D. from Loyola University Maryland in Pastoral Counselling and Counsellor Education & Supervision. Desmond is a lecturer in Marriage and Family Therapy and Pastoral Counselling whose primary theoretical and clinical models of care are integrative. He has held graduate assistantships in marriage and family therapy and pastoral counselling at Loyola University Maryland, and in counselling supervision at the Loyola Clinical Centers in Columbia Maryland.


Desmond is a Full Clinical Member and Approved Supervisor with the Ontario and American Associations for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT/AAMFT), and a Full Teaching Supervisor with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC/CAPPE). He holds a Diplomate (Full Teaching Supervisor) with the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC), and is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCMFT), in the State of Maryland.


Desmond is a clinical supervisor and teacher in the Pastoral Counselling Education (PCE) program which offers basic and advanced units of training, Specialist certification and supervisory training at the Toronto Centre for Pastoral Counselling Education (TCPCE), which is currently housed at Woodbine Heights Baptist Church, Toronto. These training units are approved by the Toronto School of Theology, the University of Toronto, toward degree and non-degree programs. He also conducts a private practice in pastoral psychotherapy, marriage and family therapy, and offers training workshops in various counselling modalities.


Interdisciplinary Theology & Psychology, Family Systems Theory, Trauma and Resiliency Studies, Supervision Theory and Practice, Multicultural Counselling.

Dissertation Entitled: "The Virtue of Religious Faith and its Relationship to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Victims of Torture"


  • Buhagar, D. (2011). Cheston’s “Ways Paradigm” applied to pastoral counseling supervision. Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry, 31, 245-262. Retrieved from: