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My areas of expertise
I provide individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety as well as trauma, anger, substance use disorder. I also provide treatment for psychotic and bipolar disorders, and problematic personality traits. I have an interest in working with people struggling with interpersonal or workplace conflict.
In my approach to therapy I provide an empathic, genuine, and collaborative professional relationship through which I work with my clients to achieve their goals, whether it be to work through an unexpected and challenging life event or to manage a chronic mental illness.
I use a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) framework for treatment, but I also bring in elements of other evidence-based treatments depending on the needs and goals of my clients (e.g., mindfulness, DBT). To this end, I maintain current knowledge and skills for therapies that have been shown to be effective in the scientific literature for the types of problems I treat.
I am a Registered Psychologist of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.
I completed my PhD in clinical and forensic psychology at Simon Fraser University and my Masters in clinical psychology at Pacific University in Oregon. My clinical training included several practica in clinical and clinical-forensic psychology and a pre-doctoral internship at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. I also completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship with joint appointments at the Mental Health, Law, and Policy Institute in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, the British Columbia Forensic Psychiatric Service Commission of BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services, and ProActive ReSolutions.
In addition to providing treatment at Changeways, my work involves clinical services, teaching, and research related to psychology and psychology-law. I currently hold positions as a Registered Psychologist for the Forensic Psychiatric Service Commission, as a Clinical Instructor for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and as an Instructor for the Justice Institute of British Columbia.
I continue to be active in contributing to the scientific and professional literature on mental health, policy, and professional development of psychologists. I also remain active in professional service and as a reviewer for journals in my area of practice.
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