Areas of practice
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Self Harming Practices
- Suicide Ideation / Survivor
- ADD and ADHD Coping Strategies
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Mindfulness approaches
- Online/ Virtual Counselling
Counselling practice website:www.wisemindcentre.com
Dr. Debbie Leung is a Registered Psychologist and director of the Wisemind Centre. She provides assessment and scientifically supported treatments to adolescents and adult clients. She has helped clients struggling with a variety of psychological problems, including anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, substance use, eating problems, parenting difficulties, self-harm behavior, suicidal ideations, post-traumatic stress disorder, interpersonal difficulties, emotion regulation difficulties, and borderline personality disorder. She provides primarily cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in her clinical work.
Dr. Leung received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University (American Psychological Association-accredited) in New York in 2005 after completing her internship training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Child, Youth and Family Program) in Toronto. In 2009, Dr. Leung completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Marsha Linehan (treatment developer of DBT) at the University of Washington, where she received intensive training and supervision in DBT and in research on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Dr. Leung has worked in various clinical settings including the Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of BC (outpatient medical), Surrey Memorial Hospital (inpatient adolescent psychiatry), Vancouver General Hospital (VGH; adult outpatient mental health and substance use), and in a community group practice.
Dr. Leung is a clinical associate of Simon Fraser University and provides supervision to graduate trainees in their Clinical Psychology Program. In addition to clinical services, Dr. Leung has taught graduate level courses in clinical assessment at the University of British Columbia and undergraduate courses at Kwantlen University. Further, she has presented her research work in parenting and BPD in international conferences and published her work in these areas in peer-reviewed journals. Moreover, she has provided clinical consultations and workshops in DBT and BPD-related topics locally and internationally to other mental health clinicians.
In her spare time, Dr. Leung enjoys gardening in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. She also enjoys spending time with her family, visiting city parks and the gulf islands, and taking part in the various events and activities this beautiful city offers.
For information about the services offer by Dr. Leung and the Wisemind Centre, please visit her website which appears with this listing. She could also be reached via the email form on this page) or by phone (604-761-8201).
The Wisemind Centre currently offers the following two DBT skills groups:
1/. Thursday Evenings DBT Skills Group 4:30 to 6:30pm
2/. Friday Mornings DBT Skills Group 9:30 to 11:30AM
The 26-week standard Dialectical Behavior Therapy skills group covers four modules - mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal effectiveness. DBT is a cognitive behavioral treatment developed by Dr. Marsha Linehan for the treatment of chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder. Over the years, DBT has been shown to be an effective treatment for a variety of other disorders, such as substance dependence, treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, and eating disorders. Please note that this is not a drop in class and we do not accept walk-ins. Fee is $110 per 2-hour weekly session. Please email or call us first if interested in attending.