Areas of practice
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Parenting Issues
- 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 practice website:www.wisemindcentre.com
Dr. Debbie Leung is a Registered Psychologist and director of the Wise Mind 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. She also incorporates mindfulness approach in her work.
In working with individual clients, Dr. Leung help them gain insights to their problems and find solutions to change the thoughts, feelings and behaviors they want to change. Her ultimate goal is to help her clients become their own therapists by teaching them adaptive coping and interaction skills. She is also an experienced teacher of DBT skills in individual and group settings.
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 was a clinical associate of Simon Fraser University and provided supervision to graduate trainees in their Clinical Psychology Program. Through the Wise Mind Centre, she currently offers clinical practicum training to master-level psychology graduate students. 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 her team at the Wise Mind Centre, please visit www.wisemindcentre.com. She could also be reached via email form above or by phone (604-761-8201).
The Wise Mind Centre currently offers the following three Adult DBT Skills Groups and one Multi-Families Adolescent DBT Skills Group:
1/ Tuesday Evenings Adult DBT skills Group 4:30 to 6:30pm
2/ Thursday Evenings Adults DBT Skills Group 4:30 to 6:30pm
3/ Friday Mornings Adults DBT Skills Group 9:30 to 11:30am
3/ Monday Evenings Multi-Families Adolescents DBT Skills Group 5:30-7:00pm
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. For the adult groups, fee is $110 per individual per 2-hour weekly session. For the adolescent group, fee is $160 per family (adolescent with at least one primary caregiver) per 1.5-hour weekly session. Please email or call us first if interested in attending.
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy