Registered Psychologist

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Dr. Christopher Cardoso

Registered Psychologist

If you’re tired of suffering alone and feeling misunderstood, finding the right therapist is a great place to start. I have spent nearly a decade helping people face overwhelming challenges and beat the odds. You will find an overview of my experiences and areas of competence in the paragraphs that follow. I hope to have the opportunity to watch you grow in our work together.

I see individuals who suffer from mood disorders and related conditions (i.e. ADHD, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, PTSD, sexual dysfunction, substance use disorders, personality disorders) using a framework that integrates biological, psychological, and social explanations of mental health. From a psychological and social perspective, people who suffer from mental health conditions may experience long, enduring periods of wellness under normal circumstances. In the face of overwhelming challenges, however, these individuals may develop mental health symptoms that interfere with daily life. Such difficult circumstances often include social conflict or isolation, role transitions, grief or trauma, lack of structure, loss of self-confidence, as well as crises of identity and purpose. From a biological perspective, individuals may also develop mental health symptoms in the face of significant biological transitions, which occur most frequently in the perinatal and postpartum period in women, and in some individuals adjusting to chronic medical conditions. I also see couples that struggle with issues related to conflict, attachment, intimacy, and sexual dysfunction. Finally, I also provide psychoeducational assessments for youth struggling with motivation, mood, and learning challenges in school.

My approach to treatment is informed by rigorous training in diagnostic assessment and evidence-based psychological treatment (i.e. CBT, ACT, IPT) integrated with process-oriented approaches. This approach is couched in a psychological, social, and biological framework that is client-centered and strengths-based. My relationship with my clients is based on a shared vision for progress in therapy, non-judgment, and mutual respect. I generously use humour and metaphor in my work, and I encourage my clients to control the pace of therapy to suit their needs and values best.

I am the co-founder of Bloom Psychology Clinic in North Vancouver. Prior to this appointment, I worked in major hospitals in Canada and in the United States in association with McGill University and the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. I have conducted multiple Randomized Controlled Trials for the treatment of mood disorders and related conditions using CBT, IPT, and IPSRT. I have also published nearly 20 peer-reviewed articles on the neurobiology of stress, social bonding, and mood disorders in humans. This research has been featured widely in international media and has informed my approach to the treatment of mental health issues.

I am a registered member of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia and the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Special Interests:

Mental Health Issues:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • OCD
  • Psychosis
  • Empath and Highly Sensitive Person
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Panic Attacks
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder
  • Stress
  • Dissociation
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Social Anxiety
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Burnout
  • Anger Management
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Addiction
  • Complex PTSD
  • Trichotillomania
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Phobias
  • Chronic Pain
  • Somatic Symptom Disorder

Relationship Issues:

  • Gaslighting
  • Empathy
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Codependence
  • Bullying
  • Infidelity
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Boundaries
  • Stonewalling
  • Intimacy
  • Vulnerability
  • Criticism

Developmental Issues:

  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Aspergers
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Executive Functioning
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Giftedness

Psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Couples Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

Psychological Assessment:

  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Personality Assessment

Age:

  • Adults
  • Adolescents (16-19)

Insurance:

  • Extended Healthcare Benefits
  • Veterans Affairs
  • Canadian Armed Forces
  • Physicians Health Program (PHP)
Dr. Angela Fu

Dr. Angela Fu

Registered Psychologist

I take an open and non-judgemental approach in therapy to attune to each individual’s unique needs. My theoretical approach to treatment is integrative and informed primarily by Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Mindfulness-based practices. I use evidence-based and person-centered approaches to create a warm, supportive, and individualized therapeutic environment.

I provide psychological services (i.e., assessment and treatment) to individuals experiencing diverse issues, such as loneliness, anxiety, depression, trauma, interpersonal relationship issues, life changes, and cultural adjustment difficulties. In addition to therapy and interventions, I am also trained in a wide range of assessments. I provide psychoeducational assessments, diagnostic assessments, and personality assessments to adults, adolescents, and children. I grew up moving between the United States and China and came to Vancouver in 2013. I offer services in both English and Mandarin.

I hold a Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology and I am a Registered Psychologist practicing  here at Bloom Psychology Clinic. I have trained in various settings within British Columbia, including the Regional Treatment Centre at Pacific Institution with Corrections Services Canada (CSC), Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH), Encompass Community Services Society, and WorkBC Pacific Community Resource Society. I completed my one-year residency of pre-doctoral internship in Los Angeles, California, at the Institute for Multicultural Counseling and Education Services (IMCES), a community-based clinic. I have worked with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds and with individuals experiencing various issues and facing different life challenges. My background and training allow me to recognize cross-cultural and various other diversity issues and their impact on individuals’ mental health and overall wellbeing.

Special Interests:

    • Anxiety
    • Stress
    • Self Esteem and Confidence
    • Burnout
    • Acculturation Stress

Mental Health Issues:

  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • OCD
  • Agoraphobia
  • Panic Attacks
  • Stress
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Social Anxiety
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Burnout
  • Anger Management
  • Complex PTSD
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Phobias

Relationship Issues:

  • Empathy
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Boundaries
  • Intimacy
  • Criticism

Developmental Issues:

  • ADHD
  • Executive Functioning
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Giftedness

Psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Psychological Assessment:

  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Personality Assessment

Age:

  • Adults
  • Adolescents (16-19)

Multilingual Services:

  • English
  • Mandarin

Insurance:

  • Extended Healthcare Benefits
  • Ministry of Child and Family Services (MCFD) – Autism Funding
  • Physicians Health Program (PHP)

Dr. Danielle Kingdon

Registered Psychologist

I provide psychological services (i.e. assessment and therapy) to children, adolescents, and their families. I offer services to youth experiencing a range of difficulties, including: anxiety, depression, ADHD, behavioural and learning problems, autism spectrum disorders (ASD), selective mutism, OCD, tics/Tourette’s, body-focused repetitive behaviours (e.g., trichotillomania), pediatric health conditions (e.g. somatization, encopresis, eating and sleep problems), interpersonal problems, and difficulties adjusting to divorce, loss or life changes. I also conduct psycho-educational and ASD diagnostic assessments. I regularly provide consultation to parents and teachers on parenting and behaviour management strategies.

In my work, I strive to understand each child and family from an integrative approach, taking into account the impact of the child’s temperament and psychobiological factors, parent-child relationships, family dynamics, social factors, and potential stressors on the family.  I use a strength-based approach to help children and their families achieve their maximum potential. I provide assessment and treatment services that are comprehensive and driven by the latest research and best practice guidelines. In therapy, I primarily work from a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach, while incorporating elements of other empirically supported treatments (e.g., DBT, mindfulness, interpersonal therapy and family systems) to understand the client and to find practical solutions for presenting problems.

I provide a child-friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Office appointments, telehealth appointments, as well as some school and in-home consultations are offered.

I am the co-founder of Bloom Psychology Clinic in North Vancouver. I am a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia and Ontario. I am originally from Vancouver, BC and completed my B.A. (Honours) in Psychology at the University of British Columbia. I moved to Montreal, QC to complete both my M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University. I have trained in a variety of inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, including the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (where I completed my 1 year pre-doctoral residency), BC Children’s Hospital/Sunny Hill, the Montreal Children’s Hospital, and the Autism Clinic at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute. After obtaining my Ph.D., I worked as a psychologist in private practice in Ottawa, Ontario for several years before moving back to my hometown of Vancouver, BC. I am pleased to now be able to provide services in the beautiful North Shore.

I am passionate about working with children and youth and I keep up to date on current developments in the field by regularly attending child-focused educational workshops and lectures. I have also published nearly a dozen peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on child and adolescent development, with a focus on parenting, child mental health, developmental disabilities, executive functioning and academic success.

Special Interests:

  • Depression
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Selective Mutism

Mental Health Issues:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Psychosis
  • Empath and Highly Sensitive Person
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Panic Attacks
  • Stress
  • Dissociation
  • Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Social Anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Trichotillomania
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Phobias
  • Chronic Pain
  • Somatic Symptom Disorder

Relationship Issues:

  • Bullying
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Boundaries
  • Criticism
  • Parenting

Developmental Issues:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Aspergers
  • FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)
  • Selective Mutism
  • Dyscalculia
  • Tics
  • Dysgraphia
  • Executive Functioning
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Enuresis and Encopresis
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Global Development Delay
  • Self-Regulation
  • Tantrums
  • Giftedness

Psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

Psychological Assessment:

  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Personality Assessment

Age:

  • Children (0-12)
  • Adolescents (13-19)

Insurance:

  • Extended Healthcare Benefits
  • Ministry of Child and Family Services (MCFD) – Autism Funding
  • First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
  • Physicians Health Program (PHP)
Dr. Jaime Semchuk

Dr. Jaime Semchuk

Registered Psychologist

Here at Bloom Psychology Clinic, I offer psychological assessment and treatment services for children, youth, and their families with a range of presenting concerns. I have experience assessing and treating developmental, social, emotional, and behavioural issues, including: anxiety, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, depression, exploration of gender identity, intellectual disability, learning and behavioural concerns, relational and interpersonal problems, sexual behaviour concerns, and trauma. My goal is to work collaboratively with clients and their families to deliver evidence-based, individualized services that take into account clients’ unique strengths. I aim to offer practical strategies and coping skills that can be incorporated into everyday life and support clients in meeting their full potential.

My clinical services are grounded in establishing a welcoming, safe and non-judgemental environment. In therapy, I work primarily from a cognitive behavioural approach, and incorporate components of motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavioural therapy to develop individualized treatment plans focused on the needs and strengths of each client. I am also available to provide consultation to schools and families, to enhance supports for children’s mental health and behavioural functioning.

In addition to therapy, I am experienced in providing comprehensive psycho-educational and diagnostic assessments for children and adolescents. The goal of assessment is to identify clients’ strengths and challenges to inform the development of targeted recommendations for supports in home, school and community environments. Referral questions may include ADHD, ASD, giftedness, intellectual disability, and learning disabilities.

I have practiced and trained in a variety of hospital, community, and educational settings in Canada and the USA. I obtained my Ph.D. in School and Applied Child Psychology at the University of British Columbia and completed my pre-doctoral residency in Clinical Psychology at the the University of Maryland School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry in Baltimore, Maryland. During residency, I completed rotations providing psychological assessment for children in a hospital outpatient clinic, offering comprehensive school-based mental health treatment and consultation services in a Baltimore City High School, and contributing to research and program development for the National Center for School Mental Health. In addition to my work at Bloom Psychology Clinic, I work for the Ministry of Child and Family Development’s Child and Youth Mental Health services, as a clinician in the Adolescent Sexual Health Program. I am registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.

Special Interests:

  • Depression
  • Autism
  • Anxiety
  • Complex PTSD (CPTSD)
  • Learning Disabilities

Mental Health Issues:

  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
  • Stress
  • Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Social Anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Complex PTSD (CPTSD)
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Phobias

Relationship Issues:

  • Bullying
  • Boundaries
  • Parenting

Developmental Issues:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Aspergers
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Executive Functioning
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Global Development Delay
  • Giftedness

Psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Psychological Assessment:

  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Diagnostic Assessment

Age:

  • Children (0-12)
  • Adolescents (13-19)

Insurance:

  • Extended Healthcare Benefits
  • Ministry of Child and Family Services (MCFD) – Autism Funding
Alicja Dobrzanski

Dr. Alicja Dobrzanski

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

It takes a lot of courage to recognize that something in your life (e.g., how you feel, your relationship, your career) is not the way you wish it would be; it takes even more courage to decide to reach out for support in spite of the stresses and strains you are experiencing. I hope that the paragraphs that follow will help you get to know me a little bit and decide whether my experiences and approach might align well with the person you are striving to grow into.

I am a first generation Canadian of Polish heritage who was born in Ontario and presently resides in Victoria, BC. I use she/her pronouns. I am in the process of applying for registration with the College of Psychologists of BC. In the interim, I am providing services under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Cardoso and Dr. Danielle Kingdon. Over the last several years, I amassed a wealth of experience from having worked in a variety of settings (Downtown Eastside, community mental health clinic, transitional housing for young men in recovery, university health and wellness centre) with adults of diverse gender, sexual, cultural, religious, and spiritual identities. The presentations I have most often worked with include complex PTSD, ADHD, difficulties with emotion regulation (including managing anxiety and low mood), relationship challenges, identity exploration, and overall feeling “stuck” in life. I have also run groups for processing grief and learning skills to manage periods of emotional overwhelm/cravings.

I approach my clinical work by integrating theories from multiple evidence-based approaches (e.g., DBT, ACT, CBT, and psychodynamic therapies) while regularly checking in with you in pursuit of gaining a deeper understanding of your challenges and the context within which you (and they) are situated. I often enrich this exploratory work with the invitation to learn skills/techniques tailored to your needs (e.g., getting unstuck from critical or defeating thoughts; breaking out of painful emotional spirals; sourcing motivation to work towards frustrated goals; making requests and/or setting boundaries). I frequently use humour, validation, and metaphor in sessions. I place a lot of value on being authentic, transparent, and collaborative with my clients.

In addition to psychotherapy, I am also happy to offer diagnostic, ADHD, and personality assessments.

I look forward to getting to know you and working with you to help you make the changes you wish to see in your life.

Special Interests:

  • Complex PTSD
  • Giftedness
  • PTSD

Mental Health Issues:

  • Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Social Anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Anger Management
  • Addiction
  • Complex PTSD
  • Grief and Bereavement

Relationship Issues:

  • Gaslighting
  • Empathy
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Codependence
  • Bullying
  • Boundaries
  • Vulnerability
  • Criticism

Developmental Issues:

  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Executive Functioning
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Giftedness

Psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychological Assessment:

  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Personality Assessment

Age:

  • Adults

Insurance:

  • Extended Healthcare Benefits

Dr. Sarah Horn

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Here at Bloom Psychology Clinic, I provide a range of psychological services to children, adolescents, young adults and their families. My goal is to always create a space that is open and inclusive and to help foster children’s growth, resilience, and well-being.

I specialize in conducting psychoeducational and psychodiagnostic assessments for children and youth facing a diverse range of challenges, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, learning difficulties, and complex psychological conditions. Additionally, I have expertise in performing psychodiagnostic assessments for youth with complex trauma histories as well as youth with comorbid medical presentations.

I also offer psychotherapy services for adolescents and young adults who present with both psychological and physical health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, and coping with chronic illnesses (e.g., chronic pain, migraines, diabetes). My therapeutic style is both direct and warm, with a goal of fostering collaboration. I prioritize the holistic well-being of my clients, addressing both mental and physical health in therapy. My practice is grounded in evidence-based treatments, namely Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy.

I hold a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Oregon and I completed my predoctoral residency at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. Over the course of my clinical training, I have assessed and treated children, adolescents, and adults across a diverse range of settings. I have submitted my application for registration with the College of Psychologists of BC. In the interim, I am providing services under the supervision of Dr. Danielle Kingdon and Dr. Christopher Cardoso.

Special Interests:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • PTSD
  • Complex PTSD (CPTSD)
  • Learning Disabilities

Mental Health Issues:

  • Social Anxiety
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Chronic Pain
  • Somatic Symptom Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Insomnia

Relationship Issues:

  • Empathy
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Bullying
  • Criticism

Developmental Issues:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Tics
  • FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)
  • Executive Functioning
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Global Development Delay
  • Giftedness
  • Tantrums

Psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Psychological Assessment:

  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Personality Assessment

Age:

  • Children (5-12)
  • Adolescents (13-19)
  • Adults

Insurance:

  • Extended Healthcare Benefits
  • Ministry of Child and Family Services (MCFD) – Autism Funding

Dr. Georgi Wallington

Doctorate of Clinical Psychology

I offer individual therapy services and assessment services to adults and adolescents. I specialize in working with anxiety, stress, phobias, panic, OCD, health anxiety, sleeping problems, low self-esteem and low mood. I also support people who are adjusting to health and medical conditions and regular challenges that can be faced living with a long term condition or uncertainty.

I have specialist training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and I commonly use this approach in my sessions. I also often use Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), a therapy approach that is increasingly being used for a wide variety of difficulties and can be used alongside CBT. Important aims for me to achieve with you in therapy sessions, is to encourage more compassion, consider new perspectives and to increase valued activities in your life. I like to work proactively and creatively in my sessions, helping people to make meaningful changes.

I have 8 years of experience delivering therapy and 10 years working in mental health services. I completed my doctoral training in the UK, working as a registered psychologist in the UK. I also completed additional training in CBT and worked in adult services delivering CBT for a wide range of anxiety disorders and depression. I also currently work as a post-doctoral fellow at BC Children’s Hospital supporting children, and their families, with living with a medical condition and the challenges that can be faced whilst seeking medical support. I have applied for registration with the College of Psychologists BC, and I am currently practicing under the supervision of Dr. Danielle Kingdon and Dr. Christopher Cardoso.

Special Interests:

  • Perfectionism
  • Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Stress
  • Social Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Phobias

Mental Health Issues:

  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • OCD
  • Empath and Highly Sensitive Person
  • Agoraphobia
  • Panic Attacks
  • Stress
  • Dissociation
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Social Anxiety
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Burnout
  • Complex PTSD
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Phobias
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Somatic Symptom Disorder

Relationship Issues:

  • Empathy
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Parenting
  • Boundaries
  • Vulnerability
  • Criticism

Developmental Issues:

  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Executive Functioning
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Giftedness

Psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT)

Psychological Assessment:

  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Diagnostic Assessment

Age:

  • Children (5-12)
  • Adolescents (13-19)
  • Adults

Insurance:

  • Extended Healthcare Benefits
  • Ministry of Child and Family Services (MCFD) – Autism Funding

Danial Asadolahi

Doctoral Candidate

I want to help support my clients so that they can show up in their lives with more strength and resources to solve important problems. That is my goal as a therapist– to support individuals as they work to overcome obstacles so that they can live healthier and happier lives. I would describe my therapeutic and assessment approaches as evidence-based (informed by scientific research), strengths-based (mindful of clients’ areas of strength and guiding clients to utilize these strengths), person-centered (focused on the person holistically, not just their difficulties in isolation), and humanistic (based on the belief that every person has an inherent capacity to heal and grow).

At Bloom Psychology Clinic, I provide psychotherapeutic and psychological assessment services to adults and adolescents. In the area of psychotherapy, I am happy to work with individuals experiencing low mood, anxiety, anger, substance abuse, and relationship problems, among other difficulties. In the area of psychological assessment, I can offer psychoeducational, diagnostic, and personality assessment services.

The main therapeutic perspective from which I work is called Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, CBT for short. The aim of CBT is to collaboratively work with clients, helping them to develop a better understanding of their thoughts, emotions, and behaviours, and to make sense of different patterns that are happening in their mind and in their relationships that impact their lives in unhelpful ways. Then, it is my aim to help clients make changes to align themselves better with their values and goals in life, so that they can live with more purpose and intention. The CBT work that you and I can engage with can include a variety of techniques, including learning about more flexible ways of thinking, managing distressful emotions, problem-solving strategies, healthy lifestyle changes, and using mindfulness and acceptance techniques to be able to better weather the challenges and stressors of daily life.

With regards to my education and training, I am currently wrapping up my doctoral degree in clinical psychology; this comes after my having completed the training and program requirements for my clinical psychology doctorate, which included an intensive pre-doctoral residency. I am at present completing work on my dissertation, the capstone project of my doctoral degree. I have extensive clinical experience working in multi-disciplinary settings and with clients presenting with a wide variety of challenges. I have also researched and written a number of psychological articles that have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

I provide psychological services in English and Farsi.

Special Interests:

Mental Health Issues:

  • Social Anxiety
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Burnout
  • Anger Management
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Addiction
  • Complex PTSD
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Phobias
  • Chronic Pain

Relationship Issues:

  • Empathy
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Codependence
  • Bullying
  • Boundaries
  • Vulnerability
  • Criticism

Developmental Issues:

  • ADHD
  • Executive Functioning
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Self-Regulation
  • Giftedness

Psychotherapy:

  • Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)

Psychological Assessment:

  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Personality Assessment

Age:

  • Adults
  • Adolescents (16-19)

Multilingual Services:

  • English
  • Farsi

Insurance:

  • Extended Healthcare Benefits
  • Ministry of Child and Family Services (MCFD) – Autism Funding
  • Physicians Health Program (PHP)
Katherine McKay

Katherine McKay

Doctoral Candidate

I offer therapy and assessment services for adults and adolescents (16-19) experiencing a broad range of concerns. I primarily work with folks reporting issues related to trauma, depression, anxiety, relationships, self-esteem, identity, self-harm, suicidal behaviours, 2SLGBTQI+, and executive functioning. Whether I’m providing therapy or assessment, I approach my work with compassion and collaboration. My aim is to work with you to gain insight into your concerns, set goals, and improve the quality of your life.

Therapeutically, I integrate various evidence-based techniques that are best suited to my clients’ needs and preferences. I am trained in modalities such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), psychodynamic therapy, trauma-informed and body-based approaches. When it comes to assessment, I work with those who are seeking clarification on their mental health symptoms, wondering about diagnoses or personality traits, or experiencing challenges with learning or executive functioning (e.g., focus, attention).

Over the course of my clinical training, I have assessed and treated adults and youth with diverse backgrounds in various settings including the YWCA Edmonton, University of Alberta, Cross Cancer Institute, Child and Youth Mental Health, and Corrections Services Canada. As a sixth-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at Adler University, I am in the final stage of my degree. I have completed all of the required clinical training and I am working to complete my capstone research project, the doctoral dissertation, which is a research study on the assessment of defense and coping mechanisms. Currently, I deliver services under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Cardoso and Dr. Danielle Kingdon.

Special Interests:

Mental Health Issues:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • OCD
  • Psychosis
  • Empath and Highly Sensitive Person
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Panic Attacks
  • Stress
  • Dissociation
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Social Anxiety
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Burnout
  • Anger Management
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Addiction
  • Complex PTSD
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Phobias
  • Chronic Pain
  • Somatic Symptom Disorder

Relationship Issues:

  • Gaslighting
  • Empathy
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Codependence
  • Bullying
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Boundaries
  • Stonewalling
  • Intimacy
  • Vulnerability
  • Criticism

Developmental Issues:

  • ADHD
  • Executive Functioning
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Self-Regulation
  • Giftedness

Psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Psychodynamic Therapy

Psychological Assessment:

  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Personality Assessment

Age:

  • Adults
  • Adolescents (16-19)

Insurance:

  • Extended Healthcare Benefits
  • Ministry of Child and Family Services (MCFD) – Autism Funding
  • Physicians Health Program (PHP)
Kesha Pradhan

Kesha Pradhan

PhD Candidate

Here at Bloom Psychology Clinic, I provide psychological services (i.e. assessment and therapy) to adolescents and adults for a range of concerns such as emotion regulation difficulties (i.e., depression, anxiety), trauma, loss, crisis/suicidality, interpersonal challenges, life transitions, identity development, and cultural adjustment difficulties. I also work with couples to improve their communication skills, engage effectively in conflict resolution, repairing attachment traumas, and developing their vulnerability and intimacy in their relationship. In addition to therapy, I also provide psychoeducational, diagnostic, personality, and career assessments to adults.

I am a doctoral candidate in counselling psychology at the University of British Columbia. Over the course of my graduate degree, I have trained in hospital outpatient settings, community mental health clinics, and university health and wellness centre with diverse populations and presentations. I completed my Pre-Doctoral Residency in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the University of Manitoba’s Student Counselling Centre. I have also published and presented on perfectionism, career, identity development, transitions for immigrants and refugees, and youth sport development. Currently, I am in the process of completing my dissertation on cultural influence on emotion regulation and I deliver services under the supervision of Dr. Christopher Cardoso and Dr. Danielle Kingdon.

Taking the first step towards therapy is a significant milestone and engaging in the change process can be difficult. I value the therapeutic relationship as a significant component in the change process. As such, I endeavor to develop a therapeutic relationship where clients can feel a safe, supported, and comfortable engaging vulnerably and being their authentic selves. I work to have a holistic understanding of clients’ lives, considering the various biological, psychological, and social factors that can impact their well-being. From that understanding I aim to work collaboratively with clients to determine the goals of therapy. I use an integrative approach drawing from a wide range of evidence-based modalities – including cognitive-behavioural, emotion-focused, and humanistic approaches – to help clients work towards their goals. My hope is that the therapeutic work allows clients to feel understood, challenges them to grow, and utilizes their existing strengths to empower them to move towards a more fulfilling life.

Special Interests:

    • Career Counselling
    • Acculturation Stress
    • Self-Regulation
    • PTSD
    • Self Esteem and Confidence
    • Stress

Mental Health Issues:

  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • OCD
  • Psychosis
  • Narcissistic Personality Disorder
  • Agoraphobia
  • Panic Attacks
  • Stress
  • Dissociation
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Social Anxiety
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Burnout
  • Anger Management
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Complex PTSD
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Phobias

Relationship Issues:

  • Boundaries
  • Communication
  • Stonewalling
  • Contempt
  • Defensiveness
  • Boundaries
  • Intimacy
  • Vulnerability
  • Criticism

Developmental Issues:

  • ADHD
  • Executive Functioning
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Self-Regulation
  • Giftedness

Psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Interviewing (MI)
  • Couples Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

Psychological Assessment:

  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Personality Assessment

Age:

  • Adults
  • Adolescents (16-19)

Insurance:

  • Extended Healthcare Benefits
  • Ministry of Child and Family Services (MCFD) – Autism Funding
  • Physicians Health Program (PHP)
Buse Bedir

Buse Bedir

PhD Candidate

I am a senior level PhD student in Clinical Psychology, and I am currently completing a practicum at Bloom Psychology Clinic. I provide psychological services (i.e. assessment and treatment) to children, adolescents, families and adults under the supervision of Dr. Cardoso and Dr. Kingdon. I have experience providing psychological services to individuals who have anxiety, depression, trauma, ADHD, learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorder, FASD, and executive functioning difficulties.

I take a client-centered and developmentally informed approach in my interactions with clients and aim to create a personalized therapeutic experience for each client. I incorporate well-researched treatment methods like Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Based Therapy, and Play-Based Therapies. I take a warm and emphatic approach that is strengths-based to allow clients to explore and address their challenges.

I have extensive training in Neuropsychology, which is study of the brain-behaviour relationship. I completed my B.A. (Honours) and M.Sc. at University of Victoria. I am currently completing practicum to finish my PhD in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Neuropsychology. Prior to this experience, I have provided psychoeducational and neuropsychological assessments, and provided therapy services at the University of Victoria Psychology Clinic. I am committed to providing a safe and non-judgemental space for all clients. I am passionate about the work that I do, and I am looking forward to meeting new clients.

Special Interests:

Mental Health Issues:

  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Empath and Highly Sensitive Person
  • Panic Attacks
  • Stress
  • Dissociation
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Self Esteem and Confidence
  • Social Anxiety
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder (Dysthymia)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Addiction
  • Complex PTSD
  • Grief and Bereavement
  • Phobias
  • Chronic Pain
  • Somatic Symptom Disorder

Relationship Issues:

  • Bullying
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Boundaries
  • Parenting

Developmental Issues:

  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Dyslexia
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Aspergers
  • FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)
  • Selective Mutism
  • Dyscalculia
  • Dysgraphia
  • Executive Functioning
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • Self-Regulation
  • Tantrums

Psychotherapy:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)

Psychological Assessment:

  • Psychoeducational Assessment
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Personality Assessment

Age:

  • Children (0-12)
  • Adolescents (13-19)
  • Adults

Insurance:

  • Extended Healthcare Benefits
  • Ministry of Child and Family Services (MCFD) – Autism Funding
  • Physicians Health Program (PHP)