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Registered Psychologist

Our Team

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:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Depression
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety
  • Empath and Highly Sensitive Person
  • Complex PTSD

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. 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)

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)