Professional Background

My Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology was from the University of British Columbia. I worked as a Psychologist at Vancouver General Hospital, first on an inpatient psychiatry ward and then as the Coordinator of the Outpatient Psychiatry Program. In 2004, I was appointed as the Director of the Clinical Psychology Centre (CPC) at Simon Fraser University, which is a training clinic for graduate students in clinical psychology. Over the following 11 years as the CPC administrator, I supervised students as they learned to provide psychological services, and taught graduate courses on psychological treatment. When I retired from SFU at the end of August 2015, I was an Associate Professor of Clinical Practice.

Throughout my years of public sector employment, I have maintained a part time private practice. Psychotherapy is for me the most fulfilling and meaningful of all professional activities. My current full-time private practice makes psychotherapy the focus of my working life.

At the University of British Columbia, I am a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. I’m a longstanding member of the Department of Psychiatry’s Psychotherapy Program Committee, which oversees psychotherapy training for residents in psychiatry. I provide psychotherapy supervision and I teach seminars in that aspect of postgraduate education. It has been a privilege in my career to participate in the psychotherapy training of both future psychologists and future psychiatrists. With colleagues in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, I have participated in research into the treatment of Complicated Grief. I’m a co-author of a book and a number of journal articles related to this condition, and on other clinical topics.

Professional Standards

As a registrant with the College of Psychologists of BC, I follow its Code of Conduct and ethical standards such as the Canadian Psychological Association’s Code of Ethics, governing all aspects of professional practice. I participate in continuing education activities. Over the course of my career, I’ve shown commitment to continuing education by providing a number of presentations and workshops for professional colleagues and students, and by arranging many continuing education events for other presenters.