A snapshot of my education, training, and experience:
registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of BC (#2295)
Director of the West Coast Centre for Sex Therapy
on faculty at UBC: teach the Psychology of Human Sexuality in the Department of Psychology
PhD in psychology from the University of British Columbia
specialized post-doctoral training in sexual problems and disorders at the BC Centre for Sexual Medicine and UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
post-doctoral clinical psychology training at the Vancouver Coastal Health Mood Disorders Centre of Excellence and BC Psychosis Program
research and academic publications focused on various aspects of sex and sexuality
member of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Society for Sex Therapy and Research
The long version.
Through the work that I do, I aspire to help people make their lives better.
Before I became a psychologist, I was a researcher. I received my PhD in psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2008. My research focused on various aspects of sex and sexuality (if you're curious, click here and here for examples of my academic publications).
During and after completing graduate school, I worked as a researcher with the Forensic Psychiatric Services Commission. While I could have happily pursued a very fulfilling career doing research, I realized that I wanted to help people in a much more direct way.
I began my clinical training at the Mood Disorders Centre of Excellence and BC Psychosis Program, two inpatient units located at the UBC hospital. As a post-doctoral fellow in clinical psychology, I worked with patients suffering from severe mental illness, including schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse. My experience provided me a rock solid foundation in doing assessment and treatment with very complex, difficult, and diverse cases. I loved the work and I continue to see similar types of clients in private practice.
I received extensive and specialized training in sexual disorders and dysfunction at the BC Centre for Sexual Medicine and in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. I honed my skills working along side psychiatrists, gynecologists, general practitioners, and psychologists with a wide variety of patients with many different types of disorders and problems. Sexual disorders and problems are my specialty.
In the fall of 2018, my colleague, Dr. Carolin Klein, and I opened the West Coast Centre for Sex Therapy (link). We’re hoping to find a place to call home this year and when we do, my practice will be amalgamated with the centre.
In addition to my work as a clinician in private practice, I also teach human sexuality in the Department of Psychology at UBC, which I am passionate about doing.
I am a member of the Society for Sex Therapy and Research.
I also am a consultant to the media (for example, the CBC, CKNW, Vocativ, the Metro, and Maclean's Magazine) and regularly sit on sexual health panels as a guest expert.