Our Team

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Dr. Valerie Caldeira, Registered Psychologist

I am a registered psychologist (College of Psychologists of British Columbia #2163) who specializes in treatment for children, adolescents, and adults. I provide evidence-based treatment for clients with various presenting mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, stress, managing life transitions, chronic pain, and relationship challenges.

I know it can be overwhelming and stressful to begin therapy so it is my goal to make you and/or your child feel as comfortable as possible. I am a friendly and energetic psychologist who believes strongly in client-centered, collaborative formulations and treatment plans that are founded on evidence-based practice. My primary therapeutic orientation is Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I also have training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) and I integrate strategies from these approaches when appropriate.

I completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Victoria. I also hold a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of Victoria and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. I have over 10 years of clinical experience and have worked in community mental health clinics, inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, university psychology clinics, youth detention centres, and private practice clinics.

 

I am a consultant for CBT Connections where I train clinicians in therapy that is guided by up-to-date research. I also provide workshops on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to various audiences, including youth/adults, parents, and school faculty. I have published research articles and presented at national and international conferences on topics related to family conflict and building happier and healthier families. 

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Dr. Aisha Christiansen, Registered Psychologist

 

I am a registered psychologist (College of Psychologists of British Columbia #2735) with expertise in working with pre-teens and adolescents, young adults, adults, and families. I provide treatment for a variety of mental health concerns including depression/low mood, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, obsessions and compulsions, low self-esteem, relationship/social difficulties, managing emotions, and life stressors.

I work with clients to collaboratively identify treatment goals and build skills based on individual strengths that they can use outside of therapy. My therapeutic style is warm and friendly, and I balance taking a gentle yet direct approach, tailored to you/your child’s needs. I use evidence-based treatments, and primarily practice cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help my clients understand and shift their thoughts and behaviours, manage emotions, and sustain positive change. I also use strategies from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT).

I received my Ph.D. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University, and my B.Sc. Honours in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. I have over six years of clinical experience, including a pre-doctoral residency with the Calgary Clinical Psychology Residency program, where I primarily worked with adolescents, families, and young adults. My training also included local placements at outpatient mental health clinics, inpatient hospitals, forensic clinics, and a university clinic.

I have published research articles and presented at national and international conferences on topics related to strengths and resilience in adolescents.

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Leia Kopp, PhD Candidate

I specialize in treatment for children, adolescents, families, and adults. Working primarily from a cognitive-behavioural orientation, I offer evidence-based treatment for a variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, stress and adjustment to life transitions, trauma, grief and loss, and chronic health conditions. My therapeutic style is client-centered, collaborative, and strength-based. I am sensitive to the unique lived experience of all individuals and strive to create a safe and inclusive therapeutic space for everyone.   

 

I am in my final year of my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (University of Ottawa) and completed my pre-doctoral residency in August of 2021 with the Department of Clinical Health Psychology, Max Rady College of Medicine/University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I also hold a M.A. in Social Psychology (Wilfrid Laurier University, 2013) and B.A. with Honours in Psychology (Thompson Rivers University, 2011). I have published several empirical research articles in peer-reviewed journals with my most current research project for my Ph.D. dissertation focused on preschoolers’ cognitive development.

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Dr. Audra Roemer, Registered Psychologist

I am a registered psychologist (College of Psychologists of British Columbia #2574), with expertise in working with children, adolescents, families, couples, and adults. I provide evidence-based treatment for clients with various presenting mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, managing life transitions, chronic pain/health conditions, and parenting and relationship challenges.

 

I offer an open, non-judgemental, empathetic approach to make you and/or your child feel as comfortable as possible. I am a friendly and direct psychologist who believes strongly in client-centered, collaborative formulations and treatment plans that are founded on evidence-based practice. I am flexible in my approach in order to find a treatment plan that works best for you. I primarily practice Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I also incorporate strategies from Motivational Interviewing, and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).

 

I completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Victoria. I also hold a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of Victoria and a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. I have over 10 years of clinical experience and have worked in community mental health clinics, inpatient and outpatient hospital settings, and university psychology clinics.

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Dr. Nena Wang, Registered Psychologist

 

I offer evidence-based treatment for an array of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, grief, and coping with life stress or changes. I provide specialized treatment for specific anxiety-related concerns including social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic attacks, health anxiety, as well as obsessive-compulsive disorder and intrusive thoughts.

 

My approach includes Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and integrates elements of mindfulness, self-compassion, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).  I offer a warm, compassionate, genuine, and client-centred space that fosters exploration, flexibility, and enhanced coping with challenging issues. Together we identify areas of concern and develop an individualized treatment path forward. I also take a strengths-based approach, meaning that I attend to your innate strengths, resilience, and ability to recover.


I completed my graduate training in Clinical Psychology (M.A. and Ph.D.) at Simon Fraser University and my undergraduate degree (B.A. Honours) at the University of British Columbia. During my pre-doctoral residency, I trained at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton where I completed comprehensive rotations in the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, early psychosis, and severe mental illness (e.g., schizophrenia). In my graduate training I completed several clinical placements across the Lower Mainland, including community mental health clinics, inpatient hospital settings, private practice, and a university psychology clinic. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, practicing yoga and mindfulness, hiking, skiing, and savoring good food.

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Yookyung (Carol) Lee, PhD Candidate

 

I offer evidence-based treatment for clients with various presenting mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, behavioural difficulties, emotional dysregulation, and parent and peer-related difficulties. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families from diverse cultural backgrounds and communities with a wide range of needs.

 

My primary therapeutic orientation is Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT). I also integrate Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), and Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT). I am committed to providing culturally-sensitive and empathic care to all clients, recognizing social, cultural, and systemic factors that contribute to individual lived experience and treatment.

 

I am in my final year of my Ph.D. in the Clinical Developmental Psychology program at York University. I also received my B.Sc. degree in Biopsychology from the University of British Columbia, M.Sc. degree in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology from University College London, and M.A. degree in Clinical Developmental Psychology from York University. I completed South Island Pre-Doctoral Residency Program in Victoria, BC, during which I provided services to children and youth under 19 years of age and their families in multidisciplinary community mental health centre, including psychological assessments, individual and group treatments, and clinical consultations. I have also completed clinical training in a school board, a university psychology clinic, and private practices. My research focuses on cross-cultural differences and the impact of acculturative experiences in maternal sensitivity and I have presented at international conferences and published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. In my spare time, I like to try new recipes, do puzzles, and learn about different cultures.

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Dr. Natasha Korva

 

I specialize in evidence-based treatment with adolescents and adults, and provide intervention for challenges with anxiety, acute stress and trauma, adjustment to life stressors and transitions, emotion regulation, behaviour management, and low mood. I value a genuine approach to working with my clients, and I make every effort to provide a setting where individuals feel they can safely engage in therapy. My interventions are client-centered and collaborative, and I remain flexible in my therapeutic approach to meet a client’s specific intervention needs. My primary therapeutic orientation is Cognitive Behavioural therapy (CBT), but I also incorporate strategies from other orientations when appropriate to maximize benefits from therapy. These orientations include Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

I recently received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa, and I am in the application process for registration with the College of Psychologists of BC. Previously, I earned my M.A. in Psychology from Carleton University and my B.A. Honours in Psychology from the University of British Columbia. I have over five years of clinical experience, including a pre-doctoral residency with the British Columbia Mental Health and Substance Use Services (BCMHSUS) Residency program. I have also provided psychological services in a number of diverse settings including secondary schools, correctional settings, forensic outpatient clinics, a forensic psychiatric hospital, a private practice clinic, and a university clinic. Some of my favourite things include soccer, Italian food, and dogs.