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.
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.
I provide treatment for a variety of concerns including depression, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, managing emotions, and life stressors. My expertise is in working with adolescents, young adults, adults, and families.
I work with clients to collaboratively identify treatment goals and build skills based on individual strengths. I strive to empower clients through supporting them in developing skills they can use outside of therapy. My therapeutic style is warm and friendly, and I balance taking a gentle yet direct approach, tailored to each clients' needs. I use evidence-based treatments, and primarily practice cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) to help clients identify and change unhelpful thoughts, engage in helpful behaviours, manage emotions, and sustain positive change. I also incorporate strategies from acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT).
I am in the final stages of the Clinical and Forensic Psychology Ph.D. program at Simon Fraser University (SFU). I received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology from SFU in 2016 and my B.Sc. Honours in Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2013. I am currently completing my pre-doctoral residency with the Calgary Clinical Psychology Residency program until August 2021. As part of my clinical training, I have completed 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 forensic psychology; specifically, my work has focused on strengths and resilience in adolescents with justice system involvement.
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 presenting concerns 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 supportive therapeutic space for everyone.
I am in my final year of my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (University of Ottawa) and am currently completing a pre-doctoral residency with the Department of Clinical Health Psychology, Max Rady College of Medicine/University of Manitoba, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I 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.