Covid-19 update:

I am currently taking new clients. To ensure therapy is a safe and comfortable experience, all sessions are via videoconference until further notice.

 

ABOUT

I'm a Registered Psychologist, located in West Vancouver, BC. I work with adults and teens wanting to address a variety of life concerns including:

  • Anxiety

  • Phobia

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Eating disorders and Binge eating

  • Panic

  • Challenges that can be associated with stress and life changes.

I offer evidence based therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), as well as Exposure and Response Prevention for OCD, and draw on other approaches as needed. I tailor the approach to the needs of the individual, and strive to provide a warm, compassionate, collaborative, and caring space for clients. I've been in Private Practice since 2007. Between 2005 and 2018 I also worked in the BC Children's Hospital Eating Disorders Program.

For teens with eating disorders I provide Family Based Therapy (FBT), also called the Maudsley approach, and I'm certified in this approach by the Training Institute for Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders. This therapy includes the whole family in sessions and is considered the most promising approach for treating anorexia in young people.

 
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MAKING AN APPOINTMENT

I welcome self referrals, or referrals from other professionals. To make an appointment, please contact me at 604-518-6368; at that time I can answer any questions you might have.

Private psychology services are fee for service and are not covered by MSP. However, your extended health benefits may provide some coverage for Registered Psychologists; please contact your plan to clarify how much coverage you may have. 

Each therapy session generally lasts 50 minutes.

  • Fees are $225 per 50 minute session, and are payable at the end of each session; I accept cash, cheque, e-transfer, or credit cards.

Please note that a minimum of 24 hours notice is required for cancellations; late cancellations and missed appointments are charged at the regular rate. If you or a family member are ill, please contact me and we will re-schedule your session--you will not be charged for a late cancellation due to illness.

 
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"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind."

Dr. Seuss

 

WHY CHOOSE A REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST


Extensive Training

Psychologists are health care professionals with extensive education and training devoted to emotional health and well-being. On average, they have over nine years of post-secondary education, which includes practicum and/or internship experience. While in practice, they also continue to participate in continuing education to stay current.

Regulated Professional Standards

Unlike counsellors, Psychologists are regulated under the Health Professions Act and under rigorous ethical and professional standards set by the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. Registered Psychologists are permitted to use the designation “R. Psych.” after their names.

What do Psychologists do?

Psychologists are the only professionals extensively trained in psychological research, assessment, and treatment interventions. This training enables them to provide cost-effective and timely services contributing to renewed health for those troubled by psychological issues. Psychologists promote the building of attitudes and behaviours that are conducive to healthy lives and may prevent the development of serious illnesses. Some work with people and their environments to optimize their performance at work and play. Psychologists do not prescribe medications.

Make sure to look for the “R. Psych.” designation to select a qualified practitioner in your commuity and make sure he or she is registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia

- exerpt from the brochure "Choose a Registered Psychologist"; British Columbia Psychological Association, 2009

 

CREDENTIALS AND PUBLICATIONS

Academic Credentials

  • B.A. (Honours) University of Victoria (Psychology)

  • M.A. Univeristy of Manitoba (Clinical Psychology)

  • Ph.D. Univeristy of Manitoba (Clinical Psychology)


I completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba in 2004. The University of Manitoba is accredited by the Canadian and American Psychological Association.


I regularly attend conferences and workshops to compliment and extend my graduate training.

I am a Full Registrant of the College of Psychologists of B.C. since 2005.

The College of Psychologists of B.C. is the regulatory body for psychologists in British Columbia. For more information, please visit their website: www.collegeofpsychologists.bc.ca

Publications

     O’Brien, K. M., & Vincent, N. K. (2003). Psychiatric comorbidity in anorexia and bulimia nervosa: Nature, prevalence, and causal relationships. Clinical Psychology Review, 23, 57-74.   [abstract]


     O’Brien, K. M., & Le Bow, M.D. (2007). Reducing maladaptive weight management practices: Developing a psychoeducational intervention program. Eating Behaviors, 8, 195-210.  [abstract]

     Manley, R., O’Brien, K.M., & Samuels, S. (2008). Fitness instructors’ recognition of eating disorders and attendant ethical/liability issues. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 16(2), 103-116.   [abstract]

     Coelho, J. S., Beach, B., O'Brien, K., Marshall, S., & Lam, P.-Y. (2019). Effectiveness of family-based treatment for pediatric eating disorders in a tertiary care setting. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 7(2), 105–115.  [abstract]

 

CONTACT ME

545 Clyde Avenue, Suite 302 West Vancouver, B.C. V7T 1C5

604-518-6368

 

©2020 by Dr. Karina O'Brien