Judith’s Credentials and Professional Development
- U.B.C. Master of Arts Counselling Psychology 1992
- U.B.C. Bachelor of Arts Psychology Major
- Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia license #1612
- Member of the British Columbia Psychologists Association
- Past Member of International Associations for: Relational Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis; Self Psychology
Past Mental Health Care Professional Experience on the Frontlines (this is where I got my best training)
I bring to my current practice a background of experiences in many frontline Community Mental Health / Non Profit Agency settings of over 15 years. I began working in a program offering outpatient day services to psychiatric patients called Corner House: I then worked as a career counsellor in the early days after my BA degree for many years: I later completed my masters degree practicum with an outpatient program for counselling and life skills for head injured adults: From there I worked in outpatient addictions for about 5 years; and I rounded this off working for BC Transit as an EFAP counsellor.
One of my proudest achievements has been to successfully qualify for licensing with the College of Psychologists of B.C., during a unique window where they accepted masters graduates. I demonstrated equivalencies at the doctoral level in all areas of competence, expertise and supervision hours required by the college, and I believe this was attributable directly to my varied and extensive relevant hands on work history.
My private practice grew and became more focussed and refined, as I did throughout the years. I have been in private practice as either a registered psychologist or registered clinical counsellor for over 25 years.
The early years working directly with people at high risk who were struggling and determined to live better, healthier lives have had a profound impact on who I am today and the way I currently work with people.
I am in debt to every client I have ever had the privilege to know. Sharing in my clients (past and present) unique journeys effects me deeply as a person each day that I do this work.
Professional Development Relevant to Current Clinical Practice 2018-
I currently attend analytically and relationally oriented training and conferences throughout the year as this field of evolving psychotherapy best informs my work with adults working through complex emotional and mental experiences. The majority of these programs are sponsored by the Western Branch of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society. They are accredited and attended regionally, nationally and internationally by Psychotherapy, Psychoanalytic and Psychiatric professionals.
The following is a sample for the past two years only:
- Scientific Meeting: The Unwelcome Child | Endre Koritar and Adrienne Harris
- Symposium: Orphans of the Real – Revisited: Transformational Processes in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy | Joseph Newirth
- Ethics Workshop | Nov 15, 2019 | Maintaining Effective Boundaries for Psychotherapeutic Intimacy
- A Tale of Mortality: Parts 1 & 2 | Clark Falconer
- 44th Annual CPS Congress – Emotional Turbulence: Working Clinically with Unformed Experience
- Scientific Meeting: Symbolic Representation Revisited – Coleen Gold
- Congress Course: Working Clinically with Unformed Experience Introduction to the work of Avner Bergstein
- On Psychical Structures and Psychopathology, Rodrigo Gomez M.P.P.
- WBCPS Annual Conference: Dreaming the Session: Civitarese in Vancouver
- The Dr. Elmor Smit Memorial Lecture, The Experience of Being Envied: One of the Many Hazards of Psychoanalysis Angela Sheppard, MD, CM, FIPA
- Dreaming for Two: The Status of Dreams and Dreaming in Psychoanalytic Couple Therapy, Klaus Wiedermann, Ph.D., C Psych.
- VANCOUVER Pre-Conference Course | The Aesthetic Paradigm: An Introduction to the Work of Giuseppe Civitarese
- ON LEARNING FROM THE PATIENT: THE WORK OF PATRICK CASEMENT – Part 1