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Dr. Karen Auyeung, Therapist

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Dr. Karen Auyeung is a therapist (registration pending) specializing in the treatment of anxiety and mood difficulties in adolescents and adults. She has training and expertise in the assessment and treatment of social anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobias, perfectionism, and depression. She specializes in providing treatment for individuals undergoing transitions and having difficulty coping with life events and stressors. Dr. Auyeung also has experience assisting individuals with issues related to body image, interpersonal relationships, and low self-esteem.

Dr. Auyeung’s approach to treatment is active and collaborative. She works together with clients to understand their difficulties, develop meaningful goals, and implement effective and practical strategies to help clients make changes in their lives. Dr. Auyeung primarily uses a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) approach, which has shown to be highly effective in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems. She also incorporates strategies from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.

Dr. Auyeung is currently also working with Tupper NOVA, an adolescent day treatment program with Vancouver Coastal Health. The program is geared towards youth who are still completing high school credits but require additional treatment and support around mental health. Dr. Auyeung provides assessments for the students and will be providing group and individual treatment for students attending the program.

With respect to background and training, Dr. Auyeung completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), receiving training in both adolescent and adult assessment and therapy. She has conducted research and published articles and chapters investigating social anxiety, family stress, social exclusion, and empathy. She completed clinical training placements at the Mood Disorders and BC Psychosis Units at UBC Hospital, Hamber House, Vancouver General Hospital Concurrent Disorders Inpatient Unit, UBC Clinic, has completed workplace injury cognitive assessments with the Rainbow Clinic, and telehealth treatment to Northern BC at the NSSAC.  She completed a full-time Canadian Psychological Association-accredited pre-doctoral residency year at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. She provided a wide range of assessment, individual, and group treatments for adolescents, adults, and parents, at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic, Youth Wellness Centre, and Eating Disorders Clinic.

Dr. Auyeung is constantly inspired by the hard work and resilience she sees in clients. Outside of work, Dr. Auyeung loves spending time with her friends and family, particularly her dog Bailey, and loves photography and spending time in nature rock climbing, hiking, and running.