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Dr. Heather Baitz, R.Psych.

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Dr. Heather Baitz is a Registered Psychologist (#2328) with expertise in assessing and treating adults with complex needs. She uses a range of evidence-based treatment approaches, including cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) and specialized variants such as dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) and mindfulness-based CBT, along with motivational interviewing and solution-focused interventions. She primarily works with adults who are experiencing depression, anxiety, problematic substance use, or a combination of those concerns. Her approach is centred around the perspective that each person is truly doing their best with the skills and resources they have available, and she strives to approach all relationships with genuine openness, curiosity, and respect. She emphasizes collaboration and a focus on personal strengths throughout treatment. She welcomes opportunities to work with individuals of all abilities, cultural backgrounds, sexual orientations and gender identities.

Dr. Baitz completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Cognitive Systems at the University of British Columbia before going on to complete her Master’s degree and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Simon Fraser University. She completed a one-year residency at the University of Manitoba in the Department of Clinical Health Psychology, providing services at the Health Sciences Centre and St Boniface Hospital in Winnipeg. She has also previously received training at the Richmond Hospital Outpatient Mental Health program, Royal Columbian Hospital Neuropsychology Services, and the Fraser Health Concussion Clinic.

Dr. Baitz has published numerous peer-reviewed research articles related to substance use, cognition, and mental health, and has been presenting research at national and international conferences since 2007. She has recently presented to an audience of healthcare providers on trauma-informed care and integration of mental health and substance use services. Dr. Baitz is a Clinical Instructor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry, and has been involved in training medical students, psychiatry residents, and psychology trainees at all levels.

In addition to working at NSSAC, Dr. Baitz works at the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction. This is a provincial, tertiary residential treatment centre for adults with severe addictions and mental illnesses. There she provides individual and group therapies for depression, anxiety, substance use, emotion dysregulation, and psychosis. She also coordinates and evaluates programming, supports staff education in evidence-based interventions, and provides consultation to interdisciplinary team members including psychiatrists, social workers, occupational therapists, and nurses.