Dr. Kristin Buhr, R.Psych.
Dr. Kristin Buhr is a Registered Psychologist (#1878) and Director at the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of anxiety and mood difficulties in adolescents and adults. She has training and expertise in evidence-based approaches for treating generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, specific phobias (e.g., fear flying, needles), health anxiety, insomnia, self-esteem issues, stress-related problems, and depression.
Dr. Buhr works with clients to help them better understand their problems and to develop a personalized plan to manage their difficulties and achieve specific goals. She provides support and teaches practical strategies for better managing stress, anxiety and mood issues. She uses a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT) approach, which has been shown to be highly effective in the treatment of mood and anxiety problems, and she incorporates strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). Dr. Buhr is certified in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT-ACTCC). She is also a registered provider for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Veteran Affairs Canada (VAC).
Dr. Buhr also works as a Consultant for AnxietyBC (www.anxietybc.com). She has developed website content aimed at helping adults, parents, and youth cope with anxiety problems. In addition, she has been involved in the production of an educational DVD series (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: A parent’s guide to helping your anxious child; Effectively Managing Panic Disorder; and Separation Anxiety Disorder: A Parent’s guide to helping your child). Dr. Buhr was one of the lead contributors to the development of a mobile app aimed at helping youth and young adults manage anxiety (MindShift). She provides educational lectures and workshops on mental health issues to youth, parents, educators, and mental health professionals. Dr. Buhr is also a Psychological Associate in Dr. William Koch’s forensic practice and she provides clinical training to graduate students at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
Dr. Buhr has numerous scientific publications and presentations in the area of psychopathology, with an emphasis on generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and social anxiety disorder. She has presented her work at various national and international conferences. Her past research interests focused on understanding factors involved in the development and maintenance of GAD, as well as developing and refining psychological treatments for social anxiety disorder. Dr. Buhr was the Clinical Coordinator of the Social Anxiety Treatment Study at the University of British Columbia and was involved in the development of a treatment protocol for social anxiety.
Dr. Buhr received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University, Montreal. She completed an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority with a focus on the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders. During her residency, she received additional training in the delivery of community-based treatment programs, emergency inpatient psychiatry, as well as the treatment of personality disorders. Her clinical training has also included placements in child and family psychiatry and specialized anxiety disorder clinics.