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Dr. Sean Butler, Registered Psychologist


Dr. Sean Butler is a Registered Psychologist (#2853) at the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic. He has specialized experience in providing assessment and treatment for adults and adolescents with a range of mental health difficulties, including depression, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, emotion regulation problems, and grief and loss. In addition, he has experience working with individuals on issues related to eating disorders, substance use disorders, and nonsuicidal self-injury.

Dr. Butler’s approach to treatment is individualized, collaborative, and evidence-based, drawing upon his training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). This means working with clients to understand their life history, current difficulties and concerns, strengths and goals in treatment. This also means providing therapy that is well-matched to the client’s needs and that has been shown to be effective in treating the client’s difficulties using high-quality research studies.

Dr. Butler received his Ph.D from Simon Fraser University’s Clinical Psychology Program, where he conducted research and published peer-reviewed articles in the areas of suicide, nonsuicidal self-injury, impulsivity, and borderline personality disorder. He completed his Canadian Psychological Association-accredited predoctoral residency with Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH). His previous clinical experience includes providing individual and group treatment services to clients with complex substance use and mental health difficulties at the Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addiction; clients in residential day-treatment for eating disorders with the Provincial Adult Tertiary Specialized Eating Disorder Program; clients with psychotic disorders in the BC Psychosis inpatient program; and clients with depression, anxiety and chronic pain difficulties through Kelty’s Key Online Therapy Service. In addition, he has clinical training providing DBT treatment to a variety of clients in private-practice, as well as contributing to government-funded DBT treatment research.

When not at work, Sean likes to spend his time with his wife and daughters, drinking a nice cup of coffee, playing a board game, and cooking.