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Dr. Sean Butler, Therapist


Dr. Sean Butler is a therapist at the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic who has applied for registration with the College of Psychologists of BC. 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.

In addition to his private-practice work with North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic, Dr. Butler works as part of the BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services at the Red Fish Healing Centre for Mental Health and Addiction. There he provides assessment and treatment services for individuals with complex substance use and mental health issues.

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). During his residency, he undertook clinical training rotations providing residential day-treatment for eating disorders with the Provincial Adult Tertiary Specialized Eating Disorder Program; providing individual and group inpatient treatment of psychotic disorders with the BC Psychosis Program; and providing online treatment of depression, anxiety and chronic pain with Kelty’s Key Online Therapy Service. In addition he has clinical training providing DBT treatment to clients in private-practice, as well as in government funded clinical 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.