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Dr. Randall Gillis, R.Psych.

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Dr. Randall Gillis is a Registered Psychologist (#2239) who specializes in mood and anxiety based challenges experienced by children, adolescents and adults.  She is experienced in working with individuals struggling with Social Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety, Specific Phobias, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic Disorder, Depression, and perfectionism.  She also has extensive experience working with youth with School Refusal, Separation Anxiety, challenges with peers, and behavioural / self-control challenges; for example, Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder, defiance, anger/aggression, tantrums and emotion regulation challenges.  She also has significant experience working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, previously working as an ABA behaviour interventionist. In addition, she has worked with youth with intellectual disabilities, and health-related challenges, including chronic pain and disordered over-eating. 

Dr. Gillis is passionate about helping individuals to develop healthy mental health; she begins this process by focusing on developing warm, friendly and trusting relationships.  She believes strongly in providing care that adheres to best practice standards, and is committed to providing evidence based treatment.  She works from a flexible and collaborative Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) framework.  She also draws on Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and behavioural parent training strategies.  She takes a strengths based approach to create treatment plans that focus on the unique needs of each individual.  She aims to empower individuals by providing practical strategies and coping skills that can be integrated into everyday life.

Dr. Gillis has practiced in a variety of hospital, community and education settings.  She currently works part-time at BC Children’s Hospital.  In addition to therapy, she also has expertise in completing comprehensive psychoeducational assessments with children and adolescents.  Dr. Gillis previously completed assessments at Sunny Hill Health Center for Children in their Complex Developmental Behavioural Conditions (CDBC) program.  In completing psychoeducational assessments, Dr. Gillis aims to help the individual to reach their potential by identifying their strengths and challenges in order to provide individualized recommendations for the home and school settings.  Dr. Gillis has familiarity with the school systems in the Greater Vancouver region and, when appropriate, she finds it beneficial to collaborate with school professionals and other professionals involved in a child or adolescent’s care. 

Dr. Gillis completed her PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Waterloo, with funding from a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Canadian Graduate Scholarship.  She completed her pre-doctoral residency in Edmonton, working at the University of Alberta Hospital and Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.  Dr. Gillis has published multiple research papers on topics related to child development, in peer reviewed journals.  She has also presented her research at a number of child development focused conferences.  She enjoys volunteering and is a board member of the Parent Support Society of BC.