Dr. Michelle Haring, R.Psych.
Dr. Michelle Haring is a Registered Psychologist and director at the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic who specializes in assessment and evidence-based treatment of anxiety, depression and stress-related problems in adults. Dr. Haring uses a primarily cognitive-behavioural treatment (CBT) approach in her clinical work. She helps her clients to develop effective coping techniques to reduce anxiety, depression and stress, make progress towards their life goals, and lead happier and healthier lives.
Dr. Haring received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia. She completed a full-time year-long residency in clinical psychology through the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre. Her residency focused on cognitive-behavioural therapy and included rotations at UBC Hospital (Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Health Psychology Clinic), Vancouver General Hospital (Behavioural Medicine, Psychiatric Assessment Unit) and St. Paul’s Hospital (Eating Disorders Clinic) as well as a research rotation.
Throughout her career, Dr. Haring has been dedicated to helping individuals coping with anxiety. From 2001-2006, Dr. Haring served as a clinical associate with the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at UBC Hospital. She provided assessment and CBT for anxiety disorders, as well as providing training and supervision to practicum students and residents. Dr. Haring also co-founded a CBT-based group treatment program for generalized anxiety disorder (The Worry Management Program) and served as the coordinator and lead therapist of this program. She also served on the Board of Directors of AnxietyBC for several years, working to increase awareness of anxiety disorders and to promote education and evidence-based treatment.
Dr. Haring has a strong interest in increasing access to effective treatments for depression and anxiety and has worked with several province-wide initiatives to increase access to CBT. She has a special interest in the treatment of women experiencing depression and anxiety during pregnancy and the post-partum period. Dr. Haring joined the BC Reproductive Mental Health Program (BCRMHP) at BC Women’s Hospital in 2005 and served as the Provincial CBT Consultant for the Program from 2005-2011. She offered training and expert case consultation to clinicians across the province about how to effectively treat perinatal depression and anxiety so that women outside of the Lower Mainland would have access to CBT. As part of this work, she also co-authored two free self-help guides for women with perinatal depression and anxiety. To view these guides, go to www.bcmhas.ca > Programs & Services > Reproductive Mental Health>Publications.
Currently, Dr. Haring serves as a clinical consultant to two innovative CBT-based initiatives through the Canadian Mental Health Association – BC Division. The Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health Program and the Living Life to the Full Course are province-wide programs which provide free or low-cost training in CBT skills to help people better manage stress and reduce low mood and anxiety. Dr. Haring provides training and ongoing clinical support to the program service providers. For more information about these programs, visit www.cmha.bc.ca. Also, as part of her efforts to ensure better access to evidence-based care, Dr. Haring also provides outreach assessment and CBT via videoconferencing to remote BC communities that do not have ready access to psychological services.
For over a decade, Dr. Haring has been teaching other mental health professionals about the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, offering CBT workshops in both B.C. and Alberta. Dr. Haring has presented her work at international conferences and has published in the areas of stress, post-traumatic stress disorder and perfectionism. Outside of her work life, Dr. Haring spends time with family and friends, enjoying all of the outdoor recreational activities that the North Shore has to offer.