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Dr. Tomas Jurcik, R.Psych.

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Dr. Tomas Jurcik is a psychologist registered with the College Psychologists of British Columbia (CPBC #2158). He consults with adult (16+) and elderly clients for individual psychotherapy and psychological assessments (e.g., personality, career/vocational, cognitive). He sees clients with a diverse range of problems including major depression, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress, and generalized anxiety disorder.  Clients also consult him for various adjustment challenges related to life transitions such as beginning college/university, moving, grief and loss, as well as work and personal relationship stress. Dr. Jurcik has had unique clinical and research experience with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

While he draws from numerous therapeutic approaches, Dr. Jurcik specializes in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and aims to develop an empathetic and solid working relationship with his clients. CBT is an evidence-based approach that has been found to be effective in treating a variety of different problems including the problems listed above.  However, it's not just about technique: having an effective relationship with any therapist is key to productive change. That is, each client is unique and it's important that the therapist and client build a trusting working alliance, where the therapist is able to empathize with his or her clients and collaboratively identify clear and concrete goals so that problems can be effectively tackled. Dr. Jurcik's philosophy of care emphasizes the foundational role of the client-therapist working relationship and the need to adapt the therapy to the unique background of each client, while harnessing their strengths.

Other than his work as NSSAC, Dr. Jurcik is also the director and owner of Health and Balance Counselling in Port Moody. He has worked in academic settings, having previously held a Core Faculty position at Adler University in Vancouver, where he taught assessment courses to graduate students. Dr. Jurcik retains an Assistant Professor position at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow, where he lectures and supervises master's and doctoral thesis students. 

In terms of his education and training, Dr. Jurcik holds a PhD in the area of Clinical Psychology (Concordia University, Montreal) and has completed his predoctoral residency at the London Clinical Psychology Residency Consortium (London, Ontario). Additionally, he holds a Master’s and a Bachelor's degree from McGill University and the University of Western Australia, respectively. His research has been mostly in the area of culture and mental health.

In his spare time, he enjoys travel, staying fit, listening to music, reading about controversial topics, and having thought-provoking discussions with family and friends.