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Dr. Sheena Miao, R.Psych.


Dr. Sheena Miao is a Registered Psychologist specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders in youth and adults. Dr. Miao has expertise in the assessment and treatment of depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, agoraphobia, specific phobias, and difficulties in adjusting to life stressors and transitions. Dr. Miao has particular interests and expertise in treating young individuals struggling with dysregulated emotions, difficult peer and family relationships, low self-esteem, and high-risk behaviours such as self-harming and substance use.

Dr. Miao’s clinical approach is collaborative, flexible, and client-centered. She strives to help her clients feel understood and accepted, and she works with each client to develop and work towards meaningful goals that can greatly improve their quality of life. Treatment often involves learning skills to cope with distressing thoughts and emotions. In her work with younger clients, Dr. Miao likes to be family- and relationship-oriented, while balancing and respecting teen’s increasing developmental needs for autonomy. Dr. Miao only practices treatments that have been supported by research to be effective in treating her clients’ concerns. Her primary treatment approaches are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing.

Dr. Miao has extensive experiences providing psychological services across a wide range of hospital and community settings, including Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addition, Surrey Memorial Hospital, Saanich Child and Youth Mental Health, Royal Jubilee Hospital (Anxiety Clinic), and Forensic Psychiatric Hospital. She currently works part-time at Foundry Vancouver Granville (previously known as the Inner City Youth program), where she provides treatment and consultation to support youth and young adults (age 12-24) with complex mental health challenges.

Dr. Miao received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Victoria, where she specialized in Lifespan Development. Prior to obtaining her degree, she completed a one-year Canadian Psychological Association-accredited residency at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, specializing in treating adults with severe mental health conditions and high-risk youth with emotion regulation challenges. Her training with teens involved working closely with youth, families, and schools, and through delivering family group therapy and parenting interventions.

Aside from her clinical work, Dr. Miao has been active in publishing her research on parent-youth relationships in immigrant families, delivering talks in health care and community settings, and providing supervision and mentorship.

In her spare time, Dr. Miao enjoys a nice balance of indoor and outdoor activities, such as exploring new cafes and restaurants, hiking, oil painting, and Zumba dancing.

Dr. Miao offers psychological services in both English and Mandarin.