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Dr. Michelle Patterson, R.Psych.


Dr. Michelle Patterson is a clinical psychologist registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. Michelle received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2001, and completed an accredited year-long internship at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa. Following her internship, Michelle obtained three years of additional training with adults and adolescents at Yale University where she was a fellow at the Yale Child Study Center and co-director of the student training clinic in the Department of Psychology. As co-director of the student training clinic, Michelle was responsible for supervising graduate students in the clinical psychology program and teaching a variety of clinical courses.

Michelle has over 12 years of experience in a variety of clinical settings including hospitals, university-based clinics, and private practice. She provides a warm and non-judgmental environment for exploring and resolving a range of personal and emotional issues such as anxiety and worry, trauma, depression, grief and loss, family conflict and relationship issues, adjustment to separation and divorce, and parenting challenges. Michelle's approach to therapy is founded in evidence-based therapies including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Emotion-Focused Therapy. She works with adults, adolescents, and couples. Michelle takes a very active, here-and-now approach and works with clients to develop coping skills and deeper awareness of the emotions, thoughts and motivations underlying their behaviour.

In addition to her private practice, Michelle has been an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University since 2005, where she is engaged in research and teaching around health in marginalized populations and social justice. Recently, she has been a Co-Investigator on the "Vancouver At Home Project," a randomized trial that followed 500 homeless adults for two years. She is widely published in the areas of mental health and addiction and supported housing. She is also a fellow in SFU's Centre for Dialogue and co-instructed the Fall 2012 semester on Health. Work-life balance is very important to Michelle, and she makes time to putter in the garden, explore the mountains, ride her bike, and try new recipes.