Dr. Kristen Dowling R.Psych.

Phone: 604-561-7261



I grew up on the North Shore and completed my undergraduate degree (BA in psychology) at Simon Fraser University. I then went on to complete my graduate work in Ontario, receiving my Master's Degree from Western University in Counselling Psychology, and my Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in CIinical and Counselling Psychology. 

For over twelve years, I have been using effective, evidence-based strategies to assist individuals in the areas of depression, anxiety, OCD, suicidality, self-harm, relationship issues, self-esteem, disordered eating, life transitions, trauma, abuse and grief. I have worked in a variety of settings, including the UBC counselling centre, a hospital trauma unit, conducting assessments for individuals in motor vehicle accidents, and as a career counsellor at U of T. I have also supervised Master's level psychology students during their practicum experiences. 

Besides, running a busy private practice, I also currently work at Vancouver General Hospital in a specialized clinic.

I have ample experience treating individuals struggling with anxiety and depression, both in individual and group therapy context. I use the highly proven method of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), as well as mindfulness-based strategies to help clients change their repetitive, unhelpful thought patterns, and create healthier behavioural habit. I have time and time again been inspired by the tremendous changes clients have implemented in their lives toward creating greater balance and developing a healthier and happier perspective.

I have completed an externship at the Vancouver Couples and Family Institute, through which I gained the skills to help couples recognize their problematic communication patterns, improve the intimacy in their relationship and strengthen their connection. I encourage you to contact me directly if you believe that my experience and skill set would be a good fit with the changes you would like to make in your life.