We are dedicated to helping you feel better at a pace that is comfortable for you and have extensive training in cognitive therapy for the treatment of anxiety, OCD and stress. 


SHIRLEY FRIESEN, M.A., Registered psychologist


Shirley has over 20 years of experience helping people who are exhausted from trying too hard to keep everything under control. Overthinking every detail, frustrated that other people seem to live their lives effortlessly and feeling like an imposter takes its toll.  Shirley can gently teach you the strategies that will help you feel less anxious, more confident and self-assured.

Shirley is also the former Vice President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) - the union representing over 50,000 federal professional employees.  She has extensive experience supporting people who are coping with toxic work environments understand their rights and helping them find ways to cope.

theo degagne, Ph.d., Registered psychologist 

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Theo has been helping people cope with anxiety, depression and chronic health issues since 1996. He is a believer in cognitive therapy because he knows firsthand the relief that it can bring! Personally, he has learned the hard way that being a people pleaser or perfectionist to avoid rejection, can lead to exhaustion, stress and even harm your relationships with friends and family. He loves helping people find ways to take care of themselves without worrying that they are letting other people down. Schedule an appointment with Theo if you would like to learn how it is possible to deepen your connections with others without neglecting your own needs.

Theo also has a special interest in helping people living with bipolar disorder learn the strategies that can help reduce stress and notice patterns. 

Theo is also an Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia and CACBT-certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. In addition to his work at Vancouver Anxiety  Centre, Theo is also a psychologist at St. Paul's Hospital. Previously, Theo was the Professional Practice Leader for Psychology at Vancouver Coastal Health and the Director of Clinical Training.

christine korol, ph.d., registered psychologist

Christine has been helping adults and children with anxiety since 1998. She knows what anxiety feels like firsthand and wants to help children and adults quiet their minds and find relief from their suffering.

She has personally overcome panic attacks and generalized anxiety when she was a student and continues to thrive with obsessive-compulsive disorder. If you are suffering from anxiety, OCD or insomnia, Christine knows how scary and embarrassing it can be to talk to someone about all of your fears and to ask for help. You don’t need to worry that Christine will think you're weird or crazy because she has been there herself.

Christine is also a psychologist in the Department of Psychology at BC Children's Hospital, an Adjunct Professor in Department of Psychology at UBC and CACBT-certified in Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy. 


Depression, anxiety, stress, grief, shame, relationship, and family of origin challenges can be overwhelming and dominate your wellbeing.  Colleen can help you sort out what you're already trying that is working and not working, learn skills that will help create change, and put you and your values back into the driver's seat in your life.   Her clinical approach is focused on helping people understand what they can change in the short, medium, and long term to feel better and move forward.  Colleen has had a dynamic career in clinical psychology for over 15 years, working with people struggling to manage the stress of diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol, cardiac conditions, pain, disordered eating, and weight management.  

In addition to her individual practice, Colleen has taught countless groups stress management and skills for managing depression and anxiety, integrating humour and day-to-day examples to help keep it all "real". Colleen is the co-founder of Craving Change Inc, Canada's #1 cognitive-behavioural intervention for problematic eating.