We are dedicated to helping you feel better as quickly as possible and have extensive training in cognitive therapy for the treatment of anxiety, OCD and stress.
christine korol, ph.d., registered psychologist
Christine 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 general 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. Previously, she was the Program Lead for Kelty's Key - Online Therapy Service at Vancouver Coastal Health and Inpatient Psychiatry at Vancouver General Hospital. She is particularly interested in the use of technology in mental health services.
COLLEEN CANNON, PH.D., REGISTERED PSYCHOLOGIST
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 - gently and at a pace that is comfortable for you. 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". When she's not working in private practice Colleen works at the Heart Centre at St. Paul's Hospital, and is the co-founder of Craving Change Inc, Canada's #1 cognitive-behavioural intervention for problematic eating.
theo degagne, Ph.d., R.psych.
In addition to his work at Vancouver Anxiety Centre, Theo is currently the Professional Practice Leader for Psychology at Vancouver Coastal Health and the Director of Clinical Training. He is particularly skillful at helping busy executives and directors successfully hire and supervise employees, manage conflict in the boardroom and deliver effective and persuasive presentations.
He has personally overcome anxiety and stress himself. During graduate school he was excited to learn the strategies that helped him with his own panic and stress due to overwork. He is a believer in cognitive therapy because he knows firsthand the relief that it can bring!
Theo also has extensive experience helping people who are struggling with chronic illness, pain or headaches and would be delighted to help those who are struggling with these health challenges.
Theo is also an Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia and CACBT-certified in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
SHIRLEY FRIESEN, M.A., R.Psych.
Shirley has dedicated her life to helping others coping with the stress and anxiety of bullying, harassment, and workplace stress. She is an expert in the communication skills that neutralize difficult or high conflict people and assertively standing your ground in a way that is respectful, polite, and strong. Whether you are dealing with a dysfunctional Board or Executive, need to give a presentation to a tough audience, or survive a cross-examination (in courtroom, the boardroom - or even at home), Shirley can teach you the strategies that will help you keep cool under fire. Just think about how great it would be if you could move forward with your life and career without worrying about the people who do their best to attack, blame, and find fault in everything! Shirley has also learned to overcome her own anxiety disorder early in her career and loves helping others with anxiety feel confident and ready to "lean in" at work and in their personal lives.
Shirley has also been a psychologist for the Correctional Service of Canada for over 20 years. During that time she has worked with many threatening and intimidating individuals, has extensive experience in court as an expert witness and helped her coworkers deal effectively with workplace stress in her role as a union representative. Her interest in protecting the rights of others led to her recent position as Vice President of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC) - the union representing over 50,000 federal professional employees. During her term, she has also spearheaded the development of the PIPSC National Women’s Caucus that focuses on championing the needs of women in the public service. Shirley sits on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee at PISPC as well as the Advisory Committee for the Office of the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner of Canada.
Francois Botha, Ph.D., Registered Psychologist
Francois is passionate about helping people who are struggling with anxiety, depression or addiction. He has overcome social anxiety himself and is eager to help others free themselves from the barriers that stop them from living the life of their dreams.
Francois also works in Inpatient Psychiatry at Vancouver General Hospital and at Kelty's Key - Online Therapy Service at Vancouver Coastal Health.