Welcome to the Vancouver CBT Centre. We are a group of mental health professionals, including psychologists, counsellors, and doctoral psychology students with extensive and specialized experience in evidence-based treatments, including cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT). The Vancouver CBT Centre was originally founded by the clinical team from the former UBC Anxiety Disorders Clinic. We specialize in treating complex and severely disabling anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, health anxiety (illness anxiety disorder), and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as clinical depression and chronic health conditions.
The Vancouver CBT Centre provides private (fee for service) assessment and treatment for adults and teens experiencing anxiety, depression, and associated problems. Our clinical staff all have specialized training in CBT, as well as in complex or severe anxiety and depression. We also offer CBT for eating disorders, including anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating problems.
Please see a listing of the services that we offer here.
For more information about training workshops for mental health professionals on CBT and its application to various disorders, please visit our training website, the Vancouver CBT Training Centre.
Dr. Mark Lau of the Vancouver CBT Centre is proud to offer a number of workshops on Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). MBCT is a relatively new psychological approach originally developed to help individuals stay well after recovering from repeated bouts of depression. MBCT is based on the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.MBCT combines the ideas of cognitive therapy for depression with meditation pactices from MBSR designed to cultivate mindfulness. Please see a listing of upcoming workshops here.
Dr. Mark Lau is offering an online 8-week course through teletherapy designed to reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, or CBT, is an evidenced-based psychological therapy. With over 350 research studies investigating it, CBT has been found to be one of the most effective treatments for a number of problems, including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and trauma.
CBT involves understanding the behaviours we engage in and the thoughts we have that contribute to feelings of distress, and maintain or worsen the problem areas in our lives.
With CBT, individuals learn new skills to better manage problematic situations. In short, CBT teaches you how to become your own therapist, and to develop a sense of control over anxiety and distress rather than feeling controlled by it.
For more information on CBT and whether it might work for you, please click here
The Vancouver CBT Centre is happy to be able to continue to offer virtual therapy sessions to interested clients moving forward. This will allow us to offer a choice of either online or in-person sessions to local BC residents living in the Lower Mainland. However, this also allows us to offer virtual therapy services to residents throughout the province of British Columbia, including those living in the Okanagan, the Fraser Valley, the Sunshine Coast, Vancouver Island, the Kootenays, the Cariboo, and Northern BC.
Residents of the Yukon are also able to be seen for online videoconferencing sessions through the Vancouver CBT Centre.
All teletherapy services are provided through secure and encrypted online servers.