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Dr. Alana Cook


My areas of expertise

I provide individual cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety as well as trauma, anger, substance use disorder. I also provide treatment for psychotic and bipolar disorders, and problematic personality traits. I have an interest in working with people struggling with interpersonal or workplace conflict.

In my approach to therapy I provide an empathic, genuine, and collaborative professional relationship through which I work with my clients to achieve their goals, whether it be to work through an unexpected and challenging life event or to manage a chronic mental illness.

I use a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) framework for treatment, but I also bring in elements of other evidence-based treatments depending on the needs and goals of my clients (e.g., mindfulness, DBT). To this end, I maintain current knowledge and skills for therapies that have been shown to be effective in the scientific literature for the types of problems I treat.

I am a Registered Psychologist of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.

My background

I completed my PhD in clinical and forensic psychology at Simon Fraser University, and my Masters in clinical psychology at Pacific University in Oregon.

I currently hold positions as a Senior Psychological Advisor at WorkSafe BC, as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, as a Clinical Instructor for the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, and as an Instructor for the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

I continue to be active in contributing to the scientific and professional literature on mental health, law and policy, and the professional development of psychologists. I also remain active in professional service and as a reviewer for journals in my area of practice.

In addition to providing treatment at Changeways Clinic, I provide psycholegal assessments (independent psychological evaluations and violence risk). For more information, see my
webpage.

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To make an appointment with Dr Cook, please call Changeways Clinic at 604 871 0490 during office hours, or email us at
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