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Dr. Trisha Kivisalu


Please Note: Dr Kivisalu has completed her doctoral degree but is not presently registered in the Province of British Columbia. At this time, she will be working under the direct supervision of Dr Randy Paterson. This may have implications for reimbursement from some extended health plans - please check your plan for guidance.

I completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (fully American Psychological Association Accredited).

I have experience working in private practice, university academic settings, hospital settings, community organizations, employee assistance programs, and mental health clinics. I enjoy working with individuals across the lifespan. I have experience working in Vancouver as well as in the U.S. with people who are diverse in age, education, sexual orientation (including working with individuals in the LGBTQ communities), socio-economic status, culture and ethnicity. I have also been a clinical supervisor for graduate level therapists in both Master’s and Doctoral level degrees.

I possess the B.C. Provincial Instructor’s Diploma (PID) and worked as a faculty member in the PID program and taught Psychology courses in other institutions. I enjoy reading, and contributing to, research in our field. I have presented research at national and international conferences in psychology and published research within the field. I am invested in furthering knowledge about mental health, assessment, therapy, supervision, training and treatment interventions.

I enjoy supporting people in their mental health and wellness. I have experience working to help individuals manage symptoms of Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Trichotillomania, Life Stress, Work-Life Balance, and Self-Esteem/Self-Confidence. Additionally, I possess experience working with health professionals during their training and residency (MDs, Ph.D.’s, OTs, PTs, SLPs, & EMTs).

I use evidence-based interventions in my work. My approach to therapy is integrated including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I work collaboratively with each person to determine goals and tailor therapy to the unique presenting concerns of each person while incorporating best practices in treatment.

I am happy to be back in Vancouver! I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I am a native of the Vancouver area and enjoy practicing yoga, engaging in exercise and spending time enjoying the outdoors in Vancouver.


To make an appointment with Dr Kivisalu, please call Changeways Clinic at 604 871 0490 during office hours, or email us at clientservices@changeways.com.