Dr Suja Srikameswaran

Dr Suja Srikameswaran

My areas of expertise

I specialize in treating eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge-eating disorder) and disordered eating, as well as other psychological conditions including depression and anxiety.

I have extensive experience helping women who are pregnant and post-partum to address body image, eating, mood, relationship and parenting issues. I am also experienced in helping people navigate life challenges as varied as infertility, grief and loss and chronic health conditions.

My approach to therapy

My training is in cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT). In CBT, we identify the beliefs or assumptions we hold and examine the impact of these beliefs on our feelings and on our behaviour. Often we struggle with “thinking traps” (e.g.,“I’m a failure”) that keep us in suffering (sadness, anger and despair). Or we may struggle with intense emotions that keep us in behavioural traps (e.g., binge eating) that make us vulnerable to judging ourselves (“I have no self-control, I’m a loser”) and also lead to suffering.

Often people feel frustrated because they know they are suffering, yet they aren’t ready to change their problem behaviours or thoughts. In my practice, I integrate CBT techniques with Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), insight oriented therapy; I also teach the skills of self-compassion to help clients explore barriers to change, and to help them prepare for and engage in change.

I hope we will both bring our curiosity and open hearts to the therapy sessions to help you achieve your goals.

My background

I was born in India to a South Indian Hindu family, and I moved to Canada with them when I was 4 years old. I was raised in the Prairies, and completed my Ph.D in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manitoba. I came to Vancouver to do my clinical internship at UBC Hospital. It was difficult to leave friendly Manitoba, but the siren call of beautiful BC with its gentle winters and gorgeous mountains was impossible to resist.

I began working at the Eating Disorders Program (EDP) at St. Paul’s Hospital in 1990, and I have been the outpatient psychologist providing assessment and treatment in that program for 23 years. I am also the Professional Practice Leader for Psychology for Providence Health Care and I am a Clinical Associate Professor in the Dept of Psychiatry, UBC. I am a member of the EDP research team and I am a co-recipient of grants from CIHR, SSHRC and MSHFRC, and a co-author of numerous publications on readiness and motivation to change in the eating disorders, social support, etc.

I work at Changeways Clinic one day a week.

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