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Dr. Jabeene Bhimji



Note: Dr Bhimji is returning to British Columbia in November 2019 from where she has been practicing in California. Her registration in British Columbia is pending. Until this is completed she will be working under the supervision of a psychologist registered in British Columbia.

My area of expertise

I work with adults and young adults using evidence-based treatments to target mood and anxiety difficulties, trauma-related symptoms, early psychosis, and other concerns that impact patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.

While predominantly using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), I also integrate interpersonal and humanistic approaches to ensure that I am able to provide a safe, empathic, and non-judgemental therapeutic environment.

I have worked with various presenting concerns across a range of treatment settings, extending from counselling centres and outpatient clinics to inpatient psychiatric units. Across these settings I have provided individual and group therapy services using treatment modalities including but not limited to CBT, DBT (dialectical behaviour therapy), and mindfulness-based approaches.

My approach to therapy

As a therapist, I use my capacity for genuineness, warmth, and empathic understanding to form strong working relationships with my clients. I work to ensure that my clients feel heard, validated, and understood throughout our work together. In addition, I am an action-oriented provider. My approach therefore involves consistent movement towards treatment goals, and a balance of process-oriented and skills-based therapeutic work.

I view the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative partnership in which both the client and provider work together to develop treatment targets and a treatment plan that will suit your needs and preferences. In order to enhance motivation and commitment in therapy, it is of the utmost importance to me that we are working on what is most meaningful to you.

I enjoy working with clients who are motivated and ready to take steps towards changing their lives. I also enjoy helping individuals reach a place in which they feel prepared to start taking action.

My background

Upon completion of my masters and doctoral coursework at Idaho State University, I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Emory University School of Medicine in Georgia where I had the opportunity to work with a highly diverse population with regard to ethnicity, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, and presenting concern.

After obtaining my doctorate in 2018, I pursued additional training and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Stanford University School of Medicine in California. During my time at Stanford University, I further developed my competence in using a cognitive behavioural framework to target anxiety, depression, and early psychosis. I also completed intensive training in dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), which I often integrate in to my therapeutic work when appropriate.

Dr. Bhimji has applied to become a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia.

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