Nena Wang, PhD Candidate
Please Note: As she has recently completed her PhD requirements, Nena Wang is not presently registered with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. She works under the direct supervision of Dr Randy Paterson, Clinic Director.
Approach to Therapy and Areas of Expertise
In life, we encounter many different experiences: those filled with joy, hope, and pleasure, but also those impacted by hardship, loss, trauma, and pain. Wherever you find yourself in this journey, psychological therapy can offer insights into how to process, accept, and/or shift experiences that may be particularly difficult for you.
I work with clients with a variety of mental health concerns including anxiety, low mood, depression, and coping with life stress or changes. I provide specialized, evidence-based treatment for specific anxiety-related concerns such as generalized anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety, and health anxiety. I also have a special interest in working with individuals with psychosis, which may include experiences such as hearing voices and having unusual beliefs.
I deliver evidence-based treatment in a compassionate and client-centered way that fosters exploration and flexibility in approaching difficult issues, and that also helps to build new ways of understanding and coping. I primarily practice Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), integrated with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), to help you identify areas of concern and to develop an individualized treatment path forward. I also take a strengths-based approach, meaning that I attend to your innate strengths, resilience, and ability to recover.
I completed my graduate training in Clinical Psychology (M.A. and, very shortly, Ph.D.) at Simon Fraser University and my undergraduate degree (B.A. Honours) at the University of British Columbia. During my pre-doctoral residency, I trained at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. My rotations were in the Anxiety Treatment and Research Clinic, where I provided assessment and treatment for individuals with anxiety disorders, and the Cleghorn Early Intervention Clinic and the Schizophrenia Outpatient Clinic, where I provided cognitive behavioural therapy and neuropsychological assessment for young adults and adults in the community with psychosis and related mental health issues. During my graduate training, I also completed several clinical placements in the Lower Mainland, including Surrey Memorial Hospital, Back in Motion, the Ministry for Child and Family Development, and the SFU Clinical Psychology Centre.
I am originally from Shanghai, China and moved to the Lower Mainland with my parents when I was six. Among other things, I enjoy reading, practicing yoga and mindfulness, hiking, and spending time with my Netherland dwarf rabbit.
To make an appointment with Nena Wang, please call Changeways Clinic at 604 871 0490 during office hours, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.