Dr. Brooke Seal, R.Psych
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with my family, including my 3 children, on the soccer field, skiing, hanging out with our baby goats
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|If I wasn’t a therapist I’d be:
a university professor or a private investigator
“The Humans” by Matt Haig, “The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared” by Jonas Jonasson, “When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress” by Gabor Maté
Please note that Wise Mind Centre is not a vendor of ICBC and WorkSafe BC. Dr. Brooke Seal does not accept ICBC or WorkSafe BC referrals.
Dr. Brooke Seal is a Registered Psychologist in BC (#2564) with training from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health, the University of Texas at Austin, and the Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Centre of Vancouver. Brooke works primarily with people experiencing 1) depression and other mood disorders, 2) anxiety disorders and trauma-related disorders (e.g., panic attacks, social anxiety, generalized anxiety, specific phobia, PTSD), 3) adults experiencing difficulty with work stress and life transitions, and 4) family members and loved ones of persons with mental health difficulties who are trying to better understand psychological conditions and support options.
Brooke is an active, solution-oriented therapist focused on helping clients work on their goals by building skills and exploring ways to move forward. She is also a compassionate listener who uses validation along with a push for change. She aims to instill hope in her clients, and believes that in many cases, recovery is expected. Brooke primarily uses two kinds of therapy that have been shown to be especially effective: Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). She is available for short-term psychoeducational therapy sessions as well as for longer-term therapy and support.
Brooke is sensitive to the fact that it can be difficult to open up to someone, and she can assure you that the information you share will be treated confidentially (the required exceptions will be discussed in the first session). She knows that some clients want to get started quickly. If you are ready to talk and are feeling motivated to change, she is ready to help. You can schedule an initial consultation appointment with Brooke in as little as one day.
Brooke received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia (2002), and her MA (2005) and PhD (2009) in clinical psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. She completed her clinical residency through Vancouver Coastal Health in 2009 and a post doctoral program with the DBT Centre of Vancouver in 2010. Her education focused on research, teaching and mentoring, psychological assessment, group therapy, and individual therapy for a range of difficulties and disorders (including panic disorder, agoraphobia, social anxiety disorder, specific phobias, OCD, depression, interpersonal difficulties, female sexual difficulties including sexual pain, borderline personality disorder, suicide, self harm, eating disorders, difficulties with emotions, adjustment difficulties).
Brooke has conducted psychological assessments and therapy in a number of clinical settings throughout Texas (Psychology Department Training Clinic at the University of Texas at Austin, the Counselling Center at Texas State University, the Seton Medical Center in Austin, the Austin Behavioral Clinic, and juvenile detention centers) and Vancouver (the Anxiety Disorders Clinic at UBC Hospital, Emergency Psychiatric Services at Vancouver General Hospital, the Concurrent Disorders Unit at UBC Hospital, the BC Centre for Sexual Medicine at VGH, the Eating Disorders Program at Saint Paul’s Hospital, and the DBT Centre of Vancouver).
She has taught clinical assessment skills to graduate students at the University of Texas at Austin, sexual health training skills to medical students at UBC, and several undergraduate courses at SFU (2009-2013) and UFV (2010-present). She is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of the Fraser Valley where she teaches a range of courses (Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Psychological Interventions, History of Psychology). She has also been involved in research at UBC, SFU, UT Austin, and UFV. She has received several scholarships and awards, presented her research at conferences worldwide, and published several research articles about women’s health.
Booking with Dr. Seal
If you would like to see Dr. Seal for therapy or for a consultation, please either email firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to her via email at email@example.com.
Please note that while Dr. Seal offers DBT-informed therapy, she does not currently see clients in the comprehensive DBT program. She also does not provide services to students from the Department of Psychology at UFV due to conflict of interest.
The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change
To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself
Thigh Nhat Hanh
Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward
C. S. Lewis