We Live What We Teach
Matthew A Wakefield, M.A.
Matt is a clinical psychology student at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and an experienced student therapist specializing in dialectical behaviour therapy. He completed his M.A. at SFU in 2017 and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree. Matt was awarded the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships Doctoral Award by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and SFU’s Provost Prize of Distinction for his work on the role of emotion in the relationship between personality and behaviour. His current research focusses on the implicit associations of self-harm among individuals with borderline personality disorder. Matt enjoys running, watching movies, and spending time with his partner and their puppy.
Jennifer Yip, M.A.
Jennifer Yip received her MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2015. She is currently completing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at UBC and her research focuses on mind-wandering and related attentional states in psychological disorders. Her clinical experience prior to Wisemind Centre comes from hospitals and community practices, including UBC Hospital’s Mood Disorders Inpatient Unit and BC Psychosis Program, Burnaby Mental Health and Substance Abuse, BC Children’s Hospital, Cornerstone Clinic, and UBC Psychology Clinic. Using Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy approaches, Jennifer supports clients in understanding their concerns and integrating new skills into their lives
Jiahong Sun, Ph.D. Candidate
Jiahong is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She has a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology from Concordia University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University. Jiahong completed a CPA (Canadian Psychological Association) accredited pre-doctoral clinical psychology residency program with Saskatchewan Health Authority, where she received training in health and rehabilitation psychology at Royal University Hospital and Saskatoon City Hospital. She has experience working with individuals presenting a variety of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma, anger and grief. In addition, she has specialized training and experience in helping clients to better adjust to and manage their chronic health conditions and pain.
Jiahong takes an integrative approach to therapy, incorporating cognitive-behavioural, emotion-focused and process-oriented therapies to help individuals build a better relationship with themselves and others. She is also passionate about integrating cultural and diversity issues into psychological well-being, such as negotiating multiple identities (e.g., culture, social roles, faith, sexuality etc.) and navigating complex sociocultural systems and values. Jiahong firmly believes that the foundation of positive therapeutic change is through building a genuine and compassionate therapy relationship with each client.
Outside of her clinical workdays, Jiahong is writing her doctoral dissertation on the topic of sociocultural change and depression in China. When she is not at the clinic or working on her dissertation, Jiahong enjoys spending time with her family, catching up with friends, exploring the hidden gems of Vancouver and planning her next adventure.
Brian Bird, M.A.
Brian is a Doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Simon Fraser University. He received his Masters in Clinical Psychology from Laurentian University, where he was awarded the Governor General’s Gold Medal for highest academic achievement. He has experience with diverse clinical populations, and has a special interest in working with borderline personality disorder, addiction (e.g., substance use, gambling), trauma (e.g., PTSD), anxiety and phobias, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Brian also has a strong interest in research and has published over 20 scholarly articles on various topics, including testosterone and aggression, sexual minorities in the justice system, involuntary psychiatric hospital admissions, use of opioid agonist therapy for opioid addiction, and therapeutic modalities for treating anxiety and depression.
Jessica Ferreira, M.A.
Jessica is a clinical psychology student at Simon Fraser University (SFU). She completed her M.A. at SFU in 2019 and is currently pursuing her doctoral degree. Her current research focuses on how emotion regulation skills can impact couples’ romantic and sexual satisfaction. Jessica has clinical experience conducting assessments and providing cognitive behavioural therapy to adults, youth, and children with mood and anxiety disorders.
Klint Fung, M.A.
Klint is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He is trained in and has experience with conducting psychological assessments and cognitive behavioural therapy in anxiety-related disorders and depression. His doctoral research is on conditioning processes that contribute to and maintain social anxiety.
Jennifer Na, M.A.
Jennifer Na is a PhD student in the Clinical Psychology program at UBC. She has received extensive clinical training in providing treatments for depression, anxiety disorders, OCD, and borderline personality disorder, and emotional dysregulation. She has experience working with clients across the lifespan using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy approaches in group and individual settings.