Master-level clinicians

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.

Matt's clinical work at Wise Mind Centre is being supervised by Dr. Debbie Leung.

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.

Jiahong's clinical work at Wise Mind Centre is being supervised by Dr. Debbie Leung.

Veronica Li, M.A.

Veronica is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC). She holds a master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Adler University. Veronica has supported clients struggling with a variety of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, intrusive thoughts, trauma, grief, cultural concerns, and sexuality-related issues. Veronica has training in the area of traumatic brain injuries and her research focuses on exploring the intersection between brain injury and sexuality. Veronica uses therapeutic approaches and interventions that are flexible and tailored to her clients’ unique needs and goals. She acknowledges, accepts, and incorporates a client’s family, culture, and other beliefs within therapy. She primarily draws from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and Mindfulness-based approaches to work with her clients in tackling the challenges they are facing. Her approach is open, non-judgemental, and she works in collaboration with her clients to support them in self-growth and making changes towards creating a more fulfilling life. Veronica is a practicum trainee working under the supervision of Dr. Debbie Leung at Wise Mind Centre.

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. Jessica is a practicum trainee working under the supervision of Dr. Debbie Leung at Wise Mind Centre.

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