Meet Our Team

We hire only the best specialist

Dr. Sumin Na

PhD Level Clinician

Dr. Sumin Na completed her PhD in Counselling Psychology at McGill University and her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Victoria. She completed her Clinical Psychology Residency at Vancouver Coastal Health and received training at UBC Hospital working with individuals with severe mood disorders and psychosis, and at St. Paul’s Hospital, providing therapy to those struggling with chronic pain, eating disorders, and chronic health conditions.

Dr. Na works with individuals experiencing a variety of difficulties including, depression, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders and those with chronic pain and health conditions. She also has expertise in providing culturally responsive therapy to individuals from diverse backgrounds including immigrants, refugees, and those who identify as LGBT. Dr. Na uses an integrative approach to therapy using cognitive-behavioural, mindfulness and acceptance-based therapies to provide interventions that best fits with each client’s needs. She strives to establish a collaborative, warm and compassionate relationship with each client. Dr. Na currently works part time at the ISSofBC Welcome Centre to provide psychological assessment and therapy to immigrants and refugees.

Matthew A Wakefield

M.A. Master-Level Clinician

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 Yup

M.A. Master-Level Clinician

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

Michelle Deshaw

Registered Clinical Counselor

Michelle is a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC with over 18 years experience providing mental health treatment and assessment to children, adolescents, and parents. She has worked in clinical settings such as community mental health and family counselling centres, schools, post-secondary, and employee family assistance programs. Michelle has led psycho-educational and therapy groups as well as provided consultation and training to parents, schools, and mental health professionals on supporting children and youth with behavioural difficulties.

Michelle has extensive training in using DBT (Dialectical Behavioural Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) in working with clients and families. Michelle has experience dealing with a wide range of issues including: •Mood Regulation •Anxiety •Depression •Parenting Challenges •Child/Adolescent Behavioural Problems •Anger •Self Esteem •Trauma •Grief and Loss

In her spare time, Michelle enjoys running, weight training, and doing yoga, along with spending time with her son and family. Michelle has lived and worked in Latin America and the Caribbean and enjoys learning about other cultures.

Education: • University of Victoria: Master of Education in Counselling Psychology • University of British Columbia: Diploma in Guidance Studies • University of British Columbia: Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Education • University of Victoria: Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Klint Fung

Master-Level Clinician

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.

Karen Romanin

Registered Nurse

Karen studied nursing and psychology at the University of British Columbia. She has been a psychotherapist at Vancouver General Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry for over 20 years and has had the privilege of working with a wide range of adults including those managing symptoms of anxiety, depression, emotion regulation difficulties, PTSD, and complicated bereavement. She is the former clinical lead of the DBT program there. Karen also considers herself the lucky mom of two great human beings.

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