We Live What We Teach
Dr. Debbie Leung, R.Psych.
Director of Wise Mind Centre
Dr. Debbie Leung is a Registered Psychologist in BC (#2273) and director of Wise Mind Centre. She provides assessment and scientifically supported treatments to adolescents and adult clients. She has helped clients struggling with a variety of psychological problems, including anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, substance use, eating problems, life transitions challenges (e.g., loss of relationships, parenthood), parenting difficulties, self-harm behavior, suicidal ideations, post-traumatic stress disorder, interpersonal difficulties, emotion regulation difficulties, and borderline personality disorder. She offers primarily cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), as well as mindfulness in her clinical work.
Debbie understands pain and suffering through personal experience and her clinical work. At the outset of therapy, she helps her clients develop therapy goals based on their personal values and long term goals. She helps individuals gain insight into their problems through in-depth assessment of their experience, and then provides tailor-made treatments to meet their individual needs. Her ultimate goal is to help her clients become their own therapist by teaching them adaptive coping and interaction skills. She balances this change-based approach in therapy with acceptance strategies by teaching her clients how to acknowledge what is factual in their lives, validate their own experience (whether the experience is welcome or unwelcome), and be mindful and non-judgmental of all emotions and bodily reactions to events in life.
Debbie received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University (American Psychological Association-accredited) in New York in 2005 after completing her internship training at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Child, Youth and Family Program) in Toronto. In 2009, she completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Marsha Linehan (treatment developer of DBT) at the University of Washington, where she received intensive training and supervision in DBT and in research on Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Debbie has worked in various clinical settings including the Children’s & Women’s Health Centre of BC (outpatient medical), Surrey Memorial Hospital (inpatient adolescent psychiatry), Vancouver Coastal Health (VGH Mental Health and Substance Use Outpatient Services, Online Therapy Service), and the DBT Centre of Vancouver (a community group practice).
Debbie provides clinical supervision to graduate trainees in clinical psychology programs at UBC, SFU, and Adler Universities, as well as doctoral level clinicians in the process of registration with the College of Psychologists of BC. In addition to clinical services, she has taught graduate level courses in clinical assessment at the University of British Columbia and undergraduate courses at Kwantlen University. Further, she has presented her research work in parenting and BPD in international conferences and published her work in these areas in peer-reviewed journals. She has provided clinical consultations and workshops in DBT and BPD-related topics locally and internationally to other mental health clinicians. She is a part time consultant for Behavioral Tech: A Linehan Institute Training Company.
In her spare time, Debbie enjoys gardening in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. She also enjoys spending time with her family (she is a mom of twins!), visiting city parks and the gulf islands, and taking part in the various events and activities this beautiful city offers.
Debbie acknowledges and am grateful that she gets to live and work in the unceded homelands of the fourteen First Nation communities of Heiltsuk, Kitasoo-Xai’xais, Lilwat, Musqueam, N’Quatqua, Nuxalk, Samahquam, Sechelt, Skatin, Squamish, Tla’amin, Tsleil-Waututh, Wuikinuxv, and Xa’xtsa.
Debbie has limited openings at this time. If you are interested in inquiring about her availability or scope of practice, please email the clinic at email@example.com or give us a call of 604-761-8201.