Evidence Based Mental Health Care


Compassion. Experience. Commitment.



Drs Korman, Wiebe and Burns first started working together at BC Children's Hospital in 2008.  Dr. Korman was providing training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Drs Burns and Wiebe joined a team that provided treatment to youth and their families.  Still in training, Drs. Burns and Wiebe were amazed to see remarkable changes in clients that had previously been offered little beyond short term inneffective treatments.  When the DBT team was closed at BCCH all three directors continued in the public system.   We also started to provide DBT to families through our private practice.   Dismayed by the lack of evidence based psychotherapy and an unhealthy preoccupation with pharmaceuticals in public mental health we have focused our energy on VanPsych.  It was an oportunity to work with likeminded individuals who were all equally commited to our clients.  We have continued to grow and now provide DBT to individuals and to families.  We have also been commited to training a new generation of mental health professionals.  Physicians who are in their psychiatry residency training recieve training in DBT and CBT from members of our team.  Psychology doctoral students are now important members of our team and participate in practicums with us.  


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Clinical Director

Lorne Korman

Dr. Lorne Korman is a registered psychologist and Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UBC.  Previously he was Head of the Anger and Addiction Clinic at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Research Director of the BC Youth Concurrent Disorders Network.

Dr. Korman received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from York University, where his research focused on emotion and change in Emotion Focused and Client Centred Psychotherapy. He completed intensive training in DBT has 13 years of experience in DBT.  Dr. Korman has participated in 4 clinical trials of DBT and DBT adaptations and was principal investigator in 2 trials adapting DBT to help adults and youth with anger problems.

Dr. Korman has published numerous articles and chapters on DBT, most recently co-authoring a chapter with Dr. Kyle Burns on treating suicidal adolescents who have concurrent substance use disorders.  For a list of some of his publications, click here. He was co-winner of the American Psychoanalytic Association 2010 Scientific Paper Prize for a study on DBT published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.  Dr. Korman is featured in the APA video Working with Anger, and he is the author of a DBT module for anger problems. He has trained hundreds of clinicians across Canada in DBT, consulted to numerous DBT programs, and has supervised residents, fellows, and interns in DBT



York University
PhD - Clinical Psychology, 1998
MA - Psychology 1991

Concordia University
B.A., Psychology (Honors), 1987

Activities & Affiliations

• Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC

Professional Qualifications

• Registered Psychologist, College of Psychologists of BC



Medical Director


Carl Wiebe is a psychiatrist with a long history as a family doctor in both rural and academic urban settings. He has long had an interest in mental health, from supporting emergency personnel in rural isolated settings to working with military personnel to caring for pregnant traumatized women with substance use issues. He recently completed specialty training in psychiatry and has trained with mentors both in cognitive behavioral therapy as well as dialectical behavior therapy with Kyle Burns and Lorne Korman. He continues with his interest in life long learning and education, working with residents both in Family Medicine as well as Psychiatry.
Currently Carl works in private practice at the Vancouver Psychotherapy Centre.  He also teaches in the department of Psychiatry and Family Practice at UBC.



B.SC. (Med) MD, 1988
Family Medicine Residency1990

Psychiatry Residency, 2011

Activities & Affiliations

• Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UBC

Professional Qualifications

• Licence - College of Physician's and Surgeons of British Columbia




Kyle Burns MD FRCPC

Kyle Burns is a psychiatrist working in British Columbia Canada and a clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia.  He has a special interest in people who have multiple barriers.  He has experience in working with marginalized young adults and individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing.  

He has training and experience in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), a treatment designed to address many of the challenges in working with complex disorders.  He has been instrumental in establishing three separate DBT teams in Vancouver, British Columbia.  He has provided training in DBT to a number of psychiatry residents.  He currently works at the Vancouver Psycotherapy Centre and with the DBT team with the inner city youth mental health program.  He has also been a consultant to the Provincial Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and the Deaf Well-Being Program.

He has worked with Dr. Lorne Korman, an expert in DBT and the treatment of anger, and they recently published a chapter on treating youth with concurrent substance use and suicidal behaviours.



Medical Doctor, 2004

BSc. 1998

Activities & Affiliations

Anxiety BC, Director

Professional Qualifications

• Licence - College of Physician's and Surgeons of British Columbia