Evidence Based Mental Health Care


Evidence Based Mental Health Care


VanPsych has been providing quality mental health care to British Columbia's lower Mainland since 2009

We are group of mental health providers who believe that psychological treatments are most effective when they are provided by teams of professionals who are commited to compassionate and scientifically supported care.

In 2009 Drs Korman and Burns started to provide Dialectical Behavior Therapy to families in Vancouver.  They were joined by Dr. Wiebe in 2010 and the practice has expanded.  All three of the founding directors believe that evidence based treatments should be readily available to anyone suffering from mental health problems.  While Canada's public health care system provides access to costly, cutting edge treatments for other health problems, sadly effective psychotherapy is not available for many individuals in the public health system.

Our goal is to address this gap by providing effective psychotherapy through a blended fee for service model.  We also advocate and support the public system to provide effective treatments that have been demonstrated to work.




400 - 601 West Broadway
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V5Z 4C2

(604) 871-4177


Areas of Practice


Dialectical Behavior Therapy

DBT is a structured psychotherapy designed to help people with multiple problems including impulsivity and problems with emotional and  behavioural regulation.  It has been researched in people with Borderline Personality Disorder, Substance use problems and Eating Disorders.  DBT is an intensive treatment that involves both group and individual therapy.  We provide DBT to inviduals and families. Our DBT therapists meet weekly to maintain their skills and enthusiasm for doing the therapy.


Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic Psychotherapies have been around the longest and they have also evolved significantly since first developed. Often referred to simply as Dynamic Psychotherapy there has been a growing evidence base support the effectiveness of these treatments that are generally longer in duration and less structured than behavioral treatments.  Our team has become particularly interested in Transference Focused Psychotherapy which is an evidence based psychodynamic treatement that it is effective in treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.

Cognitive BEhavior Therapy

CBT is probably the most researched mental health intervention.  CBT is a time limited treatment that focuses on the thoughts and behaviors that drive a range of mental health problems.  Typically clients in CBT will focus on a particular problem for 10 - 20 weeks before finishing with the therapy.  CBT is often diluted and clients actually often do not receive the treatment as originally designed.  Our team is committed to providing CBT as intended.  Drs Burns and Wiebe teach CBT to all psychiatric traininees at UBC.


We provide training opportunities to senior psychiatry and psychology trainees.  Our students our valuable members of our team.  Their enthusiasm and diligence make them excellent therapists and many of our clients have benifited from working with trainees.

We regularly lecture and provide workshops on Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior therapy and  are available to present on a range of issues related to mental health or substance use.

Emotion Focused Therapy

Humanistic psychotherapies such as Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) or Client Centred Therapy focus on the client's experience and the therapeutic relationship rather than new information or skills.  In EFT clients are provided with a place to explore their emotional experience.   Dr. Korman completed his PhD with Dr. Less Greenberg the founder of EFT.  A core assumption in EFT is that all people have the capacity to flourish given the right circumstances.  This is a belief we share at VanPsych.



We have consulted and provided training to organizations to improve the delivery of psychotherapy services and can provide evaluation and recomendations on program improvement.  This can be combined with our training workshops that are informative and entertaining.


The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.
— Carl Rogers


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