Clara Mak, Registered Provisional Psychologist, MA, Doctoral Candidate

In my practice, I specialize in trauma and depression. I collaborate with the clients by defining their needs and developing the goals to work through. During the process of counselling, I will help clients to increase their psychological strength and resilience and promote their overall well-being through mind-body connection and relationship rebuilding.

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More about Clara Mak

I hold a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist (Alberta) and Registered Clinical Counsellor (BC). I have been working on a doctoral degree in psychology at California Southern University.  I’ve worked as a social worker for almost 13 years in various elderly centres. I bring along extensive experiences in working with aging populations and their caregivers. These experiences have all been beneficial in my counselling.

I have completed 1600 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education at Providence Health Care, two years of a clinical internship program of Marriage and Family Therapy at Living Systems Counselling Education and Research Center and a Certificate in Post-Traumatic Stress Incident in Hong Kong.

Living in a multicultural city, I am aware of the cultural differences to consider during the process of counselling.

I am a change agent and integrator in helping people of various ages. My approach is multi-theological, grounded in systems theory and other modalities, including cognitive behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, mindfulness-based, solution-focused therapy, positive psychology and play therapy.

I work with individuals to provide support with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, schizophrenia, addiction, compulsive and obsessive disorder, borderline personality disorder, PTSD/trauma. In addition to mental health issues, I also help people 50 years and older with transitions such as caring for aging parents, dementia, loss, grief and bereavement, chronic illness, pain, caregivers burnout, couple issues and family relationships. I also work with other issues such as life purpose and meaning, workplace stress, and soul healing. Apart from counselling, I also have training in administrating various assessments.

 

Qualifications

Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology (Yorkville University)

(Doctoral Candidate, in progress) Doctoral of Psychology  (California Southern University)

 

Affiliations

College of Alberta Psychologists

Psychologists’ Association of Alberta

BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

 

Certifications

Post-Traumatic Stress Incident, Hong Kong.

 

Languages

    • Cantonese
    • English
    • Mandarin

My Areas of Specialty:

  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety & Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Family Caregiver Stress
  • Family Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-Esteem Issues

I can also help with these areas:

  • Addictions & Substance Abuse
  • Adolescent & Teen Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Childhood Development Issues
  • Coping with Cancer
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Family Violence
  • Gottman Relationship Checkup
  • Parenting Issues & Support

My Treatment Approaches:

  • Adlerian therapy
  • Client Centered Therapy (Rogerian therapy)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy
  • Play Therapy
  • Solution Focused Therapy

Assessment Services:

  • Assessments For Developmental Disabilities
  • Forensic Assessment Services
  • Intelligence, Psycho-educational and Memory Assessments
  • Personality and Behavioural Assessments