Director of Counselling Services
B.Sc. Microbiology (UBC), B.Ed. (UBC), M.Div. (Regent College), Psy.D. (Fuller), RCC #13519
Ed brings a wealth of life experience into his work as a psychotherapist. After his first degree at the University of British Columbia (B.Sc., microbiology), Ed worked for about a year in a biotechnology company before realizing that lab work wasn’t for him. In order to save up for theological education, Ed decided to become a high school science teacher (B.Ed., UBC). He taught as a substitute teacher in the Surrey and Coquitlam school districts before going to Hong Kong and teaching at an international school for four years.
When Ed returned to Vancouver, he studied for a Master of Divinity degree at Regent College. In his final year at Regent, Ed helped plant a church, where he served as the associate pastor at that church until the opportunity arose to train as a clinical psychologist. He completed his coursework at Fuller Theological Seminary’s Graduate School of Psychology (APA Accredited, Pasadena, CA.), an institution renowned for its integration of psychology and theology. While living in southern California for several years, he had the privilege of serving clients that represented the incredible diversity of the Los Angeles area. He returned to Vancouver for his pre-doctoral internship at UBC’s student counselling centre. After being awarded his Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree in September 2016, Ed has registered with the British Columbia Association of Clinical Counsellors and is now pursuing registration as a psychologist with the British Columbia College of Psychologists.
Ed primarily works from a psychodynamic perspective and has training in Emotion Focused Therapy. What this means is that he understands people as relational beings, and that gaining insight and experiencing emotional change with respect to one’s self and others can be healing and freeing. Also, as a result of working in different parts of the world where he has lived in some remarkable cultures, Ed’s academic interests tend towards cultural psychotherapy. He specializes in helping clients work through significant cultural issues, whether there are cultural differences within families, between partners, or in organizations.
Ed loves working with individuals, couples, and groups, and has extensive experience in working with college-aged adults and urban professionals, but enjoys working with people of all ages. He also enjoys teaching and speaking to schools, community groups, churches, and workplaces about mental health, psychology, and spirituality.
In addition to counselling in an office, Ed offers Walk and Talk sessions as well as online counselling. Please inquire with him if you are interested in either of these.