Hello and Welcome

Thankyou for coming to look at my website. In looking through this website I hope you can get a good idea about the kind of work that I do. I work with a full range of experiences from depression, anxiety, grief, relational breakdown to the meaningful formation of new and challenging opportunities in personal or work life. Essentially my work is about connecting with people in a thoughtful, intentional way to effect real change. I prioritize the formation of a strong therapeutic relationship with clients because it is known to be the thing that makes a difference in therapeutic outcomes. I work to engage with you in order to achieve the peace, restoration, healing as well as the achievements that are important to you.  I invite you to contact me if you would like to talk about what it is that you are wanting to do. As an overview, I am a Registered Psychologist in Vancouver, BC (#2053). I work with individuals, couples and families in my private practice.

As an aside, Pam Patterson Psychotherapy is my ‘brand’ name. The letter ‘P’ seems to have had a prominent presence in my career and you’ll find it in my email and throughout my website. I do warmly refer to my practice as “P8” signifying “Professor Pamela Patterson Psychologist in Private Practice doing Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy” (among other approaches!).

Education and Training:

  • PhD in Counselling Psychology, UBC
  • MA in Counselling Psychology, UBC, Concentration in Couple and Family Systems
  • BA in English, Queen’s University
  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Level Two Certificate
  • Externship for Emotionally Focussed Couples Therapy
  • EMDR Basic Training
  • Intensive Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program
  • Ongoing training in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Ethics, Technology in Counselling and more.

Registration, Membership and Certification:

  • Registered Psychologist #2053-College of Psychologists of BC (CPBC)
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)
  • BC Psychological Association (BCPA)
  • Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association-Professional member (CCPA)
  • International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focussed Therapy
  • International Association for Counselling

Research and Public Speaking:

  • Areas of continuing research include: phenomenology of experience, Therapeutic process, practice and training, relational dynamics, ethics, professional practice
  • What Helps and Hinders Educational, Business and Governmental Leadership in difficult situations
  • The integration of a spiritual worldview in the Helping Professions

The fundamentals of caring and communicating in small groups

Reflections on parenting and building family in today’s culture

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