Dr. Mok Escueta
Registered Clinical Social Worker
I have been a Trauma Psychotherapist for about 20 years and continue to be very grateful that my profession is my passion. I believe in the power of mental health work, particularly trauma psychotherapy, to help create more healthful, present moments in partnership with those who experience distress.
Of special interest to me are topics in the context of trauma work and integrating meditation/spirituality and neuroscience, sleep, expressive arts methodologies, complex emotions, real mindfulness, and embodied distress.
I use current evidence-based and best practices, and collaborate with individuals, couples, families and groups. My work experience includes tenure with the University of California San Francisco (USCF) Trauma Recovery Center in San Francisco and the Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic in Vancouver.
In addition to Boreal Wellness Centres, I maintain a private practice where I work with many veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP, and their partners and families. I am also involved with the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture.
Many things fascinate me to no end: making and nurturing connections with humans and the world, deep laughter, travelling to experience people and not just see sights, searching for life’s meaning and purpose, doing nothing, choral singing and choreography, learning while teaching, service, the visual arts, and just how people are.
The books I love to read most are on spirituality and advancement. I find joy in the simplest things and make decisions based on whether something animates my spirit or is liberating.
I received a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from the University of British Columbia, and a M.A. in Social Work.
20+ years of practice