Dr. Sumin Na
I work with individuals experiencing a variety of difficulties including depression, anxiety, trauma, disordered eating and those with chronic pain and health conditions. I have worked extensively with immigrants and refugees and have expertise in providing culturally responsive therapy to individuals from diverse backgrounds.
My passion for psychology is rooted in the experience of immigrating to Canada from Korea as a child. When I started 5th grade in Vancouver, I barely knew the English alphabet. In addition to the language barrier, I experienced and witnessed many challenges common to immigrant families including, the loss of social support, feelings of incompetence and not feeling like you belong.
Because of these experiences, I deeply empathize with and have compassion towards those feel lost, marginalized, and face difficult circumstances not of their choosing. I always try to understand my clients in a holistic and empathetic context to see their resilience and strengths, in addition to their current difficulties.
Beginning to face one's thoughts and feelings takes courage. My role as a psychologist is to guide you through the process with kindness and understanding. Over the years I have worked in inpatient and outpatient hospital settings in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto with diverse clinical presentations. I have extensive experience in working with individuals struggling with depression and anxiety, and those who are struggling with trauma related distress. I also have expertise in working with diverse clients including immigrants, refugees and those who identify as LGBT.
I believe a warm therapeutic relationship is the foundation for change. My approach to therapy is integrative, with a focus on evidence-based treatments including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT). I am a trained yoga teacher and integrate mindfulness in therapy when appropriate.
In my spare time, I enjoy cycling around the city and running around with my dog at the park.
I received an Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from McGill University, and an M.Sc. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Victoria.
5+ years of practice
M.Sc., U of Victoria
Anxiety & mood disorders
Adjustment to change
Identity / cultural issues
Wednesday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
"When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves"