Dr. David Worling Registered Psychologist

Dr. Worling worked at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver for 7 years in the Adolescent Inpatient and Mood and Anxiety Outpatient Psychiatric Clinics. He began the Westcoast Child Development Group in 2003 and is now in a full time private practice. More recently, Dr. Worling started up the Spectrum Works Consulting Group to help support adolescents and adults on the Autism Spectrum with co-occurring mental health conditions. In addition to having a speciality in Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dr. Worling enjoys working with youth and young adults with a number of mental health challenges that include depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, school refusal, and learning disabilities. Dr. Worling holds an academic affiliation with the department of Psychology at Simon Fraser University and is a Sessional Instructor with the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He has over 25 years’ experience as a clinician and has specialized training in the areas of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Autism Diagnostics, Group Therapy, and Learning Disabilities. Dr. Worling sits on a number of clinical advisory boards and consults to a schools, mental health facilities, and government agencies. He has published in the areas of learning disabilities, AD/HD, autism, and was a co-author on the Dealing with Depression Workbook for teens. Dr. Worling is a sought-after speaker who brings a great deal of enthusiasm, professionalism, and humour to a wide range of audiences.

Dr. Kimberly Armstrong Registered Psychologist

Dr. Kimberly Armstrong has worked with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families since 2004. She spent two years working in the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University with Dr. Simon Baron-Cohen. She then completed her Masters and Doctoral degrees through the Clinical Psychology Program at Simon Fraser University, and completed clinical practica at BC Children’s Hospital and Child and Youth Mental Health. During that time she also conducted research in the Autism and Developmental Disorders Lab with Dr. Grace Iarocci. Her residency year was spent in Ontario at the Kingston Internship Consortium and the Queens University Developmental Disabilities Consulting Program working with children, youth and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders and mental health difficulties.

Dr. Armstrong has published research in peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities, Autism Research, and Molecular Autism. She is passionate about identifying each person’s unique strengths and challenges, and supporting them to engage meaningfully in the world. Dr. Armstrong is available to conduct diagnostic and psychoeducational assessments, and to provide therapeutic and consultation services.

Fleur van der Heul, MSc, MCP, RCC Registered Clinical Counsellor and Executive Functioning Coach

Fleur is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who specializes in treating social, behavioural and emotional issues in children, adolescents, and young adults, including depression and anxiety disorders (e.g. separation anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder, specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, selective mutism, obsessive-compulsive disorder). Other areas of expertise include issues with anger, self-harm behaviour (e.g. cutting), low self-esteem, LGBTQ issues, management of school-related stress and executive functioning difficulties.

Fleur’s therapeutic approach includes Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness. She provides a warm, safe, and non-judgmental environment that make clients feel comfortable in sharing their concerns.

Fleur has over 8 years of professional experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults, and has held positions as a Child and Youth Mental Health clinician and as a Psychometrist at the Maples Adolescent Treatment Centre and Youth Forensic Psychiatric Services. She has been in private practice for the past 3 years.

Fleur completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) and Simon Fraser University, and another Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Adler University.

James Burden M.Sc., Registered Speech Language Pathologist (CSHHPBC #0744)

James began his career in 2009 working for Communication Assistance for Youth and Adults (CAYA) and then the West Vancouver School District. James founded his own private practice, Exceptional Speech and Language Services in 2013. Much of his time is spent as the contracted Speech Language Pathologist at Kenneth Gordon Maplewood School in North Vancouver. Kenneth Gordon is an independent school that specializes in helping students with specific learning challenges.

Both at Kenneth Gordon and in his private office, James has specialized in working with children and youth with social developmental challenges, as well as language development and stuttering. He has worked with clients with a number of diagnoses including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Non-Verbal Learning Disability, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

James targets social development using a range of tools that focus on explicitly teaching why good social skills are beneficial to the student learning them, and how to achieve positive social results in a step-by-step manner. Examples of goal areas include: joining groups, conversation skills, sharing space and working with others, making and keeping friends, and knowing how much information to share.

Dr. Elizabeth Stanford

Dr. Elizabeth Stanford is a Registered Psychologist who works with children, youth, and families. She completed her graduate training through the University of British Columbia’s Clinical Psychology Program and Alberta Children’s Hospital in Calgary.

Her training in therapy focused on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for children and adolescents with mood, anxiety, stress/adjustment, and complex medical issues. Dr. Stanford worked at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (part of BC Children’s Hospital) and then did several years of full-time private practice.

Dr. Stanford has done a range of specific roles at Westcoast Child Development (assessment, individual and group therapy) in her 12+ years with the clinic. Currently, Dr. Stanford provides consultation and case-management support for youth with complex developmental and/or mental health issues. She also works at BC Children’s Hospital on the Medical Psychology Team.

Saba Moayed Clinic Care Coordinator

Saba is the clinical care coordinator at Westcoast Child Development Group. She provides information about the clinic services and manages client accounts, referrals, scheduling and cancellations of various appointments.

Saba graduated with B.S.c in psychology from the University of British Columbia Okanagan with an interest in developmental psychology and statistics. She plans to continue building her education and experiences in mental health and well-being. Some of her prior work experiences include program coordinator at the UBCO’s Campus Collegia and volunteering for CMHA Ride Don’t Hide community fundraising bike ride event.

Out of work, Saba enjoys travelling, gardening, reading books and poetry, listening to Nina Simone and classical piano and playing with her cat named Peeshee.

Dr. Katia Jitlina

Dr. Katia Jitlina has worked with children and families in different capacities since 2003. She completed her Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Her research has focused on the development of Anxiety Disorders in children with Autism, as well as translating clinic-based anxiety interventions to the school setting. She is passionate about early interventions for mental health and overall development, as well as promoting the mental health and emotional well-being of children and youth with Autism.

She finished her residency in Clinical Child Psychology at McMaster Children’s Hospital, where she worked in the Child and Youth Mental Health and Autism Spectrum Disorder services. She previously completed practica with Child and Youth Mental Health, the Calgary Learning Centre, the Early Childhood Mental Health Program at Richmond Hospital, and worked as a psychometrist with the Neonatal Follow-Up Programme at BC Children’s Hospital. In providing treatment, she uses a collaborative therapeutic framework that is influenced by cognitive-behavioural, developmental, interpersonal and family therapy approaches.

Dr. Jitlina is available to conduct diagnostic, developmental and psychoeducational assessments, and to provide therapeutic and consultation services. Dr. Jitlina is in the process of registering with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia and is currently supervised by Dr. David Worling, Registered Psychologist.

Dr. Aaron Jacobson

Prior to relocating to Vancouver, Dr. Jacobson worked at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa, California, for seven years in the Child Psychiatry Department.  He worked as a case manager for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities, and co-led the Teen Intensive Outpatient Program.  In addition to seeing patients through Westcoast Child Development Clinic, Dr. Jacobson also consults for Spectrum Works, providing support to adolescents and adults on the Autism Spectrum with co-occurring mental health conditions. Additionally, Dr. Jacobson specializes in foster/adoption issues, blended families, and has worked extensively with survivors of abuse and neglect.  He has treated a wide variety of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and panic, school refusal, and self-harming behavior.  

He has over ten years’ experience as a clinician and has specialized training in the areas of Brief Strategic Family Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Autism Diagnostics, and Group Therapy. Dr. Jacobson has also conducted trainings for clinicians in adolescent suicide assessment and therapeutic interventions for individuals on the Autism Spectrum.  He has given talks at a wide variety of agencies, including schools and foster care organizations.  

Dr. Jacobson integrates a number of different modalities into his work, but generally works as an Interpersonal therapist.  He encourages full family participation in the psychotherapeutic treatment of children and adolescents.  


Antes de mudarse a Vancouver, el Dr. Jacobson trabajó en Kaiser Permanente en Santa Rosa, California.  El lleva siete años en el Departamento de Psiquiatría Infantil. Trabajó como gerente de casos para jóvenes con trastornos del espectro autista y otras discapacidades del desarrollo, y fue codirector del Programa Intensivo para Adolescentes. Además de atender a los pacientes a través de Westcoast Child Development Clinic, el Dr. Jacobson también asesora a Spectrum Works, brindando apoyo a adolescentes y adultos autistas con trastornos concurrentes de salud mental. Además, el Dr. Jacobson se especializa en asuntos de adopción / crianza, familias combinadas, y ha trabajado extensamente con sobrevivientes de abuso y negligencia. Él ha tratado una amplia variedad de problemas de salud mental, que incluyen depresión, ansiedad y pánico, rechazo escolar y comportamiento autodestructivo.

Tiene más de diez años de experiencia como médico y tiene capacitación especializada en las áreas de Breve Terapia Familiar Estratégica, Terapia de Comportamiento Dialéctico, Terapia Cognitiva Conductual, Diagnóstico de Autismo y Terapia Grupal. El Dr. Jacobson también ha realizado capacitaciones para médicos en la evaluación del suicidio adolescente y las intervenciones terapéuticas para individuos en el espectro del autismo. Ha dado charlas en una amplia variedad de agencias, incluidas escuelas y organizaciones de cuidado de crianza.

El Dr. Jacobson integra varias modalidades diferentes en su trabajo, pero generalmente trabaja como terapeuta interpersonal. Alienta la participación familiar total en el tratamiento psicoterapéutico de niños y adolescentes.