Team

Dr. David Worling (#1365) 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 http://spectrumworks.consulting/ 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. http://www.comh.ca/publications/resources/dwd/DWD_PrintVersion.pdf. 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 (#2322) 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 (#12616), 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.

Kate Kha Clinic Care Coordinator

Kate 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.

Kate graduated with a dual degree in law and forensic criminal studies from Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University in the Ukraine and is passionate about mental health. She is fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian. In her spare time, Kate enjoys listening to music and going to concerts. She also enjoys reading books and poetry.

Dr. Katia Jitlina (#2417) Registered Psychologist

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. Aaron Jacobson (#2337)

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.

Leah Marks (#16138) Registered Clinical Counsellor, Academic and Career Strategist

Leah Marks, M.A., (RCC#16138), is a Registered Clinical Counsellor as well as an experienced academic advisor and career strategist. She specializes in supporting individuals aged 15 and beyond through life decisions and navigating through the world of work and school. She guides adolescent, young adult, and adult clients to explore their strengths and opportunities for growth and to design and achieve personal, academic, and career objectives – especially in times of transition.

Leah began her career over 25 years ago as an educator and consultant designing individual education plans and consulting to parents on supporting child development and behaviour while also working as a College Instructor for Early Childhood Educators. More recently, as an Academic Advisor at The University of British Columbia, Leah has become skilled in assisting adult students to chart and navigate rigorous academic paths despite a multitude of internal and external barriers. Through training with the UBC Life and Career Centre, the Centre for Student involvement and Careers and Alumni UBC, Leah has extensive experience providing career advising and building hope for a wide range of clients with a multitude of career questions and concerns.

She combines her work as an educator and academic advisor with her Clinical Counselling training and experience to provide a holistic approach to her clients that is solution-focused, action oriented, and grounded in theories of positive psychology, human development, mindfulness, cognitive behaviour therapy and informed by current research in self-regulated learning, executive functioning, and career development.

Leah holds a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology and Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Gender studies from the University of British Columbia and is a parent of two young adults.

Jordan Jiminez Administrator

Jordan works as a part time administrator for our clinic, providing information to clients and helping the clinic run on a daily basis.

Jordan graduated her B.A. in psychology from the University of British Columbia, with particular interests in developmental psychology and social psychology. She volunteered throughout her degree with Dr. Janet Worker in infant language development.

Currently, Jordan is completing her Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology at Adler University where she is interested in Leadership Development and coaching where she is writing her thesis on leadership emotional intelligence and team effectiveness.

In her spare time Jordan likes to play volleyball, go to the beach and cook for her friends and family.