Dr. Lydia Kwa

Phone (Main): 604-682-5818



I am a registered clinical psychologist in private practice in Vancouver. My office is located in the Old BC Electric Bulding, a heritage building at the edge of Chinatown and downtown Vancouver. The building is accessed from the parking lot entrance at 23 West Pender, although the mailing address is on Carrall. It is wheelchair accessible.

I received a Bachelors of Science degree from University of Toronto in 1983; I graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, with my MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology. I’ve lived and worked in Vancouver since 1992.

I specialize in working with adults dealing with anxiety, depression and trauma-related problems. I am queer-positive. I also work with individuals who may identify themselves as highly sensitive, or as cultural creative types, wishing to be innovative and transformative in their lives. Many individuals and couples have come to see me for interpersonal issues, either to do with challenges in their careers or their personal lives. I am comfortable helping people address problems or needs associated with race or ethnicity, as well as questions surrounding gender roles and sexual orientation.

I use a variety of techniques in my work with people. Most of these techniques are employed with the aim of helping others disentangle from unconscious patterns. Paying attention to psycho-physiological signs that arise within each session, I work very much with staying in the present moment, focusing on process and mind-body awareness, assisting clients to gradually experience more freedom from distressing symptoms.

Cognitive behavioral therapy, creative visualization and breathing techniques are used in my work. More recently, I have begun to employ an approach called Complex Integration of Multiple Brain Systems (

I work intuitively and see myself as serving to create a safe and supportive atmosphere where people can explore ways to be freer and more empowered in their lives. I am interested in helping others heal the connection between their minds and bodies. For me, this involves working with the human being to address many factors—physical, cognitive, emotional, social as well as spiritual—all interconnected.

My work occurs almost entirely through the use of English, but I have slight fluency in Mandarin, with some capacity to understand Cantonese. At times, when needed, I have also worked with interpreters.

If interested, please contact me at: 604-682-5818 or email:

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Primary Areas of Practice

Adult Treatment

Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma
PTSD/Adult Trauma
Panic Disorder
Social Phobia
Anxiety Disorders - Other
Womens issues

Client Considerations


Approaches used:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Feminist Therapy