Westcoast Child Development Group Inc. brings together a multidisciplinary team of mental health professionals to work with children, youth, and families. Our team includes Registered Psychologists, Clinical Counsellors, Speech-Language Pathologists. The clinicians with Westcoast Child Development Group work closely with individuals who are experiencing issues that include: depression, anxiety, school and family problems, social skills difficulties, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities, behavioural issues, and autistic spectrum disorders.
We work directly with children, families, and adults and also provide consultation to schools, mental health facilities, and employers.
At the Westcoast Child Development Group we work hard to ensure that the most up-to-date assessment and empirically-supported clinical treatments are available.
Our team are all registered clinicians who are governed by their respective licensure bodies and strive to maintain a high degree of professionalism.
We currently offer Psychoeducational and Diagnostic assessments in Chinese.
We are now offering Executive Functioning Coaching for youth and adults who are struggling with planning, organizing, studying, and general inattention.
Individual Treatment: Staff with the Westcoast Child Development Group adopt a Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy model that centres on short-term, goal-driven therapies. Each therapeutic contract is outlined with the client and is repeatedly updated over the course of treatment. Treatment programs are currently being offered for a number of issues that include: depression, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, AD/HD, school, and family concerns. Therapeutic sessions are 50 minutes in length.
Family Therapy: Treatment with children and youth requires the input and support of family members. Family therapy meetings are offered to assist each family in working toward a healthier home environment and to work on practical, collaborative solutions. Family Therapy sessions are 50 minutes in length.
Dr. David Worling, Registered Psychologist (CPBC# 1365), Director
Dr. Worling has worked at BC Children’s Hospital Vancouver for 7 years in their adolescent inpatient and anxiety outpatient psychiatric setting. He began the Westcoast Child Development Group in 2003 and is now in a full time private practice. He enjoys working with children and youth with a number of mental health challenges that include depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, and general teenage angst. Dr. Worling holds academic affiliations with the departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the UBC, and with the Psychology Clinic at SFU. He has over 20 years experience running groups with a number of different child/adolescent populations. Dr. Worling is a registered member of the BC Autism Network. Dr. Worling has specialized training in the areas of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Autism Diagnostics, Group Therapy, Learning Disabilities. He enjoys working on innovative clinical interventions and has designed the Club Connects social competence groups, ADAPT groups for anxiety and depression, along with co-authoring the Dealing with Depression Workbook for teens.
Dr. Christopher Gibbins, Registered Psychologist
Dr. Christopher Gibbins works in private practice as well as on contract with BC’s Frasier and Northern Health Authority assessment networks, focusing on the diagnostic assessment of children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, learning disabilities, and developmental delays. Dr. Gibbins has a particular interest in the assessment of preschool aged children for early intervention as well as giftedness in young children. Dr. Gibbins also works as a psychologist and research fellow at the ADHD Clinic and the Infant Psychiatry Clinic at BC’s Children’s Hospital. He is currently involved in running the Vancouver branch of a CIHR funded multisite study of working memory and inattention in children with ADHD. Dr. Gibbins completed his PhD at Queen’s University with a focus on behavioural disorders in young children.
Dr. Annie Hsieh, Registered Psychologist
Dr. Hsieh obtained her Master’s and Doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Queen’s University and completed her residency in child clinical and pediatric psychology at Alberta Children’s Hospital. Dr. Hsieh works with children, adolescents, and families. Prior to joining Westcoast Child Development Group, Dr. Hsieh worked at Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children (BC Children’s Hospital), where she provided assessment and program planning for children and adolescents with complex neurodevelopmental, emotional, and behavioural concerns including Autism Spectrum Disorder, prenatal substance exposure (e.g., Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder), Learning Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Intellectual Disability, global developmental delay, trauma and attachment issues. She also has worked in a variety of settings including university counselling centre, youth forensic service, community mental health centres, and hospitals (e.g., diabetes, sleep, gastroenterology clinics). Dr. Hsieh is available to complete psychoeducational, psychodiagnostic, and cognitive assessments for children and adults. For treatment, Dr. Hsieh provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for individuals with anxiety, mood and adjustment difficulties.
Fleur van der Huel, 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.
Shari A. Linde, M.Sc. SLP ( C ) Speech and Language Pathologist
Shari received her Master of Science degree from the University of Western Ontario, Department of Communication Disorders, in September, 1994. She is certified as a speech-language pathologist with both the British Columbia and the Canadian Associations of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists. Shari is recognized as a Clinical Educator with the University of British Columbia. Shari’s primary areas of clinical expertise include communication impairments resulting from: autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities, psychiatric disorders, or neurological damage. She has had extensive training and experience with pediatrics and with adults.
Patricia Lyon, Office Manager
Patricia has been our office manager since 2004. She brings with her 15 years of experience dealing with large and small businesses. She takes pride in her organizational and communication skills and her ability to interact with children as well as adults. Patricia also works part-time in the downtown east side with recovering addicts of all descriptions. In her spare time she enjoys long walks, playing cards and getting together with family members.