Dr. Barbara Harris, MSW, RSW
EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist, and EMDR Consultant
Specialist in Trauma, Anxiety and Depression
EMDR Therapy Since 2000
My Professional Experience:
While I worked in the helping field since the mid-eighties, my work as a professional therapist began in 2000, after I graduated with a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) at UBC. The people I work with face one or more of the following concerns: anxiety; depression; couple or family issues; grief and loss; low self esteem; residential school; school or workplace concerns; stress and burnout; trauma (PTSD).
From 2001 to 2009 I also taught classes at the UBC School of Social Work, including coursework on addictions, PTSD/intergenerational trauma and Practice with First Nations.
My personal experience, and how it influences my work:
Having overcome extensive personal challenges in my own life, I recognize the importance of
a) providing a safe, nurturing and comfortable environment in which to explore concerns,
b) respecting clients’ treatment goals,
c) assisting clients to gain and master skills to handle symptoms arising from the various challenges they face,
d) helping clients resolve the issues that continue to interfere with their ability to achieve their life goals and desires.
My education includes an undergraduate (BSW), and graduate degree (MSW) from the University of British Columbia, as well as a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy Degree) in Education from Simon Fraser University.
Currently I am both an EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist, an Approved EMDR Consultant, in addition to being a EMDR Canada Board Member.
In order to ensure my skills and knowledge are up to date, I engage in ongoing professional development and continuous professional consultation. My ongoing professional development activity includes, but is not limited to the following training:
EMDRIA Certified EMDR Therapist and EMDRIA Approved Consultant
EMDR Level I and II (Vancouver)
Gottman Couples Therapy Level I, II and III
Life skills coach training (Edmonton)
One eye integration OEI (Vancouver)
Narrative Therapy (Vancouver)
Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Level I (Vancouver)
EMDR Professional development:
EMDR with Children and Youth by Ricky Greenwald 2017 Vancouver BC
EMDR Canada Conference Banff 2017
When there are no words: reprocessing early trauma and neglect
in implicit memory with EMDR by Katie O’Shea 2015 Vancouver BC
EMDR Canada Conference 2016
Looking Through the Eyes of Trauma and Dissociation: EMDR and Ego State Therapy
Across the Dissociative Continuum Sandra Paulsen, Ph.D. 2016 Victoria, BC
Other professional development activities:
Cognitive Behavioral strategies for treating complex trauma: Padesky (Vancouver)
Crisis intervention (Vancouver)
DSM IV (Vancouver UBC RS)
EAP training (Vancouver)
Clinical Hypnosis (Vancouver)
Life space crisis intervention (Vancouver)
Mental Illness First Aid (Vancouver)
Pharmacology (New Westminster)
SASSI Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory (Port Coquitlam)
Strengths based CBT: Padesky (Vancouver)
Trauma and the brain-neuroscience (Victoria)
Trauma and addiction (New Westminster)
Trauma and the body: somatic psychotherapy (New Westminster)
Treating complex trauma (UCLA)
BC College of Social Workers (registered for private practice)
BC Association of Social Workers
My thoughts and beliefs:
Below are some of my thoughts and beliefs which are based on my personal and professional experience, as well as my training and education.
There is always hope.
Healing is a journey not an event.
Healing happens when we bring ourselves and our story into the light.
The answer lies within.
Healing is a process that requires attention to thoughts and feelings, and, to the body.
We get out of it what we put into it.
Once upon a time I was in a place where I could not see a light at the end of the tunnel, and I had no hope, but I sought professional help. Somewhere along the way, I had the feeling that I wasn’t in the tunnel alone anymore…there was a helper with a flashlight and a toolkit to help me find my way. Today, I am the person with the flashlight and the toolkit.
I consider it a privilege to do this work.
- I look forward to hearing from you.
- Dr Barbara Harris, PhD, MSW, RSW