Dr. Spencer Wade attained his PhD in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2003. His area of research investigated the disruption and reorganization of personal identity by those faced with an incurable cancer diagnosis. Dr. Wade is a Registered Psychologist (#1684) with the College of Psychologists of BC.
Dr. Wade is a former Registered Nurse (1976-2022). He attained his undergraduate science degree from UBC in 1980. His interest in alternative and complementary modalities arising from his experiences working in a major cancer treatment center led him to pursue advanced skill training as a yoga instructor and meditation teacher, and in the expressive arts.
Dr. Wade has been providing psychological assessment, diagnosis and treatment, with CJA since 2007. He treats adolescents aged 16 and older, adults, and seniors. He typically works one to one with individuals but also supports couples or families when the presenting concerns are related to problems arising from a physical illness.
Dr. Wade works broadly within a humanist/existential, cognitive-behavioural (CBT), interpersonal, solution-focussed, and Satir-informed family systems framework. He uses an array of strategies, methods, and techniques such as traditional structured CBT techniques, and process-orientated approaches (e.g., guided visualizations; expressive writing; and mindfulness). He has treated individuals with a range of mental health issues, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and difficulties adjusting to challenges arising from significant injuries, most often incurred during motor vehicle accidents. Successful treatment occurs with the establishment of a strong client-psychologist working (therapeutic) relationship and a shared understanding and agreement as to how treatment is to proceed in order to meet desired goals.
When Dr. Wade is not working, he enjoys his life-long passion in exploring alternative and complementary healing modalities, writing, getting outdoors, culinary pursuits, and playing with his grandchildren.