About Me

Vancouver therapist offering compassionate, caring, and effective treatment for anxiety, stress, and depression. 

I am a Clinical Psychologist and I have been registered to practice psychology in the province of British Columbia since 2001 (#01497).  I have over 10 years of university training, including my Bachelor of Science, Masters of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy as well as graduate level courses in health and immunology. I have been certified as a CBT therapist by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT). This certification requires the highest level of education, training, and practice in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  I specialize in individual therapy for youth and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, and a wide range of stress related problems such as coping with chronic illness or pain, major life changes (such as starting a family or the loss of a relationship), and everyday problems (such as parenting stress and stress in the workplace).  I have worked in community health clinics, outpatient interdisciplinary clinics, and private clinics.

I also work as a consultant and workshop leader for CBT Connections Ltd., helping train therapists in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.  In addition, I have worked as a consultant for AnxietyBC and am one of the writers of a website New Mothers to help pregnant and moms with infants manage their anxiety.  I am also featured in videos discussing anxiety on the website. As well, I have consulted for Human Resources Companies and taught at the University of British Columbia and Douglas College.  I have published research articles as well as a wide variety of mental health promotion materials. For an example, please see Eating and Living Well .

My education

I am dedicated to ongoing learning so that I can offer the most current, well established treatment strategies in my clinical practice.

I keep myself up to date through formal education, workshops, and reading a wide survey of clinical literature. I believe in the highest standards for our profession and am a member of the British Columbia Psychological Association (BCPA) and the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT). To further upgrade my skills and benefit from the expertise of colleagues, I have joined a variety of groups that are devoted to sharing knowledge about psychology, such as the Clinician’s exchange, Behavior Sleep Medicine, BCPA Forum, CACBT Forum, Developments in Positive Psychology, and BC Council of Families.

Academic Background

Doctor of Philosophy - Clinical Psychology, 2000, University of British Columbia
Masters of Arts - Clinical Psychology, 1992, University of British Columbia
Bachelor of Science (Honours Biology), 1983, Queen’s University

Workshops

To continually expand the depth and breadth of my knowledge, I have attended over 50 workshops.  These have covered a variety of topics,  including mindfulness, compassion, emotional regulation, preventing suicide, building resiliency, reducing relapse, disordered eating, health promotion, stress and disease, harm reduction, anxiety, and depression.

Awards

Certification in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT), 2011 - present
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Fellowship, 1991-1997
Award for student paper presented to the Canadian Psychological Association, 1994
Medical Research Council Studentship, 1991, declined
B.C. Medical Services Foundation Ph.D. Scholarship, 1991, declined
B.C. Medical Services Foundation Summer Research Grant, 1990, 1991
Medical Research Council Studentship, 1989-1991
Medical Research Council Studentship, 1984
Natural Sciences and Engineering Council Post Graduate award, 1984, declined
Natural Sciences and Engineering Council Post Graduate award, 1983
Dean's Honour List (Queen's University), 1980-1983
Natural Sciences and Engineering Council Undergraduate Research award, 1982
Senator Frank Carrel Upper Year Scholarship, 1981
Wallace Near Prize in Biology, 1981
Outstanding Physics Student, 1980

Work Experience

Psychologist – 08/06 to present,  Changeways Clinic
Consultant/Workshop Leader - 02/09 to present, CBT Connections Ltd.
Writer/Researcher - 09/10 to 12/14, AnxietyBC
Psychologist – 01/06 to 08/08, North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic
University Lecturer – 01/01 to 04/07, University of British Columbia
Psychologist – 01/06 to 08/06, Wilson Banwell Human Solutions
Psychologist – 10/00 to 04/05, HRD Technologies Ltd. and HR Decisions Ltd.
Writer/Researcher - 11/04-03/05, Mood Disorders Association of BC
Writer/Researcher - 11/04-03/05, Anxiety Disorders Association of BC
College Instructor – 01/04 to 08/04, Douglas College
Psychology Associate – 05/01 – 06/01, Vancouver Pain Clinic
Clinical Internship - 09/98 to 08/99, Worker’s Compensation Board of BC
Clinical Practicum - 09/97 to 09/98, Marital / Family Team, Dept. of Psychology, UBC
Clinical Practicum - 01/96 to 12/96, Child and Adolescent Program, N.S. Health Unit
Teaching Assistant- 01/94 to 04/00, University of British Columbia
Statistical Consultant- 11/94, SHARE- Speech/Language Program, Coquitlam, BC
Research Assistant, - 05/91 to 07/92, Anxiety Disorders Project, Vancouver Hospital
Clinical Practicum - 09/89 to 04/91, Dept. of Psychology, UBC

Publications and Conference Presentations

Bedali, M., Capreol, M.J., Fairbrother, N., Haring, M., Newth, S., & Wang, A. (2018). Psychology Works Fact Sheet: Perinatal Anxiety. Retrieved April 1, 2018 from the Canadian Psychological Association website.

Capreol, M.J., Wang, A., Gold, S., & Thordarson, D. (2013). Perinatal Anxiety Website. Retrieved November 1, 2013 from AnxietyBC Website.

Capreol, M.J. (2005). Eating and Living Well. Retrieved February 15, 2005 from BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information Website. 

DeLongis, A., Capreol, M.J., Holtzman, S., Campbell, J., & O’Brien, T. (2004). Social support and social strain among husbands and wives: A multilevel analysis.  Journal of Family Psychology. 18: 470-479.

Capreol, M.J., DeLongis, A., Campbell, J., O’Brien, & Newth, S., (2001, July). Daily social support and social strain among husbands and wives: A multilevel analysis.  Paper presented at the 2001 World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Newth, S., DeLongis, A., O’Brien, T., & Capreol, M. (2001, July). Individual differences in the use and effectiveness of coping strategies in the context of chronic pain: a multi-level process analysis.  Paper presented at the 2001 World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Capreol, M.J., & Alden, L.E. (1994, July). Interpersonal versus anxiety sensitivity in social phobia and agoraphobia. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Penticton, British Columbia.

Capreol, M.J., & Alden, L.E. (1994). Interpersonal versus anxiety sensitivity in social phobia and agoraphobia. Canadian Psychology, 35, 193.

Alden, L.E., & Capreol, M.J. (1993). Avoidant personality disorder: Interpersonal problems as predictors of treatment response. Behavior Therapy, 24, 357-376.

Alden, L.E., & Capreol, M.J. (1992, July). Interpersonal cognitions in social phobia and agoraphobia. Paper presented at the 25th Int.  Congress of Psychologists, Brussels, Belgium.

Capreol, M.J., & Alden, L.E. (1991, August). Cognitive specificity in individuals with social fears. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA. 

Alden, L.E., & Capreol, M.J. (1992). Interpersonal cognitions in social phobia and agoraphobia.  International Journal of Psychology, 27, 467.

Capreol, M.J., & Alden, L.E. (1991, June). Interpersonal diagnosis of avoidant personality disorder as a prediction of treatment response. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association, Calgary, Alberta.

Alden, L.E., & Capreol, M.J. (1991, April). Clinical implications of the DSM-III-R diagnostic criteria for Avoidant Personality Disorder. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.

Capreol, M.J., & Alden, L.E. (1991). Interpersonal diagnosis of avoidant personality disorder as a prediction of treatment response. Canadian Psychology, 32, 316.