Dr. Heather Fulton takes a client-centered and evidence-based approach to help you achieve your goals- whatever those may be.
1) What kinds of things might I be able to help you with?
I provide consultation and individual therapy for clients with many issues, including:
• Depression/low mood
• Anxiety, such as:
o Generalized anxiety or worries
o Panic attacks
o Social anxiety
Obsessive compulsive disorder
Substance use and other unhealthy coping strategies
Health-related fears and coping
Difficulties with clutter: saving, acquiring and organizing personal belongings
Life Changes and Stressors
Adjustment to change
Adjustment to illness
Achieving personal goals
2) How do I work with clients? What can you expect?
I work with clients to establish an open, safe, understanding and collaborative relationship. Initially I work to understand you, your treatment goals, and different challenges you might be experiencing. I then share my understanding with you and together we create a ‘road map’ for change to achieve your specific goals. I like to use different scales and measures to track progress in therapy- so both of us know when and how something is working for you.
I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with my clients since it is one of the most researched and well supported therapies for difficulties such as mood and anxiety. I also use Motivational Interviewing as it is an intervention that has been found to be very effective for helping people make changes in their lives- even though the types and kinds of changes may vary greatly from person to person. I incorporate other, evidence-based interventions, as necessary and with your input, to support our work together.
In this digital age, there are many possibilities of confusion with different methods of communication. Please see my Social Media Policy here. This will also be reviewed in our first session.
3) What is my background?
I graduated with a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS and have been working in mental health treatment in BC since 2012. I am also a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Psychology at UBC. With these departments I supervise and teach students Cognitive Behavioral Therapies.
There is more information about me in the Bio section of this website.
4) How can you access my services?
Sometimes people ask me how to access services through Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addiction (BCMHA). This is a private website that represents my private practice and thus all my opinions, resources and all content is my own- it is not representative of Provincial Health Services Authority or BCMHA in any way.
In order to access BCMHA, or find out further information, please talk to your current Mental Health and/or Substance Use Team. They may determine if it is appropriate to refer you to BCMHA.