Dr. Sharon Agar, R.Psych.
Dr. Sharon Agar is a Registered Psychologist in the Province of British Columbia (CPBC #1587). She provides Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to clients suffering from panic attacks, social anxiety, chronic worry, obsessions and compulsions, phobias, post-traumatic symptoms related to motor vehicle accidents, habit disorders, and depression. She can also provide skills training in a variety of areas, including stress management, problem-solving, decision-making, assertiveness, and anger management. Overall, she strives to improve a client’s quality of life, by first setting specific goals in collaboration with the client, and then building skills that help to achieve these goals.
Dr. Agar received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University. She has been providing CBT to individuals and groups since 1993, when she began working at the Anxiety Disorders Unit at UBC Hospital. During her training, she provided CBT in a variety of settings, including the Worker’s Compensation Board (now called WorkSafe BC), and in the context of various treatment outcome studies at UBC. She also completed a pre-doctoral clinical internship at UBC Hospital. During her internship, she provided CBT to individuals and groups, as well as completing specialty rotations in anxiety disorders, psychogeriatric assessment, and in-patient psychodiagnostic assessment.
In previous years, Dr. Agar worked as a Psychologist at the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital, where she engaged in assessments and treatment with forensic in-patients. She has also held the position of Acting Director of the UBC Psychology Clinic, a setting which provides training for students in the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at UBC. She has published research in the areas of social psychology and industrial/organizational psychology, and has worked as a researcher with the BC Institute Against Family Violence.
In addition to her work at the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic (NSSAC), Dr. Agar also currently holds a position as a Psychologist at HeadWise Rehabilitation Inc., where she provides psychovocational/neuropsychological assessments in conjunction with a neuropsychologist. She is also a Psychological Associate in Dr. William Koch's forensic practice. In addition, she is a Supervising Psychologist at the UBC Psychology Clinic, where she provides training and supervision in CBT to UBC clinical psychology graduate students.