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Dr. Anton Schweighofer, R.Psych.

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Dr. Anton Schweighofer believes that treatment involves more than just overcoming difficulties. It is about creating a good life – a life that brings satisfaction and joy and fulfillment. Importantly, there is good evidence that psychotherapy can help. One large study found that the average person who completed therapy was better off emotionally than 80% of those who did not participate in therapy. Another study found that psychotherapy could be as much as 32 times more effective at improving well being than simply having more money. In comparison to common medical treatments, psychotherapy is 59 times more effective than taking an aspirin to prevent heart attack.  If you are interested in taking forward steps in your life he will help you work toward the goals you desire.

Anton received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Simon Fraser University in 1998. In addition to completing a master’s practicum through the Forensic Services Commission of British Columbia he also completed a doctoral level clinical internship at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta with primary rotations in addictions and family therapy. He has maintained a private practice since 2000 and has provided cognitive-behavioural treatment for individuals experiencing a variety of difficulties including clinical depression, anxiety disorders (e.g. generalized anxiety, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder), drug and alcohol problems, sexually compulsive behaviour, relationship difficulties and work related injuries. In addition to his private practice, he has also held positions with the Drug Treatment Court of Vancouver, the Burnaby Centre for Mental Health and Addictions and senior positions with the Correctional Service of Canada. He also currently holds a contract with the Forensic Services Commission of British Columbia than includes traveling to northern British Columbia to provide assessment and treatment services.  His background in forensic psychology has contributed to expertise in the assessment of risk and group and individual treatment for those involved with the criminal justice system.  He is on the list of those designated to provide Dangerous Offender assessments as an amicus curiae. He also provides training on risk assessment to other mental health professionals and is an instructor at the Justice Institute of British Columbia. He has presented at national and international conferences on the assessment and treatment of individuals involved with the criminal justice system.  A fuller overview of Anton’s background and expertise can be found at www.dranton.ca. Anton’s website also includes resource materials and workbooks and readings that may be of help as you begin your treatment process. The contact page of the website also includes forms that you can print off and fill out prior to an initia meeting with Anton. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Anton directly by telephone and he will be happy to speak with you.