Dr. Iris Torchalla, R.Psych.
Dr. Iris Torchalla is a Registered Psychologist in the Province of British Columbia (CPBC Reg. # 2069). She provides assessment and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) based individual treatment for adults suffering from posttraumatic stress, anxiety and panic, depression, obsession and compulsions, and substance use. She also provides skills training for a range of other concerns and emotional issues such as anger management, assertiveness training, stress management, problem-solving, and dealing with worry, grief and loss. She takes a present-centred and collaborative approach to counseling and treatment by exploring the client’s personal goals and the changes they would like to make in their lives, and supporting them in better understanding their problems and acquiring new skills to achieve their goals.
In addition to her work at the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic, Dr. Torchalla works at an outpatient clinic for occupational rehabilitation to provide treatment for clients who have experienced psychological trauma. She has received special training to provide a CBT-based program called Prolonged Exposure, to promote recovery from posttraumatic stress and facilitate return-to-work. Furthermore, Dr. Torchalla is a scientist with the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS). Her research has focused on trauma, substance use, and women’s mental health.
Dr. Torchalla obtained her M.Sc. in Psychology and her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Eberhard Karls University in Tuebingen, Germany. She completed her residency at the Tuebingen University Hospital for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, where she worked at a unit for emergency inpatient psychiatric care and crisis intervention, and at a psychiatric day clinic. Her clinical training has also included placement in an outpatient psychotherapy clinic, where she provided individual CBT sessions for adults with mood, panic/anxiety, adjustment, obsessive-compulsive, and personality disorders. Furthermore, Dr. Torchalla had developed and implemented a social skills training group program for male prison inmates. From 2002-2008, she was a clinician scientist at the university hospital’s smoking cessation treatment and research clinic, where she provided group and individual counseling for persons with tobacco dependence. In Vancouver, she was a researcher at the British Columbia Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health before joining CHÉOS. She has numerous scientific publications and presentations in the areas of substance use, women’s mental health, and trauma among vulnerable urban populations, as well as smoking and tobacco dependence.
Services offered in English and German.