Yaya DeAndrade, Ph.D

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Focus: Children, Adolescents, Adults, Couples, Families. I work with those who have had traumatic experiences, and have difficulties dealing with Post Traumatic Stress, Anxiety, and Depression.

I am a registered Psychologist in Brazil, B.C., and Ontario, where I live and work currently. Most of my adult life was spent in Vancouver where I worked in many contexts, i.e. hospitals, mental health centers and private practice. I was a founder member of the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture, and the Canadian Network for the Health and Human Rights of Survivors of Torture and Organized Violence. In 2005 the BC Psychological Association granted me the International Humanitarian Effort Commendation.
In my clinical experience I engaged those with major challenges and complex history of abuse and trauma, developed specialized training for mental health professionals, and had the privilege of participating in international projects related to psychosocial management in crisis.I feel fortunate that I also had academic experience teaching young professionals in a graduate program in counseling, focusing on how to provide the best care to others, respect their cultural diversity and values, and being mindful of the importance of their own self -care.My work is described as a Model of Care (not cure) and it implies that we all must learn that sometimes we dislike ourselves for being who we are, or because of our history, losses, etc., and we must remind ourselves that we are “perfect” because we are real…it reminds me the lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s Anthem:Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in I help clients to develop and use coping mechanisms, acceptance, empowerment, and compassion in face of their adversities and difficult circumstances. I take into consideration their cultural background, and promote the best practices in the field of clinical psychology. Clients learn to pay attention to present moments non judgmentally, and in sessions we examine their thoughts, feelings, internal experiences, as well as episodes of dysregulation. Our dialogues lead to healing and expansion of their abilities, facilitating a deeper understanding of themselves.


Dr. Yaya DeAndrade Reaches

Burlington ON