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Derry Lubell has a passion for understanding people and a commitment to the care and growth of her clients. She offers an empathetic ear, knowledge born of experience, and advanced clinical training.

Work History:

Ms. Lubell’s professional experience includes 35 years of work in child and adult psychiatry, child welfare agencies, hospitals and private practice.  She has a Master’s degree in Social Work as well as advanced training in:

  • Couple counselling – Gottman approach to working with couples
  • Trauma therapy – dealing with the effects of childhood sexual abuse
  • Psychodynamics – theoretical approach to therapy

Current focus:

  • Private practice since 1985, doing individual, couple and family therapy.
  • Coordinator of trauma treatment agency (RHAP) for Vancouver Coastal Health.
  • Coordinator of an assessment and therapy program (PASTS)  for the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

Professional Interests:

  • Supervision of mental health therapists and Master’s social work students
  • Consultation and workshops to agencies and community groups
  • Speaker at local and international conferences
  • Published in a textbook and in social work, medical, and psychiatric journals
  • Staff development and training

Professional Qualifications:

  • 35 years experience working with children, adolescents and adults
  • Senior Clinician in Child and Adult Psychiatry, both in and outpatient
  • Clinical Instructor in the UBC Department of Psychiatry
  • Instructor in the UBC School of Social Work Master’s Degree program
  • Consultant to Simon Fraser University and the Vancouver School Board
  • Developer and administrator of programs for MCFD and the Adoptive Families Association
  • Medical Social Worker with chronically ill patients and families
  • MSW, McGill University, 1973.    BA, Brandeis University, Cum Laude, 1970

Conferences that Derry Lubell has chaired:

  • Advances in Trauma Therapy:  Integration of Cognitive-Behavioral, Relational, and Mindfulness Approaches with Dr. John Briere
  • Personality and Psychotherapy:  Understanding how Personality affects Treatment with Dr. Nancy McWilliams
  • Beyond Trauma:  Treating Child Abuse Survivors with Contextual Therapy with Dr. Steven Gold
  • Trauma Survivors: Treating the Cycle of Self-Destructive Behaviours with Lisa Ferentz
  • The Creative Clinician: Making Breakthroughs in Our Clients’ Lives and Our Own with Dr. Jeffrey Kottler
  • Trauma, Dissociation & Clinical Practice:  Treating the Adult Survivor of Childhood Sexual Abuse with Dr. Christine Courtois
  • Putting on the Brakes: The Psychophysiology for Making Trauma Therapy Safer with Babette Rothschild
  • Healing Broken Bonds: Dealing with Attachment, Trauma, and the Body with Dr. Janina Fisher

Conferences that Derry Lubell has attended:

  • Marital Therapy:  A Research-Based Approach with Drs. John and Julie Gottman
  • Couples Therapy Level II:  Assessment, Intervention & Co-Morbidities with Drs. John and Julie Gottman
  • Collaborative Couples Therapy: Turning Fights into Intimate Conversations with Dr. Daniel Wile
  • Evolution of Psychotherapy:  A Tribute to the Masters with state of the art faculty
Derry Lubell, MSW, RSW
Registered Social Worker

302 - 2233 Burrard St
Vancouver BC V6J 3H9