Randy J. Paterson

Randy J. Paterson

I am a psychologist in Vancouver Canada. My practice includes the treatment of clinical depression, the range of anxiety disorders, and major life transitions. I am also interested in positive psychology, the transition from adolescence to adult independence, and critical perspectives on the mental health system. Most of my work takes place through Changeways Clinic (changeways.com), which I established in 2002 and has grown to be one of the city's largest private psychotherapy services. In addition to providing direct clinical services, we work on alternative methods of disseminating psychological ideas and self-care strategies. The Changeways Core Program, for example, is Canada's most widely-used group treatment protocol for clinical depression, and has been implemented in the USA, Great Britain, China, Hong Kong, Australia, and elsewhere. Recently I have been developing online courses on psychological topics; these are hosted at psychologysalon.teachable.com and include What Is Depression, What Causes Depression, UnDoing Depression, How to Buy Happiness, Breathing Made Easy, The Parent Trap (a resource for parents of young adults having difficulty with independence), and a free "book club" series of demonstration videos to accompany The Assertiveness Workbook. My books include How to be Miserable: 40 Strategies You Already Use, How to be Miserable in Your 20s, The Assertiveness Workbook (now in its second edition), Private Practice Made Simple, and Your Depression Map. I also enjoy teaching, and have offered hundreds of training workshops for mental health clinicians on cognitive behaviour therapy, the treatment of depression and anxiety, diversity awareness, failure to launch, and private practice management. I also provide talks, keynotes, and longer workshops for nonprofessional audiences, and work with media outlets including print, radio, television, and podcasts. Information on my books, workshops, talks, online courses, and media work can be found at randypaterson.com. In my leisure time I enjoy travel and operate an orchard in the dry climate of the British Columbia interior, where much of my writing also takes place.
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