Dr. Virginia Boquiren, PH.D., C.PSYCH.
Dr. Virginia Boquiren is a registered clinical psychologist. She completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Rosalind Franklin University, Illinois, USA. She completed her predoctoral internship at Vancouver Coastal Health, in the Health Psychology specialty track. Her professional experiences offered a wide breadth of clinical training, working with adults coping with various physical and mental health issues, in both in- and outpatient settings.
Dr. Boquiren completed a number of research pre-doctoral and a postdoctoral fellowship, focusing on coping, adjustment, and quality of life individuals coping with chronic illness, particularly cancer. Her research areas of interest include psychosocial, gender, and other factors impacting body image, sexual health and functioning, and wellbeing in cancer survivors, their caregivers and loved ones.
Dr. Boquiren works with clients who are experiencing a variety of anxiety and depressive difficulties. In addition, she helps individuals who are coping with various psychosocial stressors, including low self-esteem and confidence, body image issues, self-criticism, relationship issues, work stress, grief/loss of loved ones, as well as challenges living with chronic illness. Continuing to learn and refine her clinical skills is a mainstay of her clinical career, which she does through participation in conferences and workshops. She is currently training to develop her clinical skill in the areas of sexuality and sexual health as well as in Emotion-focused Therapy (EFT).
Dr. Boquiren aspires to provide evidence-based treatment, working primarily from a cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) framework. She is also trained in dialectical behaviour therapy, mindfulness, as well as in providing psychoeducation and supportive group psychotherapy. She strives to provide a safe, non-judgmental, supportive environment where her clients can explore the cognitive and emotional underpinnings of their behaviour and begin to develop skills that will help them to be their own “therapist”.
Dr. Boquiren is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, Canadian Psychological Association, and Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies.