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Dr. Houyuan Luo

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English & Mandarin (普通话)

Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.


Registered Counselling and Clinical Psychologist in Ontario, Canada.


Certified in Providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) by the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT).


Chair of the Counselling Psychology Section of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA).


President-elect of the Association of Chinese Helping Professionals and Psychologists–International (ACHPPI).

Email: drhouyuan@gmail.com.

Cell: 647-410-7982

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Viktor E. Frankl

Articles

Emotional Dysregulation or Regulation? Understanding it Comes First!

As human beings, we all have emotions/feelings. The only difference is that some people are aware of it, and some people are not. Although there is no consensus on the definition of emotion among scientists, people widely agree that emotion has a solid biological basis. When we have an intense feeling, we usually experience some body sensations. For example, when many people feel anxious, they have heart racing, shortness of breath, shaking, sweaty, etc.  Also, emotion is a way for human beings to understand the implication of what happened to them. For example, fear usually means there is a danger. On the other hand, happiness usually comes after something good occurs.

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What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)?

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is one of the major evidence-based psychotherapies. Over the past several decades, a significant number of scientific studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in helping people alleviate suffering and live a fulfilling life. From doctors or online, you may have heard that ACT is very useful in coping with issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic, psychosis, insomnia,

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What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the major evidence-based psychotherapies. Over the past several decades, a significant number of scientific studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in helping people alleviate suffering and improve mental health. From doctors or online, you may have heard that CBT is very useful in coping with issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic, psychosis, insomnia, trauma (PTSD), etc.

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How to Find the Right Therapist?

After you decided to talk to a psychologist or other mental health professional, you will soon discover that there are many of us out there. Over the years of interacting with clients and being a client myself, I am sharing my thoughts on how to select a right psychologist here.

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Services


Psychotherapy

I provide evidence-based psychotherapy/counselling (e.g., CBT, ACT, and interpersonal process) to adults. Learn more.

Diagnostic Assessment

As a Registered Psychologist, I can legally communicate a diagnosis. If you need a diagnosis to apply for benefits/leaves, click here.

Concultation/Supervision

I provide consultation to fellow mental health professionals. I also provide clinical supervision to psychologist-in-training. Let’s connect.

Media


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Move over, meditation – breathwork has become the newest wellness trick

The Globe and Mail

Dr. Houyuan Luo, joined other professionals, talked about how intentional breathing can help people cope with stress and anxiety.

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9 Ways To Support A Partner With Depression

O. School

Dr. Houyuan Luo, joined other 2 mental health professionals, shared 9 advice about how to support a partner with depression.

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Pandemic fuelling greater demand for hard-to-book psychologists

Toronto Sun

Dr. Houyuan Luo talked about the pandemic’s impact on peoples’ mental health and the demand for psychological services.

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13 Things to Do Before, During, and After Therapy to Get the Most From Each Session

Popsugar.

Dr. Houyuan Luo, joined other mental health professionals, discussed what to do before, during, and after therapy appointments to maximize the therapeutic benefits.

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Time Management Tips for People with ADHD

Psych Central

Dr. Houyuan Luo, joined other mental health professionals, shared 7 tips for people with Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to better manage their time.

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7 Ways to Overcome Your Insecurities, According to Therapists

Popsugar.

Dr. Houyuan Luo, joined other mental health professionals, discussed how to overcome your insecurities.

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18 Signs Of Anger Issues & How To Overcome Them, From Mental Health Experts

MindBodyGreen

Dr. Houyuan Luo, joined other mental health professionals, discussed the definition of anger, types of anger, signs and symptoms, causes and coping strategies.

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If you have trouble regulating your emotions and it’s disrupting your daily life, then EFT may help

Insider

Dr. Houyuan Luo, joined other mental health professionals, introduced what Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) is, what it treats, how it works, what EFT sessions are like and how it differs from other therapeutic approaches.

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How To Apologize Well: 12 Do’s & Don’ts, From Therapists

MindBodyGreen

Dr. Houyuan Luo, joined other mental health professionals, discussed when to apologize, how to give a genuine apology, different types of forgiveness and how to forgive.

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Mind Full Podcast by Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

In this episode, Dr. Houyuan Luo shared his perspectives on various issues.

Here are the timestamps of the conversation:

3:37 Pandemic is a wake-up call for people in terms of what REALLY matters to them.

5:26 Setting a reasonable expectation on psychotherapy.

8:02  Introduction to the process of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

10:40 What short-term psychotherapy can offer when affordability is an issue.

13:17 Low-cost mental health services.

15:30 Five tips for choosing self-help books or videos.

21:20 Why people shouldn’t self-diagnose.

22:50 What to expect if you can only do one session of therapy.
24:54 Universal mental health care in Canada.

26:50 How mind and body are connected with the example of social anxiety and cancer; Mental health care and physical health care should be integrated.

28:34 How I managed my own wellness challenges in the pandemic

31:00 How to tell if you are burning out?

38:25 How to find the right therapist?

41:10 Counselling psychologists focus relatively more on how clients interact with the therapist and emphasize social justice issues and provide culturally competent care.

44:20  What it is like to provide therapy in Mandarin; the difference between Mandarin and Cantonese; the importance of providing culturally appropriate care. 

Against the Tides of Racism Podcast

Dr. Houyuan Luo shared his perspective on how to talk about challenging issues with others, such as racism and decrimination. It is very important to remember that when we are talking or confronting this type of issues, do we want to make connections or enermies? It is important to keep curiosity, open-mindedness and respect for other people.

CHED Mid-Morning with Shaye Ganam

Dr. Houyuan Luo shared his perspective and experience of the pandemic’s impact on people’s mental health and the accessiblity to mental health services.

Voices & Values Podcast

Dr. Houyuan Luo shared his perspective and experience of the Jacob Martinez sits down with Dr. Houyuan Luo for a conversation on the meaning of life, leadership, international perspective on cultural appropriation, and the future of psychotherapy.

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Get In Touch

  • drhouyuan@gmail.com
  • 647-410-7982