Registered Psychologist #2481
Canadian Certified Counsellor #5964
Fred Chou is a Registered Psychologist who works from a collaborative and person-centred approach. His therapeutic philosophy is centred on the belief that the client is the author of their life journey. Meanwhile, the counsellor is a fellow sojourner whose role is to explore experiences and situations that may contribute to one feeling stuck. Often this may involve working with emotions, understanding intra/interpersonal dynamics, and exploring negative events in a manner that can be conducive to growth and learning. Fred’s approach to therapy builds on Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) by integrating narrative and systemic models of counselling.
Fred received his Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and M.A. in Counselling Psychology from Trinity Western University. He is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia and a Canadian Certified Counsellor. Fred has completed training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Observed Experiential Integration (OEI), Cogntive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), and Therapeutic Enactment. He incorporates aspects of these approaches into his therapeutic work when relevant and indicated.
Clinically, Fred has worked with youth, families, and adults in a variety of settings including the University of British Columbia Counselling Services, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, Complex Trauma Resources, the Veterans Transition Network, and through private practice. Some circumstances and challenges that Fred has worked with include:
Trauma (e.g., Acute Stress, PTSD, Complex Trauma, Developmental Trauma, Intergenerational Trauma)
Racial trauma and racism
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Grief and loss
Fred has developed several mental health interventions and programs, including the Core Connectors Initiative, a mental health literacy program for youth, and the (Re)Claim and Connect counselling group for addressing anti-Asian racism. He has also served on several committees on equity and diversity such as the Canadian Institute of Health Research External Anti-Racism Advisory Committee, and has provided training on cultural considerations in clinical contexts. Currently, Fred is a Counselling Psychology faculty member at the University of Victoria where he trains future counsellors and conducts research with the community on intergenerational trauma, developmental trauma, and Asian mental health.
Outside of his professional roles, Fred enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children and exploring new culinary recipes and experiences.