Behavioural Health Care was established in 1997, a joint venture between Dr. Wesley Buch and Dr. Owen Garrett. In 2002, Dr. Bannerman became a third partner. Dr. Garrett left to pursue other endeavors in 2005. Drs. Buch and Bannerman have run Behavioural Health Care, sharing in the administration, as well as providing clinical services, since that time. We aim to provide best practice service in a cost-effective and timely manner.
Several psychologists have provided services to Behavioural Health Care over the years. In selecting treatment providers, we strive to ensure that individuals not only have a high level of clinical skill, but also operate with similar goals and treatment philosophies. Psychologists at Behavioural Health Care are accustomed to working collaboratively with other healthcare providers in order to address complex rehabilitation problems. Within this framework, our psychologists seek to create solutions to motivate and move people forward into a healthy, productive life.
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Dr. Elizabeth Bannerman
Dr. Elizabeth Bannerman is a registered psychologist who specializes in the area of rehabilitation psychology and behavioural medicine. She utilizes predominantly a cognitive-behavioural approach (CBT), but also integrates elements of Acceptance and Commitment (ACT) Therapy, mindfulness meditation, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and EMDR into her practice. Her focus is on helping individuals to re-attain a meaningful, enriching, and productive lifestyle, which include work, family and social activities, and exercise. She particularly enjoys treating individuals with depression, ALS, and chronic illness.
Dr. Bannerman has been involved in various capacities in the rehabilitation of individuals with musculoskeletal injuries and chronic pain conditions since 1993. This has included administration, staff training, assessment, and treatment, as well as surveying for The Commission of Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). In the last several years, inspired by a close friend who was courageously battling Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease), she has compiled a group of Registered Psychologists who provide pro bono treatment services to individuals with this disease and their families/caregivers throughout the province of British Columbia and the Yukon. She also serves on the Patient Services Committee for ALSBC and is on their Board of Directors. For her work, Dr. Bannerman was awarded the William Fraser Leadership Development Award by ALS Canada in 2010, and the ALSBC Leadership Development Award in 2013. She is currently involved in research on caregiver burden among spouses of ALS patients.
SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, 1996
M.A., Clinical Psychology, 1988
B.A., Honours Psychology, 1985
Activities & Affiliations
• Behavioural Health Care, Partner
• ALSBC, Founder of Psychological Support Program
• ALSBC, Director
• American Psychological Association, Member
• British Columbia Psychological Association, Member
• College of Psychologists, Province of British Columbia, #1278
Dr. Wesley Buch
Dr. Buch is a registered psychologist who practices in the area of clinical and rehabilitation psychology. Following his internship in the Psychology Department of WorkSafe BC, he continued to work there in criminal injury cases, complex case management and especially interdisciplinary rehabilitation. In 1996 he became Manager of the Pain Programs at WorkSafe BC and quality assurance manager of the provincial network of pain programs – all responsibilities that fostered his interests in treatment innovation, outcome and quality assurance. In 1997 he co-founded Behavioural Health Care with an interest in individually-tailored, cognitive-behavioural approaches to chronic conditions that emphasize the home, community facilities, and workplace as a rehabilitation clinic.
Currently, Dr. Buch’s clinical focus is on psychological assessments, treatment and consultation for personal injury litigants who have complex forms of human suffering, such as fibromyalgia, CRPS and CFS/ME. He consulted to the Complex Chronic Diseases Program, BC Women’s Hospital, 2012-2013, the BC Medical Association’s Practice Support Program for Chronic Pain, 2013-2014 and has been serving on the Board of Directors of Pain BC for three years. He is finishing a second doctorate at the University of Toronto with a research focus on Canadian depression prevalence rates and risk factors in religious leaders.
University of British Columbia
Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies, Clinical and Counselling Psychology, 1998
M.A., Counselling Psychology, 1994
University of Toronto | Toronto School of Theology
D.Min Candidate, Clergy Depression in Canada, 2017
Activities & Affiliations
• British Columbia Psychological Association, Member
• Pain BC, Board of Directors & Education Committee
• College of Psychologists, Province of British Columbia, #1186
Dr. Judy Le Page
Dr. Judy Le Page is a registered psychologist in the province of British Columbia. She received her Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia, where her primary studies were in civil forensic and rehabilitation psychology, law, and behavioural medicine. She previously worked at a private interdisciplinary pain clinic for several years, and adopts a collaborative care model of working with other healthcare professionals when appropriate. Her clinical approach includes the evidence-based treatments of Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy. The main focus of her clinical practice is in the area of pain, illness, and disability management to patients suffering from a variety of chronic illness and chronic pain conditions, as well as concussion related symptoms. Dr. Le Page's practice includes the treatment of Depression, Panic Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and workplace issues. She conducts independent, medical-legal assessments and consultations for disability and psychological injuries due to motor vehicle and work-related injuries. Dr. Le Page is also affiliated with the ChangePain Clinic, where she offers group therapy on a variety of mental health topics. In addition, she is a consultant to Pain BC, where she conducts educational and training workshops on the management and treatment of chronic pain patients to a variety of healthcare professionals.
Dr. Le Page worked as the Regional Psychologist with the RCMP for 10 years, and held the position of Acting Chief Psychologist with National Headquarters of the RCMP in 2015. She has extensive knowledge and experience conducting fitness for duty assessments, post-incident psychological debriefings, as well as special unit, isolated post, and annual psychological assessments.
In addition to her private practice, Dr. Le Page holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor in the Division of Rheumatology, in the Department of Medicine, at the University of British Columbia, where she participates in the clinical teaching of Rheumatology Fellows, provides clinical consultation to Rheumatologists within the Division, and conducts research on the credibility of chronic pain. She has published book chapters, research articles and abstracts in scholarly journals, and has presented her research at a number of national and international scientific and professional conferences. Dr. Le Page is also an active member of the International Association of the Study of Pain, and the Canadian Pain Society.
University of British Columbia
Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology, Law, & Medicine
University of Manitoba
B.A. Honours, Psychology
Activities & Affiliations
• International Association for the Study of Pain, Member
• Canadian Pain Society, Member
• Canadian Psychological Association, Member
• University of British Columbia Affiliated Research Ethics Board, Behavioural Research Committee Member
• College of Psychologists, Province of British Columbia, #1916
The individual psychologists listed below have worked for Behavioural Health Care over the years and we would like to recognize their contributions. They currently work in various locations throughout British Columbia and we would recommend each of them as providers of psychological services.
Owen Garrett, Ph.D., R. Psych
Dr. Garrett was a co-founder of Behavioural Health Care and was instrumental in its development. He is currently working in private practice at Active Insights Health Care in South Surrey. Dr. Garrett's main focus is on helping people with stress and health related difficulties, and individuals who are on disability from the workplace. His approach is practical and based on both clinical experience and evidence based research.
Kamaljit Sidhu, Ph.D., R. Psych
Dr. Sidhu is an alumni of Behavioral Health Care and currently Director of Dr. K. K. Sidhu, Registered Psychologist, & Associates in Surrey, B.C. Dr. Sidhu has over 30 years of experience as an educator, school counsellor, and registered psychologist (#1488). She completed a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from the University of British Columbia and two years of post graduate supervision in assessment and treatment in rehabilitation and health psychology.
Dr. Sidhu provides individual, couples, family and group intervention with school aged children, teens, and adults using culture/diversity sensitive approaches in English and Punjabi. She has significant experience in psychological assessment and treatment in medical legal settings, adjustment to workplace injuries and motor vehicle accidents, chronic illness, pain and disability management, collaborative care in multidisciplinary contexts and settings, workplace stress and return to work issues, and critical incident debriefings. She also provides intervention for anxiety and mood disorders, posttraumatic stress, driving fears/phobia or other fears/phobias, grief and loss, sleep disturbance, behaviour management, interpersonal/relationship issues, pre-marital counselling, parent-child relationships, child/adolescent and school related concerns, young adult issues, stress management, identity/self esteem issues, bi-cultural or multi-cultural identity and acculturative stress, and life transitions and life skills.
Dr. Sidhu uses evidence-based interventions to develop a customized treatment plan to help clients deal with their particular problem (s). She has training in short term and solution focused therapy models, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), client centred models, interpersonal therapy, clinical hypnosis, culture/diversity sensitive assessment and counselling, family dynamics and systems therapy, and existential and experiential approaches. She is familiar with various Eastern meditation, self development, and relaxation models including mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR).
In addition to her full time practice in psychology, Dr. Sidhu continues to volunteer her time to promote community education about mental health through English and Punjabi language workshops, community forums on mental health, Psychology Month presentations through the British Columbia Psychological Association, and radio and television interviews.
Brian Grady, Ph.D., R. Psych
Dr. Brian Grady is a registered psychologist (#1189), who has been working in clinical psychology since 1993. He obtained his M.A. (1988) and Ph.D. (1994) in Clinical Psychology from Simon Fraser University. He has been in private practice in Victoria since 2005. His treatment approaches are tailored to fit the client. Major approaches used are cognitive-behavioural therapy, EMDR, body-centered psychotherapy, and research-informed common sense.
Dr. Grady prefers to work with clients dealing with mood disturbances, relationship issues, stress, trauma and problems that develop from disability, chronic illness or pain. He focuses on improving quality of life, work return potential, and helping clients understand and manage their condition."
Lynda Grant, Ph.D., R. Psych
Dr. Lynda Grant has worked as a therapist since 1982. She practices in North Vancouver. Dr. Grant deals with a wide range of psychological difficulties including, trauma, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, stress related difficulties, and those issues specific to living with a disability of chronic illness such as chronic pain. Dr. Grant is primarily a cognitive-behavioural therapist, but also is a Certified Hakomi therapist. She uses these, as well as emotion focused therapy, EMDR and hypnosis, if this is what will help a person move forward. She believes that a strong working relationship, a sense of safety and an individualized treatment approach are the keys to effective psychotherapy. Dr. Grant is also an educator and has taught a number of courses to counselling students at Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, and to disability management students through the National Institute for Disability Management and Research.
Tess O'Brien, Ph.D., R. Psych
Dr. Tess O'Brien works in East Vancouver. She specializes in helping people with various disabilities, illnesses and psychological difficulties to regain a greater sense of wellbeing, as well as their ability to return to gainful employment. She uses a cognitive-behavioural approach in her therapy. Her work includes helping people to recover from traumatic events, depression, anxiety and stress-related problems. She also encourages people to cope more effectively with the challenges inherent in managing physical problems (e.g., persistent pain, cancer, chronic physical illness).
Support staff are an integral part of Behavioural Health Care. Our administrative assistant is a central member of our team, completing all of the administrative duties, including invoicing and bookkeeping, ordering test materials, etc. She ensures that our office is operating well. Concierge staff at the Scottsdale Square Business Centre have a more limited, but valuable, role. These individuals are responsible for answering your phone calls and booking appointments. They are friendly faces to greet you when you come to our main office.
All staff at Behavioural Health Care follow standardized procedures with respect to disclosure, access, and control of personal information to ensure client confidentiality. These procedures comply with regulatory legislation such as FIPPA and the ethical code of the College of Psychologists of BC.
More information on each member of our administrative team is outlined below.
Sharon was born and educated in Montreal, receiving a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University. Upon graduation she relocated to Vancouver and worked for many years in various positions with the Bank of Montreal. After taking time off to raise a family, Sharon decided to return to the workforce on a part-time self-employed basis doing bookkeeping and office work for various small businesses.
Since 2006, she has held the position of executive office assistant at Behavioural Health Care, providing bookkeeping and office services. She not only handles all the financial tasks involved in running the business, but also keep the office running smoothly on a day-to-day basis. Sharon handles questions and deal with issues arising from insurance company coverage and WorkSafeBC claims. She always strives to ensure that clients’ needs are met. Sharon is an integral member of the Behavioural Health Care team.
Since 2008 Judie has worked with Behavioural Health Care in an administrative capacity. Her prior career was in the financial industry and confidentiality was, and is, a priority. Empathy and sensitivity to client's issues remains a focus in her position with Behavioural Health Care.
Josie has worked part-time as a concierge/receptionist since 2006. She is fluent in English, French and Italian. She enjoys meeting and working with Dr. Bannerman and Dr. Buch's clients. In her spare time she likes to travel, especially to Italy.
Denise joined the Scottsdale Square Business Centre shortly after it opened in May 2004. She really enjoys this part-time work, both as the Office Manager and as the Concierge most Mondays. In this latter role, she has provided reception services for BHC since 2006. In addition to assisting clients when they arrive for an appointment, Denise answers telephone calls, makes and changes appointments, provides directions, and liaises with clients and customers. When she is not at the office, her three children keep her busy.