Zhen Xu is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at McGill University affiliated with the Order of Psychologists of Quebec under the supervision of Dr. Joe Flanders. She provides individual therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with an integrative therapeutic orientation, which includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based approaches. Zhen has extensive experience working with individuals across their lifespan, including immigrants, who may be experiencing the following difficulties:
- stress management
- anger management
- weight loss/maintenance difficulty
- difficulty with changing unhealthy habits
- obsessive-compulsory disorder (OCD)
- attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- relationship difficulties
- low self-esteem
- sleep problems
In her practice, Zhen cultivates a collaborative and supportive relationship with her clients to help them reach their goals, gain confidence, and improve their quality of life. She is open and compassionate and is adaptive to each client’s individual needs and values. She sees clients in English, French, and Mandarin.
Zhen completed her clinical training working with populations across their lifespan in a wide range of both private and public settings, including the Jewish General Hospital Child and Adult Psychiatry Department, the McGill University Health Centre, St. Mary’s Hospital, the McGill Comprehensive Health Improvement Program Clinic, Royal West Academy (high school), and the McGill affiliated Emotional Health CBT Clinic. For her doctoral research, Zhen conducted a comprehensive lifestyle intervention with overweight individuals that applied psychological strategies to implement behavioral changes, help them lose weight, and maintain healthier eating and physical activity habits in their daily lives. She also applies her research findings to her clinical work in delivering lifestyle/weight loss interventions in bariatric and cardiac rehabilitation populations.