Annie Newman, R.P.N
Registered Psychiatric Nurse
Narrative of Services:
I provide assessment and treatment for OCD using ERP, CBT and ACT processes with mindfulness practice. Over one-half of my part-time practice in the last two years, since I began consulting privately, is devoted to clients with OCD.
I make a particular effort when meeting new clients to understand their demographics: for instance, gender, race/ethnicity-from their stated context, during the first meeting. I think this is especially important when noting that my race/ethnicity has traditionally been a dominant European/American culture( although, the demographics in my geographical area are rapidly changing and White, Caucasian, European Americans are not as dominant as in past). And my binary gender is also still a dominant status.
I have received group therapy internship training for treatment of individuals with OCD; attended a BTTI session, currently receive case discussion from a psychologist while treating clients, and have treated clients with OCD using ERP, ACT methods, and CBT for the last individually and in group therapy for 5 years.
In 2015, with Vancouver Coastal Health, I participated in a Cultural Competency Course related to Indigenous Persons. This course included documentaries and testing regarding the Indigenous in Canada (Residential Schooling, Federal Legislation that discriminated against and wounded First Nations People). The impact of this course was to help us, as mental health workers, to deliver more culturally sensitive care to the First Nations clients we served. I have worked with South Asian, Chinese, Vietnamese, German, West Coast Salish, and Iranian (Persian) communities in addition to the LGBTQ2S+ community. I also took sociology which focused on race relations.