BSW, M.A., Ed.D. RSW
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist
Alan Yim is a registered social worker (RSW) with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers. He received his social work training at York University, Ontario and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work (BSW). He received his Master of Arts degree in School Guidance and Counselling (MA) and his Doctor of Education (EdD) degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Shortly after he completed his post-doctoral externship on psychotherapy, Alan joined Woodbine Psychological & Counselling Services as a psychotherapist. With more than 10 years of experience working as a professional counsellor in a university setting, Alan is experienced in offering assessment, counselling, and psychotherapy to support adolescents and adults experiencing various psychological concerns and emotional distress.
In particular, Alan is focused on supporting individuals facing problems and issues including career indecision, adjustment difficulties, work/school problems, relationship issues, family conflict, anxiety, depression, emotional distress, and grief. He is also experienced in facilitating groups for personal growth and career planning, support groups for clients experiencing mental illness and their caregivers, as well as drop-in groups for mindfulness practice.
Moreover, Alan received extensive training on the Narrative Therapy approach, his learning journey dating back to 2007. At that time, Alan attended the Narrative Therapy Training Workshop conducted by Michael White, who is widely recognized as a co-founder of this therapeutic approach. Alan also completed the one-year Post-Graduate Certificate Course in Narrative Practice, jointly organized by the Social Work Department of the Hong Kong Baptist University and the Dulwich Centre, Adelaide, Australia. In addition to Narrative Therapy, he adopts different approaches/interventions, including psychoeducation, case management, Solution-focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness in his work with the clients.