Zhen Xu is a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology at McGill University and a doctoral affiliate of the Order of Psychologists of Quebec. She provides individual therapy to children, adolescents, and adults with an integrative therapeutic orientation, which includes cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based approaches. Zhen has extensive experience working with individuals, including immigrants, across the lifespan who may be experiencing the following concerns:
weight loss/maintenance concerns
difficulty with changing unhealthy habits
obsessive-compulsory disorder (OCD)
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
In her practice, Zhen cultivates a collaborative and supportive relationship with her clients to help them reach their goals, gain confidence, and improve quality of life. She is open and compassionate and is adaptive to each client’s individual needs and values.
Zhen completed her clinical training in a wide range of both private and public settings, including at the Jewish General Hospital’s Child Outpatient and Adult Inpatient Psychiatry departments, 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.Outside of her clinical and research work, Zhen loves to sing, dance, and play sports.