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Dr. Virginia Boquiren, PhD, CPsych


Dr. Virginia Boquiren completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Rosalind Franklin University, Illinois, USA. She completed her predoctoral internship at Vancouver Coastal Health, in the Health Psychology specialty track. Her professional experiences offered a wide breadth of clinical training, working with adults coping with various physical and mental health issues. In terms of clinical expertise, Dr. Boquiren is trained in conducting psychological/psychosocial assessments, and has extensive experience in cognitive behavioural therapy, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She is also trained in dialectical behaviour therapy, mindfulness, as well as in providing psychoeducation and supportive group psychotherapy.

Dr. Boquiren completed a number of research pre-doctoral and a postdoctoral fellowship, focusing on coping, adjustment, and quality of life individuals coping with chronic illness, particularly cancer. Her research areas of interest include psychosocial, gender, and other factors impacting body image, sexual health and functioning, and wellbeing in cancer survivors, their caregivers and loved ones.

At CBT Associates, Dr. Boquiren provides individual treatment for adults, focusing on anxiety disorders, depression, and adjustment difficulties, particularly coping with chronic illness. Dr. Boquiren is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario, Canadian Psychological Association, and Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies.

Please note that our associates work with many presenting issues, some of which are not listed in this biography. Please speak to our intake team at 416-363-4228 for more information.

Why choose CBT Associates?

CBT Associates is a large, well-established and rapidly-growing network of clinics that provides evidence-based psychological services to children, adolescents, adults of all ages, and couples.

We are a highly-qualified group of over 50 psychologists and psychological associates who provide personalized, compassionate, respectful and discreet treatment with the highest level of... Read More

What is the policy for cancelled or missed appointments?

To help us reliably meet the needs of all our clients, we must ask you to provide 24 hours’ notice when cancelling or rescheduling an appointment. Appointments without sufficient notice will be charged the full fee.

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What is a psychologist?


  • Are registered healthcare professionals who are regulated like physicians, surgeons, and dentists.
  • Work with individuals, groups and organizations to promote positive change by assessing and treating psychological problems.
  • Are trained to assess problems accurately using psychological tests and semi-structured interviews.... Read More
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychologists are closely aligned with psychiatrists as both are highly-trained professionals. Psychiatrists are oriented toward pharmaceutical solutions (some illnesses in fact lend themselves to medication versus talk therapy, such as severe depression or schizophrenia); while psychologists are oriented toward talk therapy as a solution.

Psychologists and psychiatrists both undertake... Read More

What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist?

The first important difference between psychotherapists and psychologists is the number of years of education and training required to register by each college. The College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario requires members to complete any recognized training program in psychotherapy, with 450 hours of direct client contact, and 100 hours of clinical supervision. In contrast, to... Read More

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