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Vancouver | Director of Clinical Training | Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Janelle Kwee, Psy.D., R.Psych.



Teaching, learning, and scholarship in professional psychology cultivate the intellect and the heart together. Excellent psychologists are knowledgeable, skillful, and compassionate persons. I believe that solid professional formation draws upon and further develops our deepest humanness. Consistent with this, I believe that our greatest potential as agents of healing and social change is closely connected to our personal journeys of development and growth. This potential comes from diligent learning and finely developed expertise. It also comes from responsibly embracing the complexity of our own stories in our embodied and culturally and historically situated lives. Knowledge and technical expertise don’t hide our vulnerabilities and weaknesses. In fact, I believe that sometimes our greatest strengths are located within our vulnerabilities.

My view of education is that it is essentially transformational rather than transactional. In professional training, I believe in taking a strong developmental approach to learning and skill development, where students are both supported and challenged. I collaborate with students to cultivate a community of learning where each person contributes dynamically in an active exchange of ideas and experience. In my classrooms, I invite students to diligently pursue knowledge and skills acquisition, while also seeking deeper understandings about themselves, and supporting one another’s growth and learning. I draw on a variety of teaching modalities including didactic instruction, experiential learning, seminar-style dialogue, and skills practice.

As the Director of Clinical Training, my aim is to be a supportive resource for everything related to our Psy.D. students’ clinical experiences, from preparing for their first assessment practicum placement to the final stretches of their predoctoral internships. Our scholar-practitioner training model emphasizes competency-based learning with the aim of shaping a new generation of skilled, compassionate, and socially responsible psychologists who are engaged in their communities of practice and advance social justice. I believe students’ richest opportunities will come from receiving all training experiences with a teachable, curious, and growth-oriented posture in a diverse variety of placements.

In my research and research supervision, I particularly enjoy using voice-centred, phenomenological, and qualitative methods to explore topics relevant to clinical practice. Themes in my research and scholarship include spiritual and existential concerns, case-based psychotherapy process research, trauma, sexuality and embodiment, therapist development and identity, and health promotion, particularly maternal health and wellbeing. I have overlapping clinical and research interests in the conceptual and treatment approaches of Existential Analysis and Logotherapy and in Lifespan Integration Therapy.

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  • Psy.D., Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Wheaton College
  • B.A., Psychology and Spanish, HNGR (Human Needs and Global Resources) Certificate, Wheaton College
Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Psychological Association
  • The Existential Analysis Society of Canada
  • Gender Studies Institute Scholar, Trinity Western University, 2009-2022
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • McBride, H. & Kwee, J. (Eds.). (2018). Embodiment and eating disorders: Theory, research, prevention and treatment. New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Kwee, J. & Klaassen, D. (2022). Observing the ethical imperative of self-care during the pandemic: Opportunities from an existential-analytic framework of wellness. Existencia: The Inter-American Journal of Existential Analysis.
  • Lewis, C., Kwee, J., Rossen, L., & McDonald, M. (2021). Integrating attachment processes with lifespan integration therapy: A hermeneutic single case efficacy design with an adopted child. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 15(1), 131-148.
  • Kwee, J. (2020). Counselling Psychology and Under-Represented Groups: A Vision for Advocacy as Mutual Transformation. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 54(4), 678-684.
  • Kwee, J., McBride, H., & Rossen, L. (2020). The influence of care providers in shaping women’s perinatal experience: Helping, hindering, and wishlist factors. Journal of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 34(3), 171-190.
  • Kwee, J. & Längle, A. (2019). Challenges and new developments in Logotherapy and Existential Analysis. In van Duerzen, E., Craig, E., Längle, A., Schneider, K., Tantam, D., and du Plock, S. (Eds.), World Handbook of Existential Therapy. New York, NY: Wiley.
  • McBride, H. & Kwee, J. (2017). Sex after baby. Current Sexual Health Reports, 9, 142-149. DOI 10.1007/s11930-017-0116-3
  • Wall, J. Kwee, J., Hu, M., & McDonald, M. (2016). Bridging the researcher-practitioner gap through systematic case study research. Psychotherapy Research, doi: 10.1080/10503307.2015.1136441.
  • Chou, F., Kwee, J., Buchanan, M., & Lees, R. (2016). Participatory critical incident technique (PaCIT): A participatory action research approach for Counselling Psychology. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 50(1), 51-74.
  • Kwee, J. L. & A. Längle. (2013). Phenomenology in Psychotherapeutic Praxis: An Introduction to Personal Existential Analysis. Experiencing EPIS, a Journal of the Existential and Psychoanalytic Institute and Society, 2(1), 139-163.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • Klaassen, D. W., & Kwee, J. (2021). “All actual life is encounter”: An existential-phenomenological therapy group. Workshop for the Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, June 11.
  • Kwee, J. (2021). Saying ‘YES’ to your embodied existence: An invitation for psychotherapists. Invited All-Day Colloquium presentation for doctoral students, February 3, 2021, George Fox University, Newberg, OR.
  • Kwee, J., Rossen, L., and McBride, H. (2019). How Families and Partners Influence Maternal and Infant Health: Emotional Availability, Partner and Family Relationships, and Postpartum Sexual Health. Breakout Session at the Postpartum Support International Annual Conference. June 26-30, 2019: Portland, OR.
  • Kwee, J. (2019). The role of Canadian Counselling Psychology in Advocating for the needs of underrepresented groups: Working group summary from the Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference. Section invited symposium presentation in Kassan, A., Domene, J., Wada, K., & Bedi, R. Outcomes of the Working Group at the 2018 Canadian Counselling Psychology Conference. Canadian Psychological Association Annual Convention, Halifax, NS. June 1, 2019.
  • Kwee, J., Klaassen, D., & Launeanu, M. (2017). Case conceptualization in Existential Analysis: An approach with trans-theoretical applications. Workshop at the Canadian Psychological Association annual convention, Toronto, ON, June 9, 2017.
  • Launeanu, M., Kwee, J., Chan, E., McDonald, M., Bartel, T., Drisner, J., Begalka, B. (2016). Clinical supervision in counselling psychology: An integrative developmental-phenomenological approach. Workshop session at the Canadian Psychological Association annual convention, Victoria, BC, June, 2016.
  • Kwee, J., McBride, H., & Howatson, R. (2015). Pregnancy and postpartum mental health: Ecological influences on mothers’ wellbeing. Presentation at the Canadian Psychological Association pre-conference workshop for the Section of Women and Psychology, Ottawa, ON, June 3, 2015.
  • Kwee, J. Introduction to Existential Analysis and the structure of the four fundamental motivations. (2015). Presentation at the 1st Existential Psychotherapy International Congress, London, United Kingdom, May 17, 2015.
  • Chou, F. & Kwee, J. (2014). Engaging Vulnerable Youth in Research and Social Action: The Utilization of Participatory Action Research and the Enhanced Critical Incident Technique as a Research Methodology and Advocacy-orientated Intervention. Round table session at the annual conference of the International Association for Counselling, Victoria, BC, May 2014
  • McBride, H., Kwee, J, and Wolfe, L. (2014). Meeting Psychosocial Needs in Perinatal Care: Models for Multidisciplinary Collaboration. Paper session at the Innaugural Conference of Perinatal Services, BC, Vancouver BC, February 2014.


  • University Nominee, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Mental Health and Wellness, 2016
  • Invited Instructor, Intensive Course in Child and Youth Counselling, San Yat Sen University, Guangzhou, China, November 2015
  • Recipient, TWU Provost Research Grant for Lifespan Integration Therapy Research, 2014
  • Invited Conferee to the Presiding Committee and Round Table Discussant, First International Congress of Existential Analysis and Logotherapy, Mexico City, Mexico, March 2014
  • Recipient, 2013 Feminist Mentoring Award
    Awarded by the Section of Women and Psychology at the Canadian Psychologial Association Annual Convention,
    Invited Conferee to Gender, Religion, and Third Wave Research Symposium, Gender Studies Institute, TWU
  • Co-Recipient, Distinguished Paper Award
    Awarded at the e-CASE 2009 International Conference, Singapore, January 2009

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