About Dr. Prisman

Dr. Desiree Prisman joined the Vancouver General Hospital in the Outpatient Psychiatry Department in 1997 where she helped develop and implement an intensive day treatment group program for patients with severe personality disorders.  She also runs Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills training group and was an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia.  

Dr. Prisman practices Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.  In her private practice she sees a wide spectrum of difficulties including anxiety disorders, depression, eating disorders, personality disorders, relationship difficulties, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Dr. Prisman focuses a great deal of her energy on teaching and training students and other mental health professionals. She has conducted workshops all over Western Canada in the application of DBT principles in practice and helped to set up other treatment programs for individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).  

As part of her doctoral studies she was privileged to work with the founder of Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Professor Marsha Linehan at the University of Washington in Seattle, U.S.A.  Dr. Prisman has been involved with the treatment of severe personality disorders for over 20 years in the United States, Canada, and South Africa

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