So, who am I?
I believe mental health and wellbeing is a right and I am committed to reducing barriers to getting high quality help and information.
Dr. Claire Sira
I enjoy innovation and I am very pleased to increase access to psychological services for all British Columbians through online services.
As psychologists like myself are not yet included in the public health system, I offer online group coaching programs to reduce costs to my clients, and democratize access to specialized psychological services.
I completed my doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology (assessment and rehabilitation) at the University of Victoria in 2007. I have been providing services in these areas since that time. I am an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Victoria and in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan where I have been a sessional instructor and I supervise the practical clinical experiences of clinical psychology doctoral students.
From 2009-2013 I worked as the Neuropsychologist for the Outpatient NeuroRehabilitation Program at Victoria General Hospital where I completed numerous neuropsychological assessments to assist injured clients in their recovery. In this busy setting, I also had the opportunity to provide rehabilitation services to individuals and groups.
I am an expert in neuropsychology. I enjoy completing comprehensive psychological and neuropsychological assessments. I believe that everyone deserves a full and objective assessment, and I do my best to provide accurate and unbiased information to clients, educational institutions, employers, lawyers, and insurance companies. I have been accepted as an expert in clinical neuropsychology by the BC Supreme Court.
I am included on the list of experts for the Cortex Centre for Advanced Assessment.
In addition to my work as a Registered Psychologist in the Victoria community, I am a volunteer provider and trainer with the BC Disaster Psychosocial Services (DPS) program. DPS is responsible for the development and provision of psychosocial strategies involving a continuum of supportive services, targeting those people, both the public and responders alike, who are affected by an emergency or disaster.
I also volunteer my time as an oral examiner for applicants seeking registration to be a psychologist through the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. I sit on the Executive Board of the British Columbia Psychological Association and I am very involved in advocacy for psychology in BC in order to improve access to psychologists for the public, as well as improve treatment outcomes.
I contribute my expertise to non-profit community groups such as the Victoria Brain Injury Society and HeadWay – the Victoria Epilepsy and Parkinson’s Centre.
I am a member in good standing in a number of professional organizations:
I acknowledge the Lekwungen speaking families and their traditional lands. I come from a place of respect and gratitude to know I work, live, and learn in their traditional lands. Prior to being a settler in North America, I was born in England, as was my mother. My father was born in Kenya, which was a British colony at that time. My maternal grandparents are from Ireland and England, and my paternal grandparents are from India. I share this information to offer an understanding of my family lineage and to situate myself in relation to those I’m interacting with today.
My pronouns are she / her / hers. I love to sing and am a often part of one of Victoria’s local choirs. I also enjoy hiking, as shown in the picture!
College of Psychologists of British Columbia (Full Register, #1837)
British Columbia Psychological Association
Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology) and Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA)
Canadian Psychological Association
Disaster Psychosocial Services