Ai-Lan Chia

Ai-Lan Chia
Associate Director
  • Clinical Psychologist, Ph.D.
  • Registered Psychologist


I am a registered psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia, with my doctoral degree in clinical psychology. I also had an English undergraduate and a Counselling masters’ degree. I had worked in college and university counselling centres, community mental health, psychiatric inpatient, and primary care hospital settings, before I joined UVic Counselling Services in 2008, seeing students individually, as a couple, and in groups.

I taught courses at UVic, have been appointed as Adjunct Assistant Professor by Department of Psychology, supervised graduate students clinically, and co-coordinated Advanced Counselling/ Psychotherapy Practicum program. In 2014, I took on Associate Director’s role, overseeing day-to-day operations of the Counselling Services and representing Counselling Services as an alternate to Director if needed.

Counselling approach

My therapy approaches draw on cognitive behavioural, mindfulness, and psychodynamic perspectives. I see psychotherapy as an opportunity for change, by clients reflecting upon their struggles and inner-strengths, and by practising self-compassion and acceptance. I have assisted students dealing with a variety of issues, including depression, panic attacks and anxiety, eating disorder and body image, stress, life transition, and relationship challenges. As a member to UVic Collaborative Eating Disorder Clinic, I see students with varying degrees of eating disorders and collaborate with Eating Disorder program in Victoria. Working with cultural issues in psychology is another passion of mine, such as negotiating multiple identities, navigating university as an international student, and offering sessions in Mandarin Chinese.