Let me introduce myself to you. My name is Dr. Ulrike (Rike) Koechling and I am a registrant of the College of Psychologists of BC. I have been assisting clients in Sidney and Victoria for more than 15 years, offering psychological services to individuals, couples, families and groups. I have been in practice since 1993 and practiced in the province of Quebec and Sweden prior to my move to Sidney.


I am competent in a variety of clinical areas and my therapeutic orientation is in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Establishing a good rapport with my clients in order to form a trusting and meaningful therapeutic relationship is most important to our work together. My approach is generally short-term and I will assist you with acquiring strategies in order for you to learn to cope independently with your psychological concerns, which will also assist in the prevention of future relapse.

I received my Ph.D. from Concordia University. I have held a variety of positions:

  • Visiting Professor at the world renowned Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden,
  • Senior Psychologist at the Montreal General Hospital,
  • Psychologist at the Sexual Dysfunction Clinic at the Lakeshore Hospital,
  • Lecturer in Psychology at Concordia University and the University of Victoria
  • Consult for the Clinical Research at the Karolinska Institute.

I have been a workshop leader and a guest speaker at various international conferences lecturing on diverse topics ranging from pain/stress management to addiction.

For the last 22 years I am been working in the areas of pain and stress management, depression, anxiety disorders, prescription and non-prescription drug dependence and gambling addiction.


I am a registered provider for the following organizations

  • ICBC
  • Veterans’ Affairs
  • RCMP
  • Crime Victim Assistance Program
  • First Nations Health Authority
  • EAP Providers (various)
  • Insurance Companies (various)

Areas of Competence:

  • Mood Disorders and Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders, Panic and Specific Phobias
  • Insomnia
  • Stress Management
  • Pain Management & Disability
  • Alcohol and Drug Dependence
  • Women’s Health Concerns
  • Indian Residential School Syndrome
  • Prescription Drug Dependence
  • Gambling and Other Impulse-Control-Related-Disorders