Dr. Jim Roche is a Registered Psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist in British Columbia with offices in Burnaby and Vancouver. He provides assessment and therapy services including psychoeducational, neuropsychological and diagnostic testing for Asperger's Syndrome, autism,  ADHD, learning disabilities and related disorders. He also provides therapy for issues ranging from anxiety, depression, anger management and couple's issues is also provided. He provides evidence based, focused and short term treatments.

As a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist (RMFT) he provides relationship counselling, couples and marriage therapy. Early evening hours are available in both the Vancouver and Burnaby offices. His services are covered by most extended health care plans. A sliding scale may be available.

Therapy for Anxiety, Stress, Depression and Anger Management

Dr. Roche provides counselling/therapy for depression, anxiety, stress (including work related stress) using Brief Solution Focused Therapy (BSFT),  Behavioural and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). 

ADHD | ADD Testing, Assessment and Treatment

ADHD assessments are provided in both my Burnaby and Vancouver offices. An ADHD assessment includes a clinical interview, the collection of information to form a comprehensive developmental history, administration of several standard self reports and tests, and some neuropsychological assessment procedures to help us understand the exact nature of your ADHD. The depth and process of this assessment depends upon it's use and the age of the client. Some children and adolescents with ADHD also require a psycho-educational assessment to help develop an educational plan. Workplace treatment plans for adults are also provided in appropriate cases. Also, as nearly 50% of individuals with ADHD have a co-morbid disorder such as a specific learning disability, anxiety, depression or other mood disorder, the complexity of ADHD testing can vary from individual to individual.

ADHD testing costs approximately $600, plus the cost of the initial appointment. Psycho-educational assessment, neuropsychological assessments and workplace or forensic assessments are billed separately and are discussed at our initial meeting. 

Dr. Roche has been providing ADHD assessments and treatment for children, adolescents and adults for over 25 years addressing relationship, workplace, school and social issues.  Please call my office for further information or to set up an appointment. Click here for further information on ADHD and here for further information on Dr. Roche's educational background and experience.

Individual and Couple Therapy / Counselling

Individual, couple or relationship therapy is provided using evidence-based methods including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Solution Focused Therapy. Dr. Roche has recieved training in Gottman Therapy techniques as well an Advanced Certificate in cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) from the Albert Ellis Institute in New York City. CBT has been shown to be effective with depression, stress, anxiety and anger management. Many couples see Dr. Roche for consultation when one member has Aspergers Disorder, high functioning autism, ADHD or other related issues. In addition to being a Registered Psychologist Dr. Roche is a Clinical Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist in British Columbia.

Click here for information on Couple and Marriage Therapy | Counselling

Psycho-Educational Assessments for School Based Problems and Learning Disabilities 

 (click here to download the psychoeducational assessment pdf)

Are you concerned your child has a learning disorder? Problems with reading, math, motivation or study skills?  A psycho-educational assessment is often the place to start.  Psycho-educational assessments are part of a comprehensive process to assess your child’s school/academic performance and help your child's school develop an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). These assessments help find and diagnose specific learning disabilities, attentional problems, ADHD, behavioural and emotional issues or simple poor study skill habits that have an effect on your child's learning.  Dr. Roche has worked with school districts and teachers for over 25 years and holds a school psychologist license and a certification as a teacher of special education. He has attended over 100 IEP's and worked directly as a consultant to classroom teachers in BC, California and New York. Currently the fee for a psychoeducational assessment is $1,950. 

Child Behaviour Therapy

Parent education and individual child therapy is available for issues ranging from acting out behaviour to anxiety, depression and stress. Dr. Roche has been the behaviour management specialist for several school districts, for the provincial government and for federal programs in both Canada and the United States. He has over 25 years experience in the field of child and adolescent therapy. 

Assessment and Treatment for Adults with Asperger's Disorder and High Functioning Autism

In addition to services for children and adolescents Dr. Roche is one of the few providers in BC working with young adults and adults with autism and Asperger’s Disorder / Syndrome. His practice has focused on working with young adults and social/work place issues. This includes social coaching, workplace evaluations, intervention planning and family consultations. Full comprehensive evaluations and diagnosis of adult Aspergers is provided.  Some of the aims of therapy for adults with Asperger's or high functioning autism are:

  • to teach new cognitive and behavioral skills that were never learned
  • to teach compensatory strategies for deficits that cannot be changed
  • to facilitate self-acceptance
  • to teach strategies to decrease or prevent symptoms of co-morbid mental health problems, such as anxiety disorders and depression

Click HERE to get information about services for adolescents, young adults and adults with Asperger's Disorder or high functioning autism. 

ACT (Autism Community Training) Approved Behavioural Consultant

Dr. Roche is an approved behavioural consultant with Autism Community Training. He provides behavioural therapy, consultation diagnosis for autism, Asperger's and related disorders. Dr. Roche also provides autism testing and assessments for those seeking to qualify for provincial autism funding or appropriate support services in the schools.

Military and Service Member Families

Dr. Roche has worked extensively with members of the military through the Department of Defense's Military and Family Support programs, working in Europe and Asia on numerous US and NATO bases and welcomes members of the Canadian Forces and their families in his practice. He provides services relating to PTSD, stress, anxiety, depression and related disorders.

About Dr. Roche's Background and Education

Dr. Roche a doctorate in clinical psychology (PhD) from the Union of Experimenting Colleges and Universities, a graduate degree (M.A.) in family counselling/therapy from Vermont College and a certificate of advanced graduate studies (CAGS) in school and educational psychology from Norwich University. He also holds a doctorate (JD) in law from The City University of New York School of Law with a focus in educational and family law. He has also completed two years of post doctoral work in neuropsychology at The Fielding Institute.

Dr. Roche has completed two years of supervised clinical experience in both hospital and community based clinics (counselling and assessment) as well as two additional  years of supervised clinical experience in marriage and family therapy (he is a Fellow and Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists). He has served as director of behaviour programming for several school districts, as a consultant on autism for the provincial government, and have held numerous academic positions including Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at New York University and Bellevue Hospital in New York as well as being a faculty member at NYU, Brooklyn College, SUNY New Paltz, Norwich University and currently at the Adler School of Professional Psychology.

To contact Dr. Roche please send an email using the form to the right outlining what services you need and how he can help you. You can also email directly to relatedminds@gmail.com  You are welcome to leave a message at 778.998-7975. Dr. Roche has offices in Vancouver and Burnaby. 

Dr. Roche is an approved behavioural interventionist with ACTBC and accepts provincial funding for services with children with autism and Asperger's disorder. Additionally he is approved as a service provider with the Crime Victim Assistance Program of British Columbia and accepts their contracts for payment as well.

For more information about Dr. Roche click here: About

For a list of books Dr. Roche may have suggested click here: Resources