- Trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder
- Substance use disorders
- Concurrent disorders
- Psychosocial interventions
Dr. Torchalla is a Registered Psychologist with the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tuebingen, Germany. She is the director of the West Coast Resiliency Centre, an interdisciplinary clinic providing evidence-based treatment for individuals struggling with the repercussions of psychological trauma. As a clinician, she has received extensive training in cognitive-behaviour therapy, dialectical behavior therapy and motivational interviewing, and provides treatment for individuals suffering from anxiety, mood, stress- and trauma-related difficulties. She has a special interest in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and has extensive training in various evidence-based PTSD treatment protocols including therapies involving exposure and emotional processing as well as EMDR. As a researcher, she has focused on women’s mental health and substance use behaviours, the correlates of trauma with psychological functioning, post-traumatic stress disorder and substance use disorder comorbidity, the effects of integrated trauma-informed interventions, and psychological aspects of tobacco dependence.