Sheri Van Dijk, MSW
Mental Health Therapist
Southlake Regional Health Centre
Sheri Van Dijk, MSW is a Canadian social worker who works both in private practice and in a community hospital, with clients diagnosed with severe mental illness such as bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, personality disorders and co-morbid substance abuse. Sheri has had extensive training in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), mindfulness, and cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT), and provides DBT-informed therapy in both individual and group settings.
Sheri is the author of DBT Made Simple (New Harbinger 2012), a book that teaches clinicians the “ins and outs” of providing DBT to clients with mixed psychiatric diagnoses. She has also written The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook for Bipolar Disorder, Don’t Let Your Emotions Run Your Life for Teens, and Calming the Emotional Storm, and is co-author of The Bipolar Workbook for Teens. The focus of these books is on teaching clients how to use mindfulness practice and DBT skills to help them live emotionally healthier lives.
Sheri is the winner of the R.O. Jones award for her research on using DBT with bipolar disorder, presented at the Canadian Psychiatric Association Conference in 2010, and this article is to be published in the Journal of Affective Disorders.