Dr. Ron Ma

Registered Psychologist

Richmond Counselling and Wellness - Dr. Ron Ma

Welcome! I’m Dr. Ronald Ma, but most of my clients just call me Ron depending on what feels most comfortable for them. There are many different reasons people come to see me for counselling. You might come in with something specific in mind and know what you need already, or that might be exactly what you’re trying to figure out. And even if you do know, it can often be difficult to express. For some clients, they’d like to return to the way things were at a previous point in time, whereas for others they’d like to find new ways of being or relating to others that they haven’t yet explored. Wherever you’re at in your process of personal growth or healing, I’m here to join with and help you on your journey.

Background and Training
A Vancouver native, I graduated with my B.Sc. from UBC before moving to New York for my M.S. in Mental Health Counseling at The University at Albany, SUNY, followed by my doctorate from Springfield College’s APA-accredited Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology program in Massachusetts. I completed my APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship at San José State University and my postdoctoral residency at The University of California, San Diego. I then worked as a licensed psychologist at The University of Washington in Seattle, where I also supervised pre-doctoral interns, prior to moving back to Vancouver and joining Richmond Counselling & Wellness.

Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with a very diverse range of individuals across various life stages in university, community mental health, and residential settings. I’ve been in clinical practice now for 10 years and have experience with many different presenting concerns, including depression, anxiety, social and intimate relationship challenges, interpersonal trauma, family-related concerns, and identity exploration.

How I Work
My practice is highly integrative and based on a strong client-centered foundation of compassionate care and non-judgment. Depending on the client’s needs and preferences, we may engage in a combination of solution-focused, behavioral work, as well as more open-ended, exploratory depth work. I often integrate cognitive-behavioral and attachment-based approaches in my work with clients. I work together with clients in pursuing insights and moving towards values-congruent behavioral changes that you wish to see in your life. More broadly, I work from an anti-oppression framework that examines the external and systemic barriers clients may face, including those belonging to underrepresented and marginalized groups, in order to provide culturally responsive and trauma-informed care.

What Does a First Session Look Like?
Whether you’ve had past therapy experiences or it’s your first time, it can still be intimidating to meet with someone new and to figure out if you feel like it’s a good fit for you. My greatest priority is to create a safe environment for you as the client, which forms the foundation of the therapeutic space and relationship between us. Typically, the first session is a conversation about what brings you to counselling and exploring your current needs. It also involves reviewing your personal history and the intake forms that you completed beforehand, which might be a familiar part of the process to you. I try to make this feel more like a conversation than an interview to start understanding your story and who you are as a person, what’s getting in the way of your needs being met, and to discuss what our work together might look like.

Thanks for checking out my page. I hope this gives you a good idea of how I work and I look forward to meeting you if you decide to schedule an appointment with me.

Richmond Counselling is ready to help you find greater happiness and wellness

If you have any questions, please contact us or book an appointment with Ron today.