I am a registered (#0866) Psychologist in British Columbia who has worked for over three and a half decades in Vancouver, including eleven years as Clinical Director of a specialized eating disorders program for children and adolescents. I have a particular interest in the integration of somatic psychotherapy with cognitive, attachment, and mindfulness approaches.
My current interests include human potential generally, attachment, neuroscience, affect regulation, and the interface between psychotherapy and spirituality.
I really enjoy teaching and have been doing so at City University since 2017. In course CPC 526 Counselling Psychology Theory, I provide an overview of several different approaches to psychotherapy. I see this course as fundamental to helping students begin to get a sense of a theoretical framework which will ground their professional practice of counselling. In the CPC 522 Psychology of Trauma course I convey to students a neurobiological and somatically-based psychotherapy approach to a current understanding and treatment of trauma. This equips students to appreciate an autonomic nervous system understanding of affect dysregulation, and how a somatically-oriented psychotherapy may help clients in their recovery. In CPC 651/652/653: Practicum I/II/III I provide consultation to students on their clinical work.
I believe that a combination of academic and clinical teaching can really facilitate the professional growth of students. It is a lengthy and challenging journey to becoming a psychotherapist. I feel that if I can bring the right mix of experience, skill, knowledge, and passion forward in my courses, that I can make an important contribution to students’ growth and development.
- 2016: Manley, R. Attachment, trauma, and the therapeutic relationship. BC Psychologist, Summer, 10-12.
- 2014: Manley, R., and DeJong, C. A therapeutic approach to working with trauma and dysregulation: The example of eating disorders and substance use disorders. Insights into Clinical Counselling, December, 27-29, 31, 33.
- 2010: Manley, R.S. Eating disorders in children and adolescents: Information for those living with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Third Edition. April. Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.
- 2009: Manley, R. The cognitive-behavioural approach to treating individuals with eating disorders. Visions Journal, 6(1), 18-19
- 2008: Manley, R.S., O’Brien, K.M., & Samuels, S. Fitness instructors’ recognition of eating disorders and attendant ethical/liability issues. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 16(2), March-April, 103-116.