#371 – An Exploration of Parent/Teen Relationships with Michael Ocana MD

Michael Ocana


Michael Ocana, MD is the Program Medical Director for the Adolescent Psychiatric Unit at Kelowna General Hospital. Dr. Ocana also consults to youth in crisis at Kelowna General Hospital in the Emergency Room, the paediatric ward, and sees youth in crisis through an urgent response program to prevent hospital admissions. In addition he consults to an outpatient eating disorder program for patients of all ages and has a small private practice.

Dr. Ocana completed medical school at the University of Ottawa in 1997 after completing an undergraduate degree in psychology. He went on to complete his psychiatric residency program at the University of Toronto specializing in children and adolescents. (During his residency, Dr.Ocana pursued specialized training in neuropsychiatry publishing a paper on Mild Head Injury, in addition to pursued psychotherapy training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Psychodynamic approaches.)

In addition to his clinical and administrative work he has been providing education to the public and to mental health practitioners through Canadian Medical Health Association and some of his talks are available online on topics from Eating Disorders in Youth, to Adolescent Depression and Suicide.


Dr Ocana has special interests in Attachment Theory, Culture and Neurodevelopment and over the past two years has published an online blog titled TeenShrinkTalk where he explores and reviews issues in neurodevelopment, culture, attachment and mental health as they evolve through the lifespan.


Dr. Ocana has recently begun training in the modality of Somatic Experiencing, a therapeutic approach pioneered by Peter Levine and is scheduled to become fully accredited by the fall of next year if all goes well.

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One Comment

  1. Rich Featherly
    Posted April 15, 2015 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    Dr. Ocana comments on so many of your other interviews, it seemed amiss to have no comments on your interview with him. Dr Ocana seems very intelligent and understanding of young people. I worked at a crisis phone/chat/text service for a few years and ended up communicating with many adolescents and young adults. But one of my most difficult calls was from a parent who was in rage concerning her adolescent kids. I was so triggered by her tone of voice that I experienced considerable brain freeze and could only refer her to a parenting support number I found online.

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