Areas of practice
- Anxiety and/or Panic
- Career Issues
- Cross Cultural Issues
- Family Conflict
- Grief and Loss - General
- Job Transition
- Life Balance
- Marriage and/or Relationship Issues
- Personal Growth
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Professional Burnout
- School/Work Adjustment
- Sleep Difficulties-Adults
- Stress Management
- Acceptance & Commitment Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Cross Cultural Therapy
- Emotion Focused Therapy
- Mindfulness approaches
- Motivational Interviewing
- Vocational Counselling
Counselling practice website:www.drhajerarostam.com
Please note that during the COVID-10 crisis, I am only able to provide clients virtual/phone counselling and consultation. Thank you!
As a registered psychologist, I believe in my clients’ resilience and ability to overcome challenging life conditions. Sometimes however, clients can benefit from professional help that is empowering and safe and promotes clients’ readiness to address concerns and receive evidence-based treatment.
I provide effective cognitive behavioural interventions that integrate mindfulness, multicultural and social justice perspectives. My approach to therapy and assessment is collaborative and relational. I have completed an externship in Emotion focused therapy that enhances my work with individuals, couples and families.
I provide treatment for depression, anxiety, stress and trauma, as well as personal development, and career counselling. Additionally, I have gained extensive experience working with university and college students, as well marginalized groups, international, immigrant and refugee populations.
An important part of my training has been to honour diversity and raise awareness around discrimination, social oppression and systemic inequalities that marginalize my clients.
I was born in Afghanistan and became a refugee at the age of 12 due to the political instability during the Soviet Invasion. I have lived in varied socio-political contexts that have greatly contributed to my understanding of diversity, human suffering and individual’s strength to launch themselves from adversity towards healing and growth.
In 1996, based on my academic excellence, I was selected by the World University Services of Canada to settle in Canada (this is an agency that enables refugee students fleeing war to pursue higher education). Coming to Canada exposed me not only to a journey of reconciling my multiple cultural identities but also shaped my choice of a career in the helping profession.
I completed my PhD in counseling psychology at the University of British Columbia, with an accredited internship at the University of California at Berkeley, Counselling and Psychological Services. I received a doctoral research training mentorship with IMPART: The Intersections of Mental Health Perspectives in Addictions Research Training, funded by UBC, CIHR and BC Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health. This training provided me with learning to become skilled at conducting multidisciplinary health research with a focus on the intersections of violence, trauma and mental health with addictions.
During my professional career, I have had the privilege of working in diverse clinical contexts ranging from community mental health settings such as the Family Services of Greater Vancouver, university counseling centres, chronic pain management clinics, and residential treatment centre for substance use problems. In addition to clinical practice at Changeways clinic, I work as psychology faculty at Douglas College. I am passionate about helping individuals, couples and families to cope with difficult life circumstances and develop skills to thrive in their everyday lives and relationships.
- I place emphasis on evidence-based therapies such as Client-centered, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT), and mindfulness based practices.
Client fee individuals:195
Client fee couples/families:195