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PhD. Transpersonal Psychology – California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology – Science and Research Azad University, Tehran, Iran

Registrations and Memberships:

BC Association of Clinical Counsellors, Registered Clinical Counsellor #18651

ADHDAnxietyCareer counsellingCouples counsellingDepressionEating disordersExistentialFamily CounsellingImmigrant experienceIndigenous ClientsLGBTQ2Life TransitionsMood DisordersParentingSelf EsteemSexualitySleep problemsSpiritualityStressTraumaYouth 12 - 19

Masoud Aref, PhD, RCC

Masoud is a Registered Clinical Counsellor located in Vancouver, BC offering in-person and online counselling. Masoud has spent his life pursuing an understanding of the human condition and approaches to holistic wellness. He helps people with a range of challenges, including things such as Existential Crises, Spiritual Challenges, Trauma, PTSD, Sexual Abuse, Anxiety related issues like OCD, ADHD, Eating Disorders, Sexual Malfunctions, Mood-related issues like Depression, Bipolar, Dysthymia and Cyclothymia, dating or relationship challenges and adjustment issues like life transitions and immigration challenges. Masoud works from several modalities including: Intensive, Short-Term Psychotherapy (ISTDP), Gestalt Therapy, Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Schema Therapy.

With Post-Doctoral (PhD) certifications in Clinical and Transpersonal Psychology, Masoud is somatically inclined and has trained in Existential Psychotherapy, working with Irvin Yalom, and Radical Psychotherapy under Andrew Feldmar. In addition, Masoud studied Compassionate Inquiry with Gabor Mate, Hakomi with Georgia Marvin, and Psychedelic therapy with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).

Masoud believes in an encouraging therapeutic relationship where you can heal your wounds, fulfill your desires, and actualize your potential. He helps clients explore a therapeutic relationship that not only heals but also illuminates the path to their innermost aspirations and the fullest expression of their potential. He inspires his clients toward self-discovery and empowerment by providing a supportive, analytical, and loving container. He guides you through connecting to your wisdom within, your inner healer, and realize who you are, what your relationship is to the world and how to fulfil your visions.

Masoud is an Iranian-born philosopher, poet, professor, and psychology Ph.D.  He was a highly sought-after resource in his home country before coming to North America, where he trained in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He combines a profound integrative analytical mindset with innovative thinking to understand and reconstruct the complex narratives of human experience.

Client Focus: Individuals, couples, families, youth 12 – 19 years of age

Types of Therapy: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Gottman Method,  Narrative Therapy, Existential Therapy, Holistic-Transanalytical-Integrative, Intensive, Short-Term Psychotherapy (ISTDP), Gestalt Therapy, Reality Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Schema Therapy.

Contact Us

Counsellor Location:

Online by phone or video

In-person: 2030 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC

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