Dr. Mahsa Rad, Registered Clinical Counsellor
Mahsa holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor, specializing in providing compassionate care to adults who struggle with Depression, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Self-Esteem Issues, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Additionally, she offers couples therapy, dedicated to enhancing communication skills and fostering deeper understanding between partners.
Dr. Rad brings extensive experience in supporting non-binary and transgender individuals on their journey of self-exploration, gender identity, and adjustment after gender affirmation surgery. She also extends her support to parents, helping them better understand and support their Queer children.
Central to Dr. Rad's therapeutic approach is her client-centered, non-oppressive philosophy. She tailors her methods to align with her clients' needs and worldview, applying evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gottman method and Solution-Focused Therapy. She is a compassionate listener and she excels in building strong and meaningful relationships with those she counsels.
Beyond her clinical work, Dr. Rad's commitment to advancing knowledge is evident through her cross-contextual research in Iran and Canada, specifically exploring transgender individuals' identity development. She remains actively engaged in research, contributing to the Child and Teens Studies Lab at the University of British Columbia.
As an immigrant herself, Dr. Rad holds a deep appreciation for cultural, gender, and racial diversity. She highly values the unique backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives of each client she serves. She also is able to provide counselling in both English and Farsi.
Dr. Rad's expertise and genuine passion for helping others create a therapeutic environment that fosters growth, healing, and understanding. With her broad range of skills, comprehensive research contributions, and sensitivity to diverse identities, she continues to make a positive impact on the lives of her clients and the mental health community at large.
Mahsa has published a number of paper:
Mahsa Yaghoubirad, Parviz Azadfallah, Catherine Ann Cameron & Hojjatollah Farahani (2023) Talking with Iranian trans men: Their experiences and identity development, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 27:1, 85-108.
Mahsa Yaghoubirad, Parviz Azadfallah, Hojjatollah Farahani & Catherine Ann Cameron (2023) Talking with Iranian trans women: Their experiences and identity development, Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 27:1, 59-84.
- Ph.D. in Psychology; Tarbiat Modares University (Iran)
- M.A in Psychology, University of Tehran (Iran)
- The Grounding Stone- LGBTQ+ adults
- Mahtab clinic (Iran)- Adults/ Transgender individuals
- MS Society of Iran- Patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Iranian Pishro Pars Co., (Iran) -Adults/ Stress-management
Recent Continuing Education
- Trauma and Affair in Relationships, Gottman institute
- Couple therapy; Gottman Method Level 1
- Advanced Cognitive Behavioural Couple Therapy (CBCT)
- Trauma-Informed Practice, Douglas College
- Ethics Primer & Refresher, CCPA
- Psychological First Aid, Coursera
- Indigenous Canada Course, Coursera
- ASIST- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, Vancouver Crisis Center
- Skillfully Responding to Distress, Vancouver Crisis Center
- Tools for Managing Stress and Burnout, Vancouver Crisis Center
- Queer Competency Training, QUMUNITY