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Boaz Saffer, PhD Candidate

My Areas of Expertise

I specialize in treating individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), difficulties regulating emotions, and urges to self-harm. I primarily use a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) framework, and incorporate other evidence-based treatments (e.g., cognitive processing therapy [CPT], dialectical behaviour therapy [DBT], and motivational interviewing [MI]) to address clients’ individual needs.

Approach to Therapy

I approach therapy with genuine compassion, curiosity, and respect. I’ve been told I have a warm, attentive, and easy-going manner that creates a calm atmosphere and puts clients at ease. My clinical work uses a strength-based approach that focuses on working collaboratively with clients to gain insight into their difficulties, inspire hope, and make changes that reduce psychological suffering and facilitate living a more connected and meaningful life.


I received my PhD in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia. Prior to joining Changeways Clinic, I completed my Predoctoral Residency at Vancouver Coastal Health in the Adult Mental Health Track where I received specialized training in the assessment and treatment of trauma-related disorders (e.g., PTSD) with active and veteran members of the Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP. My clinical training has also included placements on several psychiatric inpatient units, a tertiary care residential program, intensive day treatment and outpatient programs, a private healthcare centre, and several private practices.

In addition to my clinical training, I have also conducted research examining the development of suicidal thoughts, and the progression from suicidal thoughts to suicidal acts. I have published in several peer-reviewed journals on this topic and have also presented my research at national and international conferences.

As a recent graduate, I am not presently a registrant of the College of Psychologists of British Columbia. I work under the direct supervision of Dr Randy Paterson, Clinic Director.

To make an appointment with Boaz Saffer, please call Changeways Clinic at 604 871 0490 during office hours, or email us at