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Boaz Saffer, PhD Candidate

My areas of expertise

I specialize in treating individuals experiencing symptoms of depression, posttraumatic stress disorder and trauma, difficulties regulating emotions, and urges to self-harm. I also have experience working with individuals who engage in disordered eating and those coping with chronic health issues. I primarily use a Cognitive-Behavioural framework in treatment, which allows me to incorporate other evidence-based treatments (such as Cognitive Processing Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing) to address clients’ individual needs.

Approach to Therapy

I approach therapy with genuine compassion, curiosity, and respect for clients. 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 studied for 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 gained experience providing trauma treatment to active and veteran members of the Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police. My clinical experiences have 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.

I have also conducted research examining the emergence and 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 relatively recent graduate, I am not a current 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