Ph.D. Registered Clinical Counsellor
At Kalantar Counselling in Vancouver, we’re committed to providing mental health care and support to people. We offer personalized counselling for individuals, couples, and families, as well as facilitating group therapy. Our approach is rooted in understanding and support, free from judgment. We prioritize active listening.
We create a safe and private space where you can openly share your feelings and thoughts. Together, we’ll form a strong connection, allowing you to address your worries, uncover hidden aspects of your life, make important decisions, and find a more fulfilling path.
At Kalantar Counselling, as a professional counselling clinic, we recognize and respect that everyone is unique. That’s why we use a variety of effective techniques in our therapy, tailored to your specific needs. We also honor and understand diverse backgrounds, including LGBTQ+ individuals and different cultures.
Whether you prefer meeting in person in Vancouver or having sessions online, we’re here to offer you the mental health and qualified counselling support you’re looking for.
Kalantar draws from various approaches and theories, including Acceptance and Commitment, Compassion and Mindfulness-based therapies, Attachment-based therapies, client-centered therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical-Behavior Therapy, Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Existential-Humanistic Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Gottman Method, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused therapy, and Systemic Therapy.
As a young person, I had a deep desire to find ways to help others in a professional and meaningful way. This desire stayed with me over the years and eventually led me to pursue a clinical counsellor and psychotherapist career.
In my quest to better understand human nature and be better equipped to help others, I found inspiration in the ideas of influential philosophers and thinkers from both eastern and western traditions. Through studying the works of Aristotle, Plato, Avicenna, Rumi, Mulla Sadra, Sartre, Heidegger, Buber, Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche, I gained insights into the complexities of human behaviour and emotions. This inspired me to pursue an academic journey in counselling psychology, even though I had previously obtained a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in Philosophy.
Armed with my philosophical background, I embarked on a new academic journey, earning a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology from the University of Putra and the University of Ottawa.
During my studies, my professional motivation centred around humanistic approaches and existential thoughts. I honed my skills and knowledge by exploring popular humanistic psychotherapy approaches and Freudian and Psychopathological methods. This broadened my competency in the field of counselling psychology, allowing me to more effectively help individuals who are struggling with a variety of issues.
I have been fortunate enough to serve as a faculty member and University Professor for over ten years in different universities. During this time, I have taught a wide range of psychology and counselling courses to both graduate and undergraduate students, and I have supervised both academically and clinically numerous students. I have also published many scientific articles in international journals, contributing to the ongoing conversation around effective therapeutic practices.
I strongly believe in the importance of seeking knowledge throughout one’s life, from the cradle to the grave. That’s why I always make an effort to keep myself updated through various means, such as teaching, attending workshops, academic conferences, and trainings.