Dr. Taravat Ostovar, R.Psych.

We Live What We Teach

Dr. Taravat Ostovar, R.Psych.


Age group I work with:  Children, adolescent, adults, and elderly.
Language(s): English and Farsi
Where I offer my services: Online and/or In-person at Central Park office
When not at work I am:

with my family enjoying nature, food, music, reading stories and singing, dancing and physical activities, playing games and indoor activities, visiting family friends and travelling.

Favourite ice cream:

Cardamom and jasmine black tea.

If I wasn’t a therapist I’d be: a Pilates teacher.
Book recommendations:

 -Close Connections: the bridge between spiritual and physical reality by John Hatcher

-Words can change your brain by Andrew Newberg and Mark Waldman

Raising good human by Hunter Clarke-Fields

Please note that Wise Mind Centre is not a vendor of ICBC and WorkSafe BC. Dr. Taravat Ostovar does not accept ICBC or WorkSafe BC referrals.

Dr. Taravat Ostovar is a registered psychologist in good standing the Province of British Colombia (#2544) and a registered psychologist in good standing in the Northwest Territories (#2250-64642). She received her Doctorate degree in Psychology from California Southern University, Master of Science degree from McGill University, and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Ostovar also received a certificate in Emerging Managers Leadership Development Program from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Ostovar has worked in a variety of clinical and health care settings including primary care clinic, outpatient community mental health clinic, inpatient hospital, rehabilitation centres, teaching, research, and consulting in both Southern Canada (BC, Alberta, and Quebec) and Northern Canada (NWT and NU) for the past 16 years. She has worked with individuals, multidisciplinary teams, schools and organizations for a wide range of mental health assessments, therapeutic interventions and treatments, group and parental workshops, presentations, and clinical case consultations.

Dr. Ostovar provides clinical consultation, supervision to interns and supervisees, assessment, and scientifically supported treatments to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, and has experience with a wide range of concerns and psychosocial conditions. She helps individuals struggling with a variety of psychological problems including anxiety and panic, attachment problems, stress and trauma related disorders, chronic pain, depression, parenting difficulties, relationship and marital problems, problematic personality patterns, self-harm behaviour, suicidal ideation, grief and bereavement, interpersonal difficulties, emotion regulation difficulties, and adjustment issues.

Dr. Ostovar is a strong believer that everyone has an inherent ability to thrive, heal and grow, regardless of the illness and life challenges. She believes that people are worthy and have the capacity and inner resources to grow and change towards their higher purpose. Dr. Ostovar’s approach is wholistic, evidence-based, client-centred, compassionate and based on creating and maintaining a calm, supportive, respectful and safe environment and drawing on a variety of therapeutic approaches to best suit each individual’s/ couple’s needs. These approaches offer clients the opportunity to explore their emotions, thoughts, actions, and new ways of being and doing. She welcomes clients from all cultures, ethnicities, religious and spiritual beliefs, gender identities and sexual orientations.

In her spare time, Dr. Taravat Ostovar volunteers her time by helping various friendship and community building activities in her neighbourhood. She also enjoys ongoing learning and wellness activities, being in the nature and spending quality time with friends and her family.

Dr. Ostovar’s clinical work is informed by the following therapeutic approaches:

  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Gottman method for Marriage and Couple Therapy
  • Emotional Focused Family Therapy
  • Trauma and Attachment Sensory Focused Therapy
  • Pain Management
  • Mindfulness and Stress Inoculation Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Prolonged Exposure Therapy
  • Psychodynamic
  • Motivational Interviewing and Behaviour Modification
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) *
  • Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)
  • Children Play Therapy
  • Logotherapy, Compassion, and Positive Psychology

*Please note Dr. Ostovar only offers DBT-informed therapy and does not provide treatment to clients in our comprehensive DBT program.



The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change

Carl Rogers

To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself

Thigh Nhat Hanh

Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward

C. S. Lewis