Setareh Shayanfar

Setareh Shayanfar
Ph.D., C.Psych. — Psychologist


Setareh believes that a strong therapeutic relationship is the foundation for healing and growth in therapy. She is passionate about creating a warm, empathic, and collaborative atmosphere in her practice and is committed to providing culturally-sensitive and trauma-informed care. She helps clients identify obstacles that get in their way of living a fulfilling life, resolve inner conflicts, process emotional pain, work through past or present interpersonal issues, develop effective coping styles, and establish new ways of relating to themselves and others. Her approach to therapy is evidence-based and integrative, drawing primarily from humanistic, emotion-focused, interpersonal, and schema therapies depending on each person’s unique needs and goals. She is also experienced in cognitive-behavioural therapy and mindfulness-based approaches. She offers psychological services to adults for a broad range of concerns such as trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship difficulties, identity challenges, cross-cultural issues, and existential concerns. In addition, she has a strong clinical background in young adult mental health and the unique challenges of emerging adulthood through her years of working with young adults in various settings. Her practice is inclusive of all gender and sexual identities, racial/ethnic backgrounds, and abilities. She provides services in English and Farsi.

Setareh is a Psychologist in Supervised Practice with the College of Psychologists of Ontario. She completed her clinical residency at The Ottawa Hospital with rotations in the Rehabilitation Centre, Psychological Consultation Services for Inpatients, and Pain Clinic. Prior to her residency, she received clinical training at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Western Hospital, university counselling centres, and private practice. Her research has focused on examining the interpersonal patterns between therapists and clients as well as how therapists can effectively navigate and resolve impasses in therapy to facilitate a successful change process.

Residency – The Ottawa Hospital
Ph.D. – Clinical and Counselling Psychology, OISE, University of Toronto