Dr. Saffer specializes in treating individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, difficulties regulating emotions, and urges to self-harm He primarily uses a cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) framework, and incorporates other evidence-based treatments (e.g., cognitive processing therapy [CPT], dialectical behaviour therapy [DBT], and motivational interviewing [MI]) to address clients’ individual needs.
Dr. Saffer approaches therapy with genuine compassion, curiosity, and respect. He has a warm, attentive, and easy-going manner that creates a calm atmosphere and puts clients at ease. His 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.
Dr. Saffer received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of British Columbia. He completed his pre-doctoral residency at Vancouver Coastal Health in the Adult Mental Health Track where he gained 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. His clinical training has 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.
In addition to his clinical training, Dr. Saffer has conducted research examining the development of suicidal thoughts, and the progression from suicidal thoughts to suicidal acts. He has published in several peer-reviewed journals and presented his research at national and international conferences.