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Welcome to Fortitude Centre for Wellbeing

We are here to listen and help.

We seek to understand the unique needs and concerns of each client and help you in the conscious, positive, and meaningful changes you want to make.

Here at the Fortitude Centre for Wellbeing, Dr. Taravat Ostovar offers client centred and evidence based psychological consultation, assessment and therapy services for children, individual adults, couples, and families. She also provide workshops, supervision and mentoring to students, interns, and other clinicians. 


A note to the clients

Covid-19 update: All services will be conducted via secure video conferencing. In-person sessions can be arranged in advance. 

We ARE accepting new clients. Please see bookings. If you would like to be added to the waitlist and notified when an earlier spot becomes available, please let us know. 

Feel free to schedule a few appointments in advance to obtain a regular spot.

To avoid a 60% late cancelation fee please provide at least 24 hours notice when canceling. 

We do NOT offer direct Billing. Registered psychologist's receipts are eligible for partial or full reimbursement when submitted to any insurance company or submitted a tax deduction.

We do NOT offer letters and reports for any of the following purposes: legal or insurance reports, court appearances, or third party direct billing. 

This is not a crisis service. If you are in crisis, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency clinic/hospital.


Dr. Taravat Ostovar, R.Psych 

Clinical Director

Fortitude Centre for Wellbeing

( I am also a wife and a mother)

     Thank you for visiting us here.

Dr. Taravat Ostovar is a registered psychologist in good standing the Province of British Columbia ( #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 in Psychology 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 15 years. She has worked with a diversity of 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 and mentorship 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 attacks and reactions, attachment problems, stress and trauma related conditions, 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 here to support you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery. She understands pain and struggles through personal experiences and her professional work.

She  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 holistic, 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 community building activities in her neighbourhood. She also enjoys ongoing learning and wellness activities, traveling, drumming, being in nature and spending quality time with her family and friends.

We provide the following therapy approaches:

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

Couple Therapy using Gottman, Emotion Focused and DBT methods 

Emotional Focused Family Therapy

Trauma and Attachment Focused Therapy

Pain Management 

Mindfulness and Stress Inoculation Therapy

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

Prolonged Exposure Therapy

Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy


Motivational Interviewing and Behaviour Modification

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Dialectical Behaviour Informed Therapy (DBT)

Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD)

Children Play Therapy

Logotherapy, Compassion, and Positive Psychology

Supervision of interns and supervisees

Parenting Consultation

Existential spirituality 

Baha'i Inspired Counselling

“Discussing positive experiences leads to heightened well-being, increased overall life satisfaction and even more energy”

Nathaniel Lambert

Horseback Riding

A Bit About Therapy

What is psychological/counseling therapy

Therapy is a compassionate process of discovery and learning about the self and the relationships we develop with self and others in the context of life experiences. This therapeutic process and the personal commitment to your wellbeing will help to change ineffective patterns and put the new learning into effective actions leading to healthier life. 
Psychological therapy is a collaborative space to explore your difficulties in a safe and confidential setting. We aim to help you identify and understand the function of your feelings, thoughts and behavior patterns in the context of your life experiences and will support you in the changes you want to make.

Psychologist Session

Contact Us

River District
Vancouver, BC
V5S 0H5

(604) 349-7060

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