Meet Dr. Mahsa Rad

Dr. Mahsa Yaghoubirad

Yara Psychotherapy Inc. is a virtual mental health clinic founded by Dr. Mahsa Yaghoubirad (Rad) in 2021. Yara Psychotherapy provides online counseling services to individuals and couples in British Columbia. 

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Dr. Mahsa  holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC#18900) with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors (BCACC). She is also an approved counsellor for the Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) through the B.C. Ministry of Justice.

Mahsa believes that every person has a unique story that deserves to be heard and understood in a compassionate therapeutic relationship. In her practice, she provides a safe environment for clients to share their experiences, gain insight, and grow at their own pace.

Mahsa’s caring personality and her desire to connect with other people brought her to psychology to give a scientific foundation to her intuitive sense of supporting others. As a result of her lifetime passion for learning, she is currently a member of the Child and Teen Studies lab at the University of British Columbia (UBC), where she continues her role as a researcher and stays abreast of the latest research to provide her clients with recent scientific views and interventions.

As an immigrant, Mahsa appreciates cultural, racial, and gender diversity and has worked with people from many different backgrounds. She offers counseling services in both English and Farsi.

“Through my experience seeing a counsellor, I learned that facing and expressing our deepest emotions takes a great deal of courage. Today, as a counsellor, I embrace your fears and believe that together we can heal old wounds and find inner peace.”- Mahsa


Therapy is a journey that can be filled with uncertainty, setbacks, and even moments of failure. However, at the heart of this journey is the transformative power of self-compassion and self-belief. Through therapy, we learn to let go of self-judgment, embrace our imperfections, and cultivate a deep sense of self-worth.

 As we discover the inner reserves of strength and resilience, we begin to create a better version of ourselves, one built on the foundations of self-love and kindness. I am here to support you navigate your own journey of growth.

Like a tree that reaches towards the sky, you can stretch yourself beyond your limitations and thrive in your life.

Welcome To Yara Psychotherapy

We Are Here to Support You on Your Mental Growth Journey

Why Yara Psychotherapy?

Finding a counsellor with an understanding of diverse value systems and unique worldviews along with a neutral scientific perspective may not be a simple process. Imagine how much easier it would be to cope with struggles if you had a non-judgmental and knowledgeable support.

To me, counselling is not just a job. It is my genuine passion to connect with other people’s unique world. In our sessions, we will explore your inner world together and will shed light on different aspects of your experiences. We will step toward your authentic self and growth.

My lived experience as an immigrant in addition to my Ph.D. studies and 8 years of experience in different positions such as a recruiter, counsellor, and researcher in both Iran and Canada, empowered me to better support my clients with diverse backgrounds. I believe counselling is beyond practicing defined techniques, and healing and growth occur within a human-to-human therapeutic relationship.

Online Counselling

We have transformed different aspects of our lives over the last few years, and coupled with all of the challenges we have faced, we were able to go beyond our limits including receiving mental health services and support. Online counselling is becoming increasingly popular as a safer alternative to in-person therapy, allowing individuals and couples to get mental health support from the comfort of their own homes. Research has shown that online counselling produces similar results as face-to-face therapy, making it an effective way to receive support. In addition to being flexible and convenient, online counselling also reduces travel time and expenses. You can enjoy pampering your pet while exploring the beauty of your inner world. 

Individual Counselling

Individual therapy is offered for adults with stress, anxiety, depression, perfectionism, ADHD, PTSD, gender dysphoria, and low self-esteem through Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and other evidence-based approaches tailored to my client’s unique needs. Currently, sessions are held virtually via Zoom.

Couples Counselling

Relationship therapy is offered to help couples improve their communication skills and understand themselves and each other better using Cognitive Behavioral Couple Therapy (CBCT) and Gottman method and other evidence-based approaches regarding the couples’ world view and needs. Currently, sessions are held virtually via Zoom.

I would love to hear from you!

Phone number: (236) 515-9161

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Dr. Mahsa Rad
Job Title
Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC), Therapist
British Columbia Canada,