About Effat Daftarchi, M.A. Provisional Psychologist
At times, it can be hard to face our fears or move past difficult experiences. It can feel like these fears or experiences stay with us, to never be resolved or left behind in our past. Instead, they may stay with us and cause us to keep “feeling” them as though they are happening now. As a result, you may be feeling trapped, stuck, and tired of fighting to hold it together on the outside, while suffering on the inside.
You may want to “get better,” but you are not certain about how to do that or how to move forward. Perhaps you have considered seeking support, but you are also uncertain about doing therapy…it just feels daunting, almost like an additional challenge to face. You may be wondering what therapy will be like and what it will require of you.
Often, however, these concerns usually dissipate once you have met with a therapist and have a clear understanding of how treatment will occur, what the treatment goals will be, and that treatment will always stay within the window of what you can tolerate. Yes, it’s true, treatment will challenge you, but effective treatment will not feel too fast-paced and will not challenge you to the point of feeling overwhelmed. As a client, you have the right to decide the pace and to slow things down when needed.
As a holistic, culturally sensitive, trauma-informed therapist, I tailor evidence-based therapeutic interventions to meet each client's specific needs. I integrate the mind and body into my practice to help clients overcome depression, anxiety, grief, stress, mood disorders, and trauma. I use a strength-based approach and am committed to empowering clients to be liberated from the burden and pain of old wounds and replace their unwanted thoughts, feelings, or emotions with healthier and more adaptive options to create lasting changes. Through special training in various approaches, I help clients settle into a more relaxed state of mind and achieve their well-being and recovery objectives. Join me in a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental space where you can feel heard and understood.
I also proudly offer NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback, a neuroscience-based and FDA-approved technology that helps clients balance and normalize their brain function and body regulation. Neurofeedback has been used to help people with anxiety, depression, trauma and PTSD, and stress management.
Training & Qualifications
I am Registered Provisional Psychotherapist with two master’s degrees in educational psychology and counselling Psychology from reputable universities in Canada and Iran. Over the past 12 years, I have worked as a psychotherapist in university counselling and mental health centers, working with students coping with emotional issues, depression, anxiety, trauma experiences, PTSD, and self-esteem. Through Edmonton Catholic Social Services, I supported newly landed immigrants and refugees to improve their acculturation stress (adapting to a new country and culture) and mental health after relocating to Canada. I also have vast experience in supporting clients in psychological recovery following a motor vehicle accident (MVA).
I offer therapeutic services in multiple languages, including:
Types of Therapy
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Multicultural and culturally sensitive therapy
- Mindfulness-Based cognitive therapy (MBCT)
- Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy
- Couple Therapy: Intimacy From Inside Out (IFIO)
- Clinical Hypnosis
- NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback (Brain training)
“I am deeply grateful to my clients who enriched my exposure to various cultural backgrounds and my understanding of experiences that they have trusted me with. I am honoured to be able to "hold space" for them and to witness their healing journey and life transformation using compassionate and non-pathologizing approaches. The healing methods I offer to my clients, I have already employed on myself and found effective. I understand life can get tough, and at times, unbearable, but what I can promise you is that you will have my complete devotion to your journey to wellness. As a "trauma-informed" therapist, I create a "safe and calm place" for you to share your story and explore your intended goals for therapy. I utilize the emerging field of neuroscience and embodied emotional processes to heal the mind/body split to develop an individualized approach for our work together.
Areas of Interest & Specialty
- Trauma and PTSD, depression, anxiety, narcissistic personality disorder
- Relationship issues
- Acculturation stress, Coping skills and Improving Resilience
- Life transitions
- Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) and Trauma Brain Injury (TBI)
“It’s not what’s wrong with you, it’s what happened to you.” - Dr. Bruce Perry, American Psychiatrist, CEO at Child Trauma Academy