Dr. David Aboussafy

Office Address
237 E. Columbia St.
New Westminster, V3L 3W4
Phone (Work): 604-671-9318
Phone (Main): 604-671-9318
Phone (Other): 604-9371-7211

Clinical and Rehabilitation Psychology

Dr. Aboussafy provides a range of assessment services to adults, as well as evidenced-based cognitive-behavioural and other treatments for a variety of psychological conditions and problem behaviour.

Dr. Aboussafy provides many types of assessment services for adults. These include diagnostic assessments which can include opinions on prognosis, causality, rating of psychological impairment or disability, and treatment and rehabilitation planning. He also conducts psychovocational assessments which include tests of cognitive ability and academic skills, learning disability, fitness to work and substance use assessments.

In treatment, Dr. Aboussafy uses a variety of brief solution focused methods and cognitive behavioural techniques to work with people dealing with: anxiety (for example, panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, OCD, phobias, or acute stress); sleep problems; mood disorders (such as depression); chronic pain; anger, conflict and distressed communication in relationships; substance use; compulsive or other problem behaviour; chronic disease; and those wanting to make positive lifestyle or health behaviour changes (such as quitting smoking).

Training, Education and Experience

Dr. David Aboussafy is a Registered Psychologist(College of Psychologists of B.C. #01475) who earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology from McGill University, Montreal, where he held a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship. He completed a Clinical Psychology Internship at Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. Dr. Aboussafy subsequently did a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology at Vancouver General Hospital, and then a CIHR-funded Postdoctoral fellowship at the University of British Columbia, Faculty of  Medicine. He has worked as a full-time Psychology Advisor for WorkSafe B.C. and has received specialized training in chronic pain evaluation and assessment of psychological permanent functional impairment. He also earned an Honors Psychology degree from Simon Fraser University, where he earned the College of Psychologists of BC Gold Medal for top graduate in Psychology in 1993.

Dr. Aboussafy was a Clinical Coordinator at UBC for two years and has served on the board of the BC Psychological Association and as Chair of the Health Section of the Canadian Psychological Association. He has also worked as a patient outcomes research manager and senior psychometrician for an international health research consultancy. He has developed treatment programs for Health Canada, the B.C. Ministry of Health and Vancouver Coastal Health. He has recently co-authored a Health Canada Best Practice report as well as numerous peer reviewed articles, abstracts, presentations and workshops in the areas of clinical psychology (for example on risk assessment and motivational interviewing) and behavioural medicine (for example designing, implementing and evaluating a number of treatment programs for smoking cessation, and in areas such chronic disease self-management).  Dr. Aboussafy is also a Certified Substance Abuse Expert (C-SAE, 2006).

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Aboussafy has been a consulting psychologist at OrionHealth, providing clinical services to clients in occupational rehabilitation and pain management programs.  He is also a consulting psychologist providing services for M. Jackson Group Rehabilitation Psychologists in New Westminster, B.C. Dr. Aboussafy currently a part-time core faculty member in the doctoral program in clinical psychology at the Adler School of Professional Psychology, Vancouver.  

Professional Care in Adult Assessment and Psychological Treatment

Terms of Service and Contact Information

Extended health benefits for health services by a registered psychologist apply.

Dr. Aboussafy charges the recommended BCPA rate of $200/hour.
Rates for assessments vary depending on complexity of requirement, but are based on the hourly rate.

Evening and Saturday appointments are available.

Dr. Aboussafy's primary service location is: 237 E. Columbia, New Westminster, B.C.

Dr. Aboussafy also provides service elsewhere in the Lower Mainland (including Richmond, Vancouver, & Coquitlam)

Feel free to contact Dr. Aboussafy to discuss your particular situation. If he does not think he can help you, he will be pleased to refer you to someone who can.   

Phone: 604-671-9318
e-mail: [email protected]

Primary Areas of Practice

Adult Assessment

Diagnostic Testing
Medicolegal-Personal Injury
Transplant, Surgery
Driver's Assmt
Learning and Attention Deficit
Assmnt for Adoption

Adult Treatment

PTSD/Adult Trauma
Adjustment to chronic pain_illness_disability
Panic Disorder
Social Phobia
Anxiety Disorders - Other
Smoking Cessation
Eating Disorders
Sleep Disorders

Adolescent Assessment

Diagnostic Testing
Medicolegal - Personal Injury
Transplant, Surgery
Driver's Assmt
Learning and Attention Deficit
Fitness for Trial

Adolescent Treatment

Panic Disorder
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
Social Phobia
Anxiety Disorders - Other
Smoking Cessation
Eating Disorders
Sleep Disorders
Cognitive Rehab
Adjustment to Brain Injury
Womens issues
Mens issues
Adolescent ADHD

Industrial Organizational

Human Resources
Assessments for Selection and Development
Career Planning
Corporate Training
Organizational Change
Organizational Development


Sports Psychology
Conflict Resolution
Legal Mediation

Group Treatment

Assertiveness Groups
Anger Management Groups
Smoking Cessation Groups
Social Phobia Groups
Groups for Adults with Depression
Gambling Groups
Panic Disorder Groups
Generalized Anxiety Groups
Anxiety Groups
Internet Addiction Groups
Substance Abuse Groups

Client Considerations

First Nations
Older Adults
Developmentally Delayed
Emergency Service Personnel and Families

Approaches used:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Behaviour Therapy
Emotion-Focused Therapy
Rational Emotive Therapy
Narrative Therapy
Solution-Focused Therapy