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Dr. Ava Ghasemi-Holdich, Psy.D., C. Psych., (CAN)

Clinical Psychologist

Short- and long-term therapy for adults and adolescents, and couples counselling. Services offered in English and Farsi.

My therapeutic approach:

My approach in therapy is to help you develop insight into what may be at the core of the difficulties you are experiencing and to help you move toward well being through a collaborative process of self-exploration, growth and self-understanding.  In a non-judgmental atmosphere we will address the various layers of your experiences and difficulties. We will also explore practical tools of coping with every day problems that get in the way of your quality of life and overall wellbeing. An important aspect of our work will be relational with the goal of creating more meaningful relationships and cultivating stronger connections. My therapeutic style is integrative drawing on cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and humanistic/existential approaches.

 My areas of expertise:

  • Personal growth and self-awareness
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress management
  • Peak performance
  • Major life transitions and decisions
  • Career concerns
  • Identity issues (spirituality, sexuality, ethnicity, etc.)
  • Relationship problems
  • Trauma
  • Anger management
  • Grief and loss

My qualifications:

I am licensed as a clinical psychologist with the Dubai Health Authority. I am also licensed in Canada with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and authorized for autonomous practice with adolescents, adults and couples.

I hold a Doctorate of Psychology in Clinical Psychology and a Masters in Counselling Psychology from Adler University in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Since 2009, I have provided psychological services in the following settings and with a diverse range of clients:

Private Practice

  • McDowall Counselling and Consulting Group, Toronto, Ontario, CAN
  • Chrysalis Centre Psychological and Counselling Services, Markham, Ontario, CAN

University Clinic

  • University of California Counseling and Psychological Services, Merced, California, USA
  • Northwestern University Counseling and Psychological Services, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Outpatient Clinic

  • Associates in Behavioral Science, Chicago, Illinois, USA

School Board

  • United Stand Counseling Center, Chicago, Illinois, USA