Dr. Ava Ghasemi, Clinical Psychologist 

Counselling & Psychotherapy  

Welcome!

I am so glad you are visiting my website! If you are looking to get mental health support and you want to talk to a professional who could help you work through your concerns, you have come to the right place!
Like you, I'm a member of the human race who also happens to be a licensed clinical psychologist (registered in Ontario, Canada and Dubai, UAE). I will use my knowledge and research to help you through the stressful events in your life. 
You have an inner wisdom and innate ability to overcome difficult experiences in your life and I would be honored to support you through your journey. I am a true believer in the power of psychotherapy. I have done my own extensive psychotherapy work too and I only accept clients who I truly believe I can help.  

About Me

 I'm a clinical psychologist in private practice in JLT in Dubai. I'm licensed here in Dubai, UAE and in Ontario, Canada. I have a doctorate in clinical psychology and a masters in counselling. I completed my education at Adler University in Chicago, IL, USA and my postdoc at McDowall Counselling and Consulting Group in Toronto, Ontario. I've been living in Dubai since 2015. Prior to that I lived in Canada, U.S., Iran and Germany. 

My Philosophy

I believe we are wired for healing and growth. Experiencing emotional turmoil and suffering is part of life, but as humans we develop behaviors, thoughts and relationships that could make us feel stuck, depressed, isolated, angry or anxious to name a few. 

Through psychotherapy we can identify patterns that are not so useful and develop new ones that help us feel calmer, more connected, and content. 

In a way, psychotherapy is a healing ritual that helps us move forward and grow. My approach is integrative and I draw from many research and evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Humanistic Psychotherapy, Internal Family System, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. No one modality fits all clients. I use talk therapy, experiential practices during session and homework to help you change your long lasting deeply engrained beliefs and ways of coping that have not been working for you. 

What to expect

Each session is about 50 min long. 
In the initial session,  we will go through your background information so I can get to know you and you can get a sense of my approach. Then I will share my impressions with you. We will utilize up-to-date research and together we will decide the way forward. The frequency and length of counselling is completely up to you.
Please check directly with your insurance provider whether or not you have coverage for psychotherapy. If so, claim would be on a pay-and-claim basis.  My fee is 800 AED per 50 min session. 

Services:

  • Assessment  
  • Brief therapy  
  • Long term therapy
  • Individual therapy 
  • Couples therapy
  • Age range: 15+


Specialization:

  • Anger management
  • Adjustment problems
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Career problems
  • Depression
  • Complex cases
  • Couples 
  • Grief and loss
  • Identity issues
  • Life transitions
  • Relationship problems
  • Self esteem
  • Stress management
  • Work-life balance
  • Trauma

Issues I care about:

Acculturation
Diversity and inclusion
Leadership
Mindfulness
Peak performance
Positive psychology
Power imbalance
Resilience
Self-compassion
Shame
Digital platforms
Xenophobia