Toronto Team

Dr. Garri Hovhannisyan, Ph.D., C.Psych. (Supervised Practice)

We are all fellow travelers on this journey we call life. Yet the path to where we are meant to go is not always clear or straightforward. Indeed, on this journey we are bound to get lost and become stuck in one way or another, unable to move forward in our relationships with others, ourselves, or even the world. During these moments of difficulty, we might come to feel especially sad, scared, anxious, confused, or even defeated. My goal is to help you to better understand your own inner world so that you may move forward meaningfully in your life, with a renewed sense of hope, clarity, and confidence in who you are.

My approach to therapy is deeply holistic as it integrates existential, psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioural perspectives. Yet it is also highly individualized to fit the unique needs of every client, as no two people are ever the same. To this end, I tailor my therapeutic interventions according to client needs in my work with individuals.

I provide individual therapy and psychological assessment services for adults of all ages with concerns related to depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, stress, self-esteem, grief, major life transitions, as well as relationship challenges and motivational difficulties. During our meetings, I will offer you a warm, caring, and collaborative space in which to explore the aspects of your experience that are at the root of your distress. Together, we will draw on a wide range of psychological tools and techniques to effectively work through the distress you feel in your life so that your world can begin to open up while bringing you the sense of wholeness you deserve.

In our initial sessions, we will spend some time learning about what has brought you to therapy. Our goal will be to understand who you are as a person as well as how your various situations have come to shape you. To this end, I will ask about aspects of your past and your present, as well as the future (as you have envisioned it for yourself). I might also make use of evidence-based assessment tools to facilitate our process of exploring your inner life and its meanings together. After learning about the sources of distress in your life as well as your personal strengths and resiliencies, we will work together to establish goals and a treatment plan for you to achieve these goals.

I am a clinical psychologist in supervised practice working under the supervision of Dr. Brent Mulrooney, C. Psych. I completed my residency at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships where I worked with clients with diverse challenges. Prior to my residency, I worked at a university psychology clinic for a number of years, providing psychological assessment and psychotherapy services for students and members of the broader community.

I was granted a $40,000 Doctoral Fellowship by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council to support my doctoral research on the role of personality differences in experiences of psychological distress. Specifically, I developed a method of assessing why individuals become and stay stuck in their negative patterns, a method I draw on in my assessment practice at the Centre for Interpersonal Relationships.

I have taught undergraduate courses in introductory psychology and cognitive science. My research is highly interdisciplinary and resides at the intersection of philosophy, cognitive science, psychological assessment, and personality theory. To date, I have presented internationally at over 20 academic conferences in philosophy, psychology, and cognitive science, and I hold professional memberships with the Canadian and American Psychological Associations and the Society for Personality Assessment. Below you can find some recent coverage of my research in the popular press, as well as podcast interviews I have done on personality differences and attachment theory:

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Podcast on Personality Theory:

Podcast on Personality and Attachment: