Dessy Marinova, PhD
Narrative of Services:
I provide clinical diagnostic and psychoeducational assessments, individual therapy, parent-child therapy as well as parent counselling. In my practice I enjoy working with children, adolescents and adults who present with mood and anxiety issues, OCD, learning disability, and ADHD. In my work with clients, I utilize integrative and individualized treatment drawing from evidence-based approaches such as cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, solution focused, mindfulness, exposure and response prevention, and acceptance and commitment therapy. Approximately 20% of my practice cases present with OCD and related disorders. I work with individuals from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. I have a special interest in working with first generation immigrants who struggle with mental health issues, with their adaptation to Canada as well as experience intense inter-generational family conflict related to acculturation stresses.
Over the past 25 years, I studied and trained in Europe and Canada. In 1996, I earned Master’s Degree in Psychology from Sofia University. I also received clinical training in Germany and Switzerland. In 2008, I completed Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Waterloo. I trained at CAMH, Sick Kids Hospital, and TDSB. I received more advanced training in the treatment of OCD through BTTI Foundation. This includes workshops on OCD related disorders, consultation cases with a member of the IOCDF Scientific/Clinical Advisory Board, and the APA Annual Convention in Toronto. I continue to attend professional workshops and meetings.