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Dr Allan Abbass

Dr. Allan Abbass is a Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, and founding Director of the Centre for Emotions and Health at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada.

He completed a degree in Medicine at Dalhousie, a residency in Family Medicine at McGill University and has worked as both a family physician and an emergency physician. He began to study with Dr. Davanloo at McGill University in 1990. Following this exposure he decided to complete a residency in Psychiatry at the University of Toronto with the goal of teaching and conducting research in psychotherapy.

He is now a leading teacher and researcher in the area of Short-term Psychoynamic Psychotherapy, having contributed over 175 publications. These articles can be viewed at He is known for simplifying the theory and technical aspects of the model through highlighting moment to moment processes that inform intervention. He has received a number of teaching awards including 2 national awards in Psychiatry. He has been honoured with visiting professorships at several international universities and institutions including the Tavistock in London UK.

He provides training programs for local and international audiences in the area of anxiety, depression, somatic disorders and personality disorders.

His first book “Reaching Through Resistance: Advanced Psychotherapy Skills” has been a major success. Some copies will be available for purchase.

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