Yuval Dinary

Yuval Dinary

About Me

(back when I was cute)

A Bipolar Specialist Who Gets It

When you’re searching for a therapist, you want a professional who truly understands what you’re going through. Someone who’s been at the fantastic heights of mania and the hopeless depths of depression. Someone who understands the shame and confusion after an episode. That’s what I was looking for. I became the person I needed when I was first diagnosed and now have been that for others.

Hi, I'm Yuval Dinary

I help individuals with bipolar disorder and their families gain stability and resilience.

As a client, you will heard you out completely, your problems will be organized, and you’ll be provided with different pathways to improve your situation. 

I will help you gain insight by asking the right questions, providing relevant facts, and reframing statements. We will work at your own pace in a supportive and open-minded environment. 

Ways to Work With Me

Values

I believe in empowering my clients until they outgrow the need for my services. This is done through success in our work and their increased competency. Our therapeutic endeavours are always done collaboratively. 

I’ll work with you, not on you. Assignments are almost always given as the real work is done by applying the session’s lessons outside of it. These assignments are explained and agreed upon.  

I believe in transparency with my clients. I’m very open with my clients about my journey with bipolar disorder, addiction, and recovery. This can help make you feel like you’re not alone (which you’re really not). I bring my full self, within professional boundaries, to the table. I joke, tell relevant lesson-filled stories, and am not scared to be blunt when necessary. 

My Jouney

At 14 I was thrown into an annual cycle of a psychotic manias in the summers and depressions in the falls. As the years past, I self-medicated with an increasing number of drugs. 

I couldn’t keep a job, hold on to relationships nor housing. I eventually became that guy on the street who yells to himself.

A suicide attempt landed me in a psychiatric hospital where I was diagnosed with bipolar 1 disorder and was given proper medication. I got sober and spent the next 6 months learning all I can about the condition. 

I went to school and got my degree so I can help others like me. 

Private Practice

My friends and family saw my transformation. They started referring people to me who were witnessing their family members having a psychotic episode. I would visit their homes and helped bring back their loved one through talk or hospitalization. 

Afterwards, the person who experienced the psychosis would want to talk semi-regularly. I was working in the mental health field and accepted seeing them informally. 

Over time the number of people I saw rose. I wasn’t able to juggle work, a personal life, and this impromptu volunteer position I found myself in. I decided to open up my own practice with the experience and credentials I’ve acquired over the years. 

Formal Education

Registered Social Worker / Psychotherapist

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) #836661

Bachelor of Social Work

Ryerson University / Toronto Metropolitan University

Counselling Practitioner Certificate

The Academy of Modern Applied Psychology

Metacognitive Therapy Certificate

Holbeck College

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Course

International Association of Therapists

Existential Therapy, Psychotherapy & Counseling Course

Adam Godwin

Spiritual Issues with Treatment for Psychosis and Bipolar Disorder Course

Ron Ungar