Felix Yul'evitch Yaroshevsky graduated from the First Leningrad Medical Institute in 1957 with specialties in General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology. In 1964, while consulting as a surgeon and gynecologist in a psychiatric hospital, he became increasingly interested in psychiatry. He subsequently entered and completed training at the Bechterev Institute of Psychiatry and remained on staff as a psychiatrist and researcher in the Department of Psychotherapy. During this period in his career he developed a new method for individual and group psychotherapy. This treatment process became the subject of a documentary film which received a Gold Medal at the Moscow All-Union Exhibition in 1968.
In 1972 Dr. Yaroshevsky completed his Ph.D. thesis in psychophysiology. His research involved developing the "psychosomatograph" – the first Russian - created polygraph, a machine which was able to measure several psychoneurological reactions simultaneously.
Dr. Yaroshevsky and his family emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1972, briefly residing in Israel and Italy before arriving in Canada at the end of 1973. There he worked as a research assistant at the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto. As a contributing author and correspondent for Radio Canada International (CBC), he was instrumental in bringing to light the influence the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa was at that time exerting over the CBC.
Dr. Yaroshevsky completed additional psychiatric training at the University of Toronto and passed specialty certification as a psychiatrist. He next worked as a psychiatric consultant and lecturer at the University of Toronto. Since 1982 he has served as a consultant psychiatrist in the Child and Family Clinic and as Clinical Director for The Family Life Foundation.
Dr.Yaroshevsky has authored numerous scientific and popular articles and has made presentations to many different audiences. In his practice he prescribes medication only as a last resort, believing in the human capacity to self re-program and retrain under the guidance and supervision of a competent professional.