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Meet our Director

Zahra Nafar-Registered Psychotherapist

Zahra Nafar, MACP, RP

Zahra Nafar, the owner and Director of YourTherapist Psychotherapy and Counselling, established the clinic to provide quality mental health care in our community and cultivate mental health awareness.

Zahra is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and a Certified Addictions-Informed Mental Health Professional (CAIMHP). Her academic training includes undergraduate degrees from Carleton University in Computer Science and Mathematics (2004) and Integrated Science (2006). A passion for the human brain led her to her Master’s and Ph.D. studies in Neuroscience at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine in 2007.

Her fascination with human behaviour and psychology culminated in her completion of a Master’s degree in Counselling Psychology at Yorkville University.

Zahra actively contributes towards enhancing mental health resources for men and women in the fields of Defence, Security, Intelligence (i.e. DND, VAC, RCMP, CSIS, and CSE) and First Responders. She is a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario, an associate with the American Psychological Association and a professional member of the European Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.

The population she treats:
Adults, couples, First Responders, CAF members, security and intelligence members, Veterans

Areas of practice:
Anxiety, depression, OCD, PTSD, trauma, childhood trauma, codependency, coping skills, divorce, family conflict, grief, marital and premarital issues, relationship issues, mood disorders, self esteem, self harm, stress, suicidal ideation, women’s issues, trauma and PTSD in Veterans, Armed Forces, First Responders, and security and intelligence members

Theoretical orientation:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Therapy, Internal Family System (IFS), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Psychodynamic, Mindfulness, Attachment Base, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman Method of Relationship Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)

English, Farsi

In-person therapy in Ottawa and Kingston and online therapy across Ontario

Zahra is not currently taking on new clients. 

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