Zahra Nafar, Registered Psychotherapist (RPQ)

Zahra is a Registered Psychotherapist (RPQ) in private practice and the Director of YourTherapist Psychotherapy and Counselling clinic in Ottawa (www.YourTherapist.ca). Utilizing her academic training in psychotherapy and neuroscience, she provides trauma-informed therapy to individuals, couples and families."

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Asserting boundaries and prioritizing your needs: the power of “No”

Asserting boundaries and prioritizing your needs: the power of “No”

It is often the first word that children learn to say: “No.” Children have no problem responding to parents’ pleads with this powerful word: “Do you want to take a nap? Do you want to use the potty before we get in the car? Do you want to kiss Auntie Helen?” “NO!” [...]

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Love in the time of Covid

Love in the time of Covid

Love is patient, love is kind, and love is extremely different in times of a pandemic; we’ve learned that last part over the past year. No matter who you are and where you live, it’s safe to say that the global outbreak of COVID-19 has had a significant impact on our lives, especially in [...]

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Anxiety is the real Dementor

Anxiety is the real Dementor

Remember in Harry Potter, those creatures called the Dementors that sucked the happiness out of people everywhere they went? They remind me of anxiety, that dreadful feeling of doom, cold sweat, raised hard rate, nausea and shallow and rapid breathing, are all symptoms of anxiety. Most people have felt [...]

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Combating loneliness and lifting yourself out of the slump

Combating loneliness and lifting yourself out of the slump

Why Do I Feel So Lonely? Chris looked down and played with his fingers as he said to me, “I shouldn’t be depressed… I have everything I need and should be a happy person, but I’m in a pretty sad mood most of the time. When I think about it — and this will sound lame — [...]

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