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Yasa Ibragimova

(she/her)
Occupational Therapist, Psychotherapist 
OT Reg. (Ont)

Like many of the other team members here at CCP, Yasa was highly recommended to us from a trusted friend.  After Yasa connected with our current and cherished Occupational Therapist /Psychotherapist Rebekah, we were introduced and the rest is history. 

Yasa shares a passion for client care that is centred around the human experience. Her bright and warm spirit along with her ability to critically reflect on the shortcomings of our current mental healthcare system, made her the perfect fit for us here. 

Having another Occupational Therapist, Psychotherapist on the team allows us to continue to collaborate with various skill sets and professional backgrounds.

 

Yasa is working with us both in person and online and is currently accepting clients.  

About Yasa 

My experiences in family life, sport, and academics plunged me into challenges that felt debilitating at the time. These experiences and the people I met along the way made me fall in love with our shared capacity for growth. Humans (even when we’re not aware of it!) have immense resilience. It is my goal to help you tap into yours and levy your unique strengths to cope with whichever challenge you currently face. 

 

I attended McMaster University, earning a Bachelor of Arts and Science with a minor in Cognitive and Social Psychology followed by a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy. I am trained in therapeutic ideologies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and mindfulness and relaxation strategies. I work with individuals experiencing anxiety, depression, eating disorders, family trauma, interpersonal issues, self-esteem challenges, and the feeling that things are “off” or “something isn’t right”. 

 

I’ve worked in various settings supporting clients from all walks of life and believe that allowing the space to be ourselves lets us uncover what we truly need. I aim to facilitate my clients’ capacity for change by creating a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. 

 

My approach is to truly hear what you’re going through, meet you where you’re at, and equip you with skills to make progress. You can show up heartbroken, ecstatic, so stressed that you can’t think straight, or anywhere in between, and it will be okay. Whatever you bring to our sessions, I promise that we will find a way to work through it together.

What Made you want to work with CCP?

Hands down, the community environment! While I sometimes try and fight my nature, I am a highly social person that feeds off the energy of others. I feel incredibly privileged to have the opportunity to work and grow alongside a community of skilled clinicians. 

What is the most rewarding part of your job as a therapist?

I’ve always been fascinated by stories—fact or fiction, the feelings they evoke make them a powerful mode of communication. One of the most intimate parts of an individual’s experience is the stories we tell about ourselves. I feel honoured for the trust my clients grant me to hear their story, walk alongside as they discover new elements, and rewrite a script that may no longer serve them. 

What’s the most surprising thing about you?

I enjoy failure. Well, after the fact, anyway! 

 

Success is lovely icing on the cake, but hardship allows us to build meaningful skills and learn about ourselves. When we fail, reflect on what happened, and change what is in our control, we end up growing—something we all have the potential for.

 

My love for athletics provides me with ample opportunity to fail. By accepting where I am and trusting the process, I have tackled challenges I originally believed to be insurmountable. This mindset has informed my therapeutic style over the years, where I strive to empower my clients to face whatever meaningful challenges they encounter. 

 

On a lighter note, I spend far too much time on Facebook Marketplace sprucing up my space with used or free furniture.

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get in touch with Yasa

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself, just as I am, then I can change." - Carl Rogers 

905-527-8008

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