Devra Igra

Clinical Therapist
MSW, RSW

Working in private practice part time in Toronto, Ontario  and part time in Tel Aviv, Israel

with Individuals, Families and Couples.

Specializing in Eating Disorders, Disordered Eating, Anxiety, Depression and Trauma.

 

About

As a therapist, I often get asked how I feel about therapy and why I chose this as my career. My answer is always the same: I think therapy is a beautiful way for people to learn about themselves and I am honoured to get to do this with them. I believe in 2 basic fundamental aspects when it comes to therapeutic healing and the right partnership: I believe you have to like your therapist and believe they can help you. Anyone who has worked with me will have heard me say this but I believe it to be true to the foundation of any grounded and trusting therapeutic relationship. I love what I do. I am honoured that I am chosen to help someone and be a part of their journey of healing. 

 

I have a Master of Social Work degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and a Certificate in Trauma Counselling from the Hincks-Dellcrest Centre in Toronto. I also have an Honours BA in Sociology from The University of Western Ontario. I am registered and in good standing with both the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. Through my education, experience, and continued learning, I have always practiced from a client-centred approach in my work.

I began my career in Child Protection Services at The Catholic Children’s Aid Society and Jewish Family and Child Services in Toronto, Ontario as well as Ahava Children and Youth Village in northern Israel. At these agencies, I gained a plethora of experience working with diverse populations. I held several different positions throughout my time in Child Protection which enabled me to experience a variety of cases, circumstances and challenges.

 

 I have spent my clinical career working with a diverse population of adolescents and adults suffering from Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Eating Disorders and other complex issues. I work with individuals, couples, and families on an ongoing basis, and in crises, to assess and work through mental health needs of each individual and their family and treat them accordingly. I work using a variety of theoretical approaches, frameworks and interventions to utilize individual and family strengths as their needs and experiences are unique.

I believe my strengths include my capacity for empathy with clients; my warmth, honesty and compassionate directness with them, and trust in my experience, knowledge and intuitions. I am able to create safe and caring therapeutic relationships that allow clients to share their vulnerable feelings, fears and hopes to facilitate positive change. 

I am passionate about the therapeutic process and am constantly learning in order to help those in need. I am always interested in learning about a person in order to help them in their journey of recovery. I approach each client by recognizing and honouring their uniqueness both in their situation and who they are as a person. I work from this perspective in my practice. I work with a client to better understand themselves, whatever brings them to therapy, and how change certain behavioural/thought patterns. I use a variety of modalities but specifically practice from an Attachment and Emotionally focused Perspective. 

In spare time, I enjoy spending my time with my friends and family. Both are important for my own mental well being in addition to spending time with my beautiful rescue pup, Bernie. 

 

Please feel free to reach out and ask any questions about my approach to therapy, my rate, location, or any other questions that you may have.

 

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