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Giulia Haedar

MCP, Counsellor at Thrive

“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.”  Franklin Roosevelt


  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Couple counselling
  • Self-identity and self-esteem
  • Relationships
  • Career exploration and transition
  • Immigration transition


  • Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Emotion Focused Couples Therapy
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person Centered Therapy


No matter what you are struggling with or how insurmountable you feel these challenges are, the first step to healing is to reach out and break the isolation. I understand and acknowledge that taking this first can be difficult and overwhelming. I strive to create a safe and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their personal challenges, grow, create change and find healing that transcends beyond the counselling room.

As a clinician, I believe in the connection between our physical, mental and emotional aspects. Our upbringing, beliefs and experiences create a blueprint that heavily influences our sense of self, our behaviors and relationships. My goal is to assist clients in safe and honest self-exploration of these different facets so that they can gain a deeper understanding of self. Through empathetic awareness and understanding of the blueprint that influences why we are the way we are, we can begin the healing process and set the stage to create meaningful change.

I specialize in working with clients who are struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma and interpersonal conflict. I also work with couples, both individually and together who are feeling stuck and discouraged in their relationship, to identify the root of ongoing struggles, increase intimacy, and open the path to better communication.

I draw from a combination of somatic, emotion-focused, and cognitive-behavioral therapy and mindfulness techniques. My philosophy and approach to counselling is a collaborative one, where the client is viewed as the “expert” in their life. My hope is to assist and empower you in your journey of self-discovery so that you may create the change you desire and thrive.

Your Questions

How many sessions does therapy take?

Growth and healing are best viewed as a journey that you learn to live, instead of a cure that you take like a pill. For this reason, everybody is different. We often find that 4 – 8 sessions accomplish a great deal of relief. With that said, clients may experience transformation within a few sessions or realize there is something bigger they want to work on longterm.

How often should I come?

When possible, it’s a great idea to come in every week or two when getting started. The biggest first step is building the trust and safety that allows good work to be done. Once this occurs, clients often space out appointments to a month or more, or take breaks from counselling altogether.

Does insurance cover your fees?
Registered Clinical Counsellors are covered under most Extended Health Plans, but always call or check online to ensure your plan covers counselling specifically.
What is a session like?

You will be greeted in a waiting room that offers espresso, tea and water, before joining your counsellor in a comfortable sound-proofed room. You will be met with warmth and respect before you are guided through the process of informed consent so that there is total transparency. Your counsellor will get to know you so that the therapy is specially fitted to you as a unique person. All activities will be explained fully and nothing will ever happen without your consent and awareness.