Giulia Haedar

BSc, Intern Counsellor at Thrive

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

Specialties 

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

Approaches

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

 

I have been working in the field of mental health and addictions for the past eight years and my passion lies in assisting individuals to achieve their fullest potential. I have a diverse training background and experience in working with clients who have presenting issues that include: trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, stress, substance misuse and addiction, personality disorders and interpersonal relationship challenges.

 

I strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for individuals to explore their personal challenges, grow, create change and find healing. I use evidence-based Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) techniques to help clients reduce their state of distress, improve their emotional regulation and processing, and change negative thought patterns. It is within the therapeutic relationship that I tailor specific theoretical approaches and techniques to meet each individual’s unique needs, goals, and processes. My overall approach is centered towards empowering individuals to overcome personal challenges, explore identity, increase personal growth and wellness, and identity goals and purpose.

In my years of working in the disability field, I have heard stories of significant traumas and great sadness. But I have also firsthand witnessed the incredible strength, resilience, and courage that individuals are capable of and their stories of triumph. Whether you struggle with trauma, depression, anxiety, a personality disorder or other issues, the first step to healing is to reach out and break the isolation. I believe that counselling is a process that requires a lot of work, but that the work is worth it as it provides individuals with the tools that they need to write their own story of triumph.

Your Questions

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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.

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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.