MCP, CCC, Counsellor at Thrive
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” Oscar Wilde
- Emotion regulation
- Feeling stuck
- Major life decisions/transitions
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Emotion Focused Therapy
- Somatic Experiencing
Thank you for visiting my bio, and respect for having the courage to consider counselling. I know it can be intimidating, especially if it’s your first time… And so I hope you’ll feel more comfortable after getting to know a bit more about me and what our time together will look like.
I started my bio with Oscar Wilde’s quote because it’s the reason I’m here. Before becoming a counsellor, I pursued a media career thinking it would be glamourous. It was fun in the beginning, but after many years I realized it wasn’t in line with my personal values. From living a fast paced life in a corporate environment that stressed winning pitches to global brands and meeting targets, I wanted to slow down and refocus on a life filled with meaning; making a difference and helping people on a personal, one-to-one level.
That’s why I took the opportunity to work with refugees before I joined Thrive. Although I was never a refugee, I related to their experience of leaving their home because as a child my family moved from Lebanon and Kuwait due to the wars there. I knew I was fortunate not to experience major trauma when many others weren’t so lucky.
Despite their situations, I was encouraged by their resilience. Together, we would identify their strengths and resources to psychologically prepare them for their hearing, which would determine whether they could stay in Canada or would have to return to their home countries. I remember feeling so fulfilled when a client who had struggled to learn English, navigate the Canadian immigration system and deal with trauma they experienced in their home countries, would tell me their claim had been approved.
In much the same way, I’d like to collaborate with you to help you cope with your current challenges and reach your goals, in a way that respects your experience and values. To do this, I will use therapeutic approaches that are backed by research, are sensitive to you if you’ve experienced trauma, and are experiential – based on what’s happening in the present moment.
In session, this could look like an invitation to explore your thoughts, behaviors, emotions or what you’re feeling in your body, at a measured pace so you don’t feel triggered, and connect them with what’s making you feel stuck now. We will then build your skills based on your strengths and areas that need developing so you can move forward.
I hope reading this helped answer some important questions. If you feel more comfortable about me and my approach to counselling, I welcome you to get in touch. And be yourself.
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?
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.