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Marwan Noueihed

MCP, CCC, Counsellor at Thrive

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”  Oscar Wilde

Specialties 

  • Anxiety, stress and burnout
  • Depression
  • Emotion regulation
  • Procrastination & avoidance
  • Feeling stuck
  • Major life decisions & transitions
  • Acceptance & loss

Approaches

  • Trauma-informed therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Individual Psychology
  • Emotion Focused Therapy
  • Somatic Experiencing

 

Not good enough. Not lovable enough. Helpless. Hopeless. Do you feel bullied by thoughts like these day in and day out? The sad fact is negative thoughts can stay with you long after abuse and neglect have passed. And they can be even more powerful when they gang up on you with your body, so you feel depressed and anxious. This can leave you struggling with an altered sense of yourself and the world. 

I often ask people who come to see me what they would tell their best friend if they were having similar experiences. If you’re like many of them, you would be more compassionate with your friend than you are with yourself. And if you’re like them, you are good enough. You are lovable. You can help yourself. And there is hope. That’s because you are not your thoughts, and you can learn to befriend your body. 

I know it’s hard to imagine things can be different because you’re struggling so much. It can be even more difficult when you’ve been living like this for so long that it’s the only way you know how. The good news is that you’ve been resourceful to get this far, and by reading my bio you’ve taken a big step toward change. We haven’t met yet but you already have my respect, because it takes courage to consider counselling, especially if it’s your first time. If you feel I can help you, I welcome you to get in touch.

“You are good enough. You are lovable. You can help yourself. And there is hope.”

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.