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ZEINA HAMOUCHE

CREDENTIALS

~ Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) ~
~ Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist ~
~ Masters of Counselling Psychology ~
~ Certified Counsellor (CACCF)~
~ Child & Youth Therapist ~

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone:           289-210-7145
Email:            zeina@beyondawareness.ca

Hourly Rate:          200 - 300 
Experience:            17 years

Registrant with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario since 2021

BACKGROUND &
AREAS OF INTEREST

Zeina has extensive training in a number of areas such as insomnia, anxiety, excessive worry, trauma, attachment, sexuality, and parenting. She further specializes in addiction, along with in healthy child and youth development. Much of her work has been in acute care and supporting highly traumatized individuals and families. 

She has worked with families works with youth, adults, and couples. She helps people develop secure bonds and deeper connections. Zeina primarily sees clients who have had prior experience in counselling and found little results or want to engage in a deeper level of work. 

Zeina implements therapeutic techniques that focus on what’s happening beneath the surface to explore aspects of healthy development such as identity, sexuality, childhood experiences, and connection.

Often times it's when we disconnect from our true self that we experience internal conflict and manifest survival mechanisms that become automatic responses. Our work together may include identifying the different parts within us, that sometimes take over. We explore how these parts developed, which is often rooted in childhood as a natural response to avoid pain and discomfort.

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Professional Training

Couples Therapy Models

  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (Externship)

  • Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (Core Skills)

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy Steps & Stages

  • Esther Perel’s Couples Therapy Approach

  • Couples & Addiction Recovery - Gottman Institute

  • The Neuroscience of Being in a Couple

  • Intimate Partner Violence Training 

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy

  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy - Level I

  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy -Level II

  • Essential EFIT Assessment Training 

Trauma & Addiction

  • Compassionate Inquiry - (Gabor Mate: One year Intensive)

  • Traumatic Stress Certificate Program (Bessel Van der Kolk) 

  • Trauma & Addiction - The Meadows 

  • Addiction Studies - McMaster University

  • Withdrawal Management Training - University Health Network 

  • Treating Complex Trauma With Internal Family Systems

Sex Therapy 

  • Intensive Sex Therapy Program - uGuelph 

  • Fundamentals of Kink

  • The Psychological Impact of Suppressing Kink Identity

  • Consensual Non-Monogamy in Emotionally Focused Therapy 

Somatic Experiencing

  • Somatic Attachment Therapy Certificate - Embody Lab

  • Healing Trauma - Peter Levine


Children and Youth

  • Child & Youth Advance Diploma Program

  • Child & Youth Mental Health Course - TRU  

  • Inspired Parenting - Parenting from an Attachment / Trauma iPerspective - (Trauma Research Foundation)

University of Ottawa, Department of Psychiatry 
 

  • Unified CBT for Worry & Generalized Anxiety

  • Unified CBT for Insomnia 

Additional Training

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia CBT-I

  • Applications of Adult Attachment Interview - Daniel Siegel

National Institute for Clinical Application of
Behavioral Medicine 

  • Working with the Pain of Abandonment

  • How To Help Clients Overcome Patterns of Worry & Fear

  • How To Work With Anxious Families

  • How to Work With a Clients Emotional Triggers 

Legal Issues

  • Legal Issues in Counselling: Documentation, Confidentiality, Mandatory Reporting & The Duty to Warn - Robert Solomon

  • Legal Issues in Counselling: Consent, Capacity, Substitute Consent, and Negligence - R. Solomon

  • Racism - Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC)

  • Human Rights 101 - OHRC

  • Human Rights & Newcomers - OHRC

  • Competing Human Rights - OHRC

Memberships & Professional Associations 

 - Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association - 

- International Centre of Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy - 

- Canadian Addiction Counselling Certification Federation - 

- Compassionate Inquiry Professional Training Membership -

- BESCTO Associate Member Under Supervision -  

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Most clients I see identify feelings of isolation, abandonment, difficulty trusting others, loss of ambition, in search of meaning, and feeling disconnected, which often leads to chasing the next high, in an attempt to escape or fill a void. 

I primarily work with couples who are:

  • Middle Eastern and Bi-Racial Couples 

  • Same-Sex Couples 

  • Polyamorous relationships 

  • Couples who have reached a boiling point and lack of desire 

 

I work with individuals who are:

  • Experiencing physical health concerns and history of oppression 

  • Seeking to understand the root cause adaptations that manifest in how we behave - e.g. tuning out, people pleasing, avoidance... 

Working together clients can expect the foundation of therapy to be built on creating an environment that fosters safety and acceptance, using an approach that avoids blame, judgement, and accountability. Holding people accountable can provoke past trauma that keeps them stuck on an intellectual level having to justify themselves. Instead we focus on compassion and curiosity. 


Personal Growth & Healing
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I have spent over a decade taking part in various forms of healing practices as a way to keep myself centred and enhance my capacity to be present. Some of the practices I have taken part in for personal and professional growth:  

  • Plant medicine (Psychedelic Assisted Therapy).

  • Compassionate Inquiry & Mindfulness 

  • Brainspotting

  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy 

  • Internal Family Systems & Somatic Experiencing 

  • Solution Focused Therapy Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 

A key factor in being an effective therapist is taking part in your own healing journey. If a therapist is unable to sit with their own pain, it becomes extremely challenging and triggering to sit with the pain of someone else.  

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