psychology today_edited.jpg

Zeina Hamouche

MACP, Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying)

Zeina began her career in private practice after 15 years of experience providing counselling and mental health services. 

Zeina works with youth, adults, and couples. Her clients are often experiencing isolation, difficulty trusting others, lack of ambition, and in search of meaning, which often leads to chasing the next high, chemically or behaviourally in an attempt to escape or fill a void. She primarily sees clients who have had prior experience in counselling and found little results or want to engage in a deeper level of work. Her approach focuses on what’s happening beneath the surface to explore various aspects of healthy development such as identity, sexuality, childhood experiences, and connection.

Personal Growth & Healing

Knowing that a therapist can only take you as far as they have gone in their own healing. Meaning that if a therapist is unable to sit with their own pain, it becomes extremely challenging and triggering for them to sit with the pain of someone else.  

I have spent over ten years taking part in various forms of therapy as a way to keep myself centred and enhance my capacity to be present. Here are some of the ongoing practices I have done for my personal growth:  

  • Personal healing work with plant medicine (Psychedelic Assisted Therapy).

  • Compassionate Inquiry

  • Brainspotting

  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy 

  • Internal Family Systems & Somatic Experiencing 

  • Solution Focused Therapy 

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy 

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.

Working together clients can expect a great deal of time focusing on trust, comfort, and creating an environment that feels safe for them. It can be challenging to address the discomfort and access painful places that shape the way we function. The foundation of therapy is to create an environment that fosters safety and acceptance, using an approach that avoids blame, judgement, and accountability. Holding people accountable keeps them stuck on an intellectual level having to justify themselves. 


Instead, we focus on the underlying desire or need behind behaviours and language, to enhance responsibility rather than accountability. What we present on the surface reflects our past experiences, desires, and unmet needs, not who we are. 

Image by Saffu

Therapist Training

Couples Therapy Models

Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

Esther Perel’s Couples Therapy Approach

Gottman Approach 

Sex Therapy 

Intensive Sex Therapy Training Program (In process) - University of Guelph 

Kink Identity 

Trauma - Mental Health
Additional Training

Compassionate Inquiry - (Gabor Mate)

Somatic Attachment Therapy 

Trauma & Addiction

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy 

Brainspotting 

Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy

Unified CBT - the University of Ottawa, Department of Psychiatry

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I)

Withdrawal Management Training

Traumatic Stress Studies Certificate Program with Bessel Van der Kolk (In process)

Book an Appointment

We offer flexible scheduling - where sessions can be extended based on client needs.