More about Bryan Halabi

When working with clients, I utilize a holistic approach and incorporate theory and strategies from a variety of treatment modalities. While my default approach is client-centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), I understand the strong connection between the mind and body. Therefore, I incorporate Eye Movement Desensitization and Re-processing (EMDR), somatic experiencing, and mindfulness-based techniques within my practice. Attachment theory, solution-focused, and narrative therapy also have a strong influence on my counseling methods. Ultimately, I believe that counselling is about meeting the client where they are at, and I will thus modify and adapt my treatment approach throughout the counselling process based on the needs of the client.

I enjoy working with diverse populations and am competent in multi-cultural counselling. Being a second-generation immigrant, I understand the complexity that can sometimes accompany the topic of mental health in different cultures. In addition to working with individual adults and couples, I have years of experience working within the school system and am adept at working with older children and adolescents. I have successfully worked with anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, and trauma. In session, I bring empathy, patience, and humor to support and nourish client growth.

Thank you for having the courage to be vulnerable in an effort to optimize your life. I wish you success in your journey of reaching your full potential.

A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS

Bryan, have you, or anyone close to you, had to overcome any trauma, or mental health challenge?

Most definitely. I think it’s more difficult to find someone who has not had to overcome any trauma or mental health challenges than it is to find someone who has. Everyone in my immediate family, including myself, has struggled with mental health. On top of that, both of my parents immigrated from a country where mental health concerns were not at all recognized. I can truly empathize with the struggles of untreated mental health issues, as the closest people in my life have lived through this struggle for years.

What is your favourite quote?

“Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it” – Hellen Keller

 

 

Qualifications

Master’s of Counselling in Arts Psychology

Bachelor of Science with Honors Psychology

 

 

Affiliations

College of Alberta Psychologists

Psychologist’s Association of Alberta

 

Certifications

EMDR Level 1 and 2

Gottman’s Couple Therapy Level 1 and 2

Somatic Experience training

Trauma treatment course

Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) training

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) training

Non-Violent Crisis Intervention

Therapeutic Crisis intervention 

Self-harm Awareness 

Suicide Prevention & Management

 

Languages

  • English

My Areas of Specialty:

  • Adolescent & Teen Issues
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD / ADHD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Cross Cultural Issues Counselling
  • Depression
  • Panic Disorder
  • Physical Abuse
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Trauma

I can also help with these areas:

  • Abuse
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Dealing with Infidelity
  • Drug or Substance Abuse
  • Insomnia
  • Issues Related to Bullying
  • Life Transitions
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Self Harming
  • Suicidal Thoughts (Ideation) and Survivor
  • Trauma or PTSD with First Responders
  • Weight & Eating Disorders

Mental Health Disorders:

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

My Treatment Approaches:

  • Client Centered Therapy (Rogerian therapy)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Gottman Couples Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Person Centered therapy
  • Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)
  • Solution Focused Therapy