ABOUT SUSAN

MY BACKGROUND

On a personal level, dealing with grief, anxiety, career and relationship changes, as well as the various stages of parenting, has provided me with valuable life experience and a grounded sense of authenticity. I've also benefited from my own process of individual therapy (so I know what it's like to be on the other side of the therapy room!)

My professional background was in the social services field, working with individuals who faced a variety of challenging life circumstances and systemic barriers. Through that work, as well as further education and exploration, I became interested in more inclusive, holistic approaches to counselling and change.

THERAPUTIC APPROACH

I've been in private practice for over a decade, and have a supportive, trauma-informed approach to therapy, with a focus on healing, personal growth, and self-awareness.

Through mindfulness, therapeutic inquiry, and collaborative exploration, I help clients connect with their inner resources of insight and resilience. 

 

Remaining actively engaged in ongoing learning and professional development is important to me, and continues to build on my skills and experience.  I am passionate about this work and committed to the growth and empowerment of my clients.   

EDUCATION

M.Sc. Psychology

2009, Walden University

Master of Science

B.A. Sociology

1992, Trent University

Bachelor of Arts

Mindfulness Professional Training

2007, University of Toronto

Certificate

Diploma, Holistic Psychotherapy

EXPERIENCE

Registered Psychotherapist

2007 - Present

Private Practice

Social Services Caseworker

1994 - 2008

City of Toronto

Volunteer Advocacy

2002 - 2006

Massey Centre for Young Mothers

2006, Transformational Arts College

Diploma

METHODS & FOCUS

​The primary focus of my practice is adult (18 and older) individuals seeking healing, change, and greater life satisfaction.

 

My style of therapy is integrative, holistic, and mindfulness-based. The foundation of my training was in humanistic, transpersonal and psychodynamic therapy. 

 

I have also trained in cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness group facilitation, somatic therapies, trauma treatment, and the internal family systems approach.

COMMON ISSUES

​I work with a variety of clients addressing such issues as:​

  • Anxiety

  • Grief and loss 

  • Self-esteem

  • Trauma

  • Stress management

  • Life transitions 

  • Sexuality and intimacy

©2020 by Susan Patten.