Sarah Susswein

Sarah Susswein

Registered Clinical Counsellor

RPC #19421

“The most rewarding part of being a therapist is seeing clients embrace their sparkle and grow into their confident selves.”

 

Sarah is a first-generation immigrant from Hong Kong. Sarah naturalized quickly and fully embraced herself as a Canadian. She took a meandering life path and earned a Master of Counselling degree at the age of 40 and became a Registered Clinical Counsellor. Since then, she’s trained in EMDR therapy, Rewind Technique, hypnosis, and CBT. Before becoming a counsellor, Sarah was trained in the Orton-Gillingham Approach and NILD Education Therapy for the remediation of learning disabilities in school-aged children.

Sarah is neurodivergent and is passionate about working with other neurodivergent folks. She takes a positive psychology approach and draws from evidence-based therapies, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
  • EMDR Therapy
  • Rewind Technique for Trauma
  • Hypnotherapy

What you’ll encounter in a session with Sarah…

“I tend to ask questions, to check in what is working and what is not. Folks often don’t realize the resourcefulness and strengths they already have. Working together to figure out what is already in the person’s toolbox is part of the process. From there, we can figure out what tool to use when, if we need to add more tools or make room for new ones. And sometimes, survival modes, outdated instincts, and old neural pathways can use a systems update, that’s where therapies such as EMDR come in handy”

A deeper insight into Sarah’s therapy approach…

“Once upon a time, for many years of my life, I was anxious and miserable – with the high conflict relationships I had, miserable with what felt like a dead end job, single with two kids, no prospects, and a history of dropping out of school. I was also homeless at some point. Neither windfall nor saviour came, it was one foot in front of the other.

I am thriving today. I raised my children on my own. I pursue various hobbies and I find joy in the everyday. And I am profoundly optimistic that positive change can happen at any age no matter the circumstance”