Sarah Susswein

I believe everyone is worthy of maximizing their quality and enjoyment of life. I immigrated to Canada when I was 9 years old. My upbringing was clouded in profound fear, loss, and disappointment. I was a homeless teen once, and that was before the internet! You could not just Google for resources. I was so used to being in survival mode and didn’t realize that my abilities to connect and make optimal decisions were deeply affected well into adulthood. My survival mode carried on as a young single parent.

With much work, I have learned to align myself with my values (no more squandering my years to unhelpful thoughts and people!), enjoy my introversion and quirky sense of humor (I wouldn’t trade my ADHD for anything!), and not sweat the small stuff (what I should or should not be doing!). As a counsellor, I want to pay it forward and help others experience what is possible.

I’m currently completing the final thesis portion of my Master of Counselling degree at City University, and working towards my Registered Clinical Counsellor (R.C.C.) designation. I am a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association in good standing.


My areas of focus: ADHD, Learning Disabilities, General & Performance Anxiety, Trauma, Self-Esteem, and Anger In addition to counselling, I am passionate about the process of learning. I’m trained in the Orton-Gillingham (OG) approach and trained as a National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) educational therapist. I am highly trained to work with struggling learners in one-on-one therapy settings. I have worked with children to remediate dyslexia and other learning difficulties.


My positive psychology approach to counselling is to focus on you - your strengths, your values, your present and future. Counselling is a safe space to cry, laugh, to be heard, and to reflect. Counselling is an opportunity to resolve and leave behind the past, envision the future, to create action plans, to pick up tools, to experiment, and to practice new behaviours and ways of thinking. You already have inherent strength and resilience. I will walk by your side and support you, so you can find your way and live life to the fullest.



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