Sue St. John BScN, RN, RP, DCTP
Welcome. Making this first step to find a therapist who is the right fit for you is central to any beneficial therapy, and takes a lot of strength and courage.
Thank you for visiting my profile, please take a look around and learn about me, my approach and determine if this feels like a suitable fit for you.
I believe we all have a story which shapes how we feel about ourselves, our relationships and our way of being in the world.
My experience shows that we begin to reach out for help when our lives do not feel right; when we are feeling stuck, struggling, overwhelmed, confused, alone, or bereft.
Here, we may find our past experiences of reaching out are influencing our present in either helpful or restricting ways - each requiring varying degrees of strength and courage towards a leap of faith of trying something new or different.
While holding the anxieties, fears and stress this place stirs in all of us, I would like to share with you that I have witnessed, both personally and professionally, that being heard and understood by someone in a non-judgmental, safe presence is transforming.
In my practice, I find I work well with individuals experiencing:
- anxiety, fear and chronic stress
- grief and loss
- life-altering transitions
- family/relationship issues
- body image and self-esteem
I have good success in helping clients:
- manage their anxiety, fear and stress
- experience and sustain fulfilling relationships
- discover and realize their inner strengths
- find deeper self-awareness and self-confidence
- awaken curiosity and creative expression.
I believe psychotherapy is about really listening to oneself through the assistance of a trained person who has had a similar process, thus reawakening the sense of being heard and understood, in a private time dedicated to oneself.
Finding our true voice and learning to tame our 'inner critic' creates a space for new discoveries and heightens awarenesses of the life we desire. There is a subtle art in gently bringing our attention to the lost, hidden and isolated parts of our lives. This is done with a supportive witness at your pace and guided by what feels right for you at any given time.
Each therapy is unique. My approach to therapy is explorative, expressive and skill-focused. I believe cultivating and strengthening a curious attitude is a key element of the therapy process. I have found curiosity can be most helpful in mitigating the discovery of unhelpful patterns of behaviour from our past which are negatively influencing our present.
"Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future." - William Woodsworth
Another core element is the capacity to wonder, reflect and ponder about the way we are with self and in relationships; with it, more willingness and openness to explore our authentic self and learn more about the way we are and desire to be in the world is awakened.
As your supportive ally, guide and witness, we will work together in conversation with what is most important to you. Our communication will be enriched through the use of dream work, mindfulness, imagery, and exploring your mind/body/memory connection with the conscious and unconscious elements. I believe providing a non-critical, non-judgemental, and safe atmosphere and presence, for my clients, is paramount for this kind of work.
My previous employment of thirty-two years, as a community health nurse with a special interest in mental wellness and health, complements my work as a psychotherapist. I have worked with individuals and their families from all walks of life, a richness in diversity of age, culture, setting and sexual orientation who openly shared their struggles, we wrestled and held their challenges/humility together and in their unique, creative way came to a new meaning/discovery about themselves. This experience has taught me many lessons in life. The range of these experiences are expansive, for example: addiction, loss of a significant loved one - child, partner, lover, or parent, life-threatening illness/experience, conflict in relationships at work and home, domestic violence, loss of work, body image and self-esteem.
I trained at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy in Toronto. My work with each client is unique and influenced by an assortment of psychodynamic and sensorimotor theorists.
I enjoy people and helping others is one of my passions in life. I bring over sixteen years of experience, working as a psychotherapist in private practice blended with thirty-two years of community health nursing experience.
People describe me as empathetic; a good listener; supportive and insightful. My sense of humour has proved valuable and I find it delightful in others.
My office is at St George and Bloor across the street from the subway. If taking this first step feels right, I welcome your call or email. I look forward to meeting you for a free consultation.
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