Sue St. John
Registered Psychotherapist, RN
Sue is a seasoned psychotherapist and health professional. My specialties are life transitions, bereavement, anxiety and depression, and trauma. My office is centrally located. Welcome to my profile to learn more about my approach and to see if this is the right fit for you.
CAPT Membership Number: 288
Issues I work with
Abuse, Addiction, Anxiety, Bereavement, Body Image, Depression, Divorce Separation, Grief/Loss, LGBTQ, Life Transitions, Parenting, Relationships/Family, Trauma
- Mindfulness-Based Therapy
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
TrainingThe Centre for Training in Psychotherapy, University of Toronto
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
Welcome. Thank you for visiting my profile, please take a look around and learn about me, my approach and how we can work together to better your life.
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.
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 possibly feeling stuck, struggling, overwhelmed, confused, alone, or bereft.
Here, we may find our past experiences are influencing our present in restricting ways, yet we want to make that leap of faith to get to a better place.
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 in therapy, both personally and professionally, that being heard and understood in a non-judgmental, safe presence is transforming.
I have been a therapist since 2000, working with clients ranging in age from early adulthood to retirement. I have worked well with clients experiencing:
anxiety, fear and chronic stress
grief and loss
body image and self-esteem
I have good success in helping clients:
1.manage and begin to understand the roots of their anxiety, fear and stress
2.begin to experience and learn to sustain fulfilling relationships
3.discover,realize and appreciate their inner strengths
4.find deeper self-awareness and self-confidence
5.awaken a curious attitude and allow space for their creative expression.
Psychotherapy is a creative, open, explorative process of really listening, of growing through connection, of being heard and understood. Its about setting aside time in this hurried world for ourselves, allowing an opening to find our true voice, and learning to tame our inner critic. All this creates a space for new discoveries and heightened self-awareness as you move towards the life you desire. Psychotherapy is a subtle process of bringing to your attention those places within yourself that are lost, hidden or isolated with a supportive witness which allows you to find your own answers organically. This is done at your pace and guided by what feels right for you at any given time. As your therapist, I am honoured with the priviledge of witnessing your sharing of your story and interested in learning more about the story-teller.
Your therapy is focused upon your uniqueness. As your supportive ally, guide and witness, we will work together in conversation with where you are at and what is most important to you. We will explore how helpful and unhelpful patterns of behavior are influencing your present day reality, and learn how to bring about change in a way which is right for 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.
I trained at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy in Toronto. My work with each client is unique to them and influenced by an assortment of psychodynamic and sensorimotor theorists. People describe me as a warm, empathetic listener, supportive and insightful. My sense of humour has been valuable and I enjoy humour in others.
In my previous work, as a Community Health Nurse specializing in mental wellness and health, I worked with individuals from all walks of life. Experienced in the rich diversity of age, culture, setting, and sexual orientation, I have assisted many to discover new meaning in their life following 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.
My office is at Bloor St/Avenue Road right across the street from the ROM. If taking this first step feels right, I welcome your email. I look forward to meeting you for a free consultation.
Office LocationSt George subway - Bedford exit
Suite Suite#700 208 Bloor St. W
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3B4