Susan Young

Registered Psychotherapist
RP, CTP Dipl
BCom, Adler School of Psychology (Clinical Supervisor Cert)
Not Currently Accepting Clients
Session Format:
Online Therapy
Office Hours:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
Adults, Family, Couples
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  • Abuse (physical and psychological; past or present)
  • Addiction
  • Aging and Age-Related Concerns
  • Blended Families
  • Career Dissatisfaction or Transition
  • Depression
  • Dream Work and Dream Interpretation
  • Health and Illness
  • Intergenerational Trauma
  • Life Crisis and Transitions
  • Loneliness and Isolation
  • Loss and Grief
  • Mourning and Bereavement
  • Multicultural Issues
  • Parenting and Co-Parenting
  • Personality Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Sex and Intimacy Issues
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma
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    Feeling good about ourselves, having loving relationships with others, and doing satisfying work, for most of us, are our life goals. We all have certain patterns that guide the way we try to achieve these goals. By the time we are adults, our patterns are deeply held and changing them is not so easy. The habitual nature of these patterns is akin to the way water runs down a hill—after a while, a certain groove gets carved out and the water always flows down that channel. If you want the water to flow another way, you are going to have to do something different to alter the path.

    Psychodynamic therapy helps to shed light on aspects of ourselves that have been operating at the edges of our awareness and loosens the grip they have on us. Some of our patterns were creatively put in place for self-protection. Now, in the safety of psychotherapy, these ways of being that no longer serve us can be softened and gradually released to free up psychic space for new responses to become available. Eventually, practicing new ways of being with self and others brings about the readiness to make long-lasting changes that facilitate growth.

    This past year has been particularly challenging for many of us. Some of us are feeling stagnant and stuck, others are feeling fearful, traumatized, and isolated. This may be the time for you to reach out and get the support you need.

    In therapy we enter a particular kind of relationship with well-defined boundaries and ethics. The quality of this relationship is created in an atmosphere of empathy. I want to deeply understand you.

    Having worked through fearing my own emotions in my own therapy, I am not afraid to feel. I am able to share the most painful moments in your life that you might not have been able to bear on your own. I have known my own experience of suffering, truly and deeply. This helps me make links between my experience and yours, to better understand you. But your experiences are singular and are ultimately yours, not mine. Together we work to make sense of your experiences, and the meanings they have carried, so that I can help you to feel deeply heard and understood, and co-create the change you want for your life.

    I came to my own psychotherapy during an unbearable period of insomnia. At the time I thought this was solely related to workplace stress. My suffering with years of insomnia was what literally woke me up to its deeper meaning. Through psychotherapy I was gradually able to integrate the underlying emotional pain that had been contributing to my sleepless nights. I have great respect for the work of Dr. Gabor Mate in how he listens to symptoms of stress:

    “The salient stressors in the lives of most human beings today—at least in the industrialized world—are emotional. Just like laboratory animals unable to escape, people find themselves trapped in lifestyles and emotional patterns inimical to their health. The higher the level of economic development, it seems, the more anaesthetized we have become to our emotional realities. We no longer sense what is happening in our bodies and cannot therefore act in self-preserving ways. The physiology of stress eats away at our bodies not because it has outlived its usefulness but because we may no longer have the competence to recognize its signals.”
    ― Gabor Maté, When the Body Says No: The Hidden Cost of Stress

    Working through long-held emotional patterns with my psychotherapist facilitated my gradual recovery and growth. This life-changing experience was the catalyst that inspired me to embark on ten years of rigorous psychotherapy training. Now, twenty-five years later, I continue to be in awe of the human capacity to heal, change, and grow. My trust that transformation can happen within the psychotherapeutic relationship remains unshakeable.

    Additional Credentials:
    I possess a number of additional training credentials related to my psychotherapeutic practice. These include

    • Emotionally-Focused Therapy for Couples, International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally-Focused Therapy, Certificate
    • Trauma Informed Therapy, Certificate
    • Addiction Studies, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Certificate
    • Family Theraplay, Theraplay Institute, Certificate
    • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Dr. L. Sykes, Certificate
    • Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy, Factor-Iwentash School of Social Work, Certificate
    • Grief & Bereavement Counselling, Factor-Iwentash School of Social Work, Certificate
    • Self-Psychology Group Process, Toronto Institute of Human Relations, Certificate
    • Trance in Clinical Practice, Centre for Training in Psychotherapy, Certificate
    • Family Solutions Therapy, Hincks-Dellcrest Treatment Centre, Certificate
    • Counselling Assaulted Women & Children, George Brown College, Diploma
    • Advanced Feminist Counselling, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry, Certificate
    • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Studies, Centre for Training in Psychotherapy, Diploma

    My downtown office was closed during the pandemic.  I am providing online therapy only at this time.  Daytime sessions are available on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.

    I offer a complimentary 30-minute telephone consultation. This consultation is the first step for us to begin to get to know each other. If we move forward you can expect to meet with me on a weekly basis. The treatment plan is a collaborative process, which generally follows a beginning, middle, and end phase of working together.

    The first step of reaching out can be difficult. Be assured that I have been told that the first conversation was easier than expected because of my warmth and openness to callers. I look forward to speaking with you whenever you have a quiet, private opening in your day to speak for 15-30 minutes. Please contact me by email to schedule a complimentary telephone consultation. Thank you.