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Susan Young


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, which 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.


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 experienced my own experience of suffering, truly and deeply.  This experience helps me make links between my experience and your experience, to better understand them.  Together we work to make sense of yours so that I can help you to feel deeply heard, understood, and co-create the change you want for your life. 

My practice is currently online. I am currently available for video sessions on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays.  My office is in midtown Toronto for sessions when in person therapy can safely resume.  Each session is 50-55 minutes.  


I offer a 30-minute telephone consultation at no cost.  This 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 based on your goals for therapy, which generally follows a beginning, middle and end phase of working together.  

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