Vania Sukola, BASc, RP
I am a warm, friendly and attentive psychotherapist who strives to have your voice and story heard. I have worked extensively with women and their children seeking help and support or escaping abusive relationships. I started my career in various abused women shelters, both in Toronto and overseas, and have supported children who witnessed abuse. I have also worked as a counsellor in a reproductive health/abortion clinic and have been a La Leche League Leader (breastfeeding support). Since 2006, I have worked at a community mental health agency as a Violence against Women (VAW) Counsellor. I still work here part-time.
After receiving my Bachelor of Applied Science (family studies and women studies) at University of Guelph, i continued my education at George Brown College where i received a Diploma in Assaulted Women and Children’s Counsellor/Advocate Program. Since graduating in 2000, i have continuously been updating my therapy skills and professional development. It’s important to me to provide you with well-informed tools in a holistic way, and I want you to feel safe and comfortable to share with me. I work in a non-judgmental way and trauma-informed, intersectional, Feminist, Anti-Racist, Anti-Oppression and LGBTQIA2 Positive frameworks. By listening with empathy, I seek to work together with you to create a space to explore your situation and emotions that facilitate a path to healing and resiliency.
I have always provided therapy to women through a client-centred and trauma-informed practice, using Feminist Therapy as the main form of therapy. I strive to work holistically, and am attentive to the different ways women can take care of themselves. My therapy also draws from Narrative Therapy, Attachment Theory, Emotion-Focused therapy as well as draw from tools based in Expressive Arts Therapy, Mindfulness and Somatic (body-based) work. Working from this holistic perspective is an asset as it helps women in their journey of healing and growth towards a life with wellness. One of my favourite things to do with women is to build a self-care toolkit, so that you have the means to provide yourself with wellness care on a regular basis. I see therapy as a good starting point to build a more balanced and fulfilled life for you, one that values a life with wellness. And i trust that you already have the knowledge in place – i’m just hear (spelling intentional) to help you get there. YOU are your own expert.
Besides providing therapeutic support, i am a mother of two young children and self-care is an invaluable part of my personal life as well. I love to knit, relax in my cozy chair with my cat and a good book. And i’ve been known to always have chocolate on hand – there is always room for chocolate.
I am a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists (CRPO) and Ontario Association of Counsellors, Consultants, Psychotherapists and Psychologists (OACCPP). I abide by the Code of Ethics, Confidentiality and other policies listed out by my College and Association. I have personal liability insurance, receive clinical supervision and am part of a peer support group that meets regularly.