Hi There! My name is vania sukola (pronouns she/her) and i’m a Registered Psychotherapist. I am so very happy to meet you here. I know it’s a big step to seek therapy so I’m honoured that you are here. In my life, I see people struggle when faced with healing from trauma or in a new transition in their life: an overall feeling of an unfulfilled life, issues with reproductive health and adjustment as a parent, conflict between couples, and a lack of emotional regulation can really impact our overall well-being. As a psychotherapist, I have learned ways to help women cope with this adjustment, and have a wealth of tools and resources to help during this time. I have a deep commitment to support women as i believe it takes a village to help when we are going through these transitions and rites of passage.
As I am very passionate about supporting women with their overall well-being and wellness, i started my practice to provide therapeutic support to help you live the life you love. For instance, some of the areas i focus on include supporting you with the transition into a new phase of life, struggles you have with this new identity as a parent, postpartum mood and adjustment concerns, body image issues, creating your own personalized self-care toolkit, as well as relationship/couple counselling. I am a trauma-focused psychotherapist as well, and this has been a big component for my work for over 25 years. While i mainly support people to heal from sexual violence, gender-based violence (especially intimate partner abuse or child abuse/developmental trauma), i believe trauma impacts us all in our own way. Trauma is anything that is too much and too big for you to bear or heal on your own.
Sometimes, we get stuck in judging ourselves and not feeling the happiness that is expected of us. I’m here to work with you through feelings of unhappiness or depression, low self-esteem or self-worth, anger that you have experienced and/or ‘mom guilt’ that you’re stuck feeling, times where you are especially low or irritable, negative body image, and creating a more intentional way of living. I specifically offer therapeutic support for your mental health, emotion-regulation, re-traumatizing triggers, and nervous system support from an intersectional Feminist lens.
As a Feminist Therapist, it’s important to me that we find ways to make time for all the parts of us that matter, and not just being a mom or parent. I also believe that issues can come up in any stage of life, and so I provide support to you regardless of what rite of passage you are in.
Please note that while the focus of my work is on women and mothers/parents, i strongly believe that we are all valuable and being treating with respect is our birth rite. I work from an intersectional anti-racist anti-oppression lens and support anyone who identifies as a woman, trans, gender queer or non-binary people who are comfortable in woman-aligned spaces. I am sex worker and kink-positive and support people in any form a relationship takes, be it a cis-gendered, heterosexual relationship; single/sole parenting; same-sex couples, pansexual, polyamorous, or open relationships.
I acknowledge that i live on the unceded and stolen land of the Anishisnaabe, Huron-Wendat, Haudenosaunee, and Mississaugas of the New Credit. It is guided by the Dish with One Spoon Covenant, and now is commonly known as Toronto. I stand in solidarity with the community in fighting to address the loss of murdered and missing women and girls, transgender and two-spirit peoples.
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