Sue Goldswain

Dr. Sue Goldswain

Ph.D., University of British Columbia, Registered Psychologist, British Columbia. # 1382

Sue’s training and experience covers the treatment of a broad range of psychological issues. Her areas of practice include:

  • Anxiety and/or panic
  • Depression
  • Death and dying
  • Grief and loss
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Trauma counselling
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress Management
  • Life transitions
  • Self growth
  • Spirituality
  • Women’s issues

Sue trained in both individual and couples therapy in graduate school, and took additional post-grad training in Imago Couples Therapy with Imago International to become an advanced clinician. Together with John she ran Getting the Love You Want weekend workshops for couples for several years. Currently her work is primarily focused on individuals. Her theory is based in Jungian Psychology and Integrative Psychotherapy and she uses a variety of treatment techniques to support these orientations. She has taken additional training in Emotional Focused therapy, Dream therapy, EMDR (Levels 1 & 11), Mindfulness-Based-Stress-Reduction (MBSR) and since 2013 has been an ongoing participant in an Integrative Psychotherapy seminar group with Dr Richard Erskine, the founder.

Sue has provided therapy in a number of settings including schools, hospitals, and addiction centres. She has also supervised counsellors in training in the Department of Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. She spent 13 years providing psychological services in the Cowichan Valley, where she was well-connected and had an excellent reputation in the community. In 2009 she returned to Vancouver where she has a private practice. Sue is also a creative writer who graduated from The Writer’s Studio, SFU in 2012.

Integrative Psychotherapy

"The aim of Integrative Psychotherapy is to facilitate wholeness. It embraces an attitude towards the practice of psychotherapy that affirms the inherent value of each individual. It is a unifying psychotherapy that responds appropriately and effectively to the person at the affective, behavioural, cognitive and physiological levels of functioning, and addresses as well the spiritual dimensions of life."

"The term “integrative” in Integrative Psychotherapy has a number of meanings. It refers to the process of integrating the personality: taking the disowned, unaware, or unresolved aspects of the self and making them part of a cohesive personality; and reducing the use of defence mechanisms that inhibit spontaneity and limit flexibility in problem solving, health maintenance and re-engaging with the world with full contact. It is the process of making oneself whole. Through this work, it becomes possible for individuals to face each moment openly, without the protection of a preformed opinion, position, attitude or expectation."

"This is a process which therapists also need to commit to themselves. As well as maintaining a focus on personal growth, we have an ethical obligation to dialogue with colleagues of diverse orientations and to remain informed of developments in the field."

Dr. Richard Erskine, Psychologist

Find out more about Dr Erskine’s theory at Integrative Psychotherapy

Dream Therapy

The Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Jung, saw dreams as the psyche’s attempt to communicate unacknowledged longings to the individual, as well as disowned or repressed aspects of self. These images emerge from the unconscious and are thus outside the control of the will. As such, they play an important role in the development of the personality, a process Jung called Individuation.

There are no hard and fast meanings to dream images, they are tied to the associations that the dreamer makes, but it is these circular associations to the symbols which take the dreamer into a deeper understanding of the message of the dream. Dream therapy can also entail drawings of the dream symbols, which is another way to deepen the meaning of the imagery.

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