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About Susin

My Story


I passionately believe that therapy can help children, adolescents, adults and families build upon their strengths and achieve their therapeutic goals.  

I work from a position of compassion and respect, always focusing on my client's strength, resilience and knowledge.  I trust that clients do the best they can with the information and skills that they have at the present moment.  With hard work and willingness, we all have the potential to gain new wisdom, learn valuable lessons, and enhance our individual and collective lives.​

In my personal life, I am a blessed mother of three wonderful teenage children.  My life is a daily struggle of balancing mini-emergencies, striving to stay present and aware, and always remembering to have gratitude for life's little miracles and delights.

"A single act of kindness throws out roots 

in all directions,

and the roots  spring up

and make new trees."

                - Amelia Earhart

Degrees/Diploma Earned:

Bachelor of Arts (Honours),

University of Toronto (1997)

Master of Social Work,

University of Toronto (1999)

Diploma in Family Mediation,

McMaster University (2009)

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others and if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them.

                   - Dalai Lama

Child Play Therapy
Sandplay Therapy (Jungian)
Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
Family Therapy   
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (TFCBT)
Mindfulness Meditation
Art Counselling
Bereavement, Grief & Loss
Suicide Intervention
Dispute Resolution
Theraplay & MIM
Sandtray Therapy (World Play)
Divorce & Separation
Child Sexual Abuse - Prevent It!

Let us be grateful to people who make us happy.  They are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.

    - Marcel Proust

Certificates Earned:

Child Play Therapy Certificate (Level I, II, III) 

Canadian Association for Play Therapy, Toronto 

Sandplay Therapy Training Program (Level I, II, III) 

Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapy, Toronto

Coping and Support Training (CAST - Facilitator)

Reconnecting Youth, Oklahoma 

Theraplay Level 1 & Marschak Interaction Method 

The Theraplay Institute, King City

Certificate in Art Counselling 

Canadian Association for Play Therapy, Toronto

Certificate in Bereavement, Grief and Loss - Working with Children Through Grief and Loss 

Canadian Association for Play Therapy, Toronto

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) 

LivingWorks, Toronto

Certificate in Foundations of Applied Mindfulness Meditation,

University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work 

5 Day Certificate in Sandtray 

Canadian Association for Play Therapy, Toronto

Family Therapy Training Program (8 month Externship) 

The George Hull Centre for Children and Families, Toronto

Child Play Therapy Externship (18 months)

Regesh Family & Child Services, Toronto

Dispute Resolution Certificate

York Univeristy, Toronto

Advanced Dispute Resolution Certificate

York University, Toronto

"The most difficult times for many

of us are the ones we give ourselves."

 -  Pema Chodron

Associations & Membership:

Canadian Association for Sandplay Therapists 

Canadian Association for Play Therapy

Ontario Association of Social Workers

Ontario College for Social Workers &

Social Service Workers

Sandplay Therapists of America

Copyright © 2017 by Susin Garber  -  All Rights Reserved.

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