Toronto Team

Dr. Carly Surchin, C.Psych.

Welcome! I hope to be able to provide you with a safe and supportive place to explore life’s challenges. I am honored to have the chance to learn about your life. I will strive to approach your story with the utmost respect for where you have been and where you are going.

I believe that a genuine therapeutic relationship can provide healing. My aim is to create an experience through which you can get to know yourself better and find understanding. I recognize that this can feel vulnerable. I will approach your concerns with curiosity and commitment to your well-being. Below, I outline some of the areas I am most familiar at working with.

I often work with clients who are struggling in their relationships with themselves and with others. I work with clients who struggle with depression, suicidality, self-harm, anxiety, impulse-control, and feelings of frustration. I also have experience working with clients who have experienced a traumatic event, such as a loss, or various forms of abuse, including trauma in relationships, and sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. I also work with clients who are struggling to understand their values and who they want to be. I have significant experience working with university students, of all ages, and am thus familiar exploring challenges such as academic stress and anxiety, identity development, difficulties with attention and concentration, stress due to social relationships, adjustment, and figuring out how one derives meaning in life. It is important for me to understand who you are in context, and I will work with you to understand your various identities and roles you play in your life.

During our first session, I will work with you to establish your therapeutic goals and discuss how we can address those goals together. I will walk you through the process of therapy and allow you to ask questions and address anxieties you might experience starting this journey.

As we begin our work together, I will work with you to foster increased empathy for your experiences and an understanding of your emotions and patterns. As I get to know you better, I will implement the therapeutic interventions that seem most fitting for your goals. I have experience with various types of therapy, most notably relational psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal therapy, self-psychology, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and mindfulness-based therapies. I will consistently seek your feedback about how these interventions are meeting your goals.

Prior to CFIR, I provided clinical services in various settings. Over the past 5 years, I have worked in university counseling centres, schools, and hospitals providing assessment and therapy to children, adolescents, adults, and their families. I provided services at University at Buffalo in Buffalo, in Buffalo and Roosevelt University, in Chicago. I have worked with clients of a variety of ages and backgrounds in Chicago, Buffalo, and now Toronto. During my time at the University at Buffalo, I also provided clinical supervision to doctoral graduate students. I completed my MA and my PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Adler University in Chicago, IL.