Experiencing increased feelings of anxiety?
Are you spending too much time in your head?
Do the tasks you normally accomplish so easily feel overwhelming these days?

You’re not alone.

Challenging times can trigger old traumas, memories and worries, particularly if you’re isolated.

You don’t have to figure it out all on your own. We can do it together from the comfort of your home!

My Vision

everyone - EVERY ONE - can have a good mental health

Each one of us possesses our own unique set of strengths, but sometimes it’s hard for us to see them or even remember or believe they exist.

Sometimes we need a little temporary support – or perhaps a lot – to get our lives back on track. I can help you get back on your way:

The help you need for the time that you need it.

My Mission

improve lives by providing accessible, evidence-based counselling

Having spent over two decades in northern rural and remote communities, with very limited access to services, I know first-hand the importance of accessibility.

Accessibility is my mission.

Clients have shared with me, again and again, the value of being able to attend counselling appointments from the comfort of their own home.

No commuting to appointments, no struggles to find parking, no childcare to arrange.

My Background

experience, credentials, passions

I know from experience, how hard it can be to open up to a total stranger- to trust.

So here’s a little more about me, to get the ball rolling.

As a Registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers, I have over a decade of social work experience behind me. I’ve worked with individuals, couples, families and groups in many different sectors including Affordable Housing, Domestic Violence, Research, Mental Health & Addictions, Crisis Response, Geriatric Healthcare, Dementia Programming, and Direct Counselling.

I have a Master of Social Work with a clinical specialization in Mental Health and Addictions; a Master of Public Policy with a focus on Social Policy; a Graduate Certificate in Trauma-Informed Practice; a Graduate Certificate in Individual, Families and Group Practice; and a Certificate in Advanced Dementia Care.

My passions include breaking down barriers and helping others.

Projects I’ve initiated and developed include the Peer Support Group at the University of Calgary for rural/remote students in the Virtual Learning Circle Program, and a Support Program for ‘Living with Dementia’ alumni members. I was a contributor to the initial provincial submission for "Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence", and I have sat on the board in a number of organizations that have worked to improve the lives of community members:

• Board Member, Calgary Police Services, Persons with Disabilities Chief Advisory Board (2016-2018)
• Calgary Poverty Reduction Initiative, Justice Sector Constellation (2014-2015)
• Committee Member, Social Workers for Social Justice, Calgary, AB (2012-2013)
• Board Member, Peace River Victims Services, Peace River, AB (2010-2011)

What I Do

therapies and treatments

I’m here to help you cope with issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, low self-esteem, relationships, aging and many others. With great respect and dignity, through individual, couple and family counselling, I work with adults of all ages to

help people take back control of their lives.

Some of the major theories which influence my work are attachment, cognitive behavior, systems, solution-focused, narrative, oppression, and relational.

Specific therapies I’ve worked with in the past include:

• Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
• Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Solution-Focused Therapy
• Trauma-Informed Treatment
• Narrative Therapy
• Feedback Informed Treatment
• Motivational interviewing

What We Do

our journey together

I’ll bring my warmth, compassion and care, and you will bring your unique story into our shared space, and we will work together collaboratively.

We’ll prioritize your concerns, define your goals, and develop a plan to work towards those goals. This plan will become the roadmap for our work.

Want to know more? - Let’s chat first, no charge!

It’s important that the relationship with your therapist feels right, and research shows that a strong therapeutic relationship is the best predictor of successful outcomes.

To find out if we’re a good fit, what you can expect in therapy, and obtain the answers to other questions you may have about our work together, let’s spend 20 minutes on the phone – free of charge - so that you can feel comfortable with your decision. I’m looking forward to meeting you!

The Practical Stuff

fees, hours, policies

Fees: $150 per 50 minute session
Sliding scale, please inquire

Insurance: Receipts will be provided which will include my ACSW Registered Social Worker Number for you to submit to your insurance providers. Please check with your providers first to determine coverage. Fees not covered by your insurance provider are a tax-deductible health care expense.

Methods of payment: E-transfer, credit.

Appointments/Hours: Daytime, evening, and weekend appointments are available.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel your appointment with more than 24 hours notice there is no charge. Missed appointments and appointments cancelled with less than 24 hours notice will be charged the full fee.

How to book: Request an appointment below, or phone / email to book an appointment: (403) 803 2010 / sue@suejosecounselling.com

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PLEASE NOTE: Sue Jose Counselling is unable to provide crisis or emergency services due to the remote nature of the agency. If you are in crisis please call the Calgary Distress Centre @ (403) 266 1605. They will be able to assist you with any personal crisis 24/7. Distress Centre Website