About Me

I am a therapist with a wealth of experience working with children, youths, and adults. I provide individual, group and family counselling services in Surrey, BC. Professionally, I have worked as a mental health worker with the Vancouver Coastal Health Authority’s Mental Health Teams for more than 10 years. This has given me invaluable experience working with a wide range of culturally and demographically diverse clients.

I have worked with non-profit organizations, mental health services, school districts, and vocational services. I also facilitate groups, workshops and presentations. I am fluent in ASL (American Sign Language) and am a Deaf & Hearing Loss Specialist.

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Qualifications:

I work with individuals and families in the following practice areas:

I integrate client-centered therapy with other modalities including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), family therapy, focusing oriented therapy, humanistic therapy, child-play therapy, expressive-art therapy and solution-focused therapy.

I am always enhancing my knowledgebase through continuing education at workshops and conferences, and through self-directed learning studies. I also participate in clinical supervision. Clinical supervision helps me to be a more effective therapist. The value in this is that you are supported not only by me but also by my clinical supervisors who advise me when required. Clinical supervision fosters clarity, discernment and thoroughness with my assessment skills, goal setting and timing of interventions with a variety of issues which clients present. In addition, I subscribe to clinical supervision as a way to maintain a healthy connection between my mind, body and emotions. I continue to feel inspired and appreciated in the work I do.

My Story

As young girl I loved fairy tales. The villains fascinated me. They were based on assumptions and stigmatizations, yet they were extraordinarily creative. There were twists and turns to create “potions of power” that we all desire or seek such as happiness and sense of belonging. I wondered about their conflicted and mixed feelings - could they be helped? I wondered why the story was never told from their point of view. The ‘wicked’ characters in these stories were the embodiment of the doubts, desperations, and longings in us all.

I became a therapist because of the counsellor I went to when I was twenty-two and in university. She was finely sensitive, open-minded and warm-hearted. With her guidance I began to awaken to new hopes and find a strength and resiliency in myself. My life
has been filled with challenges around body image, depression, poor self-esteem and relationship issues. Therapy is an essential part of my life as I continually work on improving my outlook and relationships. Therapy has shown me how to resolve things well, challenge confusion, challenge acceptance, express emotions, and learn new ways of relating to my family, friends and partners. Therapy is infused into my life and the idea that I could have a career that would constantly push me to think outside of the box and allow others to find their own voice and strengths was the impetus I needed to begin this wonderful work.

After working as a social worker for 12 years, I decided to start my own private practice in Surrey.

I am blessed with two inspiring children and I maintain an active life through weight training, yoga classes, mindfulness practices, and journaling.

"The words that enlighten the soul are more precious than jewels."
- Hazrat Inayat Khan

"Dreams are necessary to life."
- Anais Nin

To answer any questions to identify or explore if I am a therapist for you, call 604-360-8662 or email connect@susandahlgren.com. I offer a free 30-minute initial consultation. New clients welcome. No referral necessary.

Susan Dahlgren is a Registered Social Worker, Counsellor and Deaf & Hearing Loss Specialist in Surrey, BC. Susan provides therapy for abuse, grief, personal growth, stress management and self esteem to adults, children, youth and special needs clients. Counselling services for Surrey, Vancouver, Burnaby, Langley, Cloverdale, White Rock, and the Central Fraser Valley, B.C.