Sue Top

About Me

I have a deep faith in the ability of each person to reach their full potential with support. My role is to provide the conditions necessary for optimum growth. I work with adults on an individual basis, and my services are LGBTQIA friendly.

My counselling background includes experience in the following areas:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Stress
  • Relaxation training
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-esteem
  • Assertiveness
  • Communication skills
  • Workplace issues
  • Return to work
  • Rehabilitation
  • Chronic pain
  • Vocational counselling
  • Resume writing
  • Interview training
  • Grief and loss
  • Healthy relationships
  • Loneliness
  • Postpartum depression and anxiety
  • Parent counselling

Approach

There are many different therapeutic methods, and each client has unique needs. My approach, therefore, takes the individual and their particular situation into account.

I draw from the following approaches:

  • Object Relations
  • Self Psychology
  • Brief Therapy
  • Gestalt
  • Mindfulness
  • Cognitive-Behavioural

Feel free to call or email and introduce yourself if you would like to have an opportunity to see if you feel I am a good fit for you.

Qualifications

I graduated in 1990 with a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Ottawa, with a specialization in Counselling. Since graduating, I have taken further instruction on the following topics:

  • Three year certificate program in Gestalt Therapy
  • Training in Object Relations and Self Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression and Anger
  • Brief Therapy and the High Risk Client
  • Vocational Testing and Counselling
  • Chronic Pain Management
  • Career Counselling

I am a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, and a Canadian Certified Counsellor (C.C.C.). I am supervised by:

Dr. Mahin Tavakoli, C.Psych., CPO # 5079
203-430 Gilmour Street
Ottawa, ON, K2P 0R8
1-613-263-0164

Hours

Appointments are offered between the hours of

  • Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Thursday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Each session is 50 minutes in length.

Fees and Insurance

My hourly rate is $120. Payment may be made with cheque, cash, email transfer, credit card or debit card.

My services are covered by extended health insurance, not by OHIP. If you have health care benefits through your employer, they may cover all or part of the fee. Questions that you may want to ask your benefit provider include:

  • Do I need a referral from a physician?
  • Do they cover the fee when a counsellor is supervised by a Psychologist?

Location

Address

421 Gilmour St.
Suite 201
Ottawa, ON
K2P 0R5

Parking

There is paid parking on Gilmour Street within a block, and free parking on Gilmour Street west of Kent Street.

Public Transit

At the time this site was created, the office is served by the following routes:

You may want to verify those routes with Ottawa/Carleton Transpo.

Phone

(613) 371-5715

eMail

SusanTop@topcounselling.com

Links and Resources

Jane Langmaid, M.Ed. (Counselling), CCC – office partner, sees both individuals and couples
www.janelangmaid.com/

Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association
www.ccpa-accp.ca/en/

Transitional Council for the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario
www.crpo.ca/

St. Paul’s University Counselling
ustpaul.ca/en/centre-for-counselling-home_360_697.htm

Gestalt Therapy
gestalt.on.ca/about-us/what-is-gestalt-therapy/

Object Relations
www.goodtherapy.org/object-relations.html

Self Psychology
www.goodtherapy.org/self-psychology.html

Brief Therapy
apt.rcpsych.org/content/8/2/149.full

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
psychology.about.com/od/psychotherapy/a/cbt.htm