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Sankofa Counselling Services

Sankofa is of Ghanian origin. One symbol often used to represent Sankofa is the image of a bird with its head turned backward taking an egg off of its back. This image symbolizes one taking knowledge from the past in order to make healthy decisions in the future. 

It is said that the Sankofa bird can only move forward while it is looking back. This is also true of our healing journey, where in order for healing to occur we need to recapture our past so that we may create our future. It is through this process that we are able to let go of the unhealthy aspects of our past and move forward with strength to a place of healing.

Suzanne Kassian, BA Psychology, LCSW, RSW

Suzanne is a registered Clinical Social Worker and has been working and volunteering in the mental health field since 1999 and in Corrections since 1995. She received her Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in Psychology from the University of Alberta, Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary and Masters in Clinical Social Work at Yeshiva University in New York.  

For more than 10 years she has been providing support to youth, adults and couples as they work through difficult issues such as grief and loss, managing difficult emotions and conflicted relationships.

Suzanne is trained in the following therapeutic techniques:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Advanced training

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

  • Trauma Informed Practice

  • Fundamentals of Bereavement (Levels I & II)

  • Spousal Assault Risk Assessment (SARA)

  • Short Term Assessment of Risk & Treatability for Youth (START)

  • Psychopathy Checklist Revised (PCL-R) (Level I)

For more information, please call Sankofa Counselling at: 780.233.6603

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