Karthicka
Suthanandan 

(She/her)
Registered Social Worker, Psychotherapist 

Karthicka has been with us since March of 2021. Karthicka started with us doing online work, came in person for a little while and is now back working solely virtually.  

Karthicka has the ability to make you feel heard and understood immediately and goes above and beyond for her clients. 

Karthicka has a wonderful spirit and has connected very well with clients here so far.  

Karthicka is not taking on clients at this time. 

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About Karthicka 

As a clinical Social Worker, I am passionate about supporting my clients in living their most joyful life. Discussing our hardships is not easy, and I appreciate that you've taken this step. I will always do my best to create a safe and compassionate space for you to share your challenges. I view our time together as an opportunity to heal, build your sense of self-compassion, and find a brighter perspective. 

For more than 5 years, I have worked in the Greater Toronto Area, Peel and Hamilton communities. I initially completed my Bachelor of Social Work at McMaster in 2015, and more recently returned to school to complete my Master of Social Work at University of Toronto in 2021. I primarily operate from a Trauma-Informed lens, and have trained in Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Narrative Therapy and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy. Most important to my work is a client-centered and strength based approach; every client is different, and meeting your needs in a comfortable way is my priority. I have primarily worked with adolescents, young adults and women in the past, however clients from all walks of life are welcome. 

Approach:

During my time in the field, I've worked to build my clinical expertise and draw from different modalities so I can avoid a "one-size fits all" approach. Coming from a trauma informed and attachment based lens, I recognize that experiences and relationships in our lives have shaped us, our perspectives, and how we see the world. In my work, it is important that I learn your worldview in order for us to set goals and explore what your personal ideas of success, growth and happiness are.

 

Other areas of interest:

Anxiety and Depression- I enjoy working with clients (ages 14 & up) to support them in understanding and coping with feelings of anxiety and depression. Primarily using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy based tools, I hope to help clients explore how they can participate in their lives in ways that bring them happiness and fulfillment.

What made you want to work with CCP?

CCP is a truly compassionate environment for clients and workers alike. I have always enjoyed working alongside caring, experienced individuals to strengthen the quality of work and knowledge I can bring to my clients. While all workers at CCP have their own style, we are unified in our passion and love for this work.

What is the most rewarding part of your job as a therapist?

 

My hope is that my clients will never feel alone in their pain. Finding ways to bring them joy and supporting them in loving themselves has always felt like the greatest reward.

Approach:

During my time in the field, I've worked to build my clinical expertise and draw from different modalities so I can avoid a "one-size fits all" approach. Coming from a trauma informed and attachment based lens, I recognize that experiences and relationships in our lives have shaped us, our perspectives, and how we see the world. In my work, it is important that I learn your worldview in order for us to set goals and explore what your personal ideas of success, growth and happiness are.

Most surprising thing about you?

Having struggled with my own mental health, I believe that mental health does not have to hold us back or define us. I enjoy working as a social worker, because of the important role that therapy has played in my own healing journey. While I imagine this is not exactly surprising, I share this with my clients because it has always meant a lot to me to know that my mental health was not an indication of any kind of incapability, but was actually shared, understood, and felt by others. I grew up worrying that being someone who struggled with their mental health might make me unable to support the challenges of others, however I've come to find my strength in this work from those very experiences.

Approach to eating disorders:

I enjoy working with eating disorders from a Trauma-Informed approach, particularly navigating how past experiences and relationships have impacted my clients. Eating disorders rarely show up on their own and may have different root causes. By exploring unresolved trauma, I hope to support my clients in not only addressing their eating disorder, but also building a positive sense of self and learning to heal pain from their past.

 

Healthy Relationships- I am passionate about working with individuals and couples to build healthy relationships (whether that be familial, romantic, or friendships). I believe strongly in theories of attachment that explore how we can understand our wants and needs on a deeper level. Whether we are working together in couples or individual therapy, I believe there is value to exploring how we communicate, understand our inner worlds, and consider building our lives with those around us to develop our sense of connection and belonging in life.

Trauma- Working with clients to explore past trauma and how it impacts them today is an important part of my approach. Trauma leaves strong impressions on how we see the world, others and ourselves, often robbing us of a sense of safety and control. By creating a safe place to explore pain and hope, I aim to support clients in regaining the sense that their life is theirs to take hold of.

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Get in touch with Karthicka 


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