More about Susan Tran

My Approach with Individuals: The goal is not to make problems go away, but instead, to cultivate the mental and emotional toughness to be able to handle and recover from such adversity. This is known as resilience, which I can help you strengthen by drawing from the frameworks of Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy (REBT), Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). We will focus more on solution-building than problem-solving, and on doing more of what works. To accomplish this, I take a more directive, yet client-centred, compassionate, and strength-based approach. You will acquire the skills to challenge your own thought and behavioural patterns that may have once worked for you, but no longer does.

If any of this aligns with your values and you are ready to cultivate a more fulfilling and meaningful existence, it would be my pleasure to collaborate with you on your journey.

My Approach with Couples: I am passionate about supporting couples work through communication issues, loss of safety and trust, infidelity, co-dependency, or manipulation by using systemic and solution-focused approaches. I understand that our good intentions can sometimes get lost in our emotions or attachment issues. Thus, I aim to help couples accurately convey the true meaning of their words and actions by slowing things down to restore safety, trust, empathy, and compassion while drawing from Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT). I will work hard to maintain a safe space inside the therapy room where you can experience something different within your relationship system that leads to enlightenment and profound changes outside the therapy room.

 

Qualifications

Master of Counselling Degree (Counselling Psychology Specialty), Athabasca University

Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) Degree (Psychology Major), University of Calgary (awarded First Class Honours; completed & published thesis)

 

Affiliations

College of Alberta Psychologists

Psychologists’ Association of Alberta

 

Certifications

Published Articles:

Tran, S., Walker, L.M., Wassersug, R.J., Matthew, A.G., McLeod, D.L., &
Robinson, J.W. (2014). What do Canadian uro-oncologists believe patients should know about androgen deprivation therapy? Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice. 20(3), 199-209. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1078155213495285

Walker, L.M., Tran, S., & Robinson, J.W. (2013). Luteinizing hormone releasing
hormone agonists: A quick reference for prevalence rates of potential adverse effects. Clinical Genitourinary Cancer. 11(4), 372-384. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clgc.2013.05.004

Walker, L.M., Tran, S., Wassersug, R.J., Thomas, B., & Robinson, J.W. (2013).
Patients and partners lack knowledge of androgen deprivation therapy side effects. Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations. 31(7), 1098-1105. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.urolonc.2011.12.015

Tran, S., Walker, L.M., Wassersug, R.J., Thomas, B., & Robinson, J.W. (2012).
Beyond the Abstract: Patients and partners lack knowledge of androgen deprivation therapy side effects. http://www.urotoday.com/recent-abstracts/urologic-oncology/prostate-cancer/51595-beyond-the-abstract-patients-and-partners-lack-knowledge-of-androgen-deprivation-therapy-side-effects-by-susan-tran-ba-hons-et-al.html

Hampton, A., Tran, S., & Robinson, J.W. (2012). Sexuality and prostate cancer. Community
Cancer Support Network Newsletter, April 2012, 5(2), 4. http://albertahealthservices.ca/assets/Infofor/hp/if-h–2012-04-ccsn-newsletter.pdf

 

Languages

  • English
  • Vietnamese

My Areas of Specialty:

  • Anxiety
  • Coping with Cancer
  • Dealing with Infidelity
  • Grief and Loss
  • Insomnia
  • Marriage and Relationship Concerns
  • Self-Esteem Issues
  • Stress Management

I can also help with these areas:

  • Dealing with Phobias
  • Depression
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Sexuality and Intimacy Issues

Mental Health Disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Social Anxiety Disorder

My Treatment Approaches:

  • Behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)
  • Solution Focused Therapy