LGBT Therapist Toronto, Addiction Therapist Toronto

Anxiety, Depression, Trauma Therapy, Substance Use, Relationship Issues, Gender and Sexuality Anxiety, Depression, Trauma Therapy, Substance Use, Relationship Issues, Gender and Sexuality

X. Sly Sarkisova, MSW, RSW, BA, BSW

Clinical Counsellor/Psychotherapist, TORONTO, ON

I am a queer and trans identified psychotherapist who has been working in the field of mental health and addictions counselling, therapy and support for the past 13 years. I have extensive experience supporting folks struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, interpersonal difficulties, complex post-traumatic stress, as well as alcohol, heroin, crack, and crystal meth addictions. My social work practice is clinical in nature, providing therapy to individuals that centers and affirms unique experiences and strengths. I work to help folks feel safe to discuss the issues and barriers they face and establish goals for change.


My counselling training and practice are wholly derived from my ability to listen to the individual as the expert of their experience. I believe the most powerful healing and change come from affirmative relationships that acknowledge the power of an individual to tell and understand their own story. I strive to provide a non-judgmental, safe and reflexive space that centers your unique experience, while also identifying the impacts of systemic and individual traumas and stresses on your ability to cope and function. We will co-create a space wherein you feel safe to explore issues of concern to you, identify goals for increasing your ability to cope with distress, function better, and begin to externalize shame and stigma collected in the body and spirit.


I have been trained and taken coursework in Conflict Resolution, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Trauma Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, and Concurrent Disorders counselling. I studied psychology and criminology at Simon Fraser University and graduated in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts. In 2007 I completed a second undergraduate degree in Social Work at the University of Victoria, focussing on addressing issues of oppression and systemic barriers. In 2010 I received a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto, with a focus on social justice and anti-oppression. I have used my academic experience to explore and understand the underlying societal issues and stigmas pervading systems of law, social welfare and healthcare that enact traumas and barriers on individuals with regards to indigeneity, race, class, ability, sex, gender/presentation, sexual practice/orientation, and any other identity based discrimination. 


The approach that I use will be specifically catered to your experience and needs and will infuse CBT, Narrative, Solution Focussed and Harm Reduction techniques within a larger model of anti-oppressive, trauma informed, holistic therapy. 


Areas of Specialization and Interest:


      Schizophrenia, Bi-Polar, Major Depression, Social Anxiety &

      Agoraphobia, Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, OCD