Paitra Surerus-Marsh

Paitra Surerus-Marsh,
Registered Psychotherapist
  • Individuals (18+)
  • Couples

Hello Hello!

Life can be so hard sometimes. Navigating the emotions that arise from the complexities of life can feel daunting and confusing at times. I believe that you hold the inner emotional wisdom and through our journey we will listen and understand your emotional self.

Who am I? I am a therapist who is passionate about working with clients and their emotional experiences. Our emotional systems are often difficult to understand, the discomfort we experience or the feelings that arise can become hard to manage. We tend to then feel overwhelmed and dysregulated, which may present as pervasive discomfort such as symptoms of depression and anxiety. Many of us were not taught about emotions so we do the best we can in any given moment. However, what may have worked for us in the past we find no longer works in the present and then we feel stuck.

In our work together, we will explore your experiences and your inner world. This involves understanding emotional patterns and how they form from our early life experiences and throughout our life. By understanding our longstanding patterns we together can transform your emotional experience. Together we will learn what is happening inside of your mind and body, allowing you to reconnect with yourself. We will explore self-criticism, challenge stuck feelings and look into understanding the impacts of trauma. Working in this way requires an openness to experiencing your inner world, and a motivation to approach and transform your emotion patterns.

I have a background of supporting those recovering from trauma/ PTSD/C-PTSD, addiction, infertility, perinatal/ postnatal, really any adversities, difficulties, trauma or disturbing life events. My own life experiences and the continued emotionally processing from them are some of the best training I could have ever received.

I utilize a collection of Emotional-Focused Therapy (EFT), Trauma informed, Somatic (body) work, Self-Compassion, Mindfulness-Based, Narrative Therapy, IFS and Attachment Theory approaches to cultivate a space where you can enter your life story to explore present and past areas of pain that contribute to current emotional difficulties, undesired thoughts, behaviours or relational struggles.

I am a Registered Psychotherapist (RP), I hold an MA in psychology. I have extensive trainings in Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) For individuals- Level 1 & 2, EFT for Complex Trauma, EFST (Emotion Focussed Skills Training) for Parents, EFT for Couples and EFIT- Level 1) and trauma informed practices. I have worked with individuals, couples and families for over 15 years  in a number of clinical settings such as brain injury rehabilitation clinics, hospitals, mental health institutions, inpatient addiction,  inpatient concurrent disorders, addiction treatment centers, and group homes.

I offer in-person and telehealth services (both telephone and secure video).

I also offer supervision to therapists!

In Memory of My Brother, Jake Surerus  

My brother had his life taken from him at the young age of 25. There is not enough space on this page nor enough words to describe his life. Due to a traumatic brain injury, he endured a struggle within himself and with life in general. Life is a struggle but living with an invisible disability adds to this daily struggle, Jake taught me this. My experience with my brother inspired me to help others, and therefore I dedicate my life work to him.   
Below is my speech to Jake at his ceremony of life:  
“I can’t get my yesterdays back with you; it’s too late leaving some many words unspoken. 
Maybe I should have been more open, more accepting. We all have addictions, some healthy, some not. Alcohol, drugs or just certain lifestyles, are more openly accepted then others. You have taught me to distinguish between the person and their choices. To view them separately not as one. Just because I was not accepting of some of your lifestyle does not mean I didn’t accept you, I did.  
You will forever change my interactions with others because I can’t now change with you. 
I had to pull away because it hurt, it hurt to much to stay close and watch you…now I wish that I had stayed close because the hurt that I felt then was nothing compared to what I feel today. 
With your strength and courage, I will try to be strong. I will remember you in my heart and my mind., always. These memories of you make me laugh as your stories are retold, and make me cry at the recent times I have missed.  When I hold a thought of you I can feel you, this will give me strength and courage. 
These tears I shed will give me a reason to fight, fight for you. Your life journey showed me my destiny, if it wasn’t for you brother and your struggles perhaps I would have been lost. I know you never believed me but it’s true, if it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be where I am today, dedicating my life to helping people. 
Thank You Brother, you will always remain special to me. You will be missed.
– Your Sister, Paitra”

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