I am optimistic and hopeful.
I believe your innate drive to heal helps you strive for your potential; experience your true self; connect with others; and express your vitality. Together, we nurture and clear the way for your healing drive to flow.
I believe it is essential to nurture your curiosity, reflection, introspection, and awareness of self and others.
I strive to create a place of acceptance and safety to provide a haven free from stigma and the shame of experiencing difficulties, disturbances and conflicts in your inner world— physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and passionate about my work. I completed a rigorous 6 year program at the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy, as well as my own journey of healing to prepare myself to work with you.
My psychotherapy journey has been a key part of my discovering and living my true self.
Psychotherapy facilitated transformations that allowed me to feel differently, along with change that used to allude me. Exploring within the caring relationship of my therapist, I laid the foundation for many positive changes I have experienced since then, including inner shifts and corresponding external changes in my life and relationships.
I have been seeing clients since 2011. I continue my professional development through readings, seminars and trainings in order to keep up with the changing and expanding field of psychotherapy and trauma. I continuously integrate new approaches into my practice so I can optimize and tailor services to you.
If you are curious about my training so far, take a look below.
Kusum Dole is a Registered Psychotherapist practicing in Toronto. She has been working with clients since 2011. She is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. She graduated from the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy.
Kusum's approaches include psycho-education, psychodynamic psychotherapy, relational focus, mindfulness, internal parts work, and somatic (body) processing to help individual adults work through trauma and develop their True Self.
Prior to studying psychotherapy, Kusum worked in health promotion, community development and various corporate roles. In addition to her clinical credentials, she holds a BSc in nutrition and MHSc in community nutrition from the University of Toronto.
September 2020 - June 2021 - Transforming Resistance Monthly Learning Series; Steve Shapiro, PhD; AEDP Institute
February 2021 - Memory Reconsolidation at Work Across the States in AEDP: Portrayals and Metaprocessing; Ron Frederick, PhD; AEDP Institute
December 2020 - Navigating AEDP’s Experiential-Attachment Work in the Context of Trauma, Dissociation and Multiplicity; Kari Gleiser, PhD; AEDP Institute
September 2019 - Oedipus Wrecks: Infidelity as Manic Defense; Shelley Nathans, PhD; Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis
March 2019 - September 2019 - Essential Skills One in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP); SueAnne Piliero, PhD., Karen Kranz, PhD; AEDP Institute
February 2019 - The Continuum of Madness; Dr. Nancy McWilliams, PhD; Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis
September 2018 - Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy Immersion (AEDP); Diana Fosha, PhD., SueAnne Piliero, PhD.,; AEDP Institute
March 2017 - April 2018 - Sensorimotor Training Level 2; Ame Cutler, PhD., Rochelle Sharpe Lohrasbe PhD, RCC; Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
April 2017 - Indigenous Cultural Competency Training Part 2 by Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
March 2017 - Indigenous Cultural Competency Training Part 1 by Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
May 2016 - Dec 2016 - Sensorimotor Training Level 1; Ame Cutler, PhD., Rochelle Sharpe Lohrasbe PhD, RCC; Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute
Oct 2015 - DBT Part 2 by Dr. Andrew Ekblad, PhD. at Oshawa Psychotherapy Training Institute
Sept 2015 - DBT Part 1 by Dr. Andrew Ekblad, PhD. at Oshawa Psychotherapy Training Institute
June 2015 - DBT Skills Training: Managing Therapy Interfering Behaviour by Dr. Anita Federici, PhD at Waterstone Clinic
Jan 2015 - From Normal Multiplicity to Traumatic Dissociation: Integration, Fragmentation, and Implications for Empathic Attunement by Dr. Jody Messler Davies, PhD at Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Dec 2014 - DBT Skills Training: DBT Behavioural Strategies by Dr. Anita Federici, PhD at Waterstone Clinic
Sept 2014 - DBT Skills Training: Commitment Strategies by Dr. Anita Federici, PhD at Waterstone Clinic
Sept 2014 - The Psychotherapy Relationship, the “Dialogue of Unconsciouses” and Use of Self in the Contemporary Relational Technique; Dr. Anthony Bass, PhD. at Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis
May 2014 - Infant Research & Adult Treatment: Videotaping Mother-Infant Interaction & the Analyst’s Face; Dr. Beatrice Beebe, PhD. at Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis
Jan 2014 - Mutuality and Inter-subjectivity from Birth to Termination; Dr. Jessica Benjamin, PhD. at Toronto Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis
April 2013 - Neuroscience meets Psychoanalysis; Dr Allan Schore; Institute for the Advancement of Self Psychology
Jan 2012 Engaging Traumatized Clients who Avoid Attachment, Closeness & Painful Feelings; Dr. Robert T. Muller, C. Psych. at York University