Sue Cohene, M.S.W., R.S.W.

General Therapy approaches

Sue has been working with adults, children, couples, and families for over 30 years. Her approach to therapy involves helping clients gain access to their own strengths and inner resources while exploring ways to resolve issues.

Many of Sue’s clients remark that therapy for them was about discovering “possibilities” versus feeling stuck.

Beginning with compassionate understanding, Sue incorporates a variety of therapeutic interventions during the sessions. Cognitive therapy (CBT), stress management, life coaching and hypnotherapy are common approaches to address client problems. Typical problems include depression, anxiety, relationship problems, parenting issues, infertility, and life transition issues.

Sue works collaboratively with her clients to assist them with achieving their goals. Experimenting with new strategies through tailored “homework assignments” enables clients to effectively move forward toward their desired change.

Biography and Education

Sue grew up in Montreal, Quebec. She was awarded an undergraduate B.A. degree with Honours in Psychology from McGill University in 1972. She then moved with her husband to the University of Iowa where she pursued studies in psychology and clinical social work.

Sue received an M.S.W. degree in 1974 following her practicum in mental health and a master’s thesis outlining a new therapy course she taught for graduate social work students.

Upon graduation, Sue was honoured with a faculty appointment in the School of Social Work at the University of Iowa. Upon returning to Canada, she worked in Toronto for a children and family service agency as a group therapist, designing a new group therapy program and running groups for children.

Moving to Vancouver in 1977, Sue joined the Burnaby Mental Health Centre Children’s Team as a Mental Health Clinician, working with children, parents and families to address serious mental health disorders of childhood and adolescence, and family adjustment.

Sue moved into private practice in 1983 when she founded Cohene and Associates, later to be joined by her husband Lee. She also assumed a teaching position for a number of years as Honourary Lecturer at UBC and taught for some years as an Instructor at Langara College, while also raising her children. Sue works with adults, couples, children and families who either self refer or are referred to her  by physicians, colleagues or from business and industry .


British Columbia College of Social Workers (Reg. No.837788)