Susan McGowan, BSW, MSW, RCSW

Preferred Name: Susan

EMDR Certified Therapist

Online Therapy

About Me

Susan McGowan, BSW, MSW, is a Registered Clinical Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Work. For over 25 years, I have worked with children, adolescents, adults and couples living with stress, depression, anxiety, anger, addictions and trauma. I am interested in helping people build upon their own strengths to better understand, manage and express their emotions, thoughts and behaviours. I will help you build and develop new skills to meet your life goals. If you're not sure what your goals are, I can help you with that too. People value my genuine nature and my ability to build strong working relationships with clients. Years of professional practice and specialized training in Mindfulness, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Hope Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) allow me to assist you to live your best life. I believe that self-compassion is the greatest gift that we can give ourselves. I strive to treat everyone with empathy, respect and kindness regardless of gender, sexuality, race or religion. I have experience working with people who have experienced trauma and complex trauma including Veterans, First Responders and their families.

Education & Experience

BA (Honours) English and History (1991) Bachelor of Social Work (1993) Master of Social Work (1994)

Specialty Area

  • Abuse/Neglect
  • Addictions
  • Adoption
  • Alcohol/Substance Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety/Panic Attacks
  • Attachment Disorders
  • Birth Trauma/Pregnancy Loss
  • Chronic Illness/Medical Issues
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Family Issues
  • Gender Identity
  • Grief/Loss/Mourning
  • Marriage/Relationship Issues
  • Moral Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Personality Disorders
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Self-Harm
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress Management
  • Suicide Risk
  • Survivor's Guilt
  • Traumatic Incident

Population Served

  • Adolescents (13-17)
  • Adults
  • Children (4-12)
  • First Responders
  • Group
  • Immigrants
  • LGBTQ+
  • Seniors
  • Underserved
  • Veterans/Military


  • English


  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Sliding Scale