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Sly Sarkisova

Sly Sarkisova is a Toronto-based queer and non-binary, trans-identified psychotherapist who has been a leader innovating in the field of mental health, addictions and trauma informed psychotherapy for the past 20 + years. Sly provides consultation, clinical supervision, and training to a wide array of organizations and individuals.

Sly Sarkisova’s area of expertise and study includes intergenerational trauma, legacies of colonial violence and their impact on 2SLGBTQ identities and mental health. Being an innovator of non-binary, trans-affirmative, self-identification and healthcare practices, trauma informed psychotherapy, and 2SLGBTQ experiences of complex PTSD, Sly investigates the relationship between erasure, coping, and self-reclamation.


Sarkisova, X.S. (2017). Secondary Assessor Training for Transgender Health. Toronto, ON: Private Practice.

Sarkisova, X.S. (2015). Resisting the Binary: The Role of the Social Worker in Affirmative Trans Health, Mulé, N.J. (Ed.), LGBTQ People and Social Work: Intersectional Perspectives (pp. 255-274), Toronto, Ontario: Canadian Scholars’ Press Inc.

Sarkisova, X.S. (2013). (Beyond) Suffering As a Measuring Tool, Trans Bodies, Trans Selves. London, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.