HI. I'M SUSAN
Canadian Certified Addiction Counsellor
International Certified Co-occurring Disorders Professional
International Certified Alcohol & Drug Counsellor
I have an honours psychology degree from York University, Toronto, a graduate education in Applied Psychology from The University of Toronto and have specialized in addiction recovery and mental wellness since 1999.
I consider myself a skilled clinician. As a subject matter expert I am driven to cultivate my clients potential. My personalized approach and dedication to my clients fosters a sense of safety and security. I meet my clients where they are at and guide them to where they want to be and beyond.
You can read my recovery story here.
I have been involved in social causes all of my life. I am a Board member for Renascent Treatment Centres. I am a former board member of Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation (CACCF) and currently serve on the CACCF Professional Conduct Review Committee.
I am a former clinical director of Young Ones Breaking Barriers, charitable organization assisting youth.
I have been a referral clinician in the NBA’s Clinicians’ Network since 2014.
Practicing yoga, weight training and spinning regularly bring me joy,
I reside in Toronto with my husband, along with my therapy dog, Buster (who you will see a lot of).
WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH CONSULTING
ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG PEOPLE
CO-OCCURRING DISORDERS: THE COMBINATION OF SUBSTANCE USE PROBLEMS AND MENTAL HEALTH
CODEPENDENCY: PUTTING ANOTHER’S NEEDS BEFORE ONE’S OWN ENDING IN RESENTMENT
TRAUMA AND ABUSE
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (DBT)
STAGES OF CHANGE MODEL
COGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT)
WORKPLACE CONSULTING AND PROGRAMS
I work directly with individuals, developing appropriate treatment plans on a case-by-case basis, consulting with other health care professionals as needed (example: treatment centres, psychiatrists, physicians, psychologists etc.) in an integrated and collaborative approach.
This integrated approach has been shown to deliver maximum benefit to the client, as appropriate treatment plans are attained and goals achieved.
I am a referral specialist when it comes to connecting people to services.
WAYS WE CAN WORK TOGETHER
See me on Addictions Unplugged, with Dr. Vera Tarman and Bev Miller to talk to live callers about youth and addiction.