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for a description of Susan's new book, "Attachment is Action".
For current and future courses click here.
Susan was recognized with a
Lifetime Achievement award at the 15th Woman of Distinction ceremony
of the YM-YWCA in Guelph, Ontario.
(To see the
awards and an overview of Susan's career click here)
Susan is a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist
(RMFT) and a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for
Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). She followed her first degree
in Health Education with a Certificate in Gerontology and then a
Master's in Counselling. Following these, she earned a Certificate
in Contextual Family Therapy and completed Level 2 training in
Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
She continues to study the
clinical applications of attachment theory
to both couple counselling and parent consulting. She is a former
Faculty member and is now a Professional Associate of the Neufeld
Institute. Susan works with Dr. Gordon Neufeld in the
study of attachment and developmental psychology and their
application to parenting and to working with children. She is
authorized by Dr. Neufeld to be a presenter of his work and to
practice as a parent consultant.
As the former Director of Research of the Neufeld Institute she has been involved in several
evaluation studies of the effectiveness of the Neufeld paradigm, as
well as theoretical papers and the development of questionnaires to
measure attachment. These are listed on the Projects page.
Susan is also a thesis supervisor for the Independent Studies program at the University of
Susan brings her skills together in unique ways
to help parents to stay in charge of their relationships with their
children. She also works with relationships which are under stress or
breaking; post-traumatic stress and attachment difficulties. Many of
her clients are children and students who are struggling with
discipline or with the demands of school and university; and she also
works with parents to provide them with the tools they need to
reconnect with their children.
In June 2014, Susan attended a two-day workshop with Drs. Stephen Porges and Sue Carter. Porges has been doing research and has published extensively to support the Polyvagal Theory of mind-body medicine and its relationship to psychotherapy. Dr. Carter has written extensively about the role of the body's chemistry (especially neuropeptides) in mental health and clinical practice.
Within the next few months, all practitioners in Ontario who wish to identify themselves as being qualified to practise psychotherapy will need to be registered as a Member of the new College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. One of the requirements to becomr a Member is the successful completion of a Professional Practice and Jurisprudence course and examination. Susan successfully completed this requirement in December, 2013.
Susan is available for presentations, classes or
work with small groups.
Susan and grand-daughter present "The Way of the Brain" to her class.
...and she is available for consultation
at her office or by telephone or thru e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
97 Vaughan Street Guelph, ON, N1G 0B3
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2013. All Rights Reserved.
at side of house to back entrance.)
Directions to new office.
Date of preparation of this page:
December 2, 2013.