Susannah-Joy Schuilenberg, RPC
Susannah-Joy specializes in therapy for trauma, including Acute Stress Disorder, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, Complex Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, and Developmental Trauma. She has extensive experience locally and globally working with First Responders, adult survivors of childhood abuse (physical, sexual, emotional, & psychological) victims of violent crime, intimate partner violence, refugees, military (active duty & retired), victims of war, and human rights abuses. She also has years of experience working with individuals and families dealing with medical trauma, chronic health conditions, and catastrophic diagnoses. Susannah-Joy holds safe and confidential space for people wounded by life to process and resolve painful experiences which have impacted quality of life. Focusing on the specific needs of each individual client or couple, she brings years of experience to the therapy room, a huge toolbox of techniques and interventions, and unshakeable compassion throughout the process.
Her interest in trauma blossomed early, in the context of academics. Susannah-Joy came to recognize that many individuals are traumatized, through no fault of their own, in the effort to get an education. This experience led her to pursue an understanding of trauma in all its forms and she continually adds to her knowledge and experience as a specialist in this area of clinical practice.
Fun fact: Susannah-Joy thinks one of the best things in the world is spying on fishes. So far, she's been able to snorkel while visiting Egypt, St. Kitts & Nevis, the Maldives, and Belize.
Diploma of Applied Psychology and Counselling
Specialization in the Practice of Psychotherapy
2007 - present (& ongoing)
1000+ hours' education, training, & certifications in trauma therapy.
Diploma of Professional Counselling
Master of Religious Education (Seminary, International)
Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC)
Member (2017-2019) – Registration Process Working Group, FACT-BC
National Registrar (2015-2017) Canadian Professional Counsellors Association
Past President (2013-2015) Middle East Psychological Association
Founding Member (2010) Middle East Psychological Association
Past President (2005-2007) BC Chapter, Canadian Professional Counsellors Association
Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (ACTA)