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 survivors of motor vehicle accidents, 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. 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 30+ 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 grade 7 her exasperated teacher said, "I have nothing more for you to do. That boy is failing. Make it different." Thus she began tutoring at 12 years old. Unable to name it then, 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. The next thing on her Bucket List is 'Learning to SCUBA dive with the Opasons'.
The Manbits Podcast #25 Men and Suicide
Diploma of Applied Psychology and Counselling
Specialization in the Practice of Psychotherapy
Diploma of Professional Counselling
Master of Religious Education (non-traditional)
Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA)
Association of Counselling Therapy of Alberta (ACTA)
International Association of Trauma Professionals (IATP)
Registered Professional Counsellor (RPC)
Master Practitioner in Clinical Counselling (MPCC)
Certified Complex Trauma Professional (CCTP-II)
Qualified Clinical Supervisor (Canada)
Approved Provider – Crime Victim Assistance Program
Adjunct Instructor ~ Kelowna College of Professional Counselling
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