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Suzette McLarty

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Registered Social Worker
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Suzette is here to support you with addictions, relationship challenges, anxiety, and anger management.

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Suzette has worked in the mental health and addiction sector for over 18 years. She has provided professional, confidential therapy to people from diverse backgrounds. She can support you with issues such as anxiety, trauma, depression, anger management, and relationship problems. 

Suzette believes in treating the whole person and tailors treatment to your needs and goals. Suzette uses holistic, evidence-based techniques to help you change your thinking, which can change your behaviour and improve your life. Suzette shares her own story of resilience to inspire you to embrace personal growth through your challenges.

Suzette has practiced in an acute care hospital where she provided psychosocial support to clients with addiction and concurrent disorders. Working from a harm reduction, trauma-informed framework, Suzette can help you develop skills and access resources to support you in your recovery. 

Suzette has a passion for expanding her knowledge in evidence-based practice. She has completed training in EMDR, interpersonal and social rhythm therapy, solution-focused therapy, and the Gottman method for couples therapy. In addition to her role at Shift, she works as an accessibility advisor at the University of Toronto. She advises and supports students with a disability, including those with mental health issues.

If you’re curious, read Suzette’s informative blog on seven popular therapy approaches!

Right for you if:

You're looking for a therapist to help you change your thinking, and therefore can change unwanted behaviour.
You want support recognizing the growth and positives that can come from life challenges.
You're looking for support with substance abuse and addiction.
You're looking to develop the skills needed to increase your capacity to be successful in your recovery.

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Master of Social Work, University of Waterloo (2016) 

Bachelor of Social Work, Dalhousie University (2015)

Bachelor of Arts, York University (2000)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Trauma (Psychwire)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

Admission, Discharge and Assessment Tools (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

Anger Management Treatment Professional (International Trauma Training Institute)

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (PESI)

Certificate Course in Clinical Supervision (PESI)

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (International Trauma Training Institute)

Cognitive Processing Therapy (Medical University of South Carolina)

Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (Crisis Prevention Institute)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (PESI)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – Level I and II (Niagara Stress and Trauma Clinic)

Emotionally-Focused Therapy: Interventions for Couples in Crisis (PESI)

Gottman Method Couples Therapy – Level 1 & 2 (Gottman Institute)

Grief and Managing an Overdose Death (American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry)

Indigenizing Psychology Symposium (Native Canadian Centre of Toronto)

Interpersonal and Social Rhythm Therapy (3C Institute)

Solution-Focused Counselling (University of Toronto)

Personality Disorders Certificate Course: Advanced Diagnosis, Treatment & Management (PESI)

Prevention and Management of Aggressive Behaviour (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Medical University of South Carolina)

Motivational Interviewing Community of Practice Group (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

Ontario Association of Social Workers

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What do you do to take care of your own mental health?
I try to take each moment as it comes and live in the "what is" rather than the "what if". I have really seen a difference by adopting an " I'll cross that bridge when I get there" mentality.
What would you say to a friend struggling with a mental health issue?
There is no shame in asking for help. Asking for help doesn't make you weak or "less than". Maintaining our mental health should be as socially acceptable as maintaining our bodies. Our brain is the boss of our bodies. It runs the show and controls just about everything we do. Taking care of it should be a priority, not an option. "I will never understand why every organ in your body gets support and sympathy when it is ill, except for your brain."
What is a motto or idea that gives you reassurance when you’re having a difficult time?
Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.