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Dr. Susan Williams

Psychologist & Centre Director

Dr. Williams directs the centre and treats a wide variety of problems in children, teens, couples and adults using leading-edge, research-based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) techniques. She is a leading expert in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety and trains clinicians across Canada in CBT. Susan is a certified member of the Canadian Association of Cognitive and Behavioural Therapies (CACBT). She works closely with clients setting clear goals for therapy and quickly provides effective tools for her clients to use. Susan is an Adult and a Developmental Psychologist. Her knowledge of child development guides her work with children and teens. Susan is frequently asked to do presentations in the community to parent associations, schools, support groups, businesses, and Halton Healthcare on topics such as stress, resilience, and mindfulness meditation. Susan also teaches mindfulness meditation to interested clients and continues to deepen her own practice and understanding of mindfulness meditation.

Susan has worked on the CBT Unit at the former Clarke Institute of Psychiatry in Toronto (now CAMH), at the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, the Mood Disorders program at the former Hamilton Psychiatric Hospital, the Adolescent Program and Eating Disorders Clinic at McMaster University Medical Centre, the Child and Family Centre at Chedoke Hospital, Hamilton and was on the former Board of Directors for Danielle’s Place in Burlington, a resource and support centre for those having difficulties with eating or an eating disorder. Susan maintained an appointment for 9 years as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. Susan received her psychology degrees from the University of Waterloo and York University. Susan’s research on depression and anxiety prevention and intervention in children, teens and adults has been presented at many conferences. Susan’s research publications and presentations can be viewed here.

Susan thoroughly enjoys her work with clients and families in Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Hamilton and surrounding areas.