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Dr. Susan Williams

Psychologist & Centre Director

Dr. Williams directs the centre and has been helping clients for over 25 years with a wide variety of problems such as depression, grief, anxiety, stress, worrying, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), abuse and more.  She also coaches parents to help children learn how to calm themselves when upset while also providing them with the support and connection they need.

She works with children, teens, emerging adults, adults and couples. She uses 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 also incorporates mindfulness into her work with clients to help them live each moment in the present and worry less about the future and ruminate less about the past.  She is 1 of only 14 teachers in Canada who have achieved Certification to lead the world-famous Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course.  Mindfulness and CBT are particularly effective for mood and anxiety difficulties as well as coping with illness and other stressors in life.  Susan teaches mindfulness meditation to interested clients and continues to deepen her own practice and understanding of mindfulness meditation.  Susan has extensive training and experience in mindfulness.

With couples, she uses the leading-edge Emotion-Focussed Therapy (EFT) that helps rebuild trust and connection in relationship.

Susan 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 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.