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Susan Merli

Pronouns: sher/her/hers • MCAP, RP (Qualifying)

Susan Merli

Therapist at a Glance

Session Types: Individual & Relationship

Availability: Virtual & In-person

Susan's Bio

Susan is a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying) in good standing with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO). She is completing her Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from Yorkville University and working at Bliss as part of her practicum in the program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. Susan has completed training at the Chopra Center for Well-being and is a certified yoga, meditation, and ayurvedic educator. With over 20 years of leadership, human resources, and talent development experience, she brings a passion for mental health and supporting people to foster greater self-awareness and trust within themselves and in relationships.

Susan believes that creating a safe, caring, and trusted space to share is at the heart of the relationship between a client and therapist. In honouring this, Susan’s approach to therapy brings understanding to each individual’s thoughts, feelings, and beliefs so they can move beyond obstacles with a greater sense of confidence and clarity. Susan has a passion for working collaboratively with clients to develop goals for therapy, reflecting each person’s unique needs, values, and strengths.

Navigating life, especially, given the complexity and uncertainty these times present, may require the help of a therapist who can offer support regarding the creation and expansion of intimacy, effective communication, and conflict. Intimacy, in all its forms, is vital to maintaining healthy and fulfilling relationships.

 Susan has an interest in supporting individuals to overcome symptoms and experiences of trauma. Her approach to treating trauma involves a focus on the cognitive and physiological manifestation of trauma in the mind and body. She supports clients to gain alignment with their true selves in the context of recovery from trauma. Treatment for trauma happens at a different pace for each person; recovery cannot be rushed. Susan works with clients to gain strategies for listening to the body; and feeling, rather than avoiding, uncomfortable sensations.  

Susan understands that there is no “one size fits all” approach to therapy. She practices from a blend of evidence-based therapies, integrating a range of models depending on the needs and preferences of each client. In sessions with Susan, clients can expect her style to be flexible, inviting, and understanding.

When Susan is not at Bliss, she facilitates leadership workshops and workplace cultural transformation for both public and private sector clients. In her off hours, she can be found spending time with family and friends, running, and practicing yoga with her dog who is a pro at the Downward Dog pose! 

Many Employee (and Family) Assistance Programs (EAP/EFAP) and group benefit programs (extended health benefits) cover services rendered by a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).

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