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Susan Merli

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

Offering Reduced Rates

Susan Merli

Meet Susan

I'm the therapist for you if:

  • You would like to set and maintain clear and healthy boundaries in your life
  • You would like to be able to communicate your needs and have healthier and
  • more fulfilling relationships
  • You would like to reduce stress and anxiety in your life and move beyond the
  • pain of past trauma experiences
  • You're looking for a therapist who will listen deeply, offer acceptance, empathy,
  • and compassion, while co-creating solutions with you that are practical,
  • attainable, and realistic

Session Types: Individual Therapy, Relationship Therapy

Availability: Virtual & In-Person

Specialties: Chronic Pain, Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapy, Emotional Regulation, Financial Management & Planning, Life Transitions, Motivation, Separation & Divorce, Trauma, Trust, Value Systems

Approaches: Clinical Counselling Hypnotherapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Existential Psychotherapy, Integrative Approach, Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing, Person Centred & Humanistic Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Resilience & Strength Based Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Somatic Focused Therapy, Trauma Informed Therapy

Favorite Resources:

  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz (Book)
  • The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk (Book)
  • The Resilience Workbook by Glenn R. Schiraldi (Book)
  • The Stress Management Workbook by Ruth C. White (Book)
  • When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron (Book)

Susan's Bio

Education & Experience: 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.

Therapeutic Style: 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.

Specialties: 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. Additionally, Susan is a clinical counselling hypnotherapist (C.Hyp) with a trauma specialization. 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.

Personal: 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 cover services rendered by a Registered Psychotherapist (Qualifying).

Let us help you find your perfect match.

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