Susan Dhaliwal is a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) with over ten years of counselling experience and is currently completing her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. As a Doctoral Intern at The Wishing Star Lapointe Developmental Clinic, Susan provides psychological assessment services and counselling to individuals, parents and families experiencing a diverse range of emotional and behavioural challenges under the supervision of a registered psychologist. Along with experience facilitating parent support groups, Susan is skilled in working with clients experiencing difficulties such as depression, anxiety, addiction, relationship challenges, and life transitions.
Susan completed her M.A in Psychology from the University of British Columbia in the department of behavioural neuroscience. During this degree, Susan’s research thesis examined critical periods for reversing the effects of mechanosensory (touch) deprivation on behaviour, nervous system and development in C. elegans. Susan published this work in the scientific journals Developmental Neurobiology (September 2007) and The Journal of Neuroscience (September 2005) and presented this data at various conferences throughout North America. Her research confirmed developing (growing up) in enriched environments with regular touch and healthy stimulation lends to overall healthier development and behaviours. With this research, Susan has hands on experience witnessing how early enriched versus deprived environments impact one’s development which has influenced her clinical therapeutic approach while working with children, youth and adults.
With a client-centered, attachment based perspective, Susan approaches each session with a sincere interest in how you perceive the world around you, the dialogue you maintain around these perceptions and how all of this effects the way you live your life. With her kind and compassionate nature, Susan makes every effort to ensure her clients feel safe and comfortable while working on their therapeutic goals.