About Susan McKendry
I am a registered Social Worker in Ontario, Canada and I have a private practice in the East end of Barrie, Ontario. I completed my certification with the Academy of Cognitive Therapy and the Canadian Association of CBT in July 2016. I am an ongoing member of the Association of Social Workers and the Professional College of Social Workers. I graduated from Laurentian University in 1992 and I completed my Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Toronto in 1993.
My career path has offered me a number of valuable learning opportunities including work in hospitals, adult and children’s mental health, schools and in youth rehabilitation. I have worked in the field of custody access, crisis of disclosure with the Children’s Aid Society, the Native Residential Schools Victims Support & Crisis Program, the Internet Child Exploitation Program, and Victim Crisis Assistance Program. My private practice has been in existence since 2000 and I presently serve children over the age of fourteen and adults with anxiety disorders, eating disorders and depression.
From 2009 to 2017, I pursued relevant professional learning and supervision opportunities including the completion of over 400 hours of CBT training with various leaders in the field. In 2012, I met the requirements for certification with the National Association of CBT therapist (Dr. Also Pucci). In 2016, I completed the Anxiety Specialist Certification with the University of Toronto. This year, I completed the CBT-E training for eating disorders which I now provide as a component of my practice.
Certification in CBT has created the very opportunities that I was striving for. There is an incredible wealth of new learning through access to the largest network of skilled CBT therapists and leaders in the field. I have taken advantage of direct and indirect clinical feedback from the most knowledgeable educators in the CBT field. The impact of my training and certification has undoubtedly been invaluable in terms of knowledge, personal and professional growth, clinical confidence and most importantly, better treatment outcomes for my clients. The certification process created a form of personal accountability for my work as I strive for “evidence based” and “gold standard” models of treatment for my clients.
My desire is to continue to strive toward providing “evidenced based” treatment and to better position myself to be able to treat co-existing/co-morbid mental health issues. To be truly effective as a CBT therapist, it takes more than providing a “set of methods or techniques” or two or three universal strategies in order to truly affect change. CBT cannot be provided as a “one size fits all methodology” especially given the complexity of the nature of the various anxiety disorders.
Over the years, I have developed many professional collaborative relationships and I am delighted to be able to have conversations with physicians, psychiatrists and other mental health professions about ways in which CBT may assist their clients/patients with a wide variety of problems.
Throughout the certification process, I have been fortunate to connect with a handful of other certified CBT therapists in Ontario. This has increased communication locally and it will undoubtedly increase the opportunities to network with like minded professionals in Canada including opportunities for peer supervision and other clinical opportunities. Presently, I am the only Diplomate or certified CBT therapist in Barrie, Ontario and my hope is that this will change. There are some obvious challenges when living in a small community especially as it relates to the ability to secure supervision hours for certification. My goal is support my colleagues who wish to obtain their certification with either the American or the Canadian Associations of CBT.
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Susan McKendry, M.S.W., RSW
Diplomate, Academy of Cognitive Therapy
Certified, Canadian Association of Cognitive Therapists
Member of the Anxiety & Depression Association of America