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Sunset in the Woods

Susan L. Tilson
Registered Psychotherapist

What we avoid pursues us.  What we face transforms us.  David Kessler

Are you struggling with issues related to trauma, traumatic loss, grief, addiction, anxiety, or major life changes? There comes a time when help is needed from a certified professional to cope with many of life’s challenges. I’m a Registered Psychotherapist in Thunder Bay, and I’m here to support you on your journey toward healing and self-discovery.   I believe that therapy should fit the person, that is why I make it my goal to collaborate with clients and work with them based on their culture, beliefs, values as well as my clinical judgement.


“Discussing positive experiences leads to heightened well-being, increased overall life satisfaction and even more energy”      Nathaniel Lambert

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. "  

Martin Luther King Jr.

All About Therapy

Perhaps you're down or anxious - maybe you're unsure about the future of a relationship, or just feel that you aren't living the life you were meant to lead. Whatever your needs may be, I am here to offer support. Therapy is a process of growth and self-discovery, and in my sessions I promote behavioral transformation by encouraging a positive outlook and the adoption of new attitudes and reactions. I have the tools and professional experience to help you get back on track.

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About Me

I’m Susan L. Tilson, a Registered Psychotherapist; I have a MA in counselling psychology and have life experience working in various law offices, criminal and family courts and in health care. I am registered with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario as an RP and have experience working with adolescents, adults and seniors addressing PTSD, trauma, anxiety, depression, addiction, traumatic grief and loss, grief and loss, substance use and a variety of other life transitional issues. I believe that therapy should fit the person, that is why I make it my goal to collaborate with clients based on their culture, beliefs, and values as well as my clinical judgment.

In my work, I practice a client-centered, solution focused and trauma informed style using many approaches such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, Internal Family Systems, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Narrative Therapy.  Having a variety of approaches allows me to chose from a combination of models best suited to each individual client. 

My Approaches

With You Every Step of the Way

  •  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

  • Dialectic-Behavioural Therapy

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Certified Practitioner

  • Narrative and Family Systems Therapy

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