Susi Bolender (she/her/hers) is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych. & Associates. Susi believes that all clients are capable of getting to where they want to be, with practical steps, that can easily be integrated into everyday life. Susi specializes in working with clients to support them through life transitions and guiding them to develop confidence for change-making. She is passionate about leading clients to feel more fulfilled and inspired, allowing them to achieve their goals, and work through challenges.
Susi holds a Master’s Degree in Counselling Psychology from Athabasca University, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services. Susi has extensive experience working with couples, families, children & youth. In addition, Susi is passionate about working with the Deaf community and is fluent in American Sign Language, offering virtual therapy in both English and ASL. Susi also assists individuals to dig deeper using Brené Brown’s research on courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy, as a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator. This work focuses on courage building, shame, resilience, and uncovering the power of vulnerability. Susi also has specialized training in relationship counselling, completing Level 1 & 2 certificates in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. Susi works across diverse populations, providing this work through many different socializations.
Having spent much of her life interested in self-development, Susi approaches counselling with a growth mindset. Susi works with clients cohesively to understand specific challenges and what may be contributing to clients not feeling their best. Susi aims to foster a therapeutic relationship where it is safe to explore a foundation of values that often help guide us to a better alignment with how we’d like to live. Susi believes that making small shifts and committing to an intention of making change can help her clients feel better and understand the root cause of what is holding them back. Susi aims to get her clients back on track!
Personally, Susi is the parent of a teenage boy. She enjoys getting out on the golf course as her go-to activity. Susi loves walking outside in the sun and fresh air, and she always feels better no matter the score. She enjoys getting creative in the kitchen and often finds herself learning something new or taking on a new project.
Susi uses a variety of evidence-based modalities such as; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Training (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Training (ACT), Gottman Method Couples Therapy (Level 1 & 2) and is a Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, specializing in the work of Brené Brown.
Susi works closely with Dr. Samra to develop client treatment plans, and offers both online (virtual) counselling and in-person counselling, from her office in Vancouver (near Boundary and Kingsway).
Previous to providing full-time counselling services, Susi worked as a Sign Language Interpreter. Through this experience, she became a passionate advocate for inclusion and accessibility to mental health services. Over the last year, Susi has created a training program for interpreters who work in mental health settings. Her goal is to provide foundational training for non-mental health professionals who work alongside clinicians, and who are wishing to develop an overall understanding of concepts used to facilitate mental health work. View this training curriculum on Mental Health Interpreter Training.
Read Susi’s blog on Vulnerability and Letting Go.
*** Please note: All clinicians work under Dr. Samra’s treatment supervision and oversight, and are well versed in cross cultural issues, dynamics and sensitivities. ***
To book a 1st appointment with Susi Bolender directly or view upcoming availability, please see our online booking site HERE.
Please see Susi’s video below where she speaks to her ability to offer counselling in ASL: