Ph.D., C.Psych., Registered Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Sunseth completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario in 2000 and was fully registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario in 2001. Her research and training included both intensive study of clinical skills and psychological therapy with children, adolescents, adults and families, and research work in the area of reading disability under Dr. Patricia Bowers. Dr. Sunseth earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario in Psychology. Her previous work and internships included work at the Grand River Hospital (Child and Family Centre, Adolescent Team, Child and Adolescent Inpatient Unit) in Kitchener, Ontario as well as internship training in acquired brain injury at both the Freeport and Kitchener-Waterloo sites.
Dr. Sunseth provides assessment (e.g., social-emotional, assessments of people involved in motor-vehicle accidents), consultation, and therapy with children, adolescents, adults and families. She provides services covering a wide range of issues including anxiety and depression, trauma, pain and stress management, adjustment, and emotional rehabilitation post-accident. Dr. Sunseth is a registered psychologist in the province of Ontario and a member of the Ontario Psychological Association. She has extensive experience in individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults as well as work with WSIB, Veteran’s Affairs, work with motor vehicle accidents (licensed provider with HCAI), and work with a variety of insurers for short and long term disability.
The majority of people seeking Clinical Psychology services have one or more challenges, problems or concerns affecting their ability to act effectively and feel good about some part of their lives (e.g., at work, in school or in relationships). They are generally seeking expert assistance and skilled practical guidance to help them with such issues. Some clients require a specific psychological expertise, such as such a diagnostic consultation or psychoeducational assessment. Our clients often want assistance in learning how they can feel less stressed, better able to meet their needs and goals and to increase their enjoyment and satisfaction in life. Positive changes happen rapidly for some clients while for others a longer series of sessions is needed to fully address challenges or resolve problems. Presenting concerns to a Psychologist can include a variety of issues such as adjustment to illness, pain management, disability or loss, anxiety and/or panic disorder, phobias or fears, behaviour problems, attention issues, career changes or losses, abuse or trauma, depression, grief and bereavement losses, depression, self-esteem, stress management and family communication issues.
Dr. Sunseth’s approach and treatment are always developed in concert with each individual client and collaborative in nature. Different modalities are used for different situations and tailored to each individual based on the presenting issues and on the individual’s state of readiness at the time. A variety of approaches including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy (CBT), insight-oriented, psychodynamic, and combined approaches are used in assisting her clients. In addition, the Parental Guidance and Family Therapy she provides often involves work on development of communication strategies, as well more educational approaches. Typically, individual child and family therapy, education and Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT) strategies are provided to children in combination with Parental Guidance work with parents.
Dr. Sunseth works in another practice in Cambridge one day a week in addition to working in Paris Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Outside of her career much of her time is taken up with her two very active children, placing her in roles as hockey, ringette and baseball mom and chauffeur. She has been active in community organizations including committees at a local church, volunteer work with her children’s schools including work on the Strong Start program with young children learning to read, volunteer with local sports teams, and a volunteer member of her local Ayr Ringette Board for many years.