Dr. Suzanne Filion
Dr. Filion is an experienced clinical psychologist, keynote speaker, and change leader with an ardent commitment to public service. She obtained her master’s degree in Counselling from the University of Ottawa, and her PhD in Psychology (Research and Intervention) from the Université de Montréal. Dr. Filion also holds a Mental Health Law certificate from the Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, and a Senior Leadership certificate from the Telfer School of Management at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Filion has created and deployed over 15 community programs in mental health in order to improve the lives of those in need. Currently, she holds the position of Director, Development and Integration, at the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital. She is also President and CEO of her own private practice (Filion Psychology Professional Corporation) where she provides psychotherapy services to people suffering from mood, anxiety, adjustment and other disorders. Dr. Filion has specialized training in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), often involving both dissociative and personality disorders. Previous to her career as a psychologist, she was a high school teacher. Still enjoying pedagogy, Dr. Filion teaches at the university level and also trains psychotherapists from various regions in a specialized approach to PTSD. She is also a life coach, corporate consultant and popular speaker.
Dr. Filion knows firsthand what mental illness is all about, both as a caregiver and as a person with lived experience. Throughout most of her life, her mother suffered from severe depression and chronic anxiety. Her brother also suffered from a lifetime of addictions. She was both her mother’s and her brother’s caregiver, although on two very different levels. Sadly, her mother and brother passed away in 2015, her mother at 78 years of age from medical complications due to an infection, and her brother at the age of 55 from a cardiac arrest. Dr. Filion herself suffered from postpartum depression after the birth of her first child. “No wonder, she claims, that psychology has been a passion of mine since my youth. I need to understand, and want to help.”
Dr. Filion has received national recognition for the development and implementation of innovative programs in mental health, addictions and pedagogy. For her expertise in mental health and experience in community work, legislative processes and minority rights, Dr. Filion was appointed by the Honourable Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, to sit on the Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council of Ontario. She also sits on other regional and provincial advisory councils and committees.
Dr. Filion enjoys the outdoors, trekking in the mountains, hiking, biking, and playing with her dog. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their children, four young adults who make them very proud.