Dr. Suzanne Filion
Dr. Filion is an experienced clinical psychologist and change leader with an ardent commitment to public service. She obtained her Master’s in Counseling from the University of Ottawa, and her PhD in Research and Intervention from the University of Montreal. Dr. Filion also holds a Mental Health Law Certificate from the Osgood 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 fifteen community programs in mental health in order to improve the lives of those in need. She is President and CEO of her own private practice, the Filion Psychology Professional Corporation, where she offers psychotherapy services to those suffering from Mood and Anxiety Disorders. She specializes in complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), often involving both Dissociative and Personality Disorders. Currently, she also holds the position of Director of Strategic Development and Integration at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital. Previous to her career as a psychologist, she was a high school teacher. Always enjoying pedagogy, Dr. Filion also teaches at the university level, is a sought-after trainer for psychotherapists, first responders, and caregivers, and is a motivational speaker for all groups and ages.
Dr. Filion knows first-hand what mental illness is all about, both as a caregiver, and a person with lived-experience. Throughout most of her life, Dr. Filion’s mother suffered from severe depression and chronic anxiety. Her brother also suffered from a lifetime of addictions. She was both her mother 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 from a heart arrest, at 55. Dr. Filion herself suffered from post-partum 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 “grand-dog”. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their children, four young adults who make them very proud.