S02 E02 Susi Bolender

Overcoming Shame & the Power of Vulnerability

Episode Summary

In this episode, registered clinical counsellor Susi Bolender chats with Dr. Joti Samra about a career in counselling, the role of humour in therapy, her personal strategies for self-care, and her passionate involvement in the Deaf community. She shares her therapeutic approach to helping clients navigate their emotions, build resilience against the impacts of shame, and use their vulnerability.

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About Susi

Susi is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with Dr. Joti Samra, R. Psych. & Associates.

She started learning ASL in Ontario and continued at Vancouver Community College. She has spent 20 years working with the deaf community in a variety of roles. Susi is an advocate and a change-maker. She began her career supporting deaf people in assisted living and residential programs. In 2002 she returned to school to train as an ASL-English interpreter. In 2004 she established her own referral agency providing interpreting services and began consulting in addition to her advocacy work. In her 10 years as a professional ASL-English Interpreter she was President of WAVLI, the BC Chapter of AVLIC. She also returned to her post-secondary studies to graduate with her undergraduate degree in Human Services and continued into the Masters of Counselling program with Athabasca University.

In January 2015 Susi began working as a Community Mental Health Worker II. Susi provides mental health therapy and counselling to individuals and groups, both in-house and via Telehealth, and co-facilitates therapy groups at WBP. Susi also still coordinates interpreting services with her company Preferred Interpreters and provides consulting and training in mental health interpreting.

Susi currently is in private practice providing counselling and continues to expand her consulting work for programs interested in supporting those with hearing loss and concurrent mental health challenges as well as continually advocating for the advancement of the Sign Language Interpreting field.

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