SUDBURY ONTARIO CANADA
“It is out of the ashes of suffering and anguish that one is able to build a foundation for inner growth and contentment. Change from pain is inevitable; however, the course of change is not necessarily predetermined. Although there are circumstances that make us feel helpless, and we may be incapable of controlling (i.e. growing old, disease, death of a loved one, trauma, and injuries), we can utilize power over what we do with these experiences.”
Prior to moving to Northern Ontario, Betty Ann McPherson ran a private practice in Toronto specializing in traumatic loss and life transitions. Betty Ann is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychotherapists and Psychometrists (OACCPP) and a certified member of the Ontario Society of Psychotherapists (OSP). She also worked for many years as the Program Coordinator for the Survivor Support Programme (SSP), part of Distress Centres of Toronto. SSP is a counselling service provided to survivors of homicide and/or suicide.
Betty Ann is available for counselling individuals seeking support through life changes and challenges. She particularly welcomes people from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles, including LGBT.
Betty Ann has a Masters in Clinical Psychology and 17 years of experience working in a variety of settings in the social service field. She continually upgrades or training. In September, 2010, she completed comprehensive training in Emotionally Focussed Couples Therapy (by Sue Johnson). She is currently continuing her lengthy certification process through the Ontario Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMFT) and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), and BESTCO (The Board of Examiners in Sex Therapy and Counselling).
Betty Ann is Vice-Chair of the Bereavement Ontario Network as well as the Regional Board Rep for area from Sudbury to Sault Ste. Marie. The Bereavement Ontario Network's website is www.bereavementontarionetwork.ca.
Betty Ann McPherson opened her psychotherapy practice in Sudbury in December 2007 by linking with Sudbury psychotherapy veteran Jack Juhlin. Jack and Betty Ann worked closely together out of the same office for 5 years until Jack's retirement Dec. 2012.
Betty Ann McPherson is an active volunteer with WarmHearts Palliative Caregivers and the Wild At Heart animal refuge. Volunteering brings a sense of purpose and passion to Betty Ann.
"There are not enough hours in the day to accomplish all that I want to accomplish. I love what I do for a living. I feel privileged to be a helper in peoples' lives...to be a witness to their pain..and sometimes a catalyst to their growth." Betty Ann