- Bundanoon, Southern Highlands, New South Wales
- Ainslie, Inner North, Canberra
Suzanne is a Retired Commander, Royal Australian Navy. Following this, she led a Defence appointment responsible for the delivery of all family and community support programs for ADF members and their families.
Suzanne has otherwise devoted her life to volunteering in the community, including as a Life Line and Youth Line Counsellor, and Alcohol and Drug Addictions Counsellor and a Workplace Mediator.
In 2013, Suzanne left Defence and transitioned to Social Work with a Master of Social Work degree followed by a Master of Counselling and Psychotherapy degree. Suzanne also qualified as a Trained Teacher in Mindfulness and Self-Compassion. Since 2013, Suzanne has worked as a therapist and group facilitator in Community Health, Hospital and Custodial settings.
In 2019, she was appointed as the Clinical Superviser for the Department of Social Work and Psychology at Calvary Public Hospital in Canberra. She has been lecturing and tutoring for several years in the Master of Social Work course, Australian Catholic University and the Master of Counselling course, University of Canberra. She also operates a Private Practice in Canberra and in Bundanoon NSW.
From her past, Suzanne brings a lived experience of trauma, post-traumatic stress and a long term, chronically painful illness. Through her own healing journey, Suzanne has learned there are pathways available to transform the way we experience our inner and outer world and move forward in life with trust and joy.
In her own experience, this has included backpacking through mainland China, completing the ancient pilgrimage walk across Northern Spain, the Santiago de Compostela Camino, living with orphans in a rural North East Thailand orphanage, building houses for the poor in Cambodia, and providing massage to hospital patients undergoing cancer treatment.
Besides delighting in time spent with family and friends, Suzanne enjoys gardening, reading, walking and watching films.
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, AASW (Member No. 440837)
SIRA Workers Compensation Regulation Approval No. 18910
Medicare Provider Number 5393942K, Ainslie Canberra
Medicare Provider Number 5393941A, Bundanoon NSW