Dr. Susan A. Rich

Please note:

Dr. Rich no longer provides individual (child or adult) assessment and treatment. If you were a client of Dr. Rich and need to contact her about your records or other matters, please reach her at srich@rogers.com.
Dr. Susan Rich is presently available for professional consultation, training, and supervision. Please contact her at srich@rogers.com.

University Degrees:
~ B.I.S. (Bachelor of Integrated Studies), University of Waterloo, 1977
~ M.A., University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 1979
~ Ph.D., University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 1982


Additional Credentials:
Dr. Rich is registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario and is listed with the Canadian Register of Health Services Providers in Psychology (CRHSPP).  She is also a member of the Canadian Psychological Association, the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse, the Ottawa Academy of Psychology, and a Clinical Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.  Dr. Rich has obtained additional training in Accelerated Experiential Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP, Level 1), Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT, externship), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) for the treatment of trauma.

Previous Experience:

Dr. Susan Rich has been in private practice in Ottawa since 1997. She specializes in providing assessment, treatment and consultation services for infants, children, adolescents, families and adults. From 1990 to 1997, Dr. Rich was Clinical Coordinator, Residential Services, and then Coordinator of Psychological Services at the Children’s Aid Society of Ottawa. Before that, from 1983 to 1989, she was Director of Psychological Services at a children’s mental health centre in Toronto. Dr. Rich has practiced psychology since obtaining her Ph.D. in 1982 from Toronto’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Areas of Practice:

Dr. Rich’s clinical strengths are drawn from 33 years of experience as a psychologist in a wide range of settings, including a children’s mental health centre, an adult hospital, a large Children’s Aid Society, and private practice.  Areas of specialty include the treatment of adults struggling with emotional and relational problems, family-of-origin issues, and attachment-related difficulties; treatment of parents with parenting difficulties consequent to their own mental health issues (e.g., Bipolar Disorder, PTSD) or traumatic histories; and diagnosis and treatment of infants, children and adolescents presenting with complex problems.  Particular interests include the healing of adults and children who have experienced child abuse and neglect, the needs of individuals who have been raised in care or have been adopted, and the treatment of individuals exposed to traumatic events.


Individual adult therapy is provided using a blend of psychodynamic, emotion-focused, experiential, and cognitive-behavioural approaches with a grounding in practical solutions for everyday living.  Therapy involves understanding and evaluating psychological and adaptive functioning, screening for psychological disorders that may benefit from other modes of intervention (e.g. medication, body therapy such as yoga), and treating emergent distresses (e.g. flashbacks, suicidal thoughts) as they occur.  Treatment is provided to address the psychological impact of traumatic events.  For some adults, employment in a high-risk occupation (firefighter, armed forces) or a high-stress job is a factor that contributes to their distress, thus coping with ongoing stressors becomes a treatment focus.  Therapy is grounded in current understandings of the neurobiology of human development.


Support is provided to parents experiencing difficulties secondary to their own physical illnesses (e.g. Multiple Sclerosis, head injury, cancer), mental health problems (e.g., depression) or traumatic experiences (past and present).  The particular stress of parenting a child with significant vulnerabilities (e.g., autism), health related problems (e.g., diabetes), or the child who has been abused, are addressed.  The unique aspects of parenting in the context of separation and divorce are explored.  Stabilization is provided when parenting during crises.


Treatment for children and adolescents is provided using verbal and non-verbal modalities that incorporate attachment-based approaches, play therapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy, emotion-focused therapy, collaborative problem solving, positive behavioural support, and family therapy.  Parents are provided with skills for responding to their child’s emotional, social and developmental needs.  Treatment foci include developmental problems of childhood (e.g. autism, learning disabilities), mood disorders, behavioural disorders (e.g. oppositional defiant disorder), anxiety disorders (including PTSD), dissociative disorders, personality disorders (including antisocial and psychopathic disorder), sexual behaviour problems, and parental separation and loss.


Treatment is offered for individuals as well as dyads including parent-child dyads and sibling dyads.  Older parents with adult children have also attended for joint sessions.


Support is provided to individuals and families considering adoption, during the active adoption phase and post adoption.  Post-adoption support includes education of parents, individual work with the adopted child, and dyadic work with parent and child.  Adult adoptees also attend for attachment-sensitive therapy.


Diagnosis and assessment of psychological disorders is provided using a wide variety of standardized psychometric measures, self-report questionnaires, semi-structured interviews, clinical interviews and guided play.  Dr. Rich is particularly interested in conducting in-depth, complex assessments of difficult situations.  Reports include assessment of needs, treatment recommendations, and long-term planning when appropriate.  Reports can be written in a variety of formats, from informal to appropriate for presentation in court.  Treatment provided to agencies may involve written treatment plans and summaries with recommendations.


Specialized Clinical Services:

Children In-Care.  Dr. Rich offers assessment and therapy for children who live in-care, and  consultation regarding these children’s special needs to foster homes, group homes and their supporting agencies.


Sexually Troubled Children and Adolescents.  Dr. Rich provides assessment and treatment for sexually troubled children and youth, and adolescent sexual offenders. Family education and support is also offered. Treatment protocols and evaluation tools developed by Dr. Rich are used in adolescent sexual offender treatment programs in Canada and the U.S.


Consultation and Training.  Directed at professionals, governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations, services include clinical consultation, program implementation and review, training and supervision, consultation regarding residential treatment and foster care.


Fees are discussed during the first telephone contact.  A portion of the fees is usually covered by most third party health insurance plans.

Methods of Payment:

Cash or cheque.

How to Make an Appointment:

Contact Dr. Rich directly at srich@rogers.com.


Approximate waiting time

Waiting time will vary depending on the type of service requested.