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 Compassionate, Professional, Provocative, Powerful!

I have listened to my heart; it's persistent whisper has been the genesis of this unique private practice. Thank you very much for making the time to explore this website, my own small voice in this wide, wild universe. This page allows me to with you a little bit about me...

I am absolutely committed to giving my best to my clients.  They continually push me to learn how to help them move through some of the darkest moments in their lives.  I have learned it takes much more than a simple prescriptive method for the rehabilitation of auditory processing or auditory perceptual/sound sensitivity disorders.  It takes time and willingness to get to the heart of the matter.  The unimaginable stressors associated with some auditory conditions bring about profound life-changes for some clients.  Understanding the elements needed for rehabilitation ensures there is a way through to an improved quality of life.  It is to my clients whom I dedicate my professional best self. 

I am a licensed audiologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario, a Fellow of the American Academy of Audiology and the Canadian Academy of Audiology, a Member of the Educational Audiology Association and a Member of the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis.  Passionate about continuing education, my knowledge base continues to grow.  These pursuits add to the depth and complexity of the care I can provide for my clients.  Over the years, the wisdom gained has served us both well.

Working with my unique caseload has required me to look outside the "sound booth" so to speak because the traditional approaches simply did not work for my many of my clients.  Complementary methods using music therapy, hypnotherapy, and solution-focused counselling, all of which fall outside traditional audiology education and training, have found their way into my clinical practice because they work for my clients.  This practice has also allowed me to return to my original roots in speech-language pathology which was where it all started.  I harbour a passion for early childhood development, specifically literacy development.  I have made time to learn how a child learns to read (by listening, of course!).  It has provided an element of interest to my practice which helps me support parents with children who are struggling to learn to read. 

I have witnessed the power of these complementary approaches for my clients.  In several cases they have proven to be life-changing.  A young man on the autism spectrum with hyperacusis is now able to join family outings into his second favourite city, Toronto!  He has put in the hard work necessary to join in everyday life with the use of sound generators and hypnotherapy.  A young girl with misophonia enjoys the guided meditations as part of her complementary therapy to the cognitive behavioural work and solution-focused counselling to manage her misohonia.  A retired teacher suffering from debilitating tinnitus is able to enjoy music and has learned self-hypnosis to calm her hyper-aroused state in response to the occassional spikes in her tinnitus.  She understands the impact of the changes in her own physiology and now has coping skills to manage her responses.

Below is a summary of my educational pursuits.  It has been a privilege to have had the depth and breadth of educational opportunities.  It has made me a stronger clinician and resource for my clients.  

University Background
Salus University – Doctorate of Audiology
University of Northern Colorado – Master of Arts, Audiology
University of Southern Colorado – Bachelor of Science, Speech-Language Pathology

Counselling/Therapy Coursework Completed
University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

       Solution-Focused Brief Therapy – Solution-Focused Brief Therapy Certificate
       Motivational Interviewing
       Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
 University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine
        Fundamentals of Hypnotherapy – Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis
        Intermediate Hypnotherapy – Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis
        Advanced Courses in Hypnotherapy
             Anxiety and Hypnotherapy – Carolyn Daitch, Ph.D.
             Chronic Pain and Hypnotherapy – Mark Jensen, Ph.D.
American Hypnosis Association
        Tinnitus and Hypnosis – John Melton, C. Ht.
        Attention Deficit Disorder and Hypnosis – Lisa Machenberg C. Ht.
        Chronic Pain and Hypnosis – John Melton, C. Ht.
Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH)
        Dialectical Behavior Therapy – Part 1 and 2
Emory University School of Medicine
        Tinnitus Retraining Therapy – Dr. Pawel Jastreboff

Coaching/Tutoring Coursework Completed
Helsinki Brief Therapy Institute-Distance Education

        Certified Kids’Skills Coach
Dyslexia Training Institute
        Orton-Gillingham Approach Certificate Program
Oregon Health Sciences University/Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
       Dangerous Decibels Educator (National Institute of Health Program)

Diagnostic and Therapeutic Provider Training Completed
National Institute of Learning Development (NILD, Canada)

       Search and Teach™ Provider
Sound Options (Tinnitus Therapy)
      Sound Options ™ Provider
Central Auditory Processing Disorder Online Therapy ™ (CAPDOTS)
       CAPDOTS™ Provider
Scientific Learning™
       Fast-ForWord™ Provider
Integrated Listening Systems™ (iLS)
        Integrated Listening Systems™ Provider
Advanced Brain Technologies ™
The Listening Program™ Provider
       The Listening Program Online™ Provider
       TAVS Screening Provider (Test of Auditory and Visual Skills)
Unique Logic and Technology™
       PlayAttention™ Provider

Deborah O'Sullivan, B.Sc., M.A., Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology, Reg. CASLPO
Clinical Hypnotherapist and Solution-Focused Counsellor