Dr. Suzanne LaCombe is a Registered Psychologist. She received her doctoral training in counselling psychology from Boston University in 1993. Her clinical residency included one year at the Student Counselling Centre at the University of British Columbia. Her pre-doctoral practicums were at the Center for Family Development in Boston, Massachusetts and the Career Counselling Centre at the University of Toronto. Her Masters in Counselling Psychology was completed at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto in 1986.

Dr. Suzanne LaCombe Vancouver Registered Psychologist Dr. LaCombe has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of clinical problems including bulimia and compulsive overeating, post-trauma, anxiety-related disorders, bereavement including pet loss, depressions, relationship concerns, problems related to low self-esteem, family of origin issues as well as addictions including online sexual addiction.

Dr. LaCombe uses a number of treatment techniques. Her orientation is psychodynamic and she utilizes, emotion-focused and self regulation treatment techniques and cognitive behavioural, depending on the needs of the client.

In 2001, she became Certified in Self-Regulation Therapy by the Canadian Foundation for Trauma Research and Education (CFTRE).

Areas of employment include a two-year term on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Education where she completed a special issue on Cooperative Learning. Her teaching experiences include a year at George Brown College in Toronto and teaching research methods at Boston University.


  • College of Psychologists (#1163)
  • Canadian Psychological Association

Recent continuing education includes the following workshops/seminars:

Continuing Education

Neuroscience in Everyday Practice by Dr. Cozolino. 6 Hour Online  Series with Psychotherapy Networker. December 24, 2013.

4th Annual Healing and Treating Trauma, Addictions and Related Disorders Conference. Richmond, BC. December 6, 2013.

The Transformation of Emotional Suffering: Neuroplasticity & Attachment at Work in AEDP. Presented by Diana Fosha, Ph.D. and Benjamin Lipton, LCSW, Vancouver, BC, February 24-25, 2012.

Attachment and Arousal Regulation in the Healing of Trauma. Presented by Merete Holm Brantberg, Bodynamic Analyst, October 1-14, 2012.

DARe – Healing Early Attachment Wounds: Embracing the Authentic Self. Presented by Diane Poole Heller. November 10-13, 2011 Vancouver, BC.

Unraveling Trauma: Body, Mind and Science. Conference Presented by the National Body Psychotherapy Association, San Francisco, California, October, 22-25, 2010.

New Frontiers in Trauma Treatment. Presented by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D., Coquitlam, BC, April 3-4, 2009.

Personality and Spirituality: Attachment, Attunement and Trauma. Presented by Ian Macnaughton, PhD., Vancouver, BC, February 8-9, 2008.

Psychotherapy from the Inside Out: The Brain of the Mindful Therapist. Presented by Daniel Siegel, M.D., New Westminster, BC, November 8-9, 2007.

1st Annual International Somatic Experiencing Conference with Peter Levine Ph.D., Stephen Porges, Ph.D., Maggie Phillips, Ph.D., Robert Scaer, M.D., Diane Poole-Heller, Ph.D., and Vander Kolk, M.D. Berkeley, CA October 24-26, 2007.

Neurobiology of Emotional Development and Affect Regulation (3.5 hours). Seminar with Allan Schore, PhD., Seattle, WA, August 25, 2007.

Trauma, Healing and Transformation: Medical Trauma, Car Accidents and Falls, Dr. Robert Scaer M.D. and Danaan O’Lahey M.A. Vancouver, BC, April 14, 15, 16, 2007.

Psychotherapy from the Inside Out: The Brain of the Mindful Therapist, Dr. Daniel Siegel, Psychotherapy Networker Teleseminar, February 8, 15, 22; March 1, 8, 2006.

Affect Regulation: Factors Affecting Development and Therapeutic Implications, Dr. Susan Bradley, The Early Years Pre-Conference 2006, Vancouver, BC, February 2, 2006.

The Challenge of Engagement: A Moment to Moment Approach to Experiential
, Dr. Diana Fosha, Psychotherapy Networker Teleseminar, January 13, 20; February 3, 10, 17, 24, 2006.

Neurobiology and Attachment Theory in Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy for the 21st Century, Dr. Allan Schore, Seattle, Washington, January 13-14, 2006.

Straight Psychologist Gay Client: Sexual Orientation and Psychological Care, Dr. Randy Paterson, November 19, 2005.

The Psychophysiology & Treatment of Pain Syndromes, Drs. Lynne Zettl & Edward Josephs, CFTRE, September 24, 2005.

The Biology of Belief, Dr. Bruce Lipton, April 29, 2005.

Self-Regulation for Couples, Drs. Lynne Zettl & Edward Josephs, Kelowna, BC, March 18, 19, 20, 2005.

PIPA & Your Practice, Dr. Larry Waterman & Bill Trott. October 8, 2004.

Understanding Psychopharmacology, The Basics and Beyond, Dr. John Preston, Psy.D., April, 17, 2004.

SRT and Psychological Anatomy Integration Course, CFTRE, May to August, 2003.

Psychiatry, Medicine and the Movies Conference at Sea, The Clinical and Educational Application of Film in Mental Health and Medicine. March 17-21, 2003.

Trauma, Dissociation & Attachment Conference, Canadian Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation and Edgewood Clinic, Vancouver. June 2002.

Psychological Anatomy: Developmental Neuromuscular Integration Course, CFTRE, April / May 2002.

The Psychophysiology & Treatment of Pain Syndromes, Nov. 16, 2001

The Psychobiology of Relationships: Attachment, Intimacy & Trauma, Sept. 29, 2001.

The Psychophysiology of Addiction & Recovery, April 20, 2001.

Early Development and the Neurobiological Basis of Psychopathology, Feb. 24, 2001.

The Psychophysiology of PTSD, Sept. 9, 2000.

Trauma and the Triune Brain Lecture Series, Canadian Foundation for Trauma Research & Education, Lynne Zettl, Ph.D., & Edward Josesphs, Ph.D.:

Self-Regulation Therapy, Advanced Training, Canadian Foundation for Trauma Research and Education:
Module # 1, Motor Vehicle Accidents and Other High Impact Trauma, March 9-11, 2001;
Module # 2, Medical and Dental Trauma, May 4-7, 2001;
Module # 3 Rape, Assault and Sexual Abuse, June 22-24, 2001;
Module # 4, Working with Global Activation, Sept. 21-23, 2001.

Anxiety, Professional Development Group, Sally Winston, Ph.D., Nov. 21, 2000.

Somatic Experiencing Foundation Level, Lynne Zettl Ph.D., Sharon Stanley, Ph.D.
Module # 1, June 22-25, 2000;
Module # 2, Oct. 5-8, 2000;
Module # 3, Nov. 30- Dec. 3, 2000.

Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy, Group Seminar, Veronica Kallos-Lilly, Ph.D., 8-week course Spring, 2000.

Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy, Sue Johnston Ph.D., 1999.

Anxiety: Comprehensive Assessment & Integrative Therapy, Professional Development Group, Sally Winston, Ph.D., 1999.

Summer Emotions Institute, Les Greenberg Ph.D., Toronto, Ontario, August 9-12, 1999.

Introduction to Clinical Hypnosis, Cdn Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Jan.30-31, 1999.

Management of the Suicidal Individual, Kirk Strosahl, Ph.D., BCPA Conference, November 21, 1998.

Working with Emotions, International Academy of Cognitive Behaviour, Les Greenberg, Ph.D., October 9-10, 1998.

The Immune System, Mind Matters Seminars, Nicolas Hall, Ph.D., March 13, 1998.

Stress and Disease, Mind Matters Seminars, Michael Meany, Ph.D., October 18, 1997.


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