Dr. Suzanne Lamarre is a psychiatrist with a career in a variety of academic settings including the Douglas Hospital and for the past 23 years at St. Mary’s Hospital Center. She was head of St. Mary’s Department of Psychiatry from 2004 to 2012 and has always been interested in psychiatric emergencies and crisis services.
With a position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, she has been teaching residents and medical students throughout these years of practice.
She has authored two books in French intended for the general public, ‘Aider sans nuire, de la victimisation à la coopération’ et ‘Le suicide l’affaire de tous’.
As evidenced by her training and professional interests, she chaired two international meetings in 1993, one on the systemic approach to health with the Family Therapy Journal of Switzerland and the other on psychiatric emergencies with the International Association. for Emergency Psychiatry, where she was president from 2000 to 2004.
She has always been involved in community services. In 2010, she was recognized by Ami-Québec as a psychiatrist particularly interested in the integration of the families in the follow-up of her patients.
Her clinical approach is characterized by her patient’s involvement in their own well-being by helping them re-establish healthy relationships with people in their communities for effective communication and the development of new habits for a return to health. She has been inspired by the approach of Richard Schwartz and Daniel Siegel among others, who developed interventions based on Mindfulness, and has co-directed mindfulness groups at l’institut de Pleine conscience Appliquée de Montréal.
She has become convinced that mental health and physical health are interrelated and that the exhaustion that causes so many diseases is a matter of waking up from past wounds in the current context of life.
It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that she joins the VirtualMED team to create a new center of excellence in mental health to meet the needs of her clientele.