Compassionate, Progressive, and Professional

http://hornearchitecturalphotography.com/mens-lock-1_2560x1367-1/ Deborah O’Sullivan, B.Sc., M.A., Au.D.
Doctor of Audiology
Audiologist, Reg. CASLPO
Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Solution-Focused Counsellor
Certified Wisdom™ Life Coach for Kids

Thank you for making the time to explore Auditory Pathways.  Here is some information about my approach and clinical background for assessing and treating auditory processing disorders, misophonia, tinnitus, and hyperacusis. I have also expanded my practice to include treatment for those with ADHD and for those who are on the spectrum.

Compassionate

I am absolutely committed to giving my best to my clients.  It takes much more than a simple prescriptive method for the treatment of an auditory processing disorder, misophonia, tinnitus, or hyperacusis.  It takes time and attention to detail to get to the heart of the matter.  This ensures that my clients understand that I am ‘in their corner’ not only as an audiologist, but as an educator and coach, helping them move forward to a better way of thinking, feeling, and being.

Progressive

Working with my unique caseload requires me to look outside of the "sound booth" because the traditional audiological approaches simply did not work for many of my clients.  In addition to the evidence-based therapies offered, the inclusion of complementary approaches has served my clients well.  This includes solution-focused therapy and life coaching for kids.  It also includes using music therapy, guided imagery, and clinical hypnotherapy, all of which fall outside traditional audiology education and training.  These have all found their way into my clinical practice because they work for my clients.  

Professional

Based on the needs of so many children and families, I have discovered there was a need for a dedicated practice to serve those individuals with auditory processing disorders, misophonia, tinnitus, and hyperacusis. Due to the complex nature of these disorders, it became clear to me that I had to further expand my education to meet the unique needs of the children and families I serve.

Currently I am a licensed audiologist with the College of Audiologists and Speech Language Pathologists of Ontario. I hold memberships with the Educational Audiology Association and the International Guild of Auditory Processing Specialists. You can find me listed as a provider on the Hyperacusis Network and the Tinnitus Retraining Therapy Association. I am also a Member of the Canadian Society of Clinical Hypnosis where I currently hold the position of Education Committee Chairperson and serve as a Board Member.

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My professional education includes a Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from   Colorado State University and a Master of Arts in Audiology from the University of Northern Colorado  with advanced studies in Educational Audiology. Following internships with the Boulder Vallery District School Board in Boulder, Colorado and the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, in Colorado Springs, I decided that working with children and teens was definitely going to be part of my future.

After 15 years of clinical practice, I returned to student life and completed a Doctor of Audiology through   Salus University, Osborn College of Audiology with Advanced Studies in Tinnitus and Hyperacusis.

Over the past 10 years my continuing education has brought me a greater depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding, and compassion which has taken my practice as an audiologist to a higher level.

Additional Coursework Includes:

  • Tinnitus Retraining Therapy with Dr. Pawel Jastreboff
  • Certificate of Advanced Studies in Tinnitus and Hyperacusis, Salus University
  • Advanced Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis, University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine
  • Certificate in Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Ontario Institute of Secondary Education, University of Toronto
  • Certified Sensory Enrichment therapist, Mendability
  • Certified Safe & Sound Protocol Provider
  • Certified Dangerous Decibels™ Educator
  • Certified Wisdom Coach™ Life Coach for Youth
  • Certified Laughter Yoga Leader

Our work together addresses the ‘whole’ child which is the key to living well with misophonia, tinnitus, and hyperacusis.  For those with auditory processing disorders, ADHD, or for those on the spectrum, the evidence-based therapies offered are grounded in neuroscience and can bring about profound neurological changes. These neurological changes help overcome weak or inefficient processing resulting in improved learning and communication abilities. This helps not only in the classroom or work setting, but in all areas of life.

The most recent aspect of my practice includes life coaching for youth, regardless of whether or not a learning difference is present. The Wisdom™ Coaching System helps children and teens develop a powerful growth mindset, build self-confidence and self-esteem, learn to manage mistakes and discover their inner power.  This inspiring program will help your child navigate through the tumultuous waters of childhood, pre-teen, tween, and teen years!