WCH CONNECTJanuary 27, 2020

Meet Sue MacRae, Registered Nurse, Trauma Therapy

  • January 27, 2020

We are Women’s offers the WCH community a chance to get to know each other and share our stories.

Sue MacRae

Name: Sue MacRae

Title & Department: Registered Nurse, Trauma Therapy

On the WCH team for: Six and a half years

    1. What does your typical work day look like? 
      I feel very grateful to have a rich work life. Each day is a little different for me, but day-to-day in a given week, I spend most of my time doing group and individual psychotherapy in the Women Recovering from Abuse Program (WRAP) and the Trauma Therapy Program (TTP). I also supervise a Master’s of Education student from OISE, U of T, who is in her year-long placement. I meet with my inter-professional team regularly and we hold weekly meetings to discuss our clients and how our work is impacting us. I also advise on quality improvement initiatives, work with my lovely volunteer to support online capture of trauma resources, participate with colleagues in curriculum development and whatever else is needed to support the team and our clients.

    2. What excites you the most about working at WCH? 
      I love my work at Women’s College Hospital! First of all, I find the clients we work with incredible and brave. They demonstrate to me regularly the unbelievable strength of the human spirit. I can also honestly say I adore my colleagues. My team members (made up of psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists and psychotherapists) genuinely care about the clients we serve and provide excellent care. We look out for ourselves and each other to mitigate the impact that can come with high-intensity trauma work. In my opinion, we do some truly profound healing work. 

    3.  How does your work contribute to creating a positive patient experience? 
      I work to show my clients compassion, curiosity and an attitude that healing from trauma is possible. I recently completed my certification in Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapy. I am the eighth person in Canada that has completed my formal certification in this modality, so I feel quite proud of this accomplishment. IFS is a psychotherapeutic model that helps clients manage their internal experiences and find safe ways to engage with their inner worlds. I find my clients are very receptive to this healing approach. My main intention regardless of whether I am using IFS or any of the other psychotherapeutic work, is that my clients remain at the centre of everything I do at WCH.

    4. Tell us one (or three) thing(s) that your colleagues would be surprised to learn about you?
      I have always wanted to live life to its fullest and have no regrets, and I’ve lived a very full life. Some of my past adventures include: riding motorcycles, competing in equestrian riding, being on a big boat sailing team, traveling solo around the world twice, being on dozens of extended silent meditation retreats and scuba diving! Stay tuned for what’s coming next…

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