Susan Boklaga

(LMHC)
Therapist Susan Boklaga Photo

About Me

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and have been licensed since 1996 (23 years, welp!) and I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, attachment related issues, and a wide variety of trauma related situations, particularly with military personnel and first responders. I also have extensive post graduate training in areas related to adoption, custody, and child abuse. I am qualified as an expert in these areas in several court jurisdictions in Florida and have worked internationally as well (Japan and Europe). My doctoral research areas were Case Conceptualization and Attachment/Adult Psychopathology

My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, solution focused, psychodynamic and developmental based counseling. I am well trained in other modalities as well. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

I understand that it takes courage to seek help, and it's not easy to face fear. I do not believe that "you are your diagnosis". Rather, I will view you "as a a unique individual facing some challenges".

If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.

I look forward to working with you!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Family conflicts , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 23

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Video

Licensing

LMHC #MH6285 (Expires: 2023-03-31)


Reviews

Written by S.A. on Jan 13, 2022 after therapy with Susan for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd

Susan helped me uncover some great attributes I had no idea I had inside of me. She helped me breakthrough every single struggle I faced and created such a warm and safe space for me. No matter what you’re going through, Susan’s got you covered

Written by S.O. on Dec 29, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Susan has really helped me a lot in such a short time. I’ve had therapy before but it was very drawn out and I always felt we weren’t making the true progress i needed. I the found Better help and just within a few months i’m in a much better mental place then where i was. Susan was very direct and didn’t sugar coat things for me but always made sure to check in and really get to the root of whatever was bothering me. She really listens to you and actively makes you think about what you’re feeling and going through. I couldn’t have asked for any one better to be matched with and highly recommend her for anyone who is looking to struggling with anxiety or depression and want to learn how to cope with their emotions.

Written by L.A. on Dec 29, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Susan was extremely helpful to me in my situation. Her direct approach quickly put me in a comfortable space that allowed me to ope up and get right into dealing with the issues that prompted to me to seek counseling. She was very attentive and checked in on me regularly but most important she focused on getting me to a point that I had some tools to navigate through my issues on my own and make to some personal changes that bettered my perspective on my situation. I would recommend her to anyone seeking real personal change.

Written by J.E. on Dec 20, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, and anger management

Susan is a patient and persistent therapist who speaks truth to my many worries. It is so helpful to have her counsel each week to recalibrate and remind me of all the tools that are available to heal negative thought patterns. Susan follows up consistently with encouragement after sessions.

Written by E.U. on Dec 06, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

This has help me in more ways than one! I am glad I took this step to get into a better vision of my self not version but vision how I wanted to be! It's a long journey and I will still have ups and down but at the end of this long road I am truly grateful

Written by S.H. on Nov 22, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, anger management, and coping with life changes

She’s easy to talk to.

Written by W.I. on Nov 15, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Susan is highly skilled at her craft and has helped me immensely in a short time!!

Written by K.A. on Nov 09, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, anger management, and compassion fatigue

Susan was great at listening to me and she asked good questions. She helped me with efforts to make positive cognitive changes in my thinking and patterns.

Written by W.H. on Nov 05, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder

I really enjoy talking to Susan. She is very knowledgeable and I like how she listens and approaches issues from all angles. She doesn't just agree with me that I'm right or tell me that I'm wrong. She's great!

Written by J.U. on Nov 01, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Direct and effective advice

Written by M.O. on Oct 31, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Susan was fantastic. She helped me see the forest through the trees with my anxiety. She taught me how to think and how to focus on what mattered. She was incredibly helpful! I loved how Susan doesn’t sugar coat things or give the answer she thinks i want to hear. She gave me the truth and helped me figure out what i truly needed. I love how she was supportive but wasn’t afraid to say wait thats not a good way of thinking or that negative thought isnt true. She was a blessing for me.

Written by M.E. on Oct 27, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem

After working with Susan for 6 months, I can confidently say that I have more effective skills to manage my anxiety that I’ve had after years of therapy with other counselors. I have been through some intense things in the last few months (on top of a lifetime of other issues) and Susan has been honest, open, warm, and most importantly wise, in guiding me. I highly recommend her to anyone dealing with anxiety, ADHD, or trauma.

Written by A.P. on Oct 26, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, anger management, and adhd

Susan is the type of person that would pick you up if you called her drunk on a Friday night at 2am. She is understanding and willing to work with your personality to aid you in your journey to self awareness.

Written by R.A. on Oct 20, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

She has been very professional and accomidating to my time and needs.

Written by H.E. on Oct 12, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Wonderful

Written by T.O. on Oct 05, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Susan is fantastic. She listens extremely well, provides good feed back and ideas, and overall is an amazing person. I appreciate her and her help so much.

Written by A.B. on Oct 03, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I love Susan! This was my first ever experience with therapy and I am so grateful I was matched with her. She helped me navigate some hard decisions and relationships I faced with family and money as a college student. As a Christian, I also appreciated her wisdom and perspective. Will definitely choose her for future counseling.

Written by V.I. on Sep 09, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, and adhd

She is very timely with her responses and I deeply appreciate that the feedback she provides is very honest instead of “what I want to hear”. I’ve had therapists in the past that seemed to coddle me more than make an effort to help me do the work to help myself, and I didn’t see any benefit to that. Susan Boklaga has a more genuine approach that is significantly more to my liking and felt more authentic and therapeutic than what I’ve experienced in the past. I would definitely recommend her and this service. I’m not as good at articulating myself face to face as I am when I can text, so it’s such a help to me that therapy in this format exists now.

Written by S.T. on Sep 08, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, and self esteem

Susan is fabulous! She's patient , kind, and understanding ..but most of all she's a great listener. She challenges you in a way that's healthy. What I like best about Susan, is that she equips you with the tools you need to move past your current challenge. She's truly interested in helping you become more well rounded and healthy.

Written by D.A. on Sep 04, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 3 weeks

Susan helped me through a difficult time in my life. Though she is a professional, she uses her skills as a therapist and brings them to a personal level by actually engaging in conversation with you. Rather than a client speaking to a professional, speaking with Susan was like speaking with a friend; a friend who listens and gives her honest opinion and feedback towards everything you say. You can’t go wrong with her. Thanks for everything Susan.

Written by A.L. on Sep 03, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and adhd

Susan has been a wonderful help to me while navigating anxiety and depression. Being a working mom who navigated Covid issues, distance learning, 3 kids at home, and a very busy family life I found myself at an “empty cup” point. Susan really helped me with my anxiety issues. She was wonderful!

Written by L.I. on Aug 26, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, career difficulties, and adhd

Susan has helped me learn strategies to deal with my anxiety and relationships with people in my life both those I like and those I don’t. She also helped me with parenting my strong-willed child.

Written by V.A. on Aug 18, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 months on issues concerning relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Couldn’t be happier. Making great Progress. Don’t know how I was functioning without those sessions before!

Written by M.A. on Aug 02, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and adhd

Susan has been a great help in my recovery. Helping me with self realization and identifying what my triggers are and why. I have experienced a lot personal growth in the short time I've been seeing her. Her knowledge is extensive and up to date. My favorite thing about her is that she calls me out on my bs AND she's kind while doing it. The only way it could be better is if I could see her in person!

Written by R.A. on Jul 17, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

So grateful that I got matched with Susan! She helped me in ways that I didn’t know I needed help in. She is incredibly kind and very easy to talk to. She always got back to me as soon as she could. Sessions never felt rushed. Felt like she genuinely cared. I will come back to her in the future should I need the help again! Thank you Susan!

Written by L.E. on Jul 16, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I'm satisfied that Susan and I have made a connection, and have been able to get to the heart of some of my issues. I know I'll get out of this, what I'm willing to put into it, that's for sure.

Written by E.R. on Jun 28, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Susan was super helpful in just letting me vent and was very responsive to my posts and questions. With her help, I was able to see that I do have control over the way I view things and that has helped my anxiety immensely.

Written by J.B. on Jun 25, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Susan was a great listener. She allowed me to vent. She gave me tools use when dealing with my anxiety. The questions she asked me helped me to reflect on what my emotions are connected to. She was kind and sensitive to how I was feeling.

Written by L.I. on Jun 18, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

Susan feels like a loving friend I haven’t seen in awhile. I feel seen, heard and understood when I meet with her. Unlike other counselors/therapist she sees you as a whole and not for what you’re going through. I’m so grateful that I was matched to her.

Written by S.I. on Jun 02, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, and anger management

She is kind and shows care when giving me new perspectives to consider. I appreciate how she connects with my past experiences to make me feel seen and understood. She is able to bring things to my understanding the way others cannot. Gentle and direct.

Written by N.I. on May 30, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd

Susan is wonderful! She really listens to me and offers great advice!

Written by D.A. on May 29, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, parenting issues, and self esteem

This is my first time seeing a therapist and I already feel like I’ve hit the jackpot with Susan after two sessions!

Written by M.I. on May 24, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

Susan has been kind, patient and understanding. I love her input into my daily life. Should have done this years ago!

Written by N.I. on May 19, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Had my first actual session with Susan a few days ago. She worked hard getting me scheduled in, and before the session she responded quickly to my messages. I feel like a weight has been lifted after getting some insight on what is going on with me. Thus is the best I have felt mentally in months. Looking forward to the future and the new me.

Written by S.T. on May 12, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues

I feel very comfortable talking to Susan and respect her responses.