Susan L. Dascenzi

(MSW, LCSW)

About Me

Hi and Welcome...

My name is Susan and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 20 years of experience in the social service field providing individual, couple, family, and group therapy to a diverse clientele. I obtained my Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois - Jane Addams College of Social Work in 2004 after being in the field for eight years and then returning to school in my mid-30's to finish my degrees. I have an extensive background working in outpatient and inpatient clinical and hospital settings, private practice, within the Veterans Administration, and in the correctional system.

My passion is to assist those, who feel called to me, in becoming self-empowered and able to manage your issue/challenge from a supported place and I use the therapeutic process to offer tools and skills in each session to accomplish this. I believe that the therapy process is as individual and unique as you, and your issue, and therefore I combine a variety of approaches to assist you in identifying and achieving your goals. We will work together!

I specialize in addressing issues related to depression, anxiety, stress management, substance abuse, self esteem and self worth, sexual trauma and dysfunction, emotional abuse, conflict resolution and communication issues within the family, relationship, or workplace, and anger management. I have developed programs and workshops around these areas that are presented to community and company organizations regularly.

My additional training as a Journey Practitioner allows me to utilize very specific and specialized techniques and tools that assist you in removing the emotional and physical blocks that prevent you from living your true potential and uncovering the root cause of your issue. My holistic approach to restoring and maintaining health and balance provides a genuinely compassionate and empathetic environment where my clients say they feel free to open into their issues without judgment or fear.

I am honored to walk this path with you if you feel I can assist. I believe we ALL have a right to feel happiness and live free from the emotional prison of our minds and I would be happy to help in any way I can. Looking forward to walking together on this journey into your freedom!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Family, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related, Eating, Sleeping, Parenting, Anger, Career, Bipolar

Years of Experience: 20

Licensing

LCSW #149012589 (Expires: 2017-11-30)


Reviews

Written by V.A. on Jun 20, 2017 after counseling with Susan L. for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, intimacy-related, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

Susan is not my counsellor, she's my friend. She listens to me and has helped me more than words can explain. Every time I feel like I'm crazy or am in the middle of a crisis - she just diffuses the situation almost immediately. I don't feel like I'm writing to her too much or I'm troubling her - she's always there for me, night and day. I truly love her, Susan has saved me my life in ways I can't possibly explain.

Written by H.E. on Jun 20, 2017 after counseling with Susan L. for 2 months stress, anxiety, relationship, and trauma and abuse

Susan is nothing short of a genius, gets right to the heart of the issue and helps you see the light. I have already recommend Susan / BetterHelp to friends.

Written by F.A. on Apr 27, 2017 after counseling with Susan L. for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, sleeping, self esteem, anger, and career

She is very professional and she really helps me

Written by S.I on Mar 17, 2017 after counseling with Susan L. for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, grief, eating, and sleeping

I am so happy I was matched with Susan. She is a wonderful, honest, and compassionate professional.

Written by M. on Mar 14, 2017 after counseling with Susan L. for 5 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, self esteem, and career

Brilliant, Compassionate, Caring, Smart, I cant say enough about her and how great she is

Written by M.A on Feb 20, 2017 after counseling with Susan L. for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, parenting, self esteem, and career

I like her way of giving some real examples about my situations to convince me and make me think about my issue in another way

Written by L.U on Feb 13, 2017 after counseling with Susan L. for 4 months depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, eating, sleeping, self esteem, and career

She's an amazing therapist and deserves the best happiness in the world. :)

Written by D.I on Feb 06, 2017 after counseling with Susan L. for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Susan is absolutely amazing!! The best thing that has happened to me in a while and I love her, you will not be disappointed.

Written by F.A on Feb 05, 2017 after counseling with Susan L. for 5 months depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, eating, sleeping, and self esteem

Susan is very understanding and great to talk to.

Written by K.A on Jan 11, 2017 after counseling with Susan L. for 2 days depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

I have found Susan to be a wonderful person, beginning as a stranger and ending as a wonderful kind friend, someone I would love to be in contact and to have as a friend forever. I do recommend her as she is such a great listener and has patience for every problem, big or small- open and kind, and leaving me always, after our chats feeling fit to face life. Thank you, Susan.

Written by K.R on Dec 28, 2016 after counseling with Susan L. for 1 month stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career

Susan is one of the most powerful therapists I have every met. She inspires me to be inspired by myself, to never give up and to always be true to myself.

Written by Z.B on Dec 22, 2016 after counseling with Susan L. for 2 days depression, relationship, grief, and self esteem

Susan is attentive and tender in her approach with me. She helped tremendously in moving me past a terrible episode. Where she needed to be firm with me, she did it with kindness and love. I couldn't thank her enough for what she's done.

Written by T.I on Dec 10, 2016 after counseling with Susan L. for 2 days depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, intimacy-related, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

Susan is amazing!

Written by S.T on Nov 30, 2016 after counseling with Susan L. for 1 month depression, intimacy-related, eating, and sleeping

Susan is the ideal counselor. Within the first few exchanges she helped me discover some ground-breaking realizations that have completely changed my outlook. I'm beyond grateful for the progress she's helped me make.

Written by A.M on Nov 22, 2016 after counseling with Susan L. for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, sleeping, and self esteem

Better Help has honestly been much more than I could have ever expected. I have done face-to-face counseling, but my online experience has allowed me more time to gather my thoughts as I'm typing, and reflect longer on my counselors responses to me. Susan is angelic...she is really heaven sent. Her ability to read between the lines, and lift my spirit while being very "real" with me is changing my life. This experience will forever change me.

Written by B.R on Nov 16, 2016 after counseling with Susan L. for 1 month stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, intimacy-related, and self esteem

Susan has been a huge help. She has taught me how to put myself first and in return I have been able to focus on my issues without worrying how it may affect others. I highly reccomend Susan. I can see that she cares and you will to.

Written by M.A on Nov 13, 2016 after counseling with Susan L. for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

She is really truly great.

Written by P.A on Nov 07, 2016 after counseling with Susan L. for 1 month relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger, and career

Susan is an amazing counselor. I loved every session with her. She helped figured out so many issues I had.

Written by D.E on Nov 04, 2016 after counseling with Susan L. for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, self esteem, and bipolar

I'm into my 2nd week with Susan and wow what a difference. She is amazing! I was in a very dark place and things are much brighter already. Never thought for a minute there would be such a massive improvement in such short time. She really is the best and just so lovely.

Written by J.A on Oct 24, 2016 after counseling with Susan L. for 3 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career

All I can say is, Susan is amazing. She integrates years of professional experience, with an intuitive ability to quickly recognize and respond to the unique needs of her client (at least that has been my experience!). My life changed for the better within a week of being matched with Susan as my therapist. She's awesome. Can't gush enough.

Written by M.E on Oct 21, 2016 after counseling with Susan L. for 1 week depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

So far in my experience Susan has been WONDERFUL. Very supportive and loving and caring and concerned about helping me through my journey. Also, she can explain things in a way that makes sense.

Written by C.A on Oct 18, 2016 after counseling with Susan L. for 6 days depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship, family, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related, eating, sleeping, parenting, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

Susan is a gift from some magical universe that created the most loving, intuitive, compassionate, and forgiving person. She is AMAZING! She truly has an open heart and mind. I was in such a dark place, in dispair, and felt like I may never overcome it BUT she has reminded me how important we all are here on this planet. She LISTENED and she is HONEST never telling me some scripted mumbo-jumbo or pacifying the real issues that are deep within. She asks not demands and that my friends is the difference. Change occurs from a willingness to change and a great therapist allows you to do so on your own time. She will enrich your life, don't miss out on such a gift. Much love Susan!

Written by V.A on Sep 22, 2016 after counseling with Susan L. for 1 month depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, self esteem, anger, career, and bipolar

She gets me! I don't know what to say. The counselling sessions are convenient and more in depth. I feel like writing to her all the time and she lets me! She's like my talking diary. She's insightful, she doesn't dismiss me and takes all my feelings into account. She really boosts me on a bad day and reminds me of the finer things in life. She's the person that jumps in front of a train for you! I have never been with any counsellor for more than 2 sessions and this is my 4th week with susan. I am doing MUCH MUCH better and owe her all the credit!

Written by E.L on Sep 09, 2016 after counseling with Susan L. for 2 months depression, stress, anxiety, family, and eating

Susan is very warm and receptive. She takes every aspect of a situation into account and addresses everything with great encouragement and insight. I am very grateful for her help.

Written by S.T on Sep 06, 2016 after counseling with Susan L. for 3 days depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, and self esteem

Without Susan I doubt I would recover in short period and not just recover but learn about myself much more. She has amazing ability to ask questions where they should be asked, to illustrate her thoughts through clear examples, to converse with clients on all levels. She has that strange ability to encourage you to think about what you said or analyse what's on your mind with her together and little by little discover problems, break those problems into pieces and then work on them systematically.

Written by N.A on May 08, 2014 after counseling with Susan L. for 3 weeks stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, career, and depression

Susan has an incredible ability to communicate over emails. I have never attempted Web based therapy before, I wasn't certain it would help. My work with Susan has shown me that this can really help, and in some ways works faster and deeper than weekly visits with a therapist.