About Me

I bring many years of clinical experience, my personal life experiences, and professional training to my work with clients. I have been a practicing psychotherapist for over 18 years, working with clients from 17-70+ years of age, including individuals, families, couples (including same sex couples), and those from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The common denominator in my work with every client is the depth of my commitment to their healing and personal growth. Together we will define your objectives and goals.

The kinds of problems that each individual brings into therapy are often complicated and not usually neatly categorized. Human beings are complex and though many areas of functioning may be impacted, the source of these often result from a core emotional or psychological injury, or a traumatic event. Sometimes dysfunctional family of origin dynamics have adversely impacted our ability to have healthy, high functioning relationships and we need to learn new skills. For some, therapy can help to improve performance with personal goals. Whatever it is that you are seeking help with, it is well understood that the first step toward changing anything is in identifying the problem. Whatever your objectives my be (even when these are not clearly identified or understood), I am confident that I can help you gain clarity and work towards achieving whatever your goals may be.

Therapy has been described as the "talking" cure and sometimes the very act of talking or sharing of experience and feelings with an experienced professional can help...help in the moment to not feel so alone or crazy, and in the long run, to have the clarity, confidence and self-esteem to create a life by design. Studies have shown that there are two important factors in determining the success of therapy: 1) the client's perception of the therapists skills and knowledge and 2) the relationship, or therapeutic alliance, between therapist and client. I offer you my respect, compassion and acceptance.

I have studied a variety therapy disciplines and blend traditions from the East (mindfulness, insight-oriented therapy) and West (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-CBT), somatic body-mind centered, and psychodynamic approaches to effectively address individual needs and differences. I have successfully worked with: relationships, marital problems, self-esteem, communication skills, healthy boundaries, self-esteem and self-confidence, mood disorders, co-dependency, unresolved traumas, anxiety, changing counter-productive patterns, life transitions including loss of loved ones, divorce, blended families.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Abandonment , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Co-morbidity , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Imago Relationship Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 18

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

CA LMFT 38979

OR LMFT T1186


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Susan Garner. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with BetterHelp might be different.

Written on Jul 12, 2022 after therapy with Susan for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and intimacy-related issues

She is very smart and professional.

Written on Mar 10, 2022 after therapy with Susan for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I really enjoyed working with Susan for the past 6 months. My first introduction to therapy was during a very difficult time in my life and Susan helped me overcome the mental and emotional challenges I was facing. What I appreciate most about Susan is her solution-oriented approach. She is a great listener and demonstrated a strong ability to connect dots and provide clarity to experiences in my life that I didn't understand. She asks insightful questions and offers solutions that are actually do-able. I am in a much better head space now than when I began and for that I am grateful.

Written on Jan 10, 2022 after therapy with Susan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and trauma and abuse

Susan is really great at listening, making me feel heard and helping me figure out the best way to cope with my problems. I feel like I'm really making progress with her help.

Written on Jan 07, 2022 after therapy with Susan for 5 months on issues concerning self esteem, anger management, and bipolar disorder

Susan has been my therapist in the past six months on a weekly basis and she had a significant positive impact on my life during that period of time. A friend of mine recommended her to me and it turned out to be a perfect match for me. She is simply great both in diagnosing your problems (through perfect questions she asks you) and also in offering great solutions for them. She not only helped me in my daily life problems, but also in a technical disorder I suffered from for a long time. She cares about your health and would get very happy when she sees your progress. I strongly recommend her to everyone.

Written on Jul 20, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I've been working with Susan Garner for almost a year. She is simply PHENOMENAL. I had back experiences with several counselors prior to Susan so it was really hard for me to trust another counselor again. but I'm really happy I did. She has improved my life drastically and now my other friends are working with her as well. She's so understanding, a perfect listener, gets me so well, ... (the list goes on). So grateful for her. Don't miss out.

Written on Apr 19, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder,

SHES LITERALLY THE BEST THERAPIST I HAVE EVER HAD.

Written on Apr 01, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, sleeping disorders, and career difficulties

Susan is an incredible listener and human. She's extremely intellectually and emotionally intelligent.

Written on Mar 03, 2021 after therapy with Susan for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, and self esteem

Susan is amazing. She was exactly what I needed and am so grateful for her.

Written on Oct 02, 2020 after therapy with Susan for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, and self esteem

Susan is a great councilor who listens, gives critical and fair advice and truly cares for her patients. I would strongly recommend her to anyone seeking therapy.

Written on Aug 25, 2020 after therapy with Susan for 2 weeks

Susan was a relief to talk to. I didn’t have to see her face to face. I could just write all of my impaired thoughts down, clear them, know Susan was there to understand and walk me through clarity. A great help. Thank you Susan

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