Hi and thank you so much for considering working with me as your counselor. I have been a licensed clinical social worker since 1988, and became independently licensed in 1999. I have a Master's degree in Clinical Social Work.
I work with a client-centered approach, listening carefully to what you as the client need and what you already know works best for you. I have spent seven years in private practice as a psychotherapist, and I have worked in community mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, and in veterans' services. I work well with both men and women and I have provided couples' and family therapy.
I have worked extensively with people who have survived sexual and physical abuse and with individuals dealing with a wide range of traumatic experiences, including military-related trauma. I have also worked extensively with women who have experienced domestic violence and who are trying to cope with the stressors they experience at different stages of their lives. I have a special interest in infertility and helping individuals and couples work through the emotional extremes that can be a part of the experience of infertility. I have worked with older adults who are confronting issues relating to aging.
My experience has been that no one approach works for everyone, and clients may need to work with different approaches to therapy at different times. Flexibility in psychotherapy approaches helps me meet the real-time, real-life needs of each individual. I have received extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and will use that form of therapy when it meets the needs of the individual.
I have helped individuals deal with depression, anxiety, difficult life choices, and relationship problems. I offer a safe space to be yourself, with acceptance, warmth, and the absence of judgement. I hope I can be of help to you and I look forward to getting to know you.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Blended Family Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Divorce and Separation, Domestic Violence, Fatherhood Issues, Fertility Issues, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Military and Veterans Issues, Mood Disorders, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Paranoia, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Harm, Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
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Susan has a way of letting your mind unfurl with gentleness not usually found. A fantastic and empathetic listener. I found myself feeling heard for the very first time!
Written on Sep 18, 2023 after therapy with Susan for 5 months on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd
Kind, understanding, and experienced therapist. Susan has added immense value to my life, and makes my day to day manageable. I feel less overwhelmed and much happier since beginning working with her.
Written on Aug 20, 2023 after therapy with Susan for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd
Susan has helped me so much the past few weeks. She understands me and my trauma. She is easy to talk to and helps me understand my struggles and find better ways to deal with them. I highly recommend her services.
Written on Aug 17, 2023 after therapy with Susan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management
Susan is is kind and compassionate. She is knowledgeable and professional.
Written on Aug 10, 2023 after therapy with Susan for 9 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and family conflicts
She’s just absolutely great.
Written on Jul 26, 2023 after therapy with Susan for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and trauma and abuse
She’s amazing , I look forward to speaking to her every week
Written on Jun 12, 2023 after therapy with Susan for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd