Susan Makinson


About Me

Hello, I am a licensed clinical social worker with more than 16 years of experience. I have worked with many clients ranging in age from 6-86. Fourteen of those years have been in a university setting working with a diverse client population as well as having my own private practice. I have also worked in residential treatment for girls ages 13-17. I have worked with a variety of issues including: depression, anxiety, grief and loss, relationship issues, and parenting concerns. Additionally, I have worked with clients who have experienced past trauma. I have received additional training in Mindfulness, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), Play Therapy, and EMDR.

My counseling style is warm and engaging. I believe that it takes a lot of courage to reach out for help. Therefore, I proceed by treating everyone with respect and with the knowledge that most of your answers will lie within you. It is my job to work with you in discovering some of these answers. I come from a systems background that looks at various areas of your life and your history but really have a more integrative approach, adding in elements of mindfulness, cognitive behavioral and psycho-dynamic theories. We will work together to tailor any treatment plan to your specific needs.

I look forward to meeting with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Relationship issues
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Compassion fatigue
Also experienced in:
Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Body Image , Cancer , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy

Years of Experience: 16

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LCSW #SW13721 (Expires: 2021-03-31)

LCSW #340609-3501 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Written by T.A. on Jan 14, 2021 after counseling with Susan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and self esteem

Susan is caring and positive. She is knowledgeable and helpful. I enjoy working with her.

Written by W.I. on Jan 12, 2021 after counseling with Susan for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Susan is great. She’s attentive and cares. Thank you.