Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor - Intern under the supervision of Tara Cavanaugh, LPC-Supervisor. She attended graduate school at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, CA, where she was also a Psi Chi Honors Member. Susan previously worked as a residential interior designer, which introduced her to the process of listening to clients while helping them create a personal sanctuary. It was a natural transition into counseling, where she could further explore the internal struggles, desires, and goals of her clients.
Susan has experience treating individuals, couples, and families. She specializes in working with teens and adults dealing with anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, addiction, sexual abuse, eating disorders, codependency, and trauma. Susan is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and works to integrate breathing and grounding exercises into traditional therapy. She has previously co-facilitated a mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) group that combines mindfulness exercises with CBT to treat relapses with persistent depression and addressing cognitive distortions through acceptance. Susan is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is utilized to treat anxiety-based disorders including PTSD, emotional/sexual trauma, and negative beliefs about oneself.
In her spare time, Susan enjoys expanding her meditation and yoga practices, spending time with her family, and international travel.