Susie is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. Her undergraduate education is in Psychology from East Carolina University and her Master’s degree is in Urban Education with a concentration in Guidance and Counseling from Norfolk State University. In addition, she received post-Master’s education in Professional Counseling Studies from the University of Baltimore. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and a Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP). She has additional training and certificates in Advanced Mindfulness, Trauma/Attachment Therapy, and Intensive Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Susie is a member of the International Association of Trauma Professionals.
Believing that life can be complicated at times, Susie incorporates an eclectic array of therapeutic tools that include evidenced based CBT, Positive Psychology, Bibliotherapy, Psychoeducation, and Experiential/Exposure Therapy. With an intense passion for health and nature, she believes that the above modalities can be augmented positively with nutrition education, sleep efficiency training and integrated movement in therapy. Susie trusts in a unified goal of reducing psychic pain/life suffering and increasing insight, growth, and self-compassion/appreciation. These tools and approaches can enhance the possibility of change, honor change as a natural part of life, deepen nurturing relationships, create greater satisfaction in daily living, and promote the discovery of intrinsically rewarding outlets.
Susie’s diverse mental health background includes crisis stabilization work, short-term Urgent Care, long-term Outpatient Mental Health, and Mobile Crisis. She treats teens, adults, couples, and families with a range of issues such as depression, anxiety, marital/sexual challenges, eating disorders, ADHD, substance abuse and more. Her sub-specialty is in treating complex trauma exposures & PTSD with multi-layered childhood deprivation; including physical, sexual, and emotional abuses, and adult single episode traumas. Sometimes life adjustments such as medical issues, aging, career, menopause, divorce and parental concern can simply feel overwhelming. As a 21+ year military veteran, Susie also has extensive experience working with military and first responders. In addition, having obtained a second Master of Science Degree in Leadership and Human Resources, she also works with clients from corporate settings with executive level stressors. Confidentiality and alliance building are key components in therapeutic work.
Change is hard. Effort matters. Secrets can be laid to rest. Life’s joys can be realized!