HOPE Therapist Spotlight: Susan M.
Q. What type of therapy do you specialize in?
A. I work with individuals, couples, and families here at HOPE Counseling Center. I specialize in working with those struggling with trauma, shame, attachment disruption, depression, anxiety, life and family changes, and relationship difficulties. I am trained in Brainspotting and EMDR, which are modalities that help heal trauma and many other issues from a brain-body perspective. I love working with veterans and those in the military and also have a heart for working with adopted adults (as I am one too!).
Q. What inspired you to become a therapist?
A. I took a long break, after years in corporate America and having my own marketing communications firm, to raise my two girls. I reached a point where I wanted to return to work, but wanted to do something meaningful, purposeful, and that gave back in some way. My own life experiences were helped and supported by some amazing therapists, so I decided to become one myself! It's been one of the best decisions of my life.
Q. What is the most rewarding part of being a therapist?
A. This is a two-part answer: 1) being invited into the lives of my clients at such an honest and trustworthy level, and 2) "graduating" my clients so they don't need me anymore!
Q. What is a common quote or piece of advice you like to give to clients?
A. "The quality of our lives is often directly informed by the quality of our relationships."
Q. What do you know now that you didn't know when you started your career as a therapist?
A. How important the quality of the client/therapist relationship is and the significant role it's strength plays in determining positive outcomes of therapy.
Q. What is the biggest myth or misconception about therapy?
A. That you're weak if you seek help. I always say the strong ones know when to get help. In fact, I think we all need a therapist like we need our dentist.
Q. What are your favorite mental health books and/or resources you like to recommend to clients?
A. I love reading and often recommend books to clients to work through together. My favorites include:
Attached by Dr. Amir Levine
The Soul of Shame by Dr. Curt Thompson
The Primal Wound by Nancy Verrier, LMFT
Brainspotting by Dr. David Grand
Intimacy & Desire by Dr. David Schnarch
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