Sue's approach to psychotherapy is collaborative, versus confrontational. Sue integrate wellness, interpersonal neuropsychology, and positive psychology in her therapy sessions. She uses the tools of validation, compassion, expressive arts, somatic awareness, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and gentle humor. As a sex-positive and LGBTQ-affirmative therapist, Sue strives to give clients the means to improve intimacy in relationships and to become more self-accepting of their sexual expression and their identity. She apply evidence-based interventions and continually increases her own knowledge via training in the latest theories and techniques.
Sue's work is informed by Brene Brown, shame and vulnerability researcher; Bessel van der Kolk, leading expert in the field of trauma recovery; Peter Levine, master somatic therapist; and Marsha Linnehan, creator of dialectical behavior therapy, a type of psychotherapy that combines behavioral science with Buddhist concepts of acceptance and mindfulness.
Sue holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Professional Psychology from Roosevelt University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from the University of Michigan. Sue has also completed masters level classes in business administration at Eastern Michigan University.
Sue has completed training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which is helpful for addiction, shame, anxiety, and anger. DBT helps clients learn to calm their nervous systems, handle emotions and discomfort, set boundaries, and to communicate more effectively.
Sue is fully trained in EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy, which are both recommended for PTSD treatment by the Veterans Administration and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Sue is fully trained in Somatic Resilience and Regulation, a form of somatic touch therapy, that addresses developmental trauma. SRR theory is based on a combination of attachment theory, developmental trauma psychology, somatic psychotherapy and gentle noninvasive touch. It is not massage therapy or bodywork.
Sue has additional training in Psychodrama (Experiential Therapy), Improvisational Theater, Mindfulness, and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga. She is currently expanding her training in sex therapy, neurobiology, and somatic psychology.
Sue's experience as a psychotherapist includes providing individual therapy and co-leading groups at a large metropolitan outpatient medical center. Sue has worked at an adolescent substance use facility as well as in a private group counseling practice providing individual, couple's, and group therapy for clients with trauma, depression, anxiety, and addiction issues.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Sue has been a Clinical Massage Therapist since 2000 and a Wellness Coach since 2009. This background enables her to help clients increase their somatic awareness and understand the mind-body connection.
Sue previously worked as a Technical Writer, as a Trainer, and as an Instructional Designer, which enhances her skills as a group facilitator and in providing psychoeducation to clients and family members. Sue's experience in the business world along with her training in career counseling, gives her tools to counsel clients with career issues. This is useful when a job or career change is needed to improve a client's environment and wellbeing.
Sue has also been a yoga practitioner for over 25 years. She enjoys traveling, training, exploring nature, hiking, biking, and Stand Up Paddleboarding with her partner to keep her own nervous system and body, happy and healthy!