Suzie has extensive experience working in mental health using several different unique modalities including sand tray and expressive art. She is passionate about helping children and adults through physical, emotional or sexual abuse. After completing her Master’s Degree at Liberty University, she held an internship position at Transitional Counseling Center working with the sex offender population while earning her Sex Offender Treatment Provider (SOTP) certification. At the same time, she worked at Riverside Hospital conducting groups with schizophrenia clients in a day program unit and later worked in a private practice setting working with a sex therapist with a focus on the LGBT, transgender and sex addiction population. She later held a co-office with a psychiatrist where she learned the importance of how medicine and psychotherapy can go hand and hand.
Suzie has completed her training as an Approved Clinical Supervisor and is also certified in EMDR trauma focused psychotherapy, one of the most studied treatment for PTSD and found this very effective with the VA clients she is currently serving. She has also worked in various roles associated with crisis intervention and volunteered at a domestic violence shelter for women and children.
Suzie believes that each individual is unique. Her treatment approach is customized to bring greater self-awareness, psychological healing, and inner satisfaction. Suzie has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in treating psychosis, anxiety disorders, depression, self-esteem issues, mood disorders, and other issues faced in the journey of life. In addition to providing wellness counseling, she enjoys working with couples in different stages and phases of a relationship using a developmental model that is proven effective helping couples build stronger communications and conflict resolution skills.
Suzie works with multiple issues requiring mild to more intensive therapy skills and complicated grief, caregiver, and mood management issues. Therefore, Suzie believes it is important to incorporate a knowledge of one’s thinking process to overcome a negative feeling.