Relational psychotherapy, an approach that can help individuals recognize the role relationships play in the shaping of daily experiences, attempts to help people understand patterns appearing in the thoughts and feelings they have toward themselves.

Based on the idea that strong and fulfilling relationships with other individuals can help people maintain emotional well-being, this model may be beneficial to people seeking therapy for any number of reasons, but in particular to address long-term emotional distress, especially when distress occurs as a result of relational concerns.
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As a relational therapist with eclectic tendencies.

{{ The clients I work best with are struggling within RELATIONSHIPS in some form. }}

I work with individuals + couples to address:

  • Relationship Ambivalence

  • Anxiety

  • Transitions in life

  • Depression

  • "Stuckness"

  • Trauma

  • Relationship Counseling - Pre-Marital, Transitions, Disconnection, Poor Communication, Infidelity, Infertility & Family of Origin Issues & Blended Family Struggles

  • Polyamory and Nonmonogamous Relationships (Consensual & Ethical) -- Open, Non-Monogamous, Poly or Designer Relationships

  • Poor communication + Cycling conflict

  • Emotional Infidelity

  • Concerns specific to marginalized humans: LGBTQIAP+ community and People of Color + Sexual Minorities

I help individuals + couples build awareness of thoughts, feelings and physical sensations to develop greater insight and uncover new choices in and out of relationships. 

My style is nurturing, supportive & interactive -- with a huge dose of common sense. I foster the development of safety and trust in our therapeutic relationship, so that together we can explore and process what may be inaccessible or overwhelming to do alone -or- in your coupleship. 

My goal as your counselor is to help you find your strength(s), heal / repair harmed parts of yourself, get comfortable in your relationship(s) and learn to live a life of meaning and purpose -- within YOURSELF & in YOUR RELATIONSHIPS.

Please reach out if you would like to journey together to discover more enjoyable relationships, healing, understanding and self-growth.


Susan's Availability:

:: Tuesdays ::

9 AM - 9 PM 

:: Wednesdays ::

7 AM - 1 PM 

:: Thursdays ::

9 am - 9 pm 


Desiring to Dig Deeper about Susan?

I have a passion for traveling, reflecting and spending time with my family which includes my husband, son + our urban chickens and honeybees. 

I have traveled to multiple locations around the globe. I'm passionate about anything related to India. With that said, I'm a firm believer that travel has added to my diversity and has helped equip my passion for a diverse range of individuals, as well as strengthened and informed my understanding for multiculturalism across life spans. 

Using a client-centered approach and active listening, I strive to balance self-exploration with practical solutions, while creating a safe and trusting environment for change to occur and allowing the creative process of therapy to unfold. 

My theoretical lens has been informed by humanistic theories, strength-based and trauma-informed approaches, attachment models, mindfulness practices and experiential education.

My commitment to the therapeutic process combined with my passion for helping others, allows individuals to come as they are, obtain support, and reach their fullest potential. 

I approach therapy as a collaborative process, one with compassion, patience, honesty, and insight.  

Life can be filled with struggle—sometimes an overwhelming amount. With guidance, places of pain, difficulty and doubt, therapy can become the grounds for transformation and growth.

I have a range of experience working in the following areas: abandonment, anxiety, depression, life transitions, difficulties in relationships, LGBTQIA+ concerns and within life's many hurdles. 

Education | Training


University of Maryland, College Park, Family Studies (BS)

Loyola University of Maryland, Masters in Education / Counseling (M.Ed)

A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT), developed by Dr. Stan Tatkin and trained by Dr. Stan Tatkin and
Hans Stahlschmidt, PhD - Level 1 & Level 2 Trained

The Ferentz Institute Trauma Certification Program, developed by Lisa Ferentz, LCSW-C, DAPA and trained by Lisa Ferentz - Level 2 Certification 

Certified Brainspotting (BSP) Clinician - developed by David Grand, Ph. D and Trained by Dr. Pie Frey + Dr. Christine Ranck - Phase 1 + Phase 2 + Phase 4


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