Hello, I'm Suzanne...I imagine a world where we can be more present, relational and connected to our emotions. The quality of the connection to our own heart determines the the quality of our lives.
I’ve dedicated my life and career to understanding how early-life trauma impairs our sense of aliveness and connection causing life-long challenges in the brain and body.
I have been in private practice for 16 years helping people who need professional support to explore, overcome, face, or cope differently with early life situations that are negatively affecting their lives and the people around them.
Over the last ten years, I have focused exclusively on helping individuals and couples impacted by Trauma, PTSD, Complex-PTSD, Attachment Issues, and Dissociative Disorders.
My mission is to help people across the chasm of trauma to repair the experiences that disrupted their childhood, and help them feel more connected and embodied using effective mind/body psychotherapies.
I utilize a gentle, multidimensional, integrative, strengths-based, client-centered approach to treat both trauma and attachment wounds of the past, while simultaneously staying grounded and centered in the present time.
I'm very dedicated to learning and ongoing continual growth that reflects innovative advances in psychotherapy, neuroscience and interpersonal neurobiology, while also enhanced by my clients who are courageously transforming their lives. They have been my most gifted teachers.
My background includes both formal psychotherapeutic training, body psychotherapy training and specialized trauma-focused training, along with in-depth study and practice of Eastern mindfulness (meditation and yoga) and holistic healing tools.
My clinical internship focused on parent/infant psychotherapy and working with children with prenatal, birth and attachment trauma from the earliest weeks and years of their lives. I learned to assess attachment injuries and specific therapeutic protocols to repattern bonding and attachment with babies, children, families, and adults. This was a significant part of my early clinical training which continues to inform my work.
I began post-graduate training in 1999 in a dynamic, body-centered method focused on reconciling intergenerational trauma called Somatic Archaeology.™ After becoming certified in SA, I began teaching with Ruby Gibson, the developer of this method, at Naropa University (Exploring and Healing Body Memory). I continued to study and train in a variety of other psychotherapy methods, including; Gestalt Therapy, Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP), EMDR, Brainspotting (BSP), Lifespan Integration, Somatic Experiencing for Eating Disorders, Ego Parts/Mode Work, IFS, DBT, Trauma-informed CBT, and MBSR.
I consider myself a lifelong learner and an avid explorer of psyche, soma and soul. The more I understand, the more assurance I have that what I do is helping my clients. I've been in clinical supervision for 16 years and attend yearly professional conferences, workshops and trainings.
I have a strong interest in transpersonal psychology, in the context of psycho/spiritual development using transformational healing tools, such as MBSR, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique), trauma-sensitive and attachment-based yoga, sound and breathwork, therapeutic essential oils and Bach remedies.
I love to spend quality time with my daughter and I enjoy cooking with friends, reading, the arts, being in nature and near water, and hiking in the foothills.
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