Professional Experience

Susan’s focus of study has been in Trauma, Addiction, and Adoption.  She has worked as a therapist in community mental health settings, hospitals, and schools; including an intensive day treatment program for women suffering from addiction and Post-traumatic Stress, Depression or Anxiety; and Rape Trauma Services, where she received certification as a Sexual Assault Counselor working as a therapist and advocate for survivors of sexual abuse and their families.

Susan is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California and maintains a private practice in Burlingame,providing therapy and counseling services on the Peninsula including Burlingame and neighboring cities of San Bruno, Millbrae, Hillsborough, San Mateo, and Foster City.

Educational Experience

Susan received a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Notre Dame de Namur University. She is a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), as well as the Santa Clara Valley chapter of CAMFT. She continues to research and train in trauma symptom reduction techniques, separation trauma and attachment issues related to adoption, and new advances in the field of interpersonal neurobiology.

Life Experience

The richness of life, lessons learned, and curiosity about the human spirit and mind, have set the foundation for Susan’s work.  She has been personally touched by the experiences of relationships, trauma, addiction, divorce, marriage, parenting, adoption, family, grief, and loss.  Challenging moments became opportunities for deeper understanding and connection with others.

Susan and her husband of more than 37 years reside in the San Francisco Bay area with their family by birth and adoption.  She is a dedicated Instructor and practitioner of yoga and mindfulness.