My mission is to help you discover more of who you are and, through counseling and therapy, help you to work toward personal goals to make your life more fulfilling. My focus will always be on helping you to have a fuller, more authentic, creative, productive and spirited life in and out of your relationships.

Psychotherapy is an art to be practiced and refined, as is life. I am an artist both in my own journey and in my work as a psychotherapist. Let’s open the door to possibilities together and see what we can find inside of you that needs healing and that will bring you to a happier and more fulfilling life.

In 1989, over two decades ago, I discovered my passion and joy in helping people find more of themselves and began to witness the magical results of that journey when I started working at Caron Treatment Centers in Pennsylvania (then called The Caron Foundation and Chit Chat Farms). At Caron, I worked in the 5 day Group Experiential Program that specialized in working with Codependency, ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Addictions & Childhood Trauma and issues of feeling stuck in your life.

In 1992, I moved back to New York City (where I was born and raised) to begin my Private Psychotherapy Practice. While establishing my practice, I also designed and implemented an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program (IOP) for Drugs, Alcohol and Mental health issues, for Mediplex-United Hospital in New Rochelle, NY.

In 1999, now a decade out of Graduate School, I made a difficult but important decision to relocate to Washington, DC and begin a Private Practice here. It was a big leap to leave my family and all that was familiar to start over, but I was following my heart and listening to my soul which told me it was time to make this change, this leap, and I did it with excitement and wonder.

My work now entails Individual counseling and therapy, couples and Marriage & Relationship Counseling, Group therapy, Drug and Alcohol Treatment, Psychodynamic Clinical Supervision for Social Workers in DC and Drug and Alcohol Counselors specialized work with Impaired Professionals and Athletes.

Fields of Expertise

Working with people who are 17 and older, I have specialized training in working with people struggling with or recovering from:

  • Alcohol abuse, dependence, and addiction
  • Drug use, abuse, dependence and addiction
  • Childhood trauma and abuse
  • Relationship Issues, Couples & Marriage Counseling
  • Eating disorders
  • Emotional incest

Additionally, I provide therapy to those who have a range of other issues, such as:

  • Codependency
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Couples and marriage counseling
  • Sexual compulsivity and other sexual issues

During therapy, I will help you to:

  • Discover more of yourself and heal your psychological wounds
  • Enhance your personal growth and creativity
  • Improve the quality of the relationships you have with yourself and others

I look forward to meeting with you to discuss how we might be able to work together.

All the best,
To contact Susan, please call (202) 333-1787 or e-mail her here.