Susie earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Michigan University in 2003, completing practicums at the Center for the Education of Women (CEW) and the EMU Psychology Clinic. She worked at the University of Michigan for 11 years, coordinating research projects and providing case management to pregnant women and new mothers coping with prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, extensive trauma histories, bipolar disorder, and substance abuse while balancing parenting and healthy self-care. While at UM, she co-facilitated parenting support groups (Mom Power) for mothers in recovery in partnership with Home of New Vision, as well as published several articles and two book chapters on perinatal mental health. Finally, Susie has 15 years of experience with psychological testing and clinical interviewing, specifically ADHD, learning disability assessment, and DSM-5 diagnosis. Please see Psychological Testing under Services for more information.
Susie has licensure from the State of Michigan to practice counseling and psychological testing with supervision. She works from an interpersonal, humanistic-existential, and feminist psychodynamic perspective, with an emphasis on co-creating safe, non-judgmental spaces in which pain can be transformed into strength. She enjoys working with clients who may not feel that their mental health is supported by society or have multiple identities, particularly pregnant individuals, LGBTQIA folks, parents, and trauma survivors.
As a sex-positive, Kink Aware, and Poly Aware professional, Susie has extensive experience working with clients exploring polyamory and consenual non-monogamy, including individuals, couples, triads, and quads. She believes that psychological wellness can be harshly impacted by intolerance of diversity, and is dedicated to exploring each client’s unique pathway to healing.