Has your daughter been labeled "too sensitive?" Does she hide her own needs in order to please others? Is it hard for her to decide what she wants because she is afraid she will let someone down? Has she endured childhood grief or trauma such as adoption, divorce, or the loss of a parent or close family member?
Do you worry that she is not developing a strong sense of self? Has she lost the truth that she is worthy of love and belonging? You may have even noticed that she is experiencing loneliness and an overwhelming sense of responsibility & performance anxiety.
As a parent, you want your daughter to develop a strong sense of self into adulthood. You want her to freely be herself, know what she wants, and build healthy relationships with others.
I specialize in helping girls and young women discover and know their worth. Using the strategies I've shaped over 20 years, this process provides a unique approach to building self-confidence by integrating your daughter's beliefs, feelings, and perceptions regarding her story.
Every child has a story and every child's story matters. Help your daughter process her experience in the "hard places" and pave a path of preventative mental health. Provided her with a foundation that helps her discover and walk in her worth for a lifetime!
"The truth in you remains
as radiant as a star,
as pure as light,
as innocent as love itself."
I'm Susan and I take a creative approach as I help others make sense of their life stories while gaining skills of self-care, so they can embrace life knowing their worth.
My work is trauma-informed, adoption competent & strongly based on Attachment Theory, CBT, Mindfulness, and TBRI (Trust-Based Relational Intervention). I am a Nationally Certified Clinical Counselor and Enneagram Practitioner with over 20 years of experience serving children, teens, and adults.
It is my goal to help girls, of every age, cultivate clarity and confidence through a creative practice of self-discovery, emotional regulation, and personal growth.
For Adoptive Families
I provide Adoption Competent support, through a Therapeutic Lifebook experience. Based on Narrative Therapy, I designed this process for kids ages (7-12), as well as Older Adoptees, ages 13+,
to assist with honoring and integrating their adoption story.
Online Counseling & Coaching
I offer online support for Children & Adults who want to manage anxiety as well as gain greater self-awareness and healing related to trauma in childhood. Both Coaching and Counseling are available to assist with parenting challenges, personal growth & self-care.
"Selah" Retreats in Bend, Oregon (coming in June, 2021) are designed to be intimate intensives for adults. Selah means 'to rest and ponder' and Selah Retreats provide opportunities for self reflection and healing through story and connection.
Susan's work has tremendously impacted this season of my life. Her genuine care and persistent work show in all she does. I am grateful to have found her. I know what I have learned will continue to impact me in life-changing ways.
"Susan has a God-given gift of connecting with children and parents, helping them navigate through hard questions, difficult behaviors related to trauma, and the thick of the trenches. Without fail, Susan walks my daughter and I through our questions calmly and with consistency, always providing little nuggets of wisdom that are invaluable."
"After my child's traumatic experience, Susan was the first person I called. Her calmness and knowledge grounded me. With her help, I was able to navigate my emotions and care for my child in a way that could help us both heal. I absolutely recommend her services for any parent trying to better understand their child's behavior and emotions!"