So, here you are. You've put yourself last for a long time. Until now.
Your heart is heavy. Heavy with anxiety, depression, trauma, and grief. With life stress, with life transitions, with the intense demands of work and parenthood and relationships.
You feel disconnection from others. From yourself. You aren't exactly where you thought you would be by now. You feel a profound lack of existential fulfillment. You have this person you want to be. These things you want to do. This life you want to live. But there's something getting in the way and you want to overcome it.
You want to move forward in life; deeply, wholly, mindfully. You are probably a little bit afraid of what you might find, but you've decided that you are ready to harness your strength, dig in, and heal.
Let's work together to explore where you've been, where you want to go, and what you need to get there. I can help.
Clinical competence. Capturing wild yeast for sourdough starter. Authenticity and transparency. Cups of black tea with milk and two sugars. A generally optimistic but realistic perspective on life. French pastry. Honoring the gifts of intuition. Holding sacred The Feminine. A warm, comforting bedside manner. My (maybe kind of excessive) book collection. Traveling in Europe. Academia. Vintage linens. Reading Yalom, my psychiatrist man crush. Baking all the beautiful things that need to be baked.
Suzie was educated at the University of Arizona, the University of Cambridge, and Boston University School of Social Work (where she now teaches clinical skills to graduate students). As a supervisory clinician in the State of Arizona, Suzie can provide supervision and consultation for associate-level clinicians seeking licensure. She is trained in CBT, CPT, and she is EMDRIA-trained in EMDR. She is one of the very few EMDR practitioners who offers Intensive EMDR. Suzie is adding the wonderous and incredibly powerful EEG, QEEG Brainmapping, and neurofeedback to her repertoire this year. She offers Walk & Talk sessions when the weather is nice. Suzie maintains relationships with the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDR), Perinatal Support International (PSI), and the International Society for Neuroregulation & Research (ISNR). Suzie's approach is compassionate, relatable, authentic, and empowering. Her approach is integrative, evidence-based, trauma-informed, and culturally competent.
I am an intuitive, holistic healer. A guide. I'm also a real person; a mom, a partner, a survivor.
I believe in the exquisite, transformative growth that is possible during times of great suffering. I believe that you come to therapy simmering with strength and resourcefulness. And I believe in a future where you look back at this time in your life with profound respect for who you were, what you were going through, and who you became because of it.
Crisis means to sift.
What is left when you go through a crisis is what matters.
We will meet regularly via telehealth or in person to do the beautiful work of therapy. I will hold tender, compassionate, safe space for you to process your thoughts, feelings, and life experiences. All without judgment. I am here for you.
Your first session will be for the diagnostic assessment. Prior to the session, you will complete and submit the documents that we will need via the client portal. During this session, we will review them and will ask for a bit more information to flesh out an understanding of your symptoms, how they are impacting your life, and what goals you have. This will guide what treatment options are most appropriate.
I offer a complimentary 15 minute meet and greet so that we can get to know one another a little bit. You can share what makes your heart so heavy and how you came to decide that you were ready to heal. I invite you to reach out. You'll leave the call feeling triumphant at having taken the first small but significant step toward a better future. Reach out to schedule today.
If you are thinking, "I know I need help but I can't figure out how to fit weekly therapy into my life," or "I could attend weekly but I really just want to feel better ASAP," or "I've been working with a talk therapist and we just can't seem to make headway on this one thing," then Intensive EMDR might be for you.
Research tells us that 70% of the population have experienced trauma. Trauma survivors experience an increase in physical and mental health symptoms, difficulty in relationships with others, and in managing emotions. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy can help. And we offer the magic of Intensive EMDR.
Grief, whether it results from the actual death of a loved one, or from one of the many forms of symbolic loss that life sometimes brings, is a heavy weight to carry. When we are able to process it in a safe and compassionate space, we are able to move forward with it and become deeply attuned to living our lives fully, deeply, mindfully.
Concerns with depression and/or anxiety very commonly bring folks into therapy. Nearly 20% of the population struggles with anxiety and about half of those who are diagnosed with depressive disorders are also diagnosed with anxiety disorders. A significant number of those who struggle do not receive treatment. And yet here you are today, exploring the possibility of treatment.
Learn about Grief
Trauma occurs when we experience or witness a frightening, dangerous, or violent event that smothers our body's natural ability to cope. We're talking about exposure to death and injuries as well as physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual abuse. However, a trauma response can also occur with more familiar life events (losing employment, relationships ending, grief and loss, global pandemic).
Symptoms may include depression, isolation, hypervigilance, feeling on edge and as though danger is present even when logically, we know that we are safe. Increased anger, irritation, worry, and feelings of shame and guilt are common. General numbness in life, nightmare/flashbacks, avoiding situations that remind us of the event, substance dependence, and general difficulty getting by in life are also possible.
We believe that the mind is inclined to want to heal itself (much like the healing that your body would begin immediately if you were to break your arm), but sometimes traumatic memories aren't processed well and get a bit "stuck." Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), which has been extensively researched for more than two decades, can allow for relief for many patients.
Click here to watch EMDRIA's video on EMDR.
Grief can mean a lot of things. Most of the time, we refer to grief as the mourning that follows the death of a loved one. Grief is this. For sure. There is also a grief process that we experience when we are dying or a loved one is dying. When we receive a life-changing medical diagnosis. When a pregnancy ends. When fertility ends. When our identity changes. When our beloved pet dies. When a relationship ends. When a opportunity dissolves.When our vision for what the future holds suddenly and irrevocably changes. Infidelity. Divorce. Bankruptcy. Mobility. Health. Innocence. When we lose our job. When our children grow and launch into the world.
Grief can impact our mental, physical, spiritual, and social health. It can seep into all the spaces in between our cells, disrupting equilibrium and the ability to live life fully. Taking the time and space to process your suffering through grief therapy can be cathartic; it can allow you to connect deeply to yourself and to others. It can help you sift through your life to deliberately and mindfully refocus on what matters most to you.
Click here to watch a beautiful story about moving forward with grief.
Depression can negatively impact the way that we think, feel, and behave. It disrupts our own internal sense of well-being and happiness and can have a negative impact on our relationships with others. But there is hope. With proper treatment, depression can get better.
As we move through life, we don't always feel cheerful.
Feeling low is a part of the many emotions that make us human. But when sadness is unrelenting, when it seems to be your predominant mood, you may be struggling with depression.
Depression symptoms can range from mild to severe and may include a depressed mood, a lack of interest in activities that you once enjoyed, appetite changes with weight gain or loss, sleep disturbances, fatigue, loss of energy, irritability, moving faster or slower than usual, feelings of worthlessness or guilt, difficulty with how you think, your ability to concentrate, or your ability to make decisions, and/or thinking about death or ending one's life.
Depression is rough. It can feel like sinking. A significant number of those who struggle never receive even one of the many treatment options (to include EMDR) for depression. But here you are. Reach out today for help.
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Anxiety is the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorder. Nearly 20% of the population struggles with anxiety.
About half of those who are diagnosed with depressive disorders are also diagnosed with anxiety disorders. And like depression, anxiety can seem to hijack our thoughts, emotions, and actions. Treatment can help.
Sometimes, anxiety can be a good thing. A small increase in stress can alert us to danger, help us consider all potential risks in decision-making, and motivate us to change. In moderation, anxiety can be very useful. However, the silver-lining of anxiety disappears when fear, worry, and apprehension become excessive and oppressive. A nervous system that was intended to operate for short periods of time can remain activated for extended periods of time. Its exhausting. It takes a lot out of us.
And there's so much that can be done (including EMDR) to help restore equilibrium to your life and to your nervous system. Know that you are empowered to heal. Call for a consultation.
WORK WITH Suzie
$250 for a 60-minute diagnostic assessment and $175 for a 50-minute individual psychotherapy session. Reach out to discuss investment options for EMDR Intensives. Half day and three half-day options are available.
Private paying in lieu of using insurance benefits ensures the utmost discretion and privacy where medical records are concerned. Also, it ensures that treatment options and durations are not limited by the restrictions imposed by insurance companies. We accept FSA/HSA cards for payment in addition to traditional credit cards.
The length of your treatment depends on many factors: the severity of your symptoms, your desire to be in treatment, your commitment to doing "the work" in between sessions, and the distance between where you are and where you would like to be.
Sometimes, goals are attained after just a few sessions. Other times, patients may spend many months in treatment. And often times, folks come to therapy for awhile, find equilibrium, and then pause, resuming when they feel compelled to return. Life ebbs and flows. We are here when you need us. Keep in mind that therapy is an investment in your well-being and in your future.
Suzie is available for telehealth sessions and in-person sessions at our beautiful office, located on a peaceful lake near a cool coffee shop at 3125 S. Price Rd, Ste 120, Chandler, AZ 85248. The office is located just south of the I-10, 101, and 202 freeways.
Geoff is available for telehealth sessions and has evening availability several nights per week to accommodate your busy work schedule. No masks, no traveling. Just high quality therapy from the comfort of your couch.
There has never been a more perfect time for therapy than now. Anxiety levels are through the roof. Isolation is taking a toll. Relationships are being tested. And existential crises abound. Life is really hard right now. While it may feel like a heck of a lot to sift through, know that you don’t have to do it alone. We are here to help you navigate these odd and uncertain times. Reach out today.