Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LICSW, Medical, Hypnoan
I have over 40 years experience as a psychotherapist/Medical Hypnoanalyst. I am accepting, understanding and directed in treating problems. I have taught for various colleges in the Twin Cities area. I have been featured on most of the news stations for hypnoanesthesia. I am results oriented. I have several articles in peer review journals and have recently published a book called The Psychological Autopsy. I treat a wide variety of problems.
If you are reading this, you're probably experiencing significant pain. Perhaps you're facing a break-up, or you realize your new partner is very much like the previous one. You may be scared, uncertain of the next step. Perhaps you are single, asking what it might take to find the right partner, or you may feel stuck in your marriage. You'll come in, plop yourself down, and ask me to fix you. I'll say: "I cannot do that." "All right," you say, "then, what is the point?" I'll respond: "I can help you be curious."
At our centrally located Golden Valley location, we offer compassionate, person centered care for individuals, couples and families. At this and all our locations, we believe you, the client, are in the foreground of our work.
For the last fourteen years my practice has been geared towards adults struggling with anxiety and panic, depression, relationship issues of all types, grief and loss, and past trauma. I also work a great deal with addiction and codependency in the family. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I see my job as helping people resolve these issues in collaborative, non-judgmental therapy sessions. I provide an environment where these problems can be explored and resolved. My approach is direct but respectful; giving clients practical skills and techniques that can change their lives.
People say you are a good person with a perfect life, yet you don't feel like it. People say it will work out, yet nothing changes. Some people even say you should wait it out, pray it off, or let it be, yet your heart is not letting you forget about it. In the end, you feel alone. You may feel afraid or ashamed to even talk about it with people close to you. You wonder if others will truly understand you and your situation. You struggle to open up because you do not want to be judged. And I get it.
For adolescents and adults in the midst of transition, loss or difficulty, finding real help can seem like a dicey proposition. Often people find themselves depressed, anxious, numb or lost, but might feel too ashamed to let others know the extent of their growing unhappiness. Many try to manage their worry in secret, only transmitting their distress after their work/school performance slips, they self-harm or start to abuse chemicals. Family and friends may actively worry about them, but not know how to start the conversation or how to get their loved one help.
The therapeutic process is a creative and compassionate practice that is based in the safety of the relationship between the client and the therapist. I feel it is an honor and a privilege to sit with my clients while they share their story with me. We work together collaboratively to recognize and change patterns that are keeping them from being all that they are and living their best lives.
The most basic and simple things seem the hardest to find and to keep. Feeling free to express yourself, feeling safe and connected, experiencing your effort as meaningful and productive. My concern is to help you experience these things more fully in your personal and relational life. I do this by helping you become more aware of what is happening in your mind and heart that you might not always be attending to. The developing relationship between us becomes the window we can use to discover these unattended things & experiment with new ways of being and relating.
Change is a central experience in the human condition. Life has a way of presenting both the things we want and the things we don't want. Sometimes the unwanted shatters our hopes and expectations, like the loss of a loved one through death or divorce or illness, or the loss of a job, or a dream. My intention is to help you find a deeper awareness of yourself and your mission in your unfolding story. Guided by your pace, I seek to be a supportive and active presence as you follow your unique path into and through the changes life presents.
I believe in creating a safe space for people to process life's difficulties. I enjoy helping clients learn how to use their inner strengths to obtain contentment with a variety of life's issues. I specialize in ASD and related disorders. I have worked along side children and parents to help manage the day to day struggle unique to these diagnoses. I have supported clients at home, worked with educators and developed strategies for community involvement. I have a passion for helping children, adolescents, teenagers and their parents manage the problems and stressors that come with having ASD and other executive functioning issues.
I provide individual and couples' therapy.
Feelings of depression, anxiety, shame, loneliness, fear, and uncertainty are common. I approach therapy as a process of learning new ways of dealing with unproductive thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I assist clients in:
*Reconnecting to their inner strengths.
*Keeping love alive in themselves and in their relationships.
*Transitioning through times of uncertainty.
*Improving quality of life.
I work with clients to regain confidence and satisfaction in themselves, their relationships, and careers. We collaborate to develop ways to harmonize conflicting elements of their life and to transform their uncomfortable stresses into workable steps of action.
**Currently accepting new clients** At the Center for Collaborative Health (CCH), we believe that every person is resilient and has the strength to grow and thrive. We employ a collaborative whole-body approach to healing that leads to proven positive change. At CCH, we are actively reimagining mental health culture by building initiatives to cultivate a healthy mind and body and to better withstand future challenges.
Some people enter therapy with a specific problem they want to solve. Others are interested in achieving a broader goal such as psychological growth and understanding. I am happy to help you define and work towards a goal which best meets your needs. My specialties include stress and anxiety, depression, relationship and communication problems (eg. assertiveness, , intimacy issues, anger management) and self-esteem issues. In my work I draw from my training in cognitive-behavior therapy, family systems approaches, Ericksonian hypnosis, Buddhist psychology and mindfulness meditation, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
I work with individuals, couples and families who are having feelings such as depression, anxiety, anger and grief. Creating an atmosphere that is both safe and challenging, I help clients gain a perspective that allows them to be clearer about themselves, their interaction with others and their personal and professional direction. I also specialize in consulting and coaching with business leaders and their organizations.
With encouragement, support and genuine concern for my clients, I use all the tools I've gathered through 25 years of professional training and experience to facilitate this process.
My goal is to provide a warm and non-judgmental environment to explore your concerns and feel understood. You will find that I am genuine, encouraging and motivated to help by providing support and validation, psychoeducation and skills. I have over 15 years of experience helping adults with anxiety and panic attacks, mood disorders, life transitions (graduation, college, marriage, divorce, pregnancy, parenthood), trauma, grief and loss, stress management, and low self-esteem. My role as a therapist is to help you better understand your needs and strengths and develop goals and strategies to live a fulfilling life.
Has the cost of therapy been a barrier to you in receiving the support that you would like? Our vision is to make quality psychotherapy available to all. Our clinical staff offers day and evening appointment times.
Some people find themselves feeling stuck with certain thoughts and feelings. Others find themselves repeating behaviors that lead to unproductive and problematic situations in their life. Therapy is a process where these concerns can be discussed and worked through from a nonjudgmental standpoint. My therapeutic approach is to assist you in reaching your personal or relationship goals with more effective ways of being. The adolescents and adults I work with are understood as individuals that have their own unique attitudes, beliefs, and experiences.
Choices Psychotherapy offers psychotherapy and psychiatry services for adults and children located throughout the Twin Cities. We're located in St. Louis Park and Chanhassen. Established in 1993 by Susan Davis, LICSW, Choices Psychotherapy has grown into a thriving mental health practice offering a diverse clinical team of Masters & Doctorate level therapists along with Psychiatrists who provide comprehensive therapeutic services for a multitude of concerns to clients from age 5 to senior adults. Two of our psychiatrists specializes in working with children & adolescents while the other three work with adults from age 18.
I work with individuals, couples, and families through the typical and extreme challenges they may face in their lives. I understand the causes and solutions to anxiety, depression, and life change emotions. I have consulted and worked within preschool and school settings facilitating the social and emotional development of students. I am committed to preventing high conflict divorce and the related impact on children and parents. Toward this goal, I also participate in collaborative practice and alternative dispute resolution processes as another part of my practice. I am devoted and passionate in my work.
Are you feeling stuck in patterns that hurt? Do you have a vague memory of when things were easier and life was more satisfying? Life, with it's expected and unexpected transitions can be challenging for all of us, even agonizing at times. We all need help from others on occasion...I am a strength based therapist who believes that by design you have everything you need to navigate through these times and I want to help you in recapturing something more promising. I'm ready when you are.