“Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous.”
- Brené Brown

 

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About Dr. Susie

I am Dr. Susie and I am a clinical and forensic psychologist currently holding a professional license in Florida.

As a clinical investigator I conducted Field Trials in Routine Clinical Practice Settings.for the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth edition.) My book, "It's Not About the Weight: Attacking Eating Disorders From the Inside Out", was published in March, 2007. Recently I contributed to 101 Interventions in Group Therapy, by Scott Simon Fehr .

I have been a psychological consultant for MDLive, the nations largest medical and behavioral tele-health company; the psychological consultant for eDiets.com, Inc., a worldwide weight management and wellness program since 1998 and an Associate Professor of psychology since 1992 educating college and graduate students.

I have also been featured in various national magazines, radio, and television including: 12 on Health Times - Connecticut, HealthRadio.Net, WFNY 92.3 -Talk That Rocks with Bob Salter, The Wall Street Journal, Girls Life Magazine, Low Carb Woman, Glamour, First for Women, The Daily Mirror(UK), The Business Courier, the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Cincinnati Post, Hyde Park Living, Cincy Jewish Living, Style and Leisure, WORK-TV-13 (Rochester, NY), WVXU, WXIX, NKY Magazine, WCPO, WMUB, WBOB talk radio, AOL, and many others. Please see, In the Media for some of my live interviews.

I was honored by the Presidential Who's Who Among Business and Professional Achievers as a VIP for 2008-2009. I have been named as the Professional of the Year in Clinical Psychology of 2007-2008 by Cambridge Who's Who. Further, I have been chosen as the 2004 Businesswoman of the Year in Ohio by the NRCC. In addition, I was chosen as the 2007 Alumni of the Year at Carlos Albizu University (previously known as Miami Institute of Psychology).

My areas of expertise are eating disorders, disordered eating, body image, relationship counseling (Gottman trained - Gottman.com) substance abuse, adjustment disorders, and stress management. Being a specialist in eating disorders allows me the extensive experience to serve clients with most mental illnesses, such as mood and anxiety disorders, relational and abuse (sexual, physical, emotional ) issues and many more challenges that are often underlying the manifested eating disordered diagnosis.

I provide my clients with a peaceful, homey, safe and supportive office environment. No matter what their challenges, my patients are always provided with unconditional positive regard and utmost respect. I gladly collaborate with other experts providing a multi-faceted treatment approach for each patient as needed.

I provide the following services:

  • Individual psychotherapy   
  • Relationship counseling (marriage, pre-marital, co-habitation, divorce, engagement, siblings, parenting, GLBT partners, business partners)
  • Group therapy (Binge Eating Disorder) - Tuesdays @ 12-1:15 PM

Dr. Susie’s Philosophy

At its core, Dr. Susie has a belief in the human capacity to grow and change. She understands the complex and unique nature of mental illness, underscoring the need for flexibility in treatment approaches. Further, Dr. Susie recognizes that changes can only occur one step at a time.

Dr. Susie approaches the treatment of mental illness in a holistic and scientific manner, utilizing every tool at her disposal to facilitate a healthy and satisfying lifestyle.  Our brains guide our thoughts, feelings and behaviors, and is functionally affected by stressful circumstances in our environment.

Dr. Susie’s clients will learn to manage their lives in non-compulsive, normalized way, and develop a healthy, positive relationship their environment.  As crucial as the physical body is to a healthy balanced life, there are other significant treatment aspects as well. During the treatment process, clients will learn to deal with difficult emotions and self-destructive urges. They will gain insights, more positive thinking styles, skills for coping effectively with stress, and an appreciation for the development of the human spirit.