Couples therapist Gold Coast

  • Couples therapist Gold Coast

    Susan L

    Couples Therapist Gold Coast

    BA( Psych) BA(SWk/MaaswClinicalAccrd) BA(Nursing/MH)

    Hart Centre Certified

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    • Bundall, QLD
    Accepted Insurance Funds
    • Police Health
    • Teachers Health
    • Allied Health Professionals
    • Bupa
    • Medicare (individual counselling)
    Specialised Training
    • Bachelor of Nursing – Mental Health Major, Griffith University
    • Bachelor of Social Sciences:  Counselling Theory and Practice, QUT
    • Clinical Accredited Mental Health Social Worker, Australian Association of Social Worker
    • Scarf/ FAMS/ Sydney: Supporting Children and Responding to Families In Need
    • Kent Hoffman: Families and Relationship Counselling. Train The Trainer/ Father Hood, Attachment Theory
    • Narrative Practice with Couples
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Trauma Therapy; Abuse & Childhood
    • Rational Emotive Therapy (RET)
    • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
    Areas of Interest
    • Couples and marital counselling
    • Depression
    • Trauma
    • Anxiety disorders
    • Spectrum disorders
    • Mood disorders
    • Children’s mental health
    • Adults mental health
    • ADHD/ADD
    • Stress management
    • Social anxiety disorder  (SAD)
    • Generalised anxiety disorders (GAD)
    • Women’s issues
    • Men’s issues
    • Family counselling and mediation
    • Addictions
    • Panic disorders
    • Eating disorders
    • Life crisis
    • Suicidal thought
    • Post traumatic stress disorder
    • Personality disorders
    • Anger management
    • Addictions – sexual, alcohol and internet
    About Susan L

    Susan is an empathetic, kind and insightful counsellor and clinical psychotherapist, with over 25 years experience in her field.  Susan has developed a calm and relaxed style of counselling towards working within areas such as Relationships, Depression, Anxiety, Anger Management and Drug and Alcohol addictions.

    This likable approach fits the counselling needs of her clients. Susan’s calm, relaxed style, enables her to work successfully within all areas of therapeutic intervention.  Susan is a registered clinical psychotherapist and counsellor, registered parent educator, trainer and facilitator.  Susan is a  International Member of Youth for Mental Health, QCoss, AASW and is MAASW accredited.

    Susan has sixteen years extra post graduate experience and credentials in Clinical Focused Psychological Strategies and Skills; all Mental Health matters, including suicidality. Susan has worked nationally, in both governmental and non governmental agencies.

    In reflection, Susan says  “The past ten years have been challenging yet extremely valuable  years, working within some very difficult areas of counselling.  The reward comes when achieving a turn in perspective for people, it has been a true leveller, to realize that no matter where people are situated on the socio-economic spectrum, we all feel and think in the same dynamic, we all hurt, and we all can heal. Susan has worked the northern shores of Sydney, and all major capital cities nationally.  Now bringing this polished approach home, Susan operates in Private Practice in the Gold Coast.

    Susan continues… ” The best reward for me I feel comes when a person discloses that they have seen other counsellors, some for years, and they state, without any significant changes. We live in a very complicated world, I understand well the complexities that go with doing so.  Without reaching out when we are hurting, we are at risk of developing depression, to not speak about our emotional pain, puts us at risk.. . . it’s not a bad idea nowadays, to put your hand up and ask for some guidance and support, this is the hardest thing for some to do, but the most crucial step, as it is the first stroke on a canvas for creating a new life ahead. Most people that come in for support and counselling, work well, and so they are able to recover, get stronger, and move ahead with their lives.

    Other specialist areas include couples and relationship counselling, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, spectrum disorders, manic depression, childhood and adult mood disorders, confidence and self-esteem issues for women and men, addictions, self harming,  sexual abuse, cult affiliation and abuse, torture and trauma victims.  Susan has worked nationally, also at the highest level of clinical psychotherapy and counselling, and in some very difficult localities and social settings; such as Bondi and Sydney’s Western and Northern Districts.

    How many years counselling experience do you have?

    Over 25 years.

    What is the most satisfying and fulfilling part of the work you do?

    Turning peoples’ lives around, no matter what their age or socio economic, or circumstances, everyone can change.  Upon first counselling session, people often present in an anxious state of mind, or manner.  Looking at the person who eventually acquires the confidence through understanding why and how their life had become dysfunctional through attending ongoing counselling sessions with me, gives me a great sense of fulfilment.

    Or to book an appointment, please call 1300 830 552