Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor
Susan joined GBCC in August 2014. She has maintained a part time private practice in Anne Arundel County for the last 10 years. Susan is also actively employed with Epoch Counseling Center as the Director, overseeing all aspects of the agency’s clinical and administrative functions in its three locations in Baltimore County, Maryland. Epoch provides outpatient substance abuse prevention and treatment services to adolescents and adults. As Director, Susan was responsible for adding a number of new services at Epoch including intensive outpatient treatment for both adolescents and adults, juvenile drug court treatment services, buprenorphine maintenance, anger management, mental health counseling and peer recovery support services. Susan also has active relationships with several local graduate programs in counseling and has served as clinical supervisor for dozens of students. She holds a Master’s of Science degree in Clinical Community Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. Susan was appointed to the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists by Governor Martin O’Malley in 2009 and was recently appointed to a second four-year term.
Susan works with teens (15-19) and adults of all ages. Her areas of expertise include depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, stress management, life transitions, grief and loss, and eating disorders (binge eating and bulimia). She is also a specialist in the area of substance use disorders and other addictive behaviors.
Susan believes that the foundation for successful therapy is the relationship between the therapist and client. First and foremost, she is a compassionate and caring listener who seeks to understand clients’ concerns and priorities. She utilizes motivational interviewing and cognitive behavioral techniques, and also teaches clients more effective ways to meet their needs. She recognizes that emotional health involves body, mind and spirit. Susan also works closely with her clients’ physicians and maintains strong referral relationships with psychiatrists in the local area in the event that a client may benefit from medication.