Susy moved with her family to Denver in 2005 after living in Europe for 17 years. She gained a wealth of life experience through cross-cultural living in three different countries. She has worked with people of various cultural backgrounds in youth ministry, coaching, teaching, pastoral care, and mentoring missionaries.
Susy’s desire is to see people actively participate in the counseling process to become empowered with insight and skills that help them face life’s challenges. Her hope is for people to experience greater fulfillment in their personal identity and interpersonal relationships. Her areas of focus are: life transitions, grief and loss, anxiety and depression, divorce recovery, boundaries, relationships, and spiritual issues. She is also trained in EMDR which is an evidence based resource to help people process unresolved trauma in more adaptive ways.
She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from Denver Seminary. Susy has worked at a residential treatment facility for adults living with disabling mental illnesses. She has done chaplaincy work in a nursing home and has a special interest in supporting those with a loved one suffering from dementia.
In her spare time she enjoys gardening and making pottery. She views her hobbies as metaphors for the counseling process. They involve patience, gentleness, messiness, and encouraging potential for change and growth. She also enjoys her role as wife and mother. She and her husband have been married since 1988 and they have two adult children.