Susan Garner, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Susan Garner, LMFT

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I am an experienced Marriage and Family Therapist dedicated to helping couples I work with as well as individual clients become the very best version of themselves...healing old wounds and bad habits, gaining greater self-acceptance, self-confidence, improved skills for communicating and learning the importance of healthy boundaries.

I have been a practicing therapist for almost 20 years and have worked with a diverse population: 18 – 65+ years of age, clients with psychotic disorders (schizophrenia and bipolar I and II,) as well as mood and adjustment disorders, anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, relationship problems, life transitions, grief and loss, traumas related to sexual abuse, chaotic/unstable early home environment from divorce, substance abuse, abandonment, death of a parent, or even parents with serious and undiagnosed mental health problems.
The environment that we grew up in shapes and influences who we become as adults. Many clients who seek therapy are unhappy, know their lives are not working in important ways but don't know how to change this. Without understanding the faulty and distorted stories we tell ourselves (generally learned very early), including assumptions, projections, and beliefs internalized very early in our lives, we cannot change. These influence our relationship with ourselves and are then perpetuated in all aspects of our lives and often manifest as low self-esteem, lack of confidence, "imposter syndrome", troubled personal relationships, anxiety, depression, panic disorders and emotional instability. Additionally, poor boundaries and ineffective communication skills lead to greater confusion, disappointment and interpersonal conflict.
My work has evolved into helping clients understand and transform limiting and distorted beliefs, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, traumatic wounding, unhealthy habits and patterns in relationships. Though the process of change and personal growth may at times be uncomfortable as painful memories emerge, and stories are shared it is important to remember that the path to the other side is through the process of telling our stories, revising beliefs, conclusions formed as a child through the lens of our now adult self.
I am influenced by and draw from a variety of traditions, approaches to personal growth/transformation. These include: Psychodynamic traditions, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focussed Therapy, Internal Family Systems, Family Systems Theory, Insight Meditation, and Somatic based therapies. I tailor these to each client's specific needs. For working with couples I am influenced by the work of Esther Perel, Dr. Sue Johnson, and Harville Hendrix, PhD.

Specialties & Clinical Interests

  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar & Other Mood Disorders
  • Depression
  • Divorce & Separation
  • Grief & Loss
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Pre-Marital & Marital Issues
  • Relationships
  • Self-Esteem
  • Stress/Stress Management
  • Trauma & Ptsd

Therapy Types

  • Client-Centered Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Mindfulness
  • Somatic Therapy

Fees & Insurance

Cost per Session
$75.00 - $110.00
Sliding Scale
Yes
Pay By
Credit Card, American Express, Mastercard, Visa
Insurance Plans Accepted
Aetna
,
Cigna
,
Humana
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Optum
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United Healthcare
,

Licenses & Certifications

Years in Practice
21
License(s)
License #
state
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
LMFT38979
California
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
T1186
Oregon
Graduate School(s)
Degree
Year Graduated
Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA
M.A. Psychology
1995