Working in Mental and Behavioral Health in Scottsdale and Phoenix with over 30 years of experience, Suzi is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Therapist who has worked in Arizona the majority of her professional career. She began at Phoenix Children's Hospital, working in the areas of Developmental Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Professional Fundraising. She developed a national curriculum, "The Siblings Exchange Program," with Dr. Raun Melmed. In addition, they worked closely with agencies such as Pilot Parents (Raising Special Kids) and SARRC, assisting children and families dealing with all types of disabilities and chronic illnesses. Suzi then had a brief stay at Yavapai Medical Regional Center in Prescott, AZ working with adults and seniors in the hospital. She worked as a school Social Worker for 27 years, shaping the lives of youth and their families. In addition, Suzi taught at Ottawa University and then expanded her skills in clinical therapy, supervision, and program development for two mental and behavioral health agencies. Working together with her clients, she strives to make changes in supporting children, youth, and adults in all areas of their lives. In the last 15 years, she has focused on expanding her skills with the geriatric population both in homes and in facilities. She feels privileged to work with these wonderful clients and looks forward to the future.
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I have collaborated with Suzi on hundreds of students, made home visits, and shared parent conferences. She possesses unique traits, is knowledgeable, and bridges the gaps between school, parents, and the community. I find her to be ethical, professional, and the staff and students admire and respect her. Her dedication and talents in helping people to reach their potential is a one of her many attributes.
I was depressed, anxious, and angry. After two months of weekly therapy, I feel as if I am more motivated. I am still working on my goals. For the first time in years, I am cleaning my house, socializing with friends, and beginning to like me again. Thank you Suzi for believing in me."
I grew up with chaos and trauma in my life. I used poor coping skills, had so much anxiety that I thought I would jump out of my skin. Then, I met Suzi and together we worked to find coping tools. I now have healthy boundaries in my life. I attend weekly therapy, which has helped me lessen my aggression, and communicate better with my boyfriend. I am changing my children's future by not teaching them to repeat the patterns of my past."