Susan Ackerman Joseph

Susan Ackerman Joseph

5.0 (2)
1 employee
3 years in business

About this pro

We are each a wanderer on a journey to our true self.

As an embodiment specialist, I offer my clients space  to connect with themselves in the deepest of ways -- through sensation. Sensation, the language of the nervous system, is a pathway of return to the self.

Integrating lessons from my studies as a psychotherapist and somatic practioner with my life long experience as a multi-media artist, I bring science and creativity to our sessions.  Each session is different depending on what is needed in the moment -- stillness, breath, movement, creative expression, noticing, listening.

Somatic release techniques are effective toward healing trauma, depression, anxiety, pain, and existential crisis.

It is incredibly satisfying when clients integrate the lessons of our work together.  To observe shifts that I was able to support through the process invariably feels like a privilege and an honor.  

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North Hollywood, CA 91607
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2 Reviews


  • Dale N.

    Susan has an immense capacity for holding such a safe space for me. This, along with her insightful interventions, makes her a practitioner’s practitioner.

  • Jason B.

    Susan was there for me during the most critical moments of trauma and recovery I have ever been through. She had space for me to express myself interpreted my thoughts and emotions in ways that illuminated my path of healing and adaptation. My gratitude for her care, her wisdom and her heartfelt commitment to the moment is limitless.


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

Initial consultation to determine if we are a good fit : Does my skill set and demeanor suit what you need at this time?

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Certfied Somatic Practitioner

Masters Degree in Family Therapy

Clinical experience includes community mental health and private practice

Ongoing studies and training, currently an Somatic Experiencing Practitioner trainee

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

$100 for 60-minute individual session.  Sliding scale offered as well as limited low-fee slots. Pro-bono sessions offered to first responders (may include a group offering).

Groups offered at lower cost.  Group offerings include a Somatic Release and Restoration Group and a Grief group.

What types of customers have you worked with?

I support those dealing with grief, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, existential crisis, negotiating major life transitions, creative blocks and those interested in deep psycho-spiritual inner work.

I also offer support and techniques for self-soothing/pain management for patients recovering from injury, illness or surgery as a supplement by to other treatment modalities.

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

When seeking support, start with what makes you feel safe. 

For some, safety may come in the form of specific education and training.  For others, it may mean choosing a therapist based on gender, race, religion or some other criteria.  You may feel safer with someone who is a specialist, or may need someone who is more eclectic.

Trust that you will find the right person and the right modality for you.

There are so many therapists and so many different therapeutic modalities that it may take some experimenting to find the combo that is right for you.