Susan McIntyre approaches therapy as a collaboration with her clients who bring their own individual strengths, experiences and resources into the therapeutic process to create the foundation for their work together. She views human beings through a lens of "wholeness,” made up of physical, social, mental, spiritual and emotional aspects that each play an important role in overall well being and the ability to have fulfilling and meaningful relationships. Susan believes that our struggles in life are often the catalysts for becoming our greatest selves.
Education & Experience
As a graduate of Pepperdine University, Susan has a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. She completed an internship at the Pepperdine Community Counseling Clinic, where she worked with individuals, couples and families struggling with problems such as depression, anxiety, chronic illness or pain, relational problems and difficult life transitions.
Susan holds a certification in Nutritional Psychology, which allows her to assess what role nutrition may be playing in her patients’ mental health. This is particularly helpful for patients interested in taking a more holistic approach to managing mental health disorders. She also has education and training in the management and treatment of eating disorders, self-harm and substance abuse, and holds a certification in Grief and Loss counseling. Susan is also trained in EMDR, which can be helpful in working with patients who have experienced trauma or chaotic life experiences. Prior to beginning her private practice, Susan worked with adolescents and their families at a partial hospitalization and outpatient recovery center for teens struggling with substance abuse, mood disorders and self-harm.
She has studied Western and Eastern spirituality for many years and holds a license in spiritual practice. Susan is an experienced facilitator and teacher of meditation, mindfulness and visualization. There is a great deal of research that supports the use of these practices to improve mental, emotional and physical health. Clients with challenging diagnoses, chronic illness or pain, grief and loss have found these practices to be especially helpful.