My Philosophy

I enjoy working with tweens, teens, and adults who are ready to reflect and change.   Life is challenging and sometimes we feel stuck.  I can help you find meaning in life's challenges, and provide support as you get in touch with and work through difficult feelings and old thought patterns.  You have the power to confront your fears, heal from your past, and create a fulfilling life.

People often need support when addressing current or past issues that interfere with being present and being the person they want to be.  Guilt and shame often get in the way of asking for help and sharing challenges with others.  I provide a non-judgmental space for you to examine and explore how you can be kinder to yourself and replace old habits with new patterns more aligned with your values.

“Most people are afraid of suffering. But suffering is a kind of mud to help the lotus flower of happiness grow. There can be no lotus flower without the mud.”

—THICH NHAT HANH

Susan Wansing, LCSW
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Education and Work Experience

  • Masters in Social Work, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA  2000
  • Bachelors of Science in Computer Science, Subarea in Education Northeastern University, Boston, MA  1988
  • Medical Social Worker - Postpartum, NICU, Pediatrics, Adult Oncology 2004 - present
  • Behavioral Health Educator - Managing Depression, Understanding Anxiety, Improving Sleep, Anger Management, Cancer Survivorship  2012 - present
  • Yoga Instructor 2013 - 2017
  • Community Mental Health Clinician 1998-2004
  • Software Consultant and Trainer 1988-1997

Professional Training

  • Brainspotting Phase One, with Lisa Larson LMFT, 2018
  • Focusing Oriented Expressive Arts Therapy, JFK University, 2017
  • Certificate in Working with Cancer Patients, Women's Cancer Resource Center, 2015
  • Hakomi Essentials, 2014
  • 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training, CorePower Yoga, 2013
  • Level 1: Couples Therapy, The Gottman Institute, 2008
  • Infant, Preschool and Family Mental Health Seminar, Children’s Hospital Oakland, 2003/2004

Treatment Modalities

  • Brainspotting
  • Mindfulness Based Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Expressive Arts
  • Play therapy
  • Parent/Child Therapy

Call Me

Schedule a FREE 15 minute consultation:  510-326-5541