SUSAN BLANK, LPC, NCC
A lovely Irish proverb says: It is in the shelter of each other that people live. Together, we will make our counseling relationship a safe and warm shelter. I am passionate about the work I do, and believe in the healing properties a trusting, therapeutic relationship creates. With a relaxed and nonjudgmental style, I will help you navigate difficult life challenges by teaching you to become more self-compassionate and less self-critical. You will learn new skills to handle distress and build healthier, more nurturing relationships; you will rediscover disowned parts of yourself, and gain access to your own direct experience of the world. I believe every individual possesses the wisdom he or she needs, as well as the innate capacity to love, to connect, and to thrive. I work with adults, adolescents and couples; and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you.
Couples Counseling (Trust, Infidelity, Communication, Disconnection)
Panic and Anxiety
Grief/ Loss/ Illness
Borderline Personality Disorder
Self-improvement & Growth
How I Work:
As a Board Certified, Licensed Professional Counselor, and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, the counseling methods I utilize are researched-based and empirically proven to be highly successful. I have dedicated myself to years of study and training in these methods in order to gain the skills and expertise necessary to ensure that my client's counseling experience is a rewarding, empowering, and successful one. I am a great believer in the power of client education to aid in healing, and therefore, have provided links to various educational resources, along with handouts I have written, to supplement and enhance our therapy sessions.
My areas of expertise include:
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy:
I have traveled the long and winding road of marriage for 40 years and fully understand the pitfalls and detours of committed relationships. With advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, I am dedicated to helping couples find their way back home. I will help you stop the dance of blame, distancing, and mutual hurt. We will focus on the negative cycle that has become your mutual enemy and learn to change the music to a new dance of closeness and connection.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a newer, third-wave therapy born from the union of cognitive therapy and mindfulness meditation principles and practices. This therapy provides powerful tools that can be successfully applied to depression, anxiety, trauma, addictions, rumination, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and more. I have practiced mindfulness meditation and Metta (Compassion) meditation for over two decades and can personally attest to their benefits.
Schema Therapy is a form of depth psychology that has shown remarkable results in helping clients change negative, (maladaptive) patterns that they have lived with for a long time, even when other methods and efforts have been unsuccessful. Schema Therapy his very effective in the treatment of trauma and PTSD.
Education and Professional Affiliations:
- M.S., Community Counseling, Mercer University
- Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia
- The National Board for Certified Counselors
- The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy (ICEEFT).
- The Association for Contextual Behavioral Science