Susannah was born and raised in Ogden, UT, though she has lived and worked in Asheville since December 2014. Prior to AAG, she worked as a wilderness therapist with adolescent boys in both North Carolina and Utah. Before that, she worked for 2.5 years as an intensive in-home therapist and outpatient therapist at a community mental health clinic. She also worked in wilderness therapy as a field mentor in Georgia. She attended the University of New Hampshire for a dual degree in social work and adventure/wilderness therapy. Her clinical licensure in North Carolina is as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
Her passion is working with pre-adolescent and adolescents on their journey toward self-awareness and emotional health and supporting the process of improving relationships with peers, family, teachers and other important figures in their lives. She is trained in EMDR and utilizes this lens throughout her treatment approach. She also draws on Jungian psychological themes to inform her work with clients and is currently running a therapeutic group on archetypes at AAG called “Myths and Folklore”. She loves being able to utilize equine assisted therapy at AAG, as it is unparalleled in its ability to reveal relationship patterns and to spark motivation in pre-teens and teens.
Her joy as a therapist is in experiential, strengths-based and relationship-based solutions focused therapies with an emphasis on healthy regulation of emotions required to successfully navigate relationships and gain an understanding of the need for reciprocity in relationships. Her experience includes working with co-occurring disorders, depression, anxiety, emotional dysregulation, trauma, loss, and attachment as well as learning differences such as executive functioning deficits, high functioning autism, and expressive language disorders.
When Susannah is not at work, she enjoys hiking, spending time with her coonhound Furly, foraging for wild mushrooms, reading, listening to podcasts, and being with friends.