Susan Burton, LMSW
Education & credentials
- MSW Social Work—University of Michigan
- MA Criminal Justice–University of Detroit
- Fellow—American Psychotherapy Association
- Diplomate—American College of Forensic Examiners
I believe in the possibility of change. People have tremendous capacity to heal and children, in particular, can be very resilient. When we as adults give to our children the things that we did not get, we heal the child within. I encourage parents to play with their children; this is a great equalizer. As a therapist, I especially enjoy working with children helping them to realize their own power so they can refrain from engaging in self-defeating behaviors. Children face enormous challenges today.
I embrace a win-win approach and compromising as appropriate, with the ultimate goal of creating healthy and autonomous individuals. I feel honored when my clients allow me to take this journey with them. I work well with all age groups and diverse populations. One of my favorite clinical approaches is that of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or, making the connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors
- Children and Adolescents
- Family Therapy
- Conflict resolution
- Anger Management and Depression
- Grief and Loss
- Domestic Violence
- Substance Abuse
- GLBT Concerns
- Disabilities Concerns & Challenges
What is the self-care strategy you use most often?
Regarding my own self-care, I try to practice mindfulness everyday in many ways, engage in deep breathing and centering myself, remind myself that it really is not all about me, get a reality check from people whose opinions I value highly, and I remind myself that I am being ridiculous when I realize that I am over-reacting.
I live a life of gratitude, and I am quick to apologize as appropriate. I work hard to not ask my clients not to do anything I am unwilling to do. Believing that everyone is on their own spiritual path allows me to trust and let go.
As far as unwinding, I love blasting the music in my car on the way home, Pandora’s 70’s, is there any other kind?!? Taking a ride in my little sports car on winding roads on a beautiful sunny day also helps, as does going to the symphony or theater. Rejuvenating is very important in order to be all I can be.