About Susan Anderson
Whether you have experience with counseling or are considering it for the first time, finding the right therapist is not always an easy process. It is important that the therapist with whom you work has the appropriate skills and qualifications for your particular issues and a style that is a fit for you. It is your right as a prospective client to ask any and all questions you believe would be important concerning their experience, education and style.
Experience and Background
I have worked for 30 years as a therapist in both the private and public sector. Prior to my move to Estes Park in 2011, I worked for 14 years as a therapist to children, teens and adults in a group private practice setting in Minnesota. Leading up to this I also worked in a non profit setting, mental health center and other group private practice settings. These varied experiences have brought me into contact with a broad range of people and needs.
I have a master’s degree in clinical social work, a master’s degree in theology and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology. I am licensed by the state of Colorado as a licensed clinical social worker as well as by the state of Minnesota. In 2012 I completed course work through the University of Denver to receive my certification in animal-assisted therapy.
My style as a therapist has evolved over the years as I have gained experience with people and with life. A defining characteristic of my work with people is that of respect for individual differences and ways of dealing with life. As a therapist I make it a priority to understand each person’s unique experience and view of their world. My style is genuine and interactive. Compassion and non judgment characterize the type of environment I strive to provide the people with whom I work. I listen deeply and offer honest and direct feedback. The methods I use to help an individual achieve the goals he or she has come to therapy with vary according to individual issues and needs.