As a professional therapist with years of experience working with people from different social, cultural and economic backgrounds, I believe that our life experiences are all about learning. The challenges, crises and difficult transitions provide us with an opportunity to become stronger, wiser and more matured.
Sometimes internal barriers, such as learned helplessness, faulty beliefs, shadows from the past, or cultural clichés can cause depression, anxiety, or anger that affects our self-esteem and relationships. At other times, external challenges such as the a loss of a loved one, trauma, life transitions, troublesome partners, parenting, aging, academic concerns, or occupational problems can make us feel vulnerable in a way that affects our moods and behaviors. Whatever your initial reasons for seeking out therapy, the willingness to face reality and work on problems is something I consider to be a sign of your strength and the first step toward healing.
My goal as a professional therapist is to guide you along the way towards positive change and provide you with the necessary tools in dealing with your specific problem and situation. In my work, I use eclectic approach, which consists of various psychological techniques including cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, Gestalt, existential, person centered, narrative, acceptance therapy, and mindfulness. I am also multilingual, speaking English, Lithuanian and Russian fluently.
Susan Thorne-Devin, LCSW, ACSW, Certified Life Coach, Divorce Mediator