Susan Mandel, Ph.D., LMFT
|Professions: Coaching, Psychotherapy|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: LMFT - MFT 22333|
Billing and Insurance
I do not work with insurance companies
Fees: $150 - @200
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With 20+ years of experience and solid training working with adults, parents and young children, I am dedicated to helping you feel and be your best as a parent, partner, and person navigating the ups and downs of life. With a direct and gentle style I am open, sensitive and focused on you and your needs. Discover and resolve what contributes to, and helps maintain, underlying patterns of helplessness, self-defeat and unsatisfying relationships. Self-exploration, leading to a broader understanding of early experiences and their influence on your life and relationships, can generate compassion, insight and awareness, creativity, better interpersonal skills, resilience, flexibility and more effective adaptations to life's challenges.
If you are 50+ and back in the dating world I offer coaching, workshops, and structured 8 week groups to help you achieve dating success. The groups are not therapy groups. Groups include informational talks, discussion, group interaction/sharing, role-play, demonstrations, and mindfulness as well as other exercises.
Email or Call Susan Mandel, Ph.D., LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 02476
More Info About My Practice
I like to have an initial consultation where you can share your concerns and get a sense of how well I understand you, your needs and goals. Effective psychotherapy is about a good "fit" between two people, as well as education, training, and experience. During our meeting, you can raise any questions about psychotherapy in general, how I work, or your particular situation.
I am not on any insurance panels, but instead prefer to work directly with you. If you need to use your insurance, or there is a true financial need, I will do my best to have us figure out a fee that is workable. During the course of therapy I will provide you with a monthly statement that contains all the information required by your insurance company for reimbursement.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
After 20+ years of being a therapist I have come to think of the therapeutic process like doing a jigsaw puzzle. With a good partner/therapist you can ponder and contemplate while looking for links; build strategies; create a positive mindset; develop ways to strengthen abilities to enhance your puzzle-solving skills, and find pieces that fit and further your efforts. You and your therapist begin to see parts of the puzzle you didn't know belonged to the big picture- maybe they were off to the side or in the corner. Pieces become easier to recognize, and a bigger picture begins to emerge. All the while, as the emerging picture of your situation attains more clarity, new ways of being in the world are developed. This is felt as, and reflects, increased self-esteem, the ability to take reasonable risks to create positive change, feeling more connected to yourself, and less anxious or depressed.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Choosing to be in therapy is a sign of strength, not weakness; of being human, not flawed; of believing that I deserve the live I want.
When you choose to take care of difficulties that are interfering with self-esteem, mood, relationships, attaining career or personal success, or any other disruption, you are saying, "I am worth feeling better; I am resilient enough to survive some emotional pain in order to grow and reach my potential; I am willing to develop a trusting relationship with someone who wants to hear what I'm about and is compassionate, well-trained, experienced, and skilled enough to help me get on with pursuing the life I've always wanted."
What happens in therapy is that the process itself- largely through the relationship between you and your therapist- re-wires the brain in important ways, creating new neural pathways that enable you to achieve self-acceptance; develop positive ways of behaving, thinking, interacting; enable you to better tolerate distress without falling back on food/substances/compulsive shopping or other self-destructive or self-defeating patterns; and the ability to reflect upon your feelings, thoughts, intentions, and motivations. You have found some strength, hope, and curiosity and can tolerate temporary uncertainty in the service of allowing self-discovery to unfold.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
ADULTS- Life Transitions; Relationship Difficulties; Family of Origin Struggles; Coping With Adversity; Divorce; Parenting; Depression; Anxiety; Examining Life's Meaning and Purpose; Early Trauma; Loss.
50+ Dating Coaching
Living with Epilepsy
PARENTING- Infants,Toddlers & Preschoolers
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