Susan Lager,LICSW, BCD

Susan Lager,LICSW, BCD

Telehealth Available
Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Life Coach, Marriage & Family Therapist
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker
Secondary Credential: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker - 105981
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118 Maplewood Ave.
Building A
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 03801

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My Approach to Helping

I have learned that happiness and serenity are predicated on self acceptance, conscious presence, balance, and love, and that, given the right environment and relationships, most people are capable of effective problem solving and meaningful growth. Using an eclectic approach, and a stance of compassionate and validating presence, I help clients understand their current problems in the context of past and present key relationships, developing awareness of their emotional triggers, and their adaptive and maladaptive stances and coping strategies. I encourage clients to explore healthier narratives and behaviors, allowing for more effective "voice" and sense of agency. I also, when I feel it's appropriate, use humor as a normalizing and neutralizing tool. I strongly believe that therapy, although predicated on emotional pain, can be an amazing, wild journey of discovery and growth.

More Info About My Practice

I work with a limited number of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield clients, as an "in network provider." Clients with most other insurance plans which aren't HMO's can bill for my services.

Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With

I'm a strong, seasoned, interactive therapist, and am particularly skilled at working with couples who are entrenched in emotional and behavioral standoffs, whether it's related to an affair, co-parenting, division of labor, or together managing closeness. I teach people in an individual or couples format how to take turns, how to communicate and listen, and how to move away from standoffs toward win-win solutions to problems.

Services I Provide

  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Telehealth

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Couples at any stage of development, Discernment Counseling for "mixed agenda couples" wrestling with whether to stay in the relationship as it is, or get a divorce, or move toward reconciliation and repair.

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Attachment Issues
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • Forgiveness
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Men's Issues
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Trust Issues
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Bibliotherapy
  • Discernment Counseling
  • Family Attachment Narrative Therapy
  • Family Constellations
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Journal Therapy
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP)
  • Parent Work
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy

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