Susan Jennifer Polese

Susan Jennifer Polese

Professions: Counselor
License Status: I'm a licensed professional.
Primary Credential: Licensed Professional Counselor - 002873
Secondary Credential: Licensed Mental Health Counselor - 007255-01
Billing and Insurance:

I don't currently accept insurance, but I can provide documentation if clients wish to submit to an insurance company for "out of network" benefit coverage

Fees: $125-$200 per session, SLIDING SCALE FEE
Free Initial Consultation
Evening Availability


Ridgefield, Connecticut 06877

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My Approach to Helping

My office is open to all. I have a passion for helping people and I chose counseling because, as I soon happily learned, counselors empower clients. To me that is revolutionary: counselors listen, care and that's my focus: to empower you, I come in each session prepared to listen and offer various ways to help you open your frame of reference ~ through our collaboration you not only will be able to alleviate whatever symptoms you are experiencing, you will be able to shift your way of being! To me, that is the essence of mental wellness ~ being able to enhance your coping skills, develop resilience and learn, through practice, how to be in the moment. Not the kind of "being in the moment" that is touted in popular culture, but fully experiencing the moments in YOUR life. Those precious nuggets of time that we can fully embrace. It's not new-agey and kooky ~ practicing mindfulness is based on evidence-based brain science. It's not magic - it's hard work, but rewarding and perception expanding. It's life enhancing! It relives trauma and I am honored to witness the transformation.

More Info About My Practice

Individuals and couples from all walks of life are welcome. In my therapy room no client is viewed as sick - you are a normal person experiencing various life circumstances. I do not stigmatize clients, in no way do I judge. Whether you are experiencing anxiety, depression, challenges in your relationship difficulty with a life change ~ you are seen as strong and capable and positive psychology is used. Positive psychology is looking at what is working in your life and applying it to the area in which you are experiencing a snag. I use many approaches including creative arts therapy, writing as therapy and - my favorite - Acceptance & Commitment therapy which helps you make meaning out of your life in a real way ~ it helps you reach out and enjoy this life of ours while giving relief to any symptoms you may have.

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

Through my work with families of all kinds I have developed an approach to couples/relationship counseling that is focused on empowering both participants giving them a safe space to explore what is going on. I have no agenda in my therapy room: it is about supporting my clients through positive psychology. I apply the same approach to sex therapy which can be of great help to couples and individuals.

I also am a certified provider through True Color Sexual Minority Youth Center in Connecticut. I specialize in working with and advocating for LGBTQ (and non-labeling) youth and adults. Discovering who you are in an empowering, supportive atmosphere is what I provide with much gratitude to my clients for sharing their stories. I also work with ally family and friends.

How Psychotherapy Can Help

Life is hard. A flat kind of unimaginative statement, but, yea - it is. The objective view of a therapist can greatly help you see your life, needs, dreams and challenges more clearly ... whatever they may be. The interactive, collaborative nature of therapy can enhance your life and address changes you want to make. Don't know what those changes are? Need to vent (and problem-solve) around relationship issue? Family issues? Sexuality issue? Psychotherapy is a great approach for this. Issues in your relationship with your children, your partner? Husband? Wife? Sex Therapy is a specialty of mine . All are welcome.

Had a Negative Therapy Experience?

If you have had a negative therapy experience join the club! (I am a member!) I went to therapy when it was popular for the therapist to be mostly silent and engage little with the client. Insight was the goal - and, let me say, insight is amazing and important, but without the addition of the teaching coping skills and supporting the client through advocacy growth stops at insight. In my room you are seen as a complete person who is seeking mental fitness ~ I practice from a loving place through which you can explore your emotions. I am here to help individual clients and couple clients skills to improve their lives.

Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Clinical Supervision
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Mediation
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy

Ages I Work With

  • Adults
  • Elders


  • English

Groups I Work With

    Sexuality Therapy, Sex Counseling, Couples and Marriage Counseling, Family Counseling, LGBTQ, Women in Theater & Film, Performing Arts Professionals

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Anger
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Self-Care

Types of Therapy

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Creative Art Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Narrative Therapy
  • Relational Psychotherapy
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Somatic Experiencing (SE)
  • Somatic Psychotherapy
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