My Approach to Helping
My name is Dr. Susie King and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California. I provide online psychotherapy (telehealth) to adults and teens living anywhere within the state. I have a wide range of experience and competency to treat many different issues. However, my main focus is on women's issues, emotional abuse, narcissistic relationships, addiction and alcoholism.
As a Clinical Psychologist, I specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of psychological disorders and mental health issues. I have advanced doctoral training which includes both clinical and research experience. I am a knowledgeable and kind clinician dedicated to helping others heal their emotional pain and achieve their goals.
You are taking the first step towards a happier and more fulfilling life ahead. Together we will work through the issues and problems that are holding you back. My approach to therapy is warm and genuine. If there are changes you want to make in your life, I will help you create a plan and stick to it. You will develop helpful new insights about yourself.
More Info About My Practice
My private practice is based entirely online at this time. I am based out of Southern California.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Women's issues, narcissistic relationships, emotional abuse, trauma, addiction, alcohol and substance abuse, depression, anxiety, parenting and relationship issues, life transitions, grief, adult ADHD.
My Therapy Focus
My approach to therapy incorporates aspects of several treatment styles. Here I'd like to give you a basic overview of what these styles would look like in therapy:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is used to help you identify and challenge any negative thought patterns or behaviors that might be contributing to your difficulties. By working together, we can replace them with more positive and adaptive thoughts and actions.
Motivational Interviewing is another approach I use. It focuses on exploring and resolving any ambivalence or uncertainty you may have about making changes in your life. Through empathetic listening and collaborative goal-setting, we can enhance your intrinsic motivation and support you in making positive behavioral changes that align with your values and aspirations.
Psychodynamic techniques will delve into your unconscious processes, childhood experiences, and the therapeutic relationship to gain deeper insight into any underlying conflicts or patterns that might be influencing your emotions, behaviors, and relationships. This exploration can bring about a greater understanding of yourself to help you make meaningful changes.
In addition to these modalities, I also incorporate elements of Existentialism into our therapy. This approach focuses on exploring the fundamental questions and challenges of human existence, such as finding meaning and purpose in life, making choices, and confronting existential anxiety. By discussing these themes, this can help you develop a clearer sense of your values and priorities, leading to a more fulfilling and authentic life.
Person-Centered therapy is also a vital aspect of my therapeutic style. This approach emphasizes empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness. It aims to create a supportive and non-judgmental therapeutic environment where you can feel safe, understood, and valued. Through this approach, we will work together to facilitate your self-discovery, personal growth, and self-acceptance.
In addition, I draw upon the research literature to inform my work. I also use other approaches as needed, such as trauma-focused work and holistic psychology.
By integrating these various modalities, I can address different aspects of your concerns, ranging from cognitive and behavioral patterns to motivational factors, unconscious processes, existential dilemmas, and fostering a supportive therapeutic relationship. My goal is to provide you with a comprehensive and tailored therapy experience that promotes your well-being and empowers you to make positive changes in your life.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
The duration and frequency of therapy depends on an individual's needs and preferences. Typically we would begin with weekly sessions, but some clients meet with me twice weekly, some do every other week, or even monthly or bimonthly. For some people, therapy wraps up once a person feels they are doing better and have made their desired progress. For others, they prefer to have ongoing therapy as part of their self-care and to maintain therapeutic gains.