Hello and welcome to Susan Frantz Therapy, LLC. Are you looking for a supportive space to work through your lived experiences, address concerns you have and heal? My name is Susan (pronouns she/her) and I am a licensed professional counselor with a doctoral degree in Professional Counseling and Clinical Supervision. I work with a broad spectrum of clients from all walks of life and strive to cultivate personalized methodologies that are best suited for each individual. Among my areas of expertise are therapies for trauma and PTSD with extensive training in sexual trauma and its impact across the lifespan. I am trained in Basic Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART) which can be an effective tool for managing intense symptoms associated with PTSD. I also focus on issues related to sexuality, gender and identity as well as attachment, adoption and anxiety. I am a strength-based, solution-focused, therapist that aims to work with and empower you to find and come into your authentic self. We will not only address the intersections in which your identities and experiences lie, but also build resilience and find the tools that work best for you. My philosophy as a trauma therapist is to treat trauma first and avoid over pathologizing individuals. I consciously and mindfully strive to offer you a safe environment to reduce or resolve the impact(s) of traumatic experiences- as you define them.
In addition to being a therapist, I have provided clinical training and presented to academic audiences speaking on the topics of mindfulness based cognitive therapy, building resiliency skills, gender identity and attachment formation. With over 20 years of experience in working with children and families as both a social worker and therapist, I have found that healing best occurs when addressing the person as a whole, including their surrounding environments, culture and values.
Along with my experiences in working with children and families, I also have over 20 years of experience in working with LGBTQIA+ folks and have been a determined ally to the community since I was a young adult. I am a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) as well as the Connecticut Counseling Association (CCA). In addition to being an LGBTQIA+ ally, I strongly identify as an ally to the kink, BDSM, polyamorous, and consensually nonmonogamous (CNM) /ethically nonmonogamous (ENM) communities. It is my core belief that all individuals deserve quality, affirming care and a nonjudgmental space to address their needs.