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About Suzanne

After years in the business world and much exploration, I found my hearts work as a therapist. Today, I have over twenty years of experience. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Laguna Hills and everywhere with telehealth. I am also an EMDR trained therapist, an International and California Certified Gambling Counselor II, and an Authorized Treatment Provider and Clinical Supervisor for problem gamblers and their loved ones in the State of California.


I effectively treat individuals and couples using EMDR Therapy, and I specialize in problem gambling, loved ones of those suffering with gambling and other addictions, trauma, grief, depression, anxiety, and couples. Each of these areas has been a part of my own path at different junctures of my life. I continue to learn, grow, and find new methods of healing.


I use a caring, direct and interactive approach, and I absolutely believe in your ability to work through your struggles and transform your life. Together we will process the pain, shift the underlying negative beliefs and thoughts, and free you from unhealthy addictions, patterns and defenses. You will find new approaches, tools and solutions to your problems – so that you can be a freer, happier, and more balanced you.


I am a member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, and EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). I have been a clinician and clinical supervisor at gambling specific treatment centers, various dual diagnosis facilities, a psychiatric mood disorder program, University and community clinics.


Gambling Specialist
As a therapist in the problem gambling field for over twenty years, I have presented my work on Webinars and at State and National conferences,  have authored professional papers on problem gambling, given Expert Witness Testimony, supervised clinicians, and developed a gender oriented track for female gamblers and an assessment tool for partners of problem gamblers. I serve as the Training Committee Director and am on the Board of Directors for the California Council on Problem Gambling,


Whether you have a gambling problem or are affected by the gambling problem of another, I can help. Read the subsection Gambling Problems or Loved Ones of Addicts for more information.