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About Suzanne

I am blessed to be doing the work I love for twenty years – helping people heal from trauma, mental and emotional struggles and gambling problems. 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, a Board Approved Clinical Consultant, 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  using attachment focused EMDR Therapy, and I specialize in problem gambling, loved ones of those struggling with gambling and other addictions and high functioning ASD, trauma, anxiety, grief, depression, 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, efficacious and expeditious 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, change the underlying negative beliefs and thoughts, and free you from unhealthy behaviors, patterns and defenses. You will find new approaches, tools and supports for your problems – so that you can be a freer, happier, and more satisfied.


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.