Susan is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist at our Stone Ridge office. She is a double Hokie having earned her Masters Degree in Marriage & Family Counseling and her Bachelor Degree in Business & Marketing from Virginia Tech. Susan works with older teenagers, adults, couples, and families and takes a collaborative approach to treating her clients. As part of an integrative group of healthcare professionals, she focuses on the overall care of her clients to create sustainable, positive change. She evaluates the “whole” person by delivering integrative, cost-effective services that allow her to get to the root of her client’s problems. Through this integrative practice, she finds that her clients tend to feel better faster, and be able to sustain the change longer.
As a mother of a son with ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder, she has expertise in helping families navigate the challenges associated with their diagnosis. She also specializes in grief, having personally experienced the loss of a husband. Susan enjoys working with professionals trying to juggle the stress of work-family-balance and learning to deal with anxiety in a more healthy way. Her areas of expertise include anger management, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, the LGBT community, blended families, emotional regulation, parenting, mindfulness, and relationship and communication challenges. Her goal for therapy is to create a trusting relationship and safe place for her clients to process what is happening in their life, so they can create a plan to feel well again and regain the life they had always intended.
Susan is married to her husband John, and has a son named Finn. They enjoy living in South Riding, VA with their beagle dogs Murphy & Molly. Passionate about helping decrease the stigma associated with mental illness, Susan speaks regularly on topics related to health and well-being. She is the founder of the Cormac Finn McCarty Foundation, which offers free services to families who cannot afford mental health services, and she is the owner of the Wellness Connection. They have been honored as Small Business of Year, Service Business of The Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, and Community Service Business of Year by the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce.