Counseling Vision: Transforming lives by connecting people to their own strengths and futures through an environment of caring and trust.
I offer individual and group counseling services to adults, ages 18 and older. I use a strength-based approach and draw from several models of counseling, including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Mindfulness-Based and Cognitive-Behavioral approaches, and others. I work with clients who are feeling stuck due to depression, anxiety, career transitions (including retirement), chronic health conditions, caregiving stresses, and spiritual searching.
Although my office is located within a church and I am employed by St. John’s, you do not have to be a member of this church or affirm any religious belief to receive counseling services from me. I welcome discussions about religion or the exploration of spiritual practices in our work together, but such discussions and practices are not required.
Before we meet, I will ask you to complete a brief information form to collect basic contact information and the reasons you are seeking counseling. During the first session, we will talk about what brings you to counseling and any hopes or goals you have, and I will ask you to complete a more detailed history form prior to the next session, if you choose to continue. The first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you some initial impressions of what our work might include. At that point, we will discuss your treatment goals and create an initial treatment plan. You can evaluate this information and make your own assessment about whether you feel comfortable working with me.
My office is located at St. John’s United Methodist Church, at 2626 Arizona St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110, in Room 105, which is across the hall from the main sanctuary, next to the Hospitality desk. It is an office I alternate using with Executive Pastor, John Schwarting, so you may see his name on the door (note that all clients files are kept in a locking filing cabinet that only I have the key to).
Parking is available in one of two parking lots: one on the southwest side of the church with an entrance off Arizona, and the other on the east side of the church with an entrance off Phoenix.
Entering the Building
From the southwest parking lot of Arizona, use the stairs or ramp to get to the main church entrance through the glass doors (there is a sign over the doors that says “Welcome to St. John’s”). Turn to your right and follow the hallway past the main church office and preschool hallway, toward the sanctuary. My office will be on your left.
From the east parking lot off Phoenix, enter the church through the main doors on the south side of the building (there is a sign over the doors that says “Welcome to St. John’s”). My office is the first door on the right after the Hospitality desk.
If I am with another client when you arrive, please wait in the hospitality area, where you will find chairs and couches.
To make an initial appointment, please call me at 505-506-6716 or send an e-mail to request an appointment at Counselor@stjohns-abq.org (please do not include confidential information about the reasons you are seeking counseling in the message, but do include contact information so I can connect with you in a more secure way).
I am available for appointments Mondays and Wednesdays after 3:00 and all day on Fridays.
Appointments are typically scheduled on a weekly basis and are approximately 45 to 50 minutes long. We can meet more or less often, as needed. If you must cancel or reschedule your appointment, I ask that you contact me at least 24 hours in advance.
Unless otherwise arranged, my fee for a 50-minute session is $80.00. Brief phone conversations or electronic communications to confirm or cancel appointments are included in the fees paid for treatment. Services for time periods other than a regular 50-minute appointment are charged proportionally at your regular session fee.
Payment is expected at the time of each appointment by cash, check, or credit card. There is a kiosk immediately outside my office or in the main office for making credit card payments (please indicate “Susan” in the Notes field), and checks can be made out to SJUMC, with “Susan” on the memo line. We do not file insurance claims on your behalf, but I can provide you with a receipt/statement for services rendered that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.
I have a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in counseling and guidance from New Mexico State University, and am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of New Mexico (#0187371). In my role as a counselor, I am an employee of St. John’s United Methodist Church. I also have a Ph.D. in sociology and do research in the area of criminal justice for a non-profit research company. I am being supervised by Kelly Brooks, who is a Licensed Practicing Clinical Counselor and Supervisor in the State of New Mexico.