Susan Totten, LISW
Susan Totten is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. She earned her BS in psychology and MSW at the University of Iowa. She has been working in the mental health field for more than 30 years as a research assistant, crisis center volunteer, domestic violence counselor, and advocate, and has worked for the past 15 years as a community based-social worker, teacher, and psychotherapist.
Susan’s postgraduate training focused on mind-body connections and trauma at the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (internship), as well as training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Internal Family systems (IFS) and other specific modalities. More recently, Susan trained extensively with Stan Tatkin, PhD., where she learned to utilize a psychobiological approach (PACT model) working with couples. Susan completed the Sexual Health Certificate Program at University of Michigan (SHCP), Sex Therapy track in March 2019 and continues to participate actively in the sexual health field. She is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Iowa where she teaches mind-body medicine.
Susan’s approach to working with clients emphasizes a nonjudgmental stance. She is ready to meet you wherever you are in your life’s journey, honor your unique strengths, and support you in creating your most fulfilling life, in line with your values and goals. This collaborative, client-centered process is based on a foundation of honest, direct communication, mutual respect, trust, and commitment.
In working with trauma, couples therapy, and sex therapy, Susan’s goal is to assist you in increasing your awareness, understanding of the roots of emotional distress, and treating relational and sexual challenges in an inclusive, sex-positive and affirmative environment.
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