Closer Connections Counseling
Susan Yuen, LMFT---Therapy for Individuals, Couples and Families

Susan Yuen - LMFT

 

SusanYuen is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist providing counseling services to individuals and couples in her private practice in Sacramento CA

BIOGRAPHY

Work History

Susan Yuen has over  20 years of experience in the mental health field working with a wide range of populations.  Some of the populations Susan has worked with include couples and individuals attempting to overcome issues such as divorce, anxiety, depression and addictions.  Furthermore, Susan has experience with special needs preschool children, youth in psychiatric hospitals and youth that have histories of incarceration,  foster youth and with low performing students in the school system.  


Education- Training
Susan Yuen received a MA in Community Counseling from the
University  of Northern Colorado with a specialization in couples and  family therapy.  Susan is licensed in California as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC#43357).  In addition to a Master's in Community Counseling, Susan has received extensive post graduate training in: 

  • Trauma Treatment (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing -EMDR--Certified EMDR therapist)
  • Couples Therapy (Emotionally Focused Therapy-EFT)
  • Strategic Therapy/Solution Focused Therapy
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology (Dr. Daniel Siegel-mindfulness/mindsight and meditation)
  • Attachment Focused Therapy for children and families (Dr. Daniel Hughes)
  • Specialized treatment for children who have been abused (Theraplay, art therapy, sand tray therapy, play therapy). 
  •  In addition to being a LMFT, Susan is also a credentialed school counselor

Therapeutic Approach
Therapy can be intimidating as you make your most inner thoughts, fears, and dreams known to another person. Susan knows from personal experience how therapy can be somewhat overwhelming initially.  Once you build a trusting relationship with your therapist, you will find the results are well worth the effort.  Susan's theories  of choice generally include Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Attachment Focused Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) , and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  However, each individual is unique and there is not a magic bullet approach that works for everyone.  Your treatment will be customized to fit your specific needs and goals in order to address your current challenges.  With compassion and understanding, Susan will work with you to help you build on your strengths and attain the personal growth you are committed to accomplishing.


Personal History
Susan was born in
Atlanta , Georgia and has gradually made her way to California over the past several years. Susan has lived in California for twelve years now and has fallen in love with the beauty of the California coast and the picturesque mountains throughout the state.   California is also where Susan met the love of her life, her husband. When not working, Susan and her husband love to spend time at the coast or enjoying all Sacramento has to offer with their young daughter and standard poodle.

Susan has known from a very young age she wanted to work in the helping profession as a therapist.  Helping others overcome the hardships of their lives is her passion.  Through her own personal challenges, Susan has grown as an individual and as a therapist.  Susan knows what it is like to move past  feelings of grief, anger, and hopelessness and to give life a second chance.  Susan is truly grateful for the challenges she has encountered as they have made her a stronger person and have enhanced her ability to assist others.