susie morgan - license# lmft41442
treatment process

I work from a strength-based perspective, which uses the client’s history as a guide, but focuses on finding practical ways to bring healing and hope to their present challenges.  Rather than adopting a passive "reflective-listener" role, I actively collaborate with my clients throughout our work together.

My typical treatment process begins with a multi-dimensional assessment.  The assessment includes extensive history gathering and asking the client to complete various questionnaires that provide me information vital to the development of an accurate diagnostic perspective of the presenting symptoms and issues.  I then work with the client to develop clear goals for our work together, identifying what specific changes will signal that desired progress is being made.

I request that the client complete questionnaires that assess their mood and other symptoms at the beginning and end of every session.  I also ask for feedback as to how the client felt each session went.  This process allows me to have a more accurate understanding of how the client is feeling internally and how we are progressing with the treatment, in order to increase the likelihood of a positive therapeutic outcome.
I approach treatment from the perspective that genetics, temperament, and family dynamics influence a person's response to difficult experiences.  In treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Complex/Developmental Trauma, Eating Disorders, Anxiety, Depression, and Bipolar Disorder, I find that individuals have significant characteristics of resiliency and strength that have been overshadowed in attempts to cope with life stressors. My treatment process involves identifying and disrupting distorted response patterns in order to restore appropriate self-worth, realistic optimism, and relational health.

Susie Morgan, LMFT in Encinitas - EMDR Therapy and CBT for PTSD, Complex Trauma, Rape, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Childhood Abuse, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Eating DisordersI aim to use therapeutic approaches that I've found clinically beneficial in creating change and those that are "evidenced-based," meaning that research has demonstrated their effectiveness.  My treatment approach is primarily shaped by the Adaptive Information Processing (AIP) Model, a neurologically-based, trauma-informed perspective foundational to EMDR Therapy.  My theoretical orientation also incorporates Cognitive-Behavioral and Family Systems Theory.  Other perspectives informing my work include the Gottman Institute approach to couples therapy, Love & Logic® parenting strategies, and the Amen Clinic's brain-based assessment and treatment planning

Additionally, I find referrals to other professionals for concurrent services can support the process of therapy in vital ways, so I coordinate treatment with physicians, psychiatrists, neurofeedback providers, registered dietitians, naturopathic practitioners, and other types of professionals as appropriate.

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