Susan J NathanPsychologist

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What do you view as a key component of the therapeutic relationship?

Comfort with each other; having the client feeling safe and supported by the therapist. In order for therapy to proceed there has to be an alliance between client and therapist. Research has shown the therapeutic relationship is key to working together and producing the best results.

What does success look like in therapy? How will a client know that they are making progress?

There is consistent feedback to ascertain where we are and where we are going. The client may feel success with a greater sense of control and increased pleasure in life. It is their perception that counts, not mine.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

I will provide an emotional atmosphere of trust and safety, to listen carefully, to help the client examine their thoughts and feelings, to gain insights, to encourage the choice of meaningful goals to work with. I am told I have a warm personal presence combined with gentle humor and an enthusiastic, optimistic style. I will choose from a variety of methods the best ones suited for each client. It is a collaborate journey.




Communication issues

Life transitions

Coping Skills

General Expertise


Work Stress

Relationship Issues

Social Anxiety

Aging related concerns

Anger management

Body image issues

Chronic pain



First Session


Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Individual Session


Adults (25-65)

Seniors (65+)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Mindfulness Practices

Strength Based Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Eclectic Therapy

Humanistic Therapy

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Person-Centered Therapy

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Training / Certifications

Medical Hypnosis ASCH Crisis Intervention and Debriefing ARC


CA, Psychologist, PSY18217

FL, Psychologist, PY3416


PhD, Psychology, University of Miami

MEd, Counseling Psychology, University of Miami

BA, Psychology, University of Miami

AA, Physical Therapy, Keystone College

Work History

Began studying Physical Therapy but Psychology as a minor won me over. I have spent my working life in private practice with so many wonderful people. Being able to work as a Psychologist has been a life gift. Working with someone who is interested in learning more about themselves and their life is gratifying. There are many life stressors and many ways to move toward a sense of control and pleasure in life. I have studied, and used, a number of techniques. I have taught, done public speaking, designed courses, created three CDs for client use, and would enjoy showing you new methods to help now and the future. I would like to help you shift your perceptions to clear the way to create positive changes.


,, Laguna Hills, 92637, CA