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Susan Bell

Susan Bell is a licensed Marital and Family Art Therapist trained to work with individuals, couples and families. She specializes in children and teens with behavioral. social problems.    Susan maintains a private practice in San Diego, California.

She has over 20 years experience in the behavioral health field.  She is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, in Los Angeles.  In addition to Marital, family, child she specializes in Play and Art Therapy.  She is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients.  Among her areas of expertise are trauma based issues, behavior management and developing coping skills using cognitive and behavioral strategies to address life patterns that contribute to feelings of frustration and low self esteem.  Susan specializes in work with highly conflicted relationships, PTSD, teaching effective coping skills and multi diagnosis individuals.  

In addition to being a  relationship therapist, Susan has presented at local conferences and  general audiences speaking on the topics of the use of Art Therapy, working with PTSD and grief in children and families.  In addition, Susan has been a participant in team research on the effects of long term therapy for traumatized children.  Susan currently works with families to assist in the Individualized Education Plan development to promote school success.

Susan is an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Her therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address life challenges. She integrates specific methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal results they are committed to accomplishing in a creative and personal way that is in line with a person's unique style and world view.

Education: Masters degree from Loyola Marymount.  Cross cultural ministerial training and ordainment from the Center For Sacred Studies, with attendance and participation in Indigenous ceremony and prayer with the 13  Grandmothers.

License, Certifications & Awards: MFT license MFC32056 in the State of California.  Ordained minister,  Art Therapist,  Brief Therapy and Crisis Intervention. 

Additional Training
Cross cultural training in Native American practices, Parenting Practices to successfully address behavioral issues in children, Advocacy in the IEP process with children in the educational system, substance abuse.  Trauma treatment with Somatic Experiencing and Comprehensive Resource Model,

Professional Activities and Memberships:
Membership in CAMFT,  Portrait Society,  Center For Sacred Studies

Payment Accepted

Cash, Insurance includes Anthem, Blue Shield, MHN, Tricare, Cigna, work EAP

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