Suzie Schnell

Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern

“Helping adults create a new narrative to enact change,

overcome loss, and fully embrace life.”

Are you feeling stuck, overwhelmed, isolated, or alone? Perhaps you are hurting from a loss or major life transition? Maybe you're ready to change unhealthy self-defeating patterns?

It is not uncommon to feel adrift amidst life changes, disconnected, or out of place in the world. Thinking in black and white can distort the picture of our reality and restrict the range of our thoughts and emotions.

 

Sometimes making progress on daily or long-standing challenges requires a different lens and a fresh approach. Whatever the case may be, you deserve to feel seen, heard, and empathetically understood.

Finding someone to support you in cultivating a new perspective to overcome obstacles is the first step in uncovering emotional well-being. The core of the therapeutic relationship is a collaborative one. Working together in a safe space, we will explore the root causes of concern and ponder difficult questions, to alleviate what is preventing you from living the life you are meant to live.

My Services 

I provide individual therapy for young, mid-life, and older adults. Through-out the span of adulthood, life transitions happen when many of our roles, responsibilities, and relationships change. Whether it be a quest to feel more empowered, challenge setbacks, or navigate loss, it is never too early or too late to embark on a new perspective of awareness and growth.

Based on a humanistic person-centered foundation, my approach is a creative one that combines several different counseling techniques. Some of these include; mindfulness, narrative therapy, and experiential interventions, such as therapeutic photography to explore a holistic process of healing.

I have found photography to be a readily available expressive tool to assist clients with many different issues. Incorporating photographic images into the counseling process helps convey and recognize feelings, thoughts, and emotions beyond words. This creative intervention is just one way to uncover the authentic being behind the perfect persona.

My Story

Before transitioning into a career in counseling, I was a professional photographer for 20+ years. Throughout my career, I have had the opportunity to work with teens and adults alike, demonstrating the power of creative expression. In doing so, I have come to fully understand how impactful storytelling can implore a sense of belonging, resilience, and/or recognition of human commonality.

In 2014, I decided to sell everything and travel the world solo for a while. I had the opportunity to volunteer for numerous international helping organizations becoming more mindfully connected to the world. This experience was a pivotal point for me, providing a new awareness of the endless possibilities for my own life.

 

I completed my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. My clinical experience includes working with individuals and groups who have encountered grief, loss, and/or trauma in both outpatient and residential inpatient mental health programs.

 

Additionally, I have had the privilege of counseling adults virtually through the use of secure telehealth platforms. Currently, I am a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in pursuit of licensure in Florida.

Just For Fun

I am a passionate animal advocate and environmentalist who loves the outdoors. Laughter is a must for me, and I laugh at myself all the time. I am inspired daily by the people that I meet.

Why Work with Me? 

I would be honored to support you in creating a new narrative to help evoke change and fully embrace life. When working with me, you can expect a non-judgmental and empathetic way of being to ensure a safe space to share.

 

By examining the patterns that are no longer working, we can begin to look at different perspectives and possibilities for you to best thrive in life.

Take the Next Step, Let's Connect!

Contact me today to discuss the possibility of working together. I would love to speak to you further about any questions you might have or to set up your first session.

 

I can be reached at (954) 391-5305. If you want to read more about me or my approach, visit my website

 
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