Melding Therapy and Science


Freud was the one to say it first, that someday the study of psychotherapy would include the study of the body.
Couples’ therapy emerged in Germany, in the 1920’s. It took another ten years, before it showed up in the United States.

Since then we have seen many of the masters’ creative therapy approaches. There are far too many to list. (They can be found on the internet.)

Bessell van Der Kolk is the authority on Trauma throughout the world. There are scientists who are making huge contributions, such as Droige, Dan Siegel, Porges, and many more.

As a trauma and relationship specialist since 1982, and a specialist in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing since 1991, I know methods to integrate with couples’ and individual therapy.

There are many couples who come to my office, seeking relief from their suffering. Using my protocol, having integrated my learning and wisdom, I am healing in the core of their issues.

It seems to me that each person who comes to see me for therapy has carried – often unconsciously – the pain of their earlier years. This interferes with how they see themselves and others. Damage done through traumatic experiences such as sexual abuse, verbal and physical abuse, tragedy, military experiences, loss, and the list goes on, will easily connect to present day problems with themselves, and their partners. The residuals live on in them, and tarnish the whole of their lives – their relationships, their ability for intimacy.

I think in terms of transformation. Making sense of the present through the eyes of the past, frees people to change themselves, and the way they relate to everyone around them.

My approach accomplishes this in an amazingly short time – relative to long term talk therapy.

I’ll keep learning.

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About Paula Susan

Paula Susan, MSW, LCSW, Masters in Clinical Social Work & Psychology; specialist in Trauma and Relationships since 1982. In 1991, I integrated the powerfully transformative process of EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Research demonstrates that it facilitates life-altering changes more efficiently and effectively than talk therapy alone. I teach skills such as communication and anxiety relief to improve connection with others. Over the decades, I’ve come to respect how much damage even small traumatic experiences inflict on our core beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. I consider it a privilege to help my clients understand and change what has undermined their happiness and their relationships. I do it with warmth, integrity, humor, and profound respect for those who care about the quality of this small piece of time we have on

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