Experienced professional counseling with a Christian approach

My role as a counselor is to facilitate change and accompany my clients rather than direct or advise them. I assist my clients to explore and evaluate their lifestyle choices, develop insights, and initiate appropriate change when indicated.

Integrative Perspective

My goal has been to receive quality education and training so I am equipped to address counseling from an integrative perspective. I believe we have been designed to live in relationship with God and one another.

When painful events touch our lives, we can become hurt. To recover from these hurts, all aspects of the individual need to be taken into consideration for complete healing and recovery to occur. Individuals can be free to move ahead in their personal growth and become all they were designed to be.

“Susie is hands-down one of the most intentional, faithful, and gifted counselors in Portland. Her insights and expertise have shaped my healing experience in so many ways. I couldn’t be more thankful for the care and support I have found in her.”

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Philosophy

My counseling approach is based on the philosophy of partnering with my clients to develop goals and treatments appropriate for their situation and personal growth.

As a Christian counselor, I also believe God created us with a body, soul, and spirit. Based on this belief, I take an integrative approach in my counseling, incorporating philosophy, psychology, and theology into my counseling techniques.

My clients receive qualified professional counseling therapy as well as sound theological counsel. I will discuss spiritual matters when appropriate with the full knowledge and consent of my clients.

EMDR

Trauma can be devastating, but it is treatable. EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. It is a body-mind integrative therapy that has been proven highly effective for people who have experienced trauma.

When experiences are accompanied by high levels of disturbance, they may be stored in what functions like the implicit, short-term memory system. When triggered, traumatic experiences produce a response from the fight or flight area of the brain, and it feels like the event is happening right now. EMDR reprocessing creates an adaptive shift in the memory from an implicit understanding of the memory to a long-term or explicit consideration of the memory. This can reduce or fade the emotional response.

EMDR therapy is evidence-based and has been proven effective for PTSD, trauma, anxiety, and depression.

“Susie has such a calming way about her. It was easy to share deep things as she’s warm and approachable. I could tell immediately that she was invested in helping me find healing.”

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Education

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Oregon. I received a Master’s Degree in counseling from George Fox University. I have certificates in Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Formation/Discipleship from George Fox Seminary.

I have received Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training approved by the EMDR International Association. My EMDR training is in the Somatic and Attachment Focused EMDR (SAFE) method.

I am a retired Registered Nurse. I received my nursing education from Emanuel Hospital School of Nursing.

I’ve had a private counseling practice since my graduation from George Fox in 2000.

Susan M. Hausch, MA, LPC

Connect

Call or text me at 5037997666.

You may also reach me using the contact form.

Comments or questions are welcome.

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