Suzanne Stokes, HV profile image

Suzanne Stokes, HV

Suzanne Stokes, HV


38 years of experience
4104 5th Avenue...

I have worked as a Mental Health Therapist for 30 years and I love my work as much today as the day I started. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Addictions Professional. I am honored to join people where they are at on their journey. I focus on positive goals for getting back on track or even transformation. As I realize the courage it takes to come to therapy, I focus on the patient/therapist relationship. There must first be an experience of safety and trust. Then, of course, the therapeutic work will follow. I utilize a warm, relaxed style with fierce reflection or gentle support as needed. I believe that everyone benefits from a therapeutic experience to attain the best version of themselves for the best quality of life. 1 utilize humor combined with therapeutic skills which makes my approach unique. Laughter isn't always appropriate, but it can be very helpful with reframing and bringing down barriers. With so many years of experience and training, I have a broad skill set and utilize multiple interventions to create a unique treatment plan for each person, couple, or family. Some of the modalities that I frequently utilize are: Solution- Focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psycho-education, Systems Theory, Emotion Focused Therapy, Behavioral Modification, Skills training and Motivational interviewing/coaching.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

To me, the first session is one of the most, if not the most important session. I call it "Meet and Greet" to lighten the feel. In reality there is a lot to accomplish. This is when we will each decide if we connect. You must feel I am someone you can feel comfortable to speak openly with about very personal topics. You must feel that I can handle the situations you are bringing to the table and I must know professionally that I can. Of course I will have lots of questions about what has brought you to therapy. We will briefly set up a course of action and I will give you a goal setting exercise to do before our next meeting. This is a session that is full of potential.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

It is my deepest desire, first and foremost, to create a bond with my clients so that they feel safe to face the difficulties they have courageously come to therapy to discuss. As the world has changed, so has what is needed in my field. That is to say, as a therapist I must be flexible and sensitive to the needs of my patients. I enjoy working with couples, individuals (ages 9 to 90), and families. Each of these situations require different strategies and approaches. As I have matured in my life and my work I find I am more patient and flexible. My goal is to help you reach your goal. Once again, self compassion is an overall process we will embark upon.

About Suzanne Stokes, HV

Identifies as

Licensed in


4104 5th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL, USA, One Light Wellness


Virtual & in-person

My treatment methods

Solution Focused Brief Treatment

It’s difficult to narrow my work to one model,still Solution-focused Therapy has been profound for both my clients and myself. I came to realize I was somehow more problem focused. This therapy encourages one to see the positive, the steps, no matter how small, toward the well formed, desired outcome. Another aspect I enjoy about this model is it has enhanced a most important outcome which is good for individuals, families, and couples- self acceptance. To truly love and accept oneself is an ultimate goal which improves the relationship to self and other.

Acceptance and commitment (ACT)

This therapy teaches ways to manage thoughts with more flexibility and ways to get a handle on your emotions and discover new ways to respond. That is a mouthful and may sound lofty, still it works!

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

This treatment is in some ways opposite to how we practiced when I first began, and yet it so fits these times. I find it leaves the patient with a strong set of skills they can carry with them and apply to daily life in difficult and average times. I generally like to see this as a skill to be woven in with other modalities for a stronger "Toolbox". You will be able to see how your thoughts, feelings, and body sensations interact and can be on your side all of the time.