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Dr. Susan Frauenholtz

Dr. Susan Frauenholtz


20 years of experience

Hi there, I'm Susan. Have you been overwhelmed by juggling life's demands recently? Would you like to feel more confident in relationships and comfortable in your own skin? Are you finding it difficult to cope with change and loss? Reaching out for support is a big first step. As a licensed clinician in both Virginia and Iowa with over two decades of experience, I will work collaboratively with you as a partner to explore solutions and help you reach your goals. My approach to counseling is to create a space that feels safe, nonjudgmental, and welcoming. I am very strengths-based and tailor my approach to your individual needs and preferences. The focus of my practice is working with women of all ages on concerns including anxiety and depression, self-esteem, body image, life changes, and relational challenges. I also have specialized training to help you process and heal from previous trauma. I love incorporating humor and creativity into our conversations as we navigate these difficult topics. I look forward to meeting you and beginning our work together.

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

While working together, we will work as a team to discover and build your own inner strengths and resources so that you can grow, heal, and move on to a life where you thrive. I seek to create a balance of working on short-term goals while keeping the big picture in mind along the way. Every session will be focused on listening to and understanding your challenges and concerns, and developing skills that can be incorporated immediately into your life with a renewed sense of confidence and hope.

What treatment methods and tools do you utilize?

I purposefully integrate several treatment approaches that are best suited to your needs. My work is client-centered and places your needs first and foremost. I am highly skilled in several evidence-based cognitive approaches that are useful for challenging and changing unhelpful thoughts that are holding you back. I utilize EMDR when appropriate to facilitate healing from previous trauma. In addition, my work with women is informed from a feminist perspective that affirms your ability to "rewrite" your own story in a way that is affirming and empowering.

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

I view empathy and genuine listening as my superpowers. Our work together will always be approached from a place of compassion. I recognize and fully believe in your intrinsic worth and value, and will help you rediscover them too if previous experiences have led to you doubt your own self-worth.

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