Susan Blum, LCSW
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Susan Blum

Psychotherapy, LCSW

Susan Blum is a psychotherapist with fifteen years of experience helping adults of all ages. She treats people grappling with depression, anxiety, relationships, life transitions, and codependency. She has extensive training in relational psychotherapy and integrates methods of cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. Her style is warm and interactive.
Specialties
General Mental Health
Personal Growth
Relationship Issues
Finances
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$140-200
Out-of-pocket
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“I’ll listen to you deeply, while also asking questions, making observations, and getting feedback from you in an active process of give-and-take.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
My history has shown me the possibility and power of change. I’ve had several life transitions, from preparing for an academic career in literature to becoming a writer to ultimately fulfilling my deepest dream of becoming a therapist. Tying it all together has been my profound interest in people and their stories (though, at each step, what would come next for me was not always certain). My journey has shown me that nothing in life is set in stone and that every experience has value and meaning. It’s my great privilege to accompany my clients on their own journeys of discovery.
What should someone know about working with you?
It’s my experience that people often start therapy with the hope that life can be better for them, but also with some doubt that they’ll really be able to change. Over time, and for very understandable reasons, they’ve built up stories about who they are that can be limiting and distorted. And they’ve gotten stuck in painful, repetitive patterns that feel frustrating, confusing, and maybe even inescapable. I’ll work with you to identify those patterns, understand how they developed, and — most importantly — change them. I’ll listen to you deeply, while also asking questions, making observations, and getting feedback from you in an active process of give-and-take. Together, we’ll expand your story and increase self-compassion and confidence. My goal is to help you know and accept yourself more and feel stronger in order to build the life you want.
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How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
There are four core values and convictions that shape my work: 1) Everyone has strengths to build on, whether they believe it or not; 2) Acceptance, curiosity, and compassion are the bedrocks of therapy; 3) I’m not the expert (only you are the expert on you) nor do I provide the answers (these arise through the work that we do together); and 4) Therapy is serious business, but humor is important too. The give-and-take of therapy generates plenty of surprise, creativity, and — yes — even laughter. One goal of therapy is to teach you how to replace rigid rules with flexible play; it’s not all hard work nor should it be.
How will you tell if I'm making progress in therapy?
We’ll both know that you’re benefiting from therapy if your symptoms — from anxiety, depression, confusion, etc. — are getting better. We’ll also know by the evolution of our relationship and if there’s an increasing feeling of ease between us. Finally, we’ll know by seeing how our work together is translated into your greater ability to achieve your goals and desires, have fulfilling relationships, and weather life’s challenges out in the world.
“There are four core values and convictions that shape my work: 1) Everyone has strengths to build on, whether they believe it or not; 2) Acceptance, curiosity, and compassion are the bedrocks of therapy; 3) I’m not the expert (only you are the expert on you) nor do I provide the answers (these arise through the work that we do together); and 4) Therapy is serious business, but humor is important too.”
Interested in speaking with Susan?