“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things,
and only the wise can see them.” ~Paulo Coelho
Dr. Susy Sanders
Certified Addiction Specialist
Certified Child-Directed Therapist
Filial Family Therapist
Expressive Art Therapy
Jungian Spiritual Director
Emerging Image Artist
Dr. Susy Sanders is a licensed psychologist both in Washington State and in Maine. She has a private practice in Phillips, Maine where she provides general psychological services and specializes in trauma and mood disorders. She is dually trained in both Educational and Clinical Psychology with focus in child development, children’s mental health, special education, and child trauma. She has a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Washington, an M.A. in Community Counseling from Seattle University, and a B.A. in Sociology-Social Services with dual minors in Art and Anthropology from Seattle Pacific University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude. Additionally she has specialized training in addictions and holds national certification from the Academy of Health Care Providers. She also has certifications as a Child-Directed Play Therapist through Relationsihp Enchancement, Spiritual Direction from the Haden Institute, and Jungian Psychotherapy from the Zur Institute. Dr. Sanders has worked in the fields of addiction and trauma since 1987, initially in the criminal justice system as a Probation Officer and Addiction’s Specialist in King County and the Greater Seattle Area. Her ongoing training and studies have kept her current in both fields as she continues to practice as a clinical psychologist.
Dr. Sanders specializes in individual, couples, and family psychology. She makes use of both Adlerian and Jungian therapeutic models in her work. She works with children, adolescents and parents to develop encouraging and helpful parenting interactions in family settings, particularly for families with distressed or behaviorally challenged children. Morning Bridge Center has a variety of spaces available for various family needs. For extended family sessions, the parlor of the Farmhouse, which is also the Retreat House, is utilized. In Vivo, which is interpreted as “in real life” situations can be designed including family art and music sessions, family psycho-drama, and pet therapy. For individuals who seek a greater sense of personal development, Susy also makes use of Jungian techniques.
Dr. Sanders was trained by Dr. Benita Stiles-Smith, a psychiatric nurse practitioner/psychologist in the careful activity of differential diagnosis and use of appropriate medications. Dr. Stiles-Smith is a child specialist with a focus on mental illness and medical treatment who is currently working in New Zealand. Dr. Sanders has continued to consult with Dr. Stiles-Smith regarding clarifying the special needs of children.
She also worked under Dr. Barry Nyman, child psychologist who was the founder of Children’s Hospital Psychiatric Program in Seattle as well as with Psychiatrist Dr. Sang Suh, specialist in mood dysregulation disorders.
Dr. Sanders was trained with a range of mental health practitioners and primary care providers including pediatricians in evaluating and monitoring medications in adults and children in the Greater Seattle area. She currently works with a psychiatric consultant regarding treatment of her clients. She engages the practice of collaborating with physicians in the area so that her clients get the best possible treatment
Previous to her doctoral experiences, Dr. Sanders worked under the supervision of her father, the late Dr. E. Fredrick Thompson, clinical psychologist, with his patients who were suffering with chronic mental illness. Dr. Thompson was an expert in differential diagnosis of chronic mental illness. In this work, Dr. Sanders was trained to recognize and support the resilience of the person suffering with the disease, as opposed to focusing on the disease, itself. Further, she was trained in everyday practical methods of mood and symptom management.