Susan Keene, MA, LMHC
Many of us find ourselves in places in our lives that are not what we expected, or what we were raised to be able to cope with. It is vital to find someone who can help us face these situations and difficulties in a non-judgemental, compassionate, honest, and open manner. I specialize in meeting my clients where they are, helping them decide what they would like their lives to be like, and developing ways to reach their goals. You are the expert in your own life, and know best how it should be for you. Sometimes it is difficult to understand your own heart, sometimes it is painful to make changes that others you care about may not agree with, sometimes it is hard to know which path to take. Many of us are struggling with these ideas while carrying the weight of unrealistic pressures, expectations, and past trauma, which can make it even more difficult to find happiness. I am passionate about helping my clients find their feet and realize how wonderful life can be when living with authenticity.
I work with individual adults (18+) of all ages who are navigating changes. Whether it is a life stage, such as graduating college, changing careers, adding to families, midlife issues, empty nest, aging and health concerns, or simply noticing that your life does not look the way you expected it to and wondering what direction to turn, I want to help you adjust to new horizons and new possibilities. I am particularly passionate about working with clients from the LGBTQIA, polyamory, and sex positive communities. I also have experience with women’s issues, non-traditional families, gender non-conforming clients, and grief and loss.
I believe that humans are by necessity community creatures, and that a great deal of our well being comes from our relationships. I graduated from University of Washington Bothell in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Community Psychology, which is the study of how communities can enhance or degrade the quality of life for their residents. I received a master’s degree in 2015 from Antioch University Seattle in mental health counseling, and have years of experience in community mental health. I have worked with clients experiencing homelessness, unemployment, body image problems, trauma, grief, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addiction, and many other situations that have caused them to have difficulty reaching happiness. I draw from a variety of treatment modalities, including humanistic counseling, cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and mindfulness and health related techniques. I am trained in EMDR and am working towards certification, as well as working toward certification with the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT).
I was born and raised in northeast Seattle, making me a rare native. In my spare time I love spending time working in my yard, reading about history, mythology, and psyche, listening to music of all genres (classical to Americana to punk to hip hop), traveling or dreaming of traveling, and sitting still and listening to nature. I came to my counseling career after years of working low paying jobs and raising four children with non-traditional learning styles and gender expressions. The winding road that brought me to this place in my life gives me breadth and experience to better understand and join with my clients in creating new ways of living that feel right and free. I am honored to be a part of my clients’ story, and look forward to helping you right the next chapter in yours.