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Mountlake Terrace Location:
Phone: 425 640 7009


Susan Santiago-Turner, Ph.D, LMHC

I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I hold a master's degree in Counseling Psychology (2001 - University of Missouri) and a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision (2013 - University of Rochester). My lived experience as a primary and long-distance caregiver coupled with 14-years of counseling experience serves as a powerful clinical tool as I bear witness to the story caregivers tell about providing care for their loved one living with a chronic illness. Honored to witness the fortitude of caregivers, I endeavor to implement nonpharmacological interventions for both the endurer and their caregiver that complements their needs. In this way, caregivers become empowered to work with, rather than against, the challenging situations they face on a daily basis.
As a counselor, I am grounded in the emancipatory practices of feminist theory and narrative therapy while integrating mindfulness-based cognitive-behavioral strategies into each session. This integrated blend bodes well for caregivers of individuals who are aging-in-place, living with neurocognitive disorders, Parkinson's disease, or cancer.

I have a comprehensive understanding and respect for the work caregivers perform. If you find yourself serving as a caregiver and lack the support necessary to continue this important life-task or you anticipate becoming a caregiver in the near future, reach-out to me so we can find ways to empower you and validate your experience as a caregiver. If you served as a caregiver, and are experiencing duress surrounding issues of grief and loss, reach-out to me as well. There is no need to remain silent about the process of caregiving especially unpaid caregiving—the backbone of caretaking in the United States.

 Treatment Orientation 

  • Relational and compassion-focused
  • Empowerment and strength-based
  • Cultural humility stance
  • Feminist theory
  • Narrative therapy
  • Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal