With more than 30 years of experience, Susan has walked alongside and listened to the stories of countless women and men and across the United States and around the world, helping them to discern and engage what God seems to be doing in their lives. Because of her unique background, she is an especially attentive listener and effective communicator. Her work is thoughtful and wise, Biblically and theologically informed, educational and inspiring. She is committed to providing practical guidance in the present and God’s hope for the future.
A Licensed Professional Counselor for over two decades, Susan continues to work with The Allender Center, facilitating lay counselor training and women’s sexual abuse recovery. She enjoys a vibrant counseling practice, and was voted "Best of Charlottesville, Virginia" for four years in a row by the public.
Susan has two master’s degrees: one in education from the University of Southern California and one in counseling from Grace Theological Seminary. She completed her counseling internship under the direction of Dr. Larry Crabb and her mentor, Dr. Dan Allender. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Virginia, a Nationally Certified Counselor, and an Advanced Christian Life Coach. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Association of Christian Counselors and the International Christian Coaching Association.
Susan is a graduate of the Selah Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction. She offers spiritual direction companionship by nurturing awareness and attentive listening to God. She is a member of and abides by the Code of Ethics of the Evangelical Spiritual Directors’ Association.
Susan and her husband John live in Pasadena, California and are the parents of two adult children, Evan and Elisabeth (and one Golden Retriever, Bono).