Sue Passalacqua, M.S., MFT

Sue Passalacqua View Specialties

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • 733 E. Chapman Avenue, Fullerton, California, 92833
  • Additional Locations:
      See additional office location: Whittier, 90601
      13025 Bailey Street, Suite D
      Whittier, 90601
  • Phone: 714-287-7490
  • Session Fees: $120 per therapeutic session

ABOUT SUE PASSALACQUA. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Whittier, California. I have had several professional positions and experiences which have enhanced my understanding of what women and men struggle with at different times in their lives. I taught elementary school for 9 years from 1980 to 1989 and have worked with college students for 15 years.

I have clinical experience helping adults, children, adolescents, and couples with a wide range of problems including:
Relationship issues
Divorce, infidelity
communication challenges
Anxiety disorders
Anger management
Sexual assault trauma
Intimate partner violence
Grief and loss.

I served as Cal State University, Fullerton's Associate Director of The Women's Center for 12 years.In that capacity, I gained a great deal of experience working with women and men’s sociological and psychological issues. I understand that women and men are shaped by, not only their upbringing, but their gender socialization and cultural values. I am a certified sexual assault counselor as well as having training in working with victims of intimate partner violence.I teach Crisis Intervention in the Human Services Department at Cal State Fullerton.

My educational background includes a Masters degree in Counseling and a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Studies from California State University, Fullerton.

In addition, I received training and certifications on a variety of clinical subjects including crisis intervention, suicidality, sexual assault, and domestic violence. I continue to work on enhancing my clinical knowledge and skills through continuing education trainings and conferences.

Philosophy of Treatment

My approach to psychotherapy is humanistic, psychodynamic and relational. I view healing of the whole person in the context of one's gender and cultural development. I provide an introspective, empathetic focus, aimed at understanding, removing emotional blocks and moving toward ongoing growth. I assess an individual's concerns, needs and goals, make appropriate referrals when necessary and work closely with community professionals, so that collaborative treatment planning and treatment options can be considered.

I believe the relationship between the client and therapist is where the most significant healing occurs. Psychotherapy becomes a creative process, incorporating introspection and the motivation to make change. Change is the only constant in life. Consequently, managing change to ones utmost ability is part of the therapeutic process.

Areas of Interest interest
Panic attacks
Stress management
Relationship challenges
Blended family issues
Generalized anxiety
Post-traumatic stress
Domestic violence
Sexual assault
Major life decisions
Personal growth
Life Transitions
Grief and loss
Chronic pain & illness

What Happens On Your First Therapy Session?

Most clients feel some anxiety and apprehension coming to their first therapeutic session. I work to place all clients at ease by explaining what they can expect from me, the therapeutic process and what it takes to make progress and see improvement. I explain to clients that never have to share anything they are not ready or comfortable in sharing. I meet the client where they are each session and allow them to share what's most pressing for them. I tend to be more responsive to my clients in terms of offering feedback as it deems appropriate. I am not at all "a blank screen" and believe most clients appreciate more feedback than less interaction.

Sue Passalacqua Reaches

Whittier CA