I completed my undergraduate studies at Concordia University with a major in Behavioral Science with a double emphasis in Psychology and Sociology. My passion for helping others grew during my undergraduate years, and I went on to obtain my doctorate in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University.
After teaching at Concordia University for five years (2008-2013), I became full-time professor for California Baptist University- teaching undergraduate and graduate courses (2013- present; achieving Tenure in 2021). Please see below for a complete list of courses taught. I have also worked at Azusa Pacific University's Community Counseling Center and Biola's Counseling Center seeing clients of all ages, and supervising and training pre-doctoral therapists. I deeply enjoy these opportunities as a professor and supervisor, and I believe these experiences further enrich my clinical work with my clients.
I am a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY24840). I have a relational and collaborative approach, and I am sensitive to the delicate and sometimes intimidating process of therapy. In the safety of an accepting and caring connection, we can address hurdles and assess how to face and overcome those challenges. I bring myself genuinely into my counseling, and I believe that helps my clients feel known and understood, rather than critiqued or overanalyzed. Whether you are seeking individual therapy or couples counseling, I am passionate about helping you gain insights into yourself and your relationships with others.
Everyone's process in therapy looks differently. However, in general, it is important to address current symptoms as well as possible unresolved issues that may be contributing to present stressors. Depending on your situation, we may need to take steps to help you feel grounded and stable before we can tackle deeper issues such as past relational injuries. My hope is that therapy will provide healing and fulfillment so that you can find joy in your daily experiences and relationships.
I provide counseling for teenagers through older adults, from a variety of cultural and religious backgrounds. Presenting concerns range as well; some clients may enter therapy debilitated from depression, anxiety, or marital stress, and some clients feel relatively satisfied but are seeking personal or spiritual growth. Sometimes clients are extremely motivated in therapy, and other times they may be ambivalent and resistant to implementing healthy changes at first. Whatever place you are in, I am committed to meeting you where you are at and working with you to find feasible steps to take together. Session fee is $225. If you have an insurance that provides out of network coverage, you may be eligible for a partial reimbursement.
Although a more detailed list is provided in the specialities section, here are some of the more common specialities~ depression, anxiety, bipolar, relational difficulties, OCD, eating disorders, sexuality, pornography, spiritual growth, identity, self-harm, suicidality.
Pre-marital~ I work with you both to review major relationship areas (ie., communication, sexual intimacy, finances, etc.), family dynamics, and any other concerns that are brought up.
Marital~ The general goal is to reduce conflict and increase intimacy. In the safety of therapy, and with a trained professional as a third party, you each will have the opportunity to learn about yourself in depth, in addition to gaining insights into the complex dynamics of your relationship. The increasing of knowledge, communication skills, and relational tools can combine to create the intimacy and connection that are so necessary in marriage.
Courses Taught or Currently Teaching:
Introduction to Psychology
Theories of Personality
Theories of Counseling
Introduction to Research Methods
Evaluation and Treatment of
HIV and AIDS Counseling
Marriage and Family Therapy
Professional Practice Seminar I
Diversity Issues in Counseling
Child Abuse/Neglect Diagnosis and
Pre-Practicum & Practicum I
Human Growth and Development
Professional Ethics and Law
Thank you for taking the time to read a little about me and my passion for therapy. Please feel invited to contact me with any questions!
Dr. Susan Purrington ReachesOrange CA