Susan M. Ward

M.A., M.S., LPC/LCMHC (Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor)

Susan Ward is supportive, professional, creative, and friendly. She is dedicated to providing individuals with new tools and strategies that improve a person's life and their relationships with others. She holds hope for people who feel like their hope is lost. Many of her clients are parenting challenging children. She helps these parents address their own challenging childhood so that they can be accomplished, connected parents.

She incorporates looking at art, creativity within the arts, and art analogies as part of her work as a therapist. (Art for Mental Wellness)

As a mental wellness advocate, Susan says, "We've all become overly focused on what's wrong with someone's mental health. We need to shift and focus on teaching ways to build the positive aspects of mental wellness and emotional resilience. Art in all forms is an ideal vehicle for doing that!"

Susan works with individuals to help them learn the skills they need to live successfully and happily. When Susan works with individual adults, she addresses both past challenges such as neglect and abuse, as well as present-day issues. These clients may be struggling with depression, grief, a poor sense of self, difficulties in relationships, and more.

Susan's therapeutic approach is integrative, drawing from a wide variety of modalities and theories. She uses EMDR, therapeutic games, art activities, narrative therapy, homework, and more. 

Susan has an M.S. in mental health counseling. She completed her internship at Eliada, a residential treatment center for children and teens. She stays on top of research and new findings related to attachment, complex trauma, neurobiology, and more.

In Susan's first career, she was curator of Biltmore House in Asheville, North Carolina, and later founded a museum consulting business that helped museums and historic houses to improve their visitor services and interpretation. She has an M.A. in Decorative Arts & Museum Studies, with a B.A. in Art History. 

Outside of work, Susan reads, hikes, gardens, volunteers, and visits museums.

Contact Susan at 282-450-0300 text/phone or unquilted@gmail.com.

In February 2018, Susan was awarded the Attachment and Trauma Network's Parent Award, presented in Washington D.C.

Training & Education
  • Expressive Arts & Positive Psychology, 2020

  • Trauma Informed Expressive Arts Therapy, 2020

  • Poetry and Metaphor as a Path to Hope, 2020

  • Attachment Throughout the Lifespan, 2019

  • Trauma Informed Art Therapy, 2019

  • EMDR Unchained, 2018

  • ATN (Attachment & Trauma Network) Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools Conference, 2018 

  • ATTACh Annual Conference, 2017

  • Healing Sexual Trauma, 2017

  • Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, 2017

  • EMDR & Attachment, Advanced Training, 2016

  • Integrative Therapy: EMDR & Attachment Trauma, 2016

  • EMDR Canada, Annual Conference, 2016

  • Yoga and Trauma, Level 2, 2016

  • Yoga and Trauma, Level 1, 2015

  • EMDR Level II, 2014

  • EMDR, Level I, 2014

  • MS Mental Health Counseling, 2013

  • Over 300 weeks of training and supervision regarding attachment, trauma, RAD, and Developmental Trauma Disorder (2002-2012)

  • ADHD seminar, 2005, 2012, 2016

  • RAD Parenting Techniques workshops, 2003, 2005

Speaker at Workshops & Conferences
  • Compassionate Museums Integrate Mental Wellness, Southeastern Museums Conference, 2020

  • Stepping into Mental Wellness: New Social Awareness for Museums, Small Museums Association Annual Conference, 2020

  • The Tough Ones: Strategies for Camp Counselors in Dealing with Challenging Behaviors, Camp Kahdalea, 2019

  • When Words Heal: Improving Outcomes of Children Affected by Trauma Through Collaboration, ASHA (American Speech & Hearing Association) Annual Conference, 2018

  • Camp Kahdalea, Trauma-Attachment Info for Camp Counselors, 2018

  • Becoming Trauma Sensitive, Franklin School of Innovation, 2018

  • Unspoken: The Implications of Developmental Trauma, NCSHLA (NC Speech, Hearing, and Language Association) Annual Conference, 2018 

  • Words Matter, ATN (Attachment & Trauma Network) Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools Conference, 2018 

  • A Missing Link, ATTACh Annual Conference, 2017

  • Camp Kahdalea, Dealing with Challenging Campers, 2017

  • Therapy Considerations for Adoptive Families, WNC Psychotherapy Association, 2016

  • Insights into Treating Attachment Issues, WNC Psychotherapy Association, 2014

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