I am Susan Adams, licensed Marriage and Family therapist and licensed Professional Counselor, in private practice for over 35 years. My best credential is that I have been married for 41 years and have raised one daughter, numerous cousins, and am currently owned by two wonderful Boston Terriers.
I look forward to speaking to you.
I am delighted that you have found my website!
Did you know that only HEALTHY people have the courage to question their situations and problems and look for solutions?
That means that already we know that if you are reading this, you are healthy.
Being “healthy” means that you can learn new information and apply it to problem-solving.
My approach provides clients with a clear understanding of the problem. Once the problem, in the marriage or in other kinds of relationships is identified,
I work with people through practical, behavioral, and value-based solutions that help to make their relationships work.
Family members don’t have to be a part of the problem when someone is having difficulty, but they are often part of the solution.
The work I do is solution-focused. No one ever leaves my office, even the first time, without some ideas as to how to begin to solve whatever problem brought them to see me.
Some People Self-medicate!
Many people know about anti-depressants. However, did you know that there are some non-medical ways to treat this problem that work quite well.
People often come to see me with problems with saying “no”, wanting to please others to an extreme, not liking themselves, and being unhappy with who they are or what they are doing in life.
I believe the first issue is to understand when these feeling began, for how long, and what has already been done about it.
Sometimes people arrive in therapy too late to save the marriage.
What is important is that people learn the skills to stay together-not to live in misery, but to live lives that contain joy and commitment that make good models for children to follow.
It can be painful and
heartbreaking to watch a loved one decline.
The alternatives of sudden loss may, in some ways, be easier on the survivors but the shock waves of sudden loss are equally tragic.
So, what makes the difference between normal and abnormal anxiety?
Some anxiety is good for us. It motivates us to do things that need doing.
Coupling and parenting become irresponsible.
Drugs and alcohol interfere with everyone’s relationships when either or both are present in families–alcohol in excess and drugs at all.
I think this word gets over-used without explicit understanding of “how” to say “what” to “whom”.
I am teaching people who see me the “foreign language” of how to speak to each other in ways that promote conversation instead of shutting it down.
I was the advisor to the Step-family Association of Atlanta while it was here. This lasted several years. However and unfortunately, step-families can be highly emotionally charged and chaotic places in which to live. The Step-Family Association didn’t last more than a few years because it was so hard for people in such circumstances to come to the meetings.
People in step-families come from multiple histories that are unshared, they start with children, there are often financial problems given the need to send money to prior families, and expectations exist that are often not realistic. These are jsut some of the reasons that people in step-families struggle.
I live in a step-family so I know how hard it can be and have been very effective at helping people in step-families to straighten things out. People who have already left a marriage sometimes find it easier to leave again rather than work at changing things. Therefore, the mortality rate of step-families is very high. It is exciting for me to see people turn this around!