Licensed Psychologist

Susan Ramirez, Ph.D.

Therapeutic Approach: Developing a deeper understanding of oneself and others can be both rewarding and challenging. I believe that providing a safe, non-judgmental space is essential to the therapeutic process, and understand that letting someone into your internal world—your thoughts and feelings that others may not know, see, or understand—can feel uncomfortable and intimidating.

Using an integrative approach, I incorporate a variety of therapeutic interventions with much of my work rooted in cognitive-behavior, interpersonal, and mindfulness based principles and practices. I conceptualize the difficulties people experience from a biopsychosocial perspective and my training as a counseling psychologist reinforced a holistic and comprehensive approach to understanding a person’s development, and emphasized the importance of considering social, cultural, environmental, and political factors in one’s perception of themselves and others. Understanding both normative developmental processes and how physical, emotional and psychological illness can impact personal well-being provides me with both a broad-based and nuanced perspective that allows clients to feel understood and empowered to make positive changes that improves their overall functioning and sense of well-being.

As we address your goals in therapy, we will work collaboratively in developing a personalized treatment plan that highlights your strengths and fosters a compassionate understanding of your challenges. I believe that self-compassion and self-understanding are essential ingredients in creating meaningful change. As you develop greater awareness of your strengths, challenges, and options for responding, you’re apt to feel more empowered to make choices that will allow you to feel more successful in managing stressful situations and identify options that enhance your quality of life.

Background: I completed an APA-accredited internship at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Counseling Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at University of California Santa Cruz’s Counseling and Psychological Services. I have extensive experience in college mental health, particularly in working with students who are neurodiverse and students who are first-generation to college. Prior to pursuing my doctorate, I worked as a prevention educator at a rape crisis agency. Having worked in both university and community-based settings, I am experienced in working with individuals of various ages, identities and backgrounds. Currently, I also serve as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Because of my role at USC, I am unable to see current USC students.

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