Meet Susan Caso, MA, LPC
At fourteen my parents and I found ourselves at odds. We were trapped in a power struggle with no one winning and headed for disaster. My parents’ attempt to gain control blew up in our faces, creating more pain and frustration. As the rules and boundaries increased so did my rebellion, making life miserable for all of us. Thankfully, my mom had the insight to contact a family counselor and seek help. This was such a relief. At first, I was skeptical and even rebellious. I was pleasantly surprised. I remember thinking, “wow, this could really work.” For the first time I felt someone heard what I had to say, understood my feelings, and agreed that I could be right. This experience changed my life. It helped to resolve the power struggles with my parents, helped me through my teenage years and gave me life skills to become who I am today. It was such a powerful experience for me that I knew this was my life’s work – helping teens and young adults through family counseling.
My personal experience, education and training helped me become an advocate for teens and a mediator for the family. This approach develops trust and creates a safe environment for all. Everyone gets to share their side of the story and participate in creating a fair resolution to the situation.
It is my goal to guide the family through a process that:
- uncovers the core issue of the situation
- identifies everyone’s role in creating the problem and the solution
- creates a strategy that is equitable and accountable
- supports each member integrating change within the family unit
In my work with individuals I follow the same principles. I help them discover the root cause of their issues, identify their personal role in the situation, work on creating a strategy and guide them through the implementation of action for change. My clients have found great success from these guided principles.
I have two passions in life, my family and my work. Both bring me great joy. For me, life is all about connecting and being in relationships with others. My work allows me to interact in a compassionate and caring way with others in need of support. And, my family, it’s number one and I treasure the relationship that connects us as a whole unit and individually.
To find a balance between the two, I have created a “formula” that allows me to be mom, wife, friend, counselor, and Susan in the midst of the day – no matter the stress or frustration. My formula includes time for work, family, physical activity and continued learning. This helps me be the best me. Because of the balance and success I have personally experienced from my “formula,” I include this in my work with clients. I help them create their “formula” for a balanced life.
My Background and Education:
I earned an undergraduate degree in both Psychology and Human Development from the University of Kansas, along with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado. I interned at Excelsior Youth Center in Aurora, Colorado. Excelsior houses adolescent girls with serious emotional and social issues. During my internship I counseled adolescent girls both in the crisis intervention and the stabilization programs.
After my graduate work, I trained for ten months under Dr. Bruce Perry and learned the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics. In 2008, I also trained under Dr. David Grand, PhD. of Manhattan, New York, in Brainspotting – Phase I and II. Both edifications with Dr. Perry and Dr. Grand provided extensive learning and practice in innovative, instrumental therapy methods for traumatic childhood events.
My clinical experience spans over twelve years. I began a counseling career with Catholic Charities working with Denver based families in their homes. My duties included clinical assessments, creating treatment plans and providing family and individual counseling. I worked closely with Denver public school facilitating and insuring wrap around services were provided. I also assisted the families in locating resources for food, shelter, career assistance and parental educational services. I then moved into the Outpatient Counseling Department for Catholic Charities counseling at-risk teens and adult individuals with chronic mental illness.
In 2008 I moved to Boulder to open a private practice. I provide psychotherapy services to adolescents, college students, adults and families in the Boulder and surrounding areas. I counsel clients with both acute and chronic mental illnesses, and show great success in helping individuals overcome anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and unresolved issues affecting day-to-day lives.
Currently, I sit on the Board of Second Wind Fund of Boulder County (SWFBC). SWFBC provides free counseling for ages 10-19 who are at risk or currently suicidal. I was a provider for SWFBC for four years prior to being appointed to the board. I was active in counseling at-risk kids in the Boulder Valley School District. Again working with the school staff and families insuring that the teens needs were met. I am also affiliated with the Boulder Psychotherapist Guild and Boulder Psychotherapy Institute.
I value being a lifelong learner, continuing education and acquiring additional training in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, adolescent issues, crisis management (ASISST certified), suicidology, personality disorders, anxiety and bipolar disorder.