"As we become what and who we're supposed to be, the body has the best chance of becoming what it's supposed to be." - Marc David, IPE

Weight Concerns

I combine practical coaching techniques, results-oriented psychology, clinical nutrition, body-centered practices, mind-body science, and a positive, compassionate approach to challenges with food and health. All this to help my clients examine their weight issues, body-image challenges,chronic dieting situations, overeating, and binge eating.

In our culture, we tend to focus exclusively on the physical body while ignoring the emotional body. I see your eating challenge not as the problem to be fixed, but rather a symptom to be listened to, embraced, and understood. It is in this compassionate state that true healing and change may occur.

Sleep Challenges

The sale of sleep-aids has gone through the roof as many people have trouble sleeping. If you suffer from restless sleep, insomnia, waking up in the middle of the night or lack of refreshment in the morning, that’s undesirable and all too common. When our need for sleep competes with later-night activities we may prefer or feel compelled to do, sleep challenges ensue.

Sleeping can become difficult for multiple reasons. In our work together, we’ll look at the big picture. We will explore your sleep issues in relation to your family life, work world and personal situations. We will also examine how your current diet, stress levels and everyday life habits may be interfering with your having a good night’s sleep.

Burn Out

It’s challenging to find energy in an imbalanced, uncertain, and frequently draining world. Depletion of our energy has multiple causes. We will explore your burn out and fatigue in relation to many areas in your life, including your family, job, and personal world. We’ll also examine how your current diet, lack of sleep, stress levels and more may be impacting your energy.

Our goal will be for you to learn to get into coherence for improved personal resilience to manage your energy better. We may identify certain metabolic markers with regard to your low energy and burn out, while keeping in mind that emotional and psychological considerations may factor in as well.

Digestion Issues

Our digestive system is extremely sensitive to thoughts, emotions, beliefs, stress, relaxation, and more. We tend to take digestion for granted and abuse it. Poor quality food, too much food, poor body image, lack of movement, stress, and medications are just some of the ways our digestion can be insulted.

If you have heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, reflux disease, upset stomach, constipation, bloating, flatulence, diarrhea, and/or pain, it’s time to look more deeply at your symptoms. Through techniques of relaxation, deep breathing, talking, exploring, slowing down and more, you can listen closely to your digestive symptoms. How we digest tells us about who we are.


When treating anxiety, mild depression, melancholy, apathy, and mood swings, it’s not just about chemistry but about one’s character or soul and life including diet, family, job and drugs/meds one may be taking. In our work together on your mood issue, your full world and life situations will be taken into consideration.

Learning to manage our moods, emotions, and thoughts is essential for personal evolution. Understanding the hidden messages in our mood and what they are trying to reveal is liberating and can ultimately lead to more richness, depth, happiness and less suffering.

If you have questions about any of the above focus areas, please let Susan know.


-My work is inspired by my studies with Marc David at the Institute of the Psychology of Eating.