Skip Suess, MA, LMFT
LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST; ordained minister
Skip has been a licensed therapist for over 28 years, helping individuals, couples and families of all backgrounds work through personal, emotional, relational and spiritual issues and seek solutions for growth, healing, and wholeness. His training and experience enable him to treat a broad range of issues, and his pastoral experience provides a faith-based, theological framework and understanding to address spiritual issues for clients looking for a Christian therapist.
Skip began his counseling career at the Lodi Family Guidance Center and served as Executive Director and lead therapist for the Center of Hope in Lodi, CA. Skip has provided pastoral care for over 20 years, offering spiritual and emotional care and counseling for the church and community. He holds a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Divinity Degree with counseling emphasis from the Mennonite Brethren Biblical Seminary in Fresno, CA. He also holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Carey Theological College in Vancouver, B.C., with doctoral study focusing on pastoral emotional health and self-care, managing church conflict, and understanding the church as a family system. He attended Wheaton College and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Psychology. He is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Washington State and an ordained minister.
Skip is married, has three grown children, and has lived in Whatcom County for over 18 years. He enjoys sports, fly fishing, reading and cooking.
AREAS OF FOCUS
Skip uses a number of different approaches depending on the client’s needs. These include family systems approach, cognitive/behavioral approach, emotional focused therapy, insights from John Gottman’s work, collaborative couples' therapy, and other modalities.
Relationship issues: Couples work, life transitions, pre-marriage, marriage tune-up, communication, conflict resolution, divorce recovery, sexual issues, affair recovery and healing
Personal growth, life changes, self-awareness and understanding, and self-care
Family issues: parenting, blended families, seniors, family conflict, and life adjustment
Emotional health and stress management
Life adjustment and transition
Loss and grief
Personal issues: anger, depression, anxiety, and stress
Sexual issues including pornography addiction
Trauma and post-traumatic stress
Christian counseling and spiritual issues
Christian ministry and church-related issues
Insights from John Gottman’s work, collaborative couples’ therapy, DBT, and other modalities
The documents listed above are included to help clarify the nature of our relationship and what we can expect of each other. They also let you know about my background and training, my therapeutic approach, and the business aspects of my practice so that you can be an informed consumer of mental health services.
I am required by state law and professional standards to provide some of this information to each new client. Other information, I have learned over the years, simply helps a person like yourself arrive at the best possible fit between therapist and client. You are encouraged to be an active participant, deciding among treatment options and plans. That active participation begins now as you read and complete these forms. Completing them as fully as possible prior to our first session, including writing down any questions you may have and bringing them with you, will help us be productive from the outset.
The above documents include:
Provider Profile: a brief description of my professional background.
Disclosure Statement/Office Policies: information that state law requires that we provide and discuss with all new clients. There are two copies: one copy is for you to keep for your records; the other is for you to please sign, date, and return to me for your file.
Intake Form: the front side is information necessary for our accounting purposes and/or to bill your insurance company. Be sure to indicate if you have secondary coverage in addition to your primary insurance.
HIPAA Handout: this notice describes how psychological/medical information about you may be used and disclosed, and how you can get access to this information under the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).
Please complete all items in as much detail as you can, even if some seem unrelated to your present concerns.