I received my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the Adler School of Professional Psychology in 2009. My internship and fellowship training was heavily trauma-based, as has been my ongoing work. I have been licensed and practicing since 2011.
My own experiences with recurring miscarriages led me into the field of reproductive trauma and maternal mental health. I became aware of the urgent need for more mental health professionals to specialize in these areas and service a dismissed population. Taking care of one's psychological health before trying to conceive, during fertility treatments, during pregnancy, and after giving birth is crucial.
Susan Hammoudeh, Psy.D.
CA License: PSY24303
Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
Certificate in Perinatal and Postpartum Depression
and Anxiety (Postpartum Stress Center)
My theoretical orientation is psychoanalytic, as I incorporate the work of Carl Jung in my practice. I also align with the ideas of Carl Rogers, valuing the client-centered approach and the therapeutic relationship. Encompassing these orientations in my practice allows me to understand and treat the human condition from a depth-oriented and holistic perspective. I create a safe and nonjudgmental environment to allow for the free expression of thoughts and emotions. Emphasis is placed on attaining insight into how our unconscious minds affect how we perceive others, our world, and ourselves. Thus, becoming more self-actualized is often a core goal of therapy.
I believe in incorporating an individualistic approach to my practice by taking into consideration the unique characteristics and needs of each person I see in therapy. By understanding each individual’s distinct experiences, holistic healing can be attained. And through this process, the room for self-actualization and self-acceptance grows.
I am aware of the unique needs of the individual who is pregnant or has gone through pregnancy, in addition to the unique needs of the individual who is unable to conceive. I help to contain the painful and unsettling emotions that come with those experiences, and offer hope that healing is possible regardless of one's outcome when trying to conceive.