Counseling Services

Couples & Family
Relationship Issues
Grief and Loss
Anxiety and Fears
Personal Growth
Parenting Support
Stress Management

About Me

Susan Maxfield, MS, LMFT

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual, couples and family therapy for children and adults, and have a private practice in Visalia, California .

With over 15 years experience as a marriage and family therapist, and over 20 years working in the fields of behavioral health and social services, and as a graduate of California State University, Bakersfield with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology, I serve as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among my areas of expertise are Depression, Anxiety, Child and Adolescent Disorders, Positive Parenting of challenging behaviors and oppositional defiant children, Grief and Loss Issues, coping with chronic pain and fatigue/Fibromyalgia and other chronic medical problems, and many others.

In addition to being a prominent relationship therapist, I have worked as a consultant for non-profit organizations in Tulare County.

I am an interactive, Cognitive Behavioral and Family System's therapist. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Ther apy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Behavior Modification Theory, Positive Parenting, Play and Art Therapy, Psychodynamic, Anger Management, and Relationship Therapy for couples, among other theoretical approaches, to offer highly personalized treatment tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.

California State University, Bakersfield - (Bakersfield, CA):
BA in Psychology - 1994; MS in Counseling Psychology - 2000.

License, Certifications & Awards:
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #LMFT 48920. Awarded "Employee of the Month" at Kern County Mental Health in Bakersfield, CA. Certified in CPR.

Additional Training:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Complex Trauma, ADHD, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Domestic Violence, Personality Disorders, DSM V (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), ASSIST Suicide Prevention, Couples Relationship Therapy, and many more.

Professional Activities and Memberships:
2000 - Lifetime Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).
1994 - Lifetime member of Psi Chi National Honorary Society in Psychology.

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