Each day is an opportunity to move one step closer to where you want to be. My name is Susan Goertz, and I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who is dedicated to helping individuals, couples, and families find empowerment, healing, and growth. As a family systems therapist, my hope is to nurture your strengths, build lasting and meaningful relationships, and grow in newness through faith and the grace of God. With a focus on each and every individual, I will offer you a place of real compassion and warmth while developing sessions based on your needs as they evolve during our time together. If you struggle with relationship issues, anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, loss, or issues of aging, I offer you real and meaningful solutions that will provide relief now and will help you continue to grow in the future.
My Goal as a Christian Counselor
When I think about my goals as a Christian counselor, the scripture from Luke 4:18 comes to mind: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s Favor.” My hope is for my clients to feel genuinely cared for, heard, and empowered to make positive change. But most importantly, my ultimate goal is to encourage my clients to walk in freedom through Christ. Whether dealing with past mistakes, dysfunctional family patterns, trauma, or negative self-perceptions — I want each person to discover the peace, healing, and newness that only the Lord can provide. Being a part of that journey is an amazing gift and reward, and I do all I can to help each person discover what the grace of God can do for them.
What I Offer in Christian Counseling
The heart of what I offer through Christian counseling is hope for restoring each client’s identity and acceptance in Christ. I provide people a safe place to work through difficulties without fear of judgement or condemnation. I believe that all people are made in the image of God and have the potential to be redeemed through Christ. As your Christian counselor, I offer you a partner who will journey with you on your path of connection with yourself, loved ones, and with Jesus, so you can build a vibrant life that is full of the unique gifts and callings God has for you. Counseling is a process that can take time, but I strive to use methods that offer both long-term solutions and immediate relief for your current situation.
My Approach to Christian Counseling
My approach to Christian counseling is based on genuine care and empathy for the struggles and needs of each individual. Because each person is unique, made by their own personal experiences, inner battles, and desires for what a complete life means for them, I find that creating a client-focused approach is most beneficial. When you come to me, I take a real interest in your life story, and I will work with you to address your goals. By providing an objective voice in the midst of what might feel like a chaotic situation, we will work together to address your needs. When working with couples and families, I consider the family as a whole, made of individual parts that work together to form a working, healthy unit. With this well-rounded approach, each person is heard, and everyone will learn how to come together to overcome dysfunctional patterns of interaction as a family.
Qualifications and Experience
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in Christian counseling for couples, families, and individuals who struggle with problems related to conflict, grief and loss, anxiety, trauma, issues of aging, and more. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Commerce and Business Administration and a Master of Science in Human Environmental Science with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. I’m also trained in EMDR, a trauma-focused therapy. With over 11 years working in the field of counseling, I have had the opportunity to work with people from a wide-variety of backgrounds and settings. My experience includes working in a free mental health clinic in a rural high-poverty area, a day program serving low-income adult clients with severe mental illness, and in private practice setting where I worked with children and teens in the context of their families, individuals, couples, and families.
My Call to Christian Counseling
Before I became a Christian counselor, my life was devoted to twenty years of child rearing while working in finance. During this time, my family experienced difficulty, and we sought family counseling to help us work through these issues together. This experience was so rewarding that it awakened a desire within myself that soon fueled a life-changing decision: I decided to become a Marriage and Family Therapist — and this was the best decision of my life! Looking back over my life, I became even more sure that this was the path God had chosen for me. As a child, I saw members of my family labeled with mental illness without considering how the interactions within the family unit impacted this person. When exposed to the idea of counseling based on a family-systems approach, I was sold on the idea, and I continue to use that insight today. Combined with a life rich in experience, both in the trials of this world and in the wonderful healing grace of Jesus Christ, I see Christian counseling as my true calling — one that continues to enrich my life and my own personal walk with the Lord.
More About Me
The Lord has been very gracious to me and my family. I have been blessed with 32 years of marriage, four children and five grandchildren. When I’m not working, I love to spend time outdoors hiking, biking, and exploring God’s beautiful creation. I also love to cook, read, and go on traveling adventures with my husband.
- Family Counseling
- Couples and Marriage Counseling
- Geriatric Counseling
Helping families heal and grow together is one of the reasons I became a Christian counselor. I have helped many families unite using a family systems approach that focuses on the patterns of interaction within the family unit. Through family counseling, we will work to establish health of the entire family by allowing each individual to be heard then coming together to find solutions that respect the needs of everyone. I also believe in discovering and nurturing the strengths within your family, so you can grow in deeper love and appreciation for one another.
As a Christian family counselor, I bring years of life lessons, cultivated wisdom, and empathy. I had the experience of growing up with family members who struggled with addiction and severe mental illness. I also experienced my parents’ divorce, subsequent remarriages, and the blending of families. As a mom of four, I have walked through two high-risk pregnancies, the joys and struggles of juggling the demands of parenting, the joy and loss associated with launching children out of the home, and caring for my aging parents. Whatever struggles you face as a family, I’m here to help you work through these challenges so you can discover God’s purpose for you and your home.
Relationships can be challenging, and at different stages of life we might find ourselves struggling with a myriad of difficulties. I have extensive background in Christian couples counseling for a wide-variety of issues including:
- Improving intimacy and communication in your marriage
- Recovering from Infidelity
- Discernment counseling for couples considering divorce
- Remarriage issues
Whether you need help dealing with new marriage, starting a family, unresolved conflict, or issues related to parenting, I can help you come together to find meaningful connection and solutions. I also offer support for partners and couples going through addiction treatment. Through faith-based counseling and dedication, I’ve seen couples overcome the most challenging situations and emerge more connected and happier than ever.
If you lived through a traumatic experience such as a natural disaster, sexual assault, abuse, military combat, or infidelity, I can help you find real healing and peace through experienced counseling psychology and faith in Christ. Through faith, prayer, bible study, and trauma-focused therapy, you can move past fear, depression, and isolation towards a life that is full of meaningful relationships, happiness, and growth. Though trauma counseling is a process, I offer tools that provide a measure of relief in the early stages of therapy, so you can begin to find the peace you need.
Loss and Bereavement
If you suffered a loss and find yourself stuck in grief, or if you just need a little extra support for dealing with the many emotions and questions you carry, I am here to help. Loss comes in many forms, ranging from lost loved ones, to lost relationships, decreased health and physical ability, and lost dreams. No matter what you experience, I will help you work through grief at your own pace and in your own way, while offering tools for dealing with strong and painful emotions in ways that are healthy while helping you connect with new meaning and joy in your life.
Anxiety is one of the most common issues people face, and it can be very disruptive to many areas of a person’s life. If you struggle with general feelings of stress, panic attacks, social anxiety, obsessive or racing thoughts, or any other issue that leaves you feeling overwhelmed, detached from others, and unable to live fully, I can help you find lasting solutions. I have successfully treated clients using proven counseling methods for overcoming undesired or unhealthy thoughts, urges, and memories. Together we will work towards creating a life of peace, strength, and wholeness in Christ.
There are many times of transition in our lives, and sometimes it helps to have someone who will compassionately help us move through these times with peace, acceptance, and hope. I especially love working with people who struggle with issues of aging including transitioning through retirement, dealing with changes in our personal and spiritual relationships, working through loss and bereavement, and much more. I find this area of counseling very rewarding, and often learn and grow as much as my clients during our time together.
Sessions: I offer 53-minute sessions. Sessions can be held more than once per week, weekly, or every other week. Scheduling options are discussed in greater detail during your Risk-Free Initial Session.
Availability (by office location):
- Bellevue – Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday
- Edmonds – Thursday and Friday
Fees: I offer a Risk-Free Initial Session for Individuals, Marriage & Couples, and Families looking to pursue counseling with me. Please note that there is a fee for the Risk-Free Initial Session as it is a clinical hour and reimbursable to most insurance companies, but if you choose not to reschedule and continue therapy after the initial session the entire fee for the session will be waived. For ongoing treatment the full fee per session is required at the time of service. For more information regarding standard session fees, please contact me directly at (206) 701-9126 or [email protected]
Insurance: As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Supervisor a majority of insurance companies will reimburse for a portion of my services as an Out of Network Provider. Please consult with your insurance provider as to whether they specifically cover individuals, marriage & couples, adults and adolescents.
Receipts/Statements: In the event you require a receipt for services rendered, I will provide either a printed or digital receipt for personal use, insurance reimbursement, Flex Spending Accounts (FSA), and Health Savings Accounts (HSA).
Payment options: Cash, Check, or Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, & American Express). A 2.7% swipe fee, or 3.7% + $0.15 key in fee, will be added for credit card payments.