Susan Gestal


Susan is passionate about helping people of all ages improve their relationships, develop healthy coping skills, and heal from relational injuries or trauma.  In a safe, accepting environment, clients can explore and understand what is not working well and begin to adopt new, healthier ways of living.  Susan walks alongside clients during this often difficult but rewarding process. 

Susan specializes in working with children dealing with issues like divorce and loss, anxiety and ADHD.  Children frequently do not have words to express what is going on, so Susan uses their natural language of play.  Helping children cope with difficult circumstances when they are young allows them to have a positive view of themselves and build healthy relationships through out life. 

Susan also helps parents deal with children with behavioral concerns, special needs, learning disabilities, anxieties or depression.

Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Adjunct Professor at Alliance Graduate School of Counseling (AGSC). She holds a Mater’s degree in Counseling from AGSC where she graduated top in her class. She is a Registered Play Therapist/Supervisor, a National Board Certified Counselor, a Level 1 Theraplay Therapist, and has extensive training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). A graduate of the Association for Play Therapy’s (APT) Leadership Academy., Susan is a member of the Association for Play Therapy, and served on the board of directors of New England APT for seven years.

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