Susanne Rios, LMFT

Susanne Rios portraitTherapeutic Style: Most of us are interested to know what our roles and gifts are in this life journey. I believe most people want to use those gifts to do good and to contribute what they know and can to the betterment of life. My therapeutic style is driven by the gifts of being able to support students in reducing their suffering and learning to thrive through embracing, balancing and embodiment of their innate selves. We all have the capacity to love, overcome adversity, heal, contribute, and experience peace and fulfillment.

I have a strong trauma-informed lens developed from a wide and eclectic array of clinical experiences. I have worked closely with the military and their families through numerous combat deployments. I have served the severely mentally and emotionally disturbed in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have experience supporting gender affirming care from adolescence into adulthood and have been privileged to share community with our sacred two-spirit relatives. I have a passion for bridging ancestral wisdom and Indigenous teachings of healing into our modern academic, Eurocentric teachings. I have a systemic perspective of knowing that we are all interconnected and operate within complex social, emotional, biological and ecological systems. As a marriage and family therapist, I enjoy supporting relational work, be it couples, families, roommates, teams or group therapy.

Group and Liaison Roles: I’m currently the group therapy coordinator at Barnes Center at The Arch Counseling and believe that foundationally, we as humans are wired for social and emotional belonging to groups, whether we call those groups friends, family, teammates, colleagues, etc. I facilitate The Daring Way™ Group and the Trauma Movement Group, and I support facilitation of the Alternative Healing Actions (AHA!) Group.

Educational Background: I obtained a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Washington. I completed a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy at Pacific Lutheran University.

DEIA Trainings: Disability, Gender Identity, Immigration and Identity, Indigenous/First Nation Students, Racial/Ethnic Identity and Socioeconomic Status.

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers