About

Steven Su

I have worked in social services since 2010. My work experience includes individual/group therapy sessions at UCLA Health at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital, moderate-to-severe mental illness cases for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in men's and women's institutions, and individual Telehealth therapy sessions at USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work under the supervision of Ivy League and USC doctoral credentialed supervisors.  

 

I foster a safe environment to process your thoughts, and I enlist a pragmatic and supportive style of treatment. I allow you to be seen, heard, and validated. I care about my patients, and with time I can be directive and motivational. I will start where you are and give you the space and time for self-actualization and exploration.

Treatment Approaches

I endorse a strong "talk-therapy" approach to treatment, welcoming you to speak in-depth while I listen and ask Socratic questions or pose scenarios. I also use structured treatment: setting and following up on concrete goals and/or completing therapeutic work assignments. I take a hybrid approach and start where you are - if you want to talk, we talk. If you want to do goal setting or worksheets, we can do that, too.

I invite you to contact me for a free 15-minute consultation. We will not be a good fit if you expect me to "give you advice" or "tell you what to do."  You are the expert of you and I am here to fit your needs.  I am not here to tell you what the right path is, but to show you the multitude of paths available and explore the many possible outcomes.

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Depression, & Mood Disorders

  • Ethnic Minority issues (Black Lives Matter, Stop Asian Hate, Mixed/Multiracial issues)

  • Folks on parole, or that were previously incarcerated, or with history of involvement in justice system

  • Highly Sensitive Persons (Sensory Processing Sensitivity)

  • Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual folks and their issues

  • LGBTQIA+ affirming

  • Personality Disorders (Borderline PD, Histrionic PD, Narcissistic PD, Antisocial PD, Obsessive Compulsive PD)

Topics 

  • Adoption and Foster Care issues

  • Assertiveness Training

  • Behavioral Issues

  • Conflict Resolution

  • Coping Skills

  • Effective Communication Skills

  • Family/Relationship issues

  • Grief/Bereavement (Death of loved ones, including family, friends, and pets)

  • Life Review 

  • Life Transitions (Life changes, new school/new job, new living situation, partnership/separation, etc.)

  • Mindfulness and Meditation

  • People with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families

  • Self Actualization ("Who am I?  What do I stand for?  How do I want to be remembered?")

  • Self Esteem

  • Strengthening Interpersonal Relationships

 

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Educational Background

Master of Social Work, Mental Health Concentration

University of Southern California, Dean's List, Member of Phi Alpha Honor Society

Bachelor of Arts, Sociology

University of California - Irvine

I invite you to review my professional profile and endorsements on LinkedIn

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