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About

Steven Su

I've been working in social services since 2010, and I opened my private practice in the fall of 2020.

 

My psychotherapeutic work experience and skills include:

  • Private practice since 2020, diverse age groups, ranging from 10-year-olds to seniors. Provides therapy to individuals, couples, and families.

  • Group and individual therapy in intensive outpatient program for high security, segregated unit for the California prison system.

  • Case management, individual, and group therapy for outpatient clinics stationed in high security, protective custody housing yards for the California prison system.

  • Skilled at understanding your situation and figuring out if there might be other types of treatments that could work better for you than just talking one-on-one.

Treatment Approaches

I adapt my approach to fit your specific situation. I need to understand why you want therapy and what you hope to get out of it.

To enhance your communication or social skills, I use elements from Interpersonal Therapy and Assertiveness Training. I may also suggest helpful resources like books such as "Nonviolent Communication" and "How to Talk to Anyone, Anytime, Anywhere" or recommend relevant TED Talks.

If you aim to transform negative thoughts into gentler or more neutral ones and enhance your internal dialogue for greater support, we may incorporate mindfulness practices. This involves becoming aware of recurring thought patterns, challenging them, and replacing them with more realistic thoughts—a technique commonly used in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

 

Perhaps you're dealing with something extremely painful, stressful, traumatic, or just overwhelmingly difficult. In such cases, we could work on lessening the impact of distressing memories and emotions through trauma-focused structured exercises, including assigned writing tasks as homework for several sessions in a row. Additionally, we would explore practical coping skills to help relax your mind and body when discussing sensitive topics.

 

If you're seeking therapy to explore your identity and values, many teenagers and young adults, often referred by their parents, come to me for support. However, the decision to engage in therapy is entirely up to the young person, and their agreement during the consultation is necessary for us to proceed with therapy.

If you're thinking about starting therapy, I offer a free 15-minute consultation. Let's chat to see if we're a good match and if my approach suits your needs.

Specialities

  • Anxiety, Depression, & Mood Disorders

  • Ethnic Minority issues

  • Highly Sensitive Persons (Sensory Processing Sensitivity)

  • Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual individuals and their issues

  • LGBTQIA+ affirming

  • Personality Disorders (e.g., 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

  • Life Review 

  • Life Transitions

  • Mindfulness and Meditation

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Support

  • Self Actualization

  • 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

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