Suzanne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the states of Pennsylvania and Florida. She is also a Licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Kansas. A crucial component of Suzanne Katifedenios's approach with her clients is her real-world experience. She grew up in New York and Pennsylvania, eventually living all over the US and even in Greece. The life experiences that Suzanne has had gives her a unique perspective and ability to relate to everyone.
Following a successful career as a Flight Attendant for two different airlines, Suzanne decided to follow her passion to help others, and went back to school. As a non-traditional student, she excelled at the University of Kansas, graduating with distinction and advanced standing through the Master’s program. Through the University of Kansas, Suzanne was introduced to their core philosophy of finding the strengths in anyone and any situation, lending to a positive attitude toward healing and mental health.
Since that time, Suzanne has worked with a variety of populations, finding ways to bring her unique style to each. She has worked with elder populations in long term care, as a therapist helping reunification efforts of parents with children in the foster system, and as a therapist for Veterans in transitional housing helping them defeat homelessness, substance abuse, and post-traumatic stress. Suzanne has, for the last several years, also been counselling people in all walks of life in private practice in Clearwater, Florida, specializing in compulsive behaviors such as hoarding or eating disorders, substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, and depression. In addition to earning her LCSW Suzanne is also a certified life coach.
Throughout the years that Suzanne has worked with people of all ages, she has been amazed in the resilience of people, and their ability to heal from the deepest trauma. Her philosophy, that people should be able to come and find a place to share their deepest truths in a judgement free manner, lends to what many of her clients have commented as a deeper and more fulfilling therapeutic experience due to her unique and enthusiastic style. Whether the term of therapy is long term or short term, Suzanne uses elements of cognitive behavior therapy, solution focused brief therapy, accelerated resolution therapy, narrative therapy and many others to generate a holistic and wholly unique approach, customized to each person to best fit their needs and overall health. Suzanne believes that a person should never be judged by either the best or worst thing that they have ever done. People are just too multifaceted to be labeled and indexed like a library catalog. Suzanne fosters an environment that practices a mixture of life coaching principles as well as the various therapeutic modalities she has been trained in.
Suzanne specializes in helping you find answers to life’s most trying questions by providing resources, techniques, and advice, while generating a judgement free atmosphere to help you find your best spiritual, psychological, physical, and emotional self. She believes in therapy that meets you where you are, it's okay if you aren’t sure where to begin. Some of the best self-introspection occurs in the most unexpected times. The client is at the helm of the proverbial therapy ship and we can adjust the voyage blueprint at the client’s needs or wants. Suzanne will give you the tools and encouragement to keep you on the course that YOU have chosen.
Ultimately you are stronger, more resilient, and better than even you know. Suzanne’s favorite approach that she applies to all people she encounters both in and out of her sessions is this: “The greatest gift one human being can give to another is providing a safe place for that person to be themselves and speak their truth”.
University of Kansas - Master of Social Work
University of Kansas - B.A. in Social Work
- Unique and Enthusiastic style using elements of:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
- Accelerated Resolution Therapy
- Narrative Therapy
- Eating Disorders
- Chronic Illness
- Pain Management