Susan Stendel is a Licensed Professional Counselor and long-time resident of Northern Michigan. During the past ten years, Susan has worked as a Mental Health Specialist, a Crisis Specialist, an Academic Counselor and a Wrap Around Facilitator. Her primary focus has been working with children and their families. Susan has worked in both schools and community settings. She spent two summers working as an Academic Counselor of talented youth at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
Susan’s background includes serving diverse cultural populations with a wide range of diagnostic challenges including anxiety disorders, ADHD, ODD, mood disorders, crisis, abuse and trauma. In addition, she sees families who have typical struggles. For example, child/parent difficulties, academic struggles, teenage anxieties, divorce and self-esteem issues. Every child or parent sometimes needs an objective ear and that is where a counselor comes in. Her counseling philosophy is solution-focused integrating the individual’s strengths, wellness and spiritual beliefs. Susan believes every child should have the opportunity to flourish in his or her environment; progressing towards a happy, healthy, and successful adulthood.
Susan earned her Masters of Counseling Education/Psychology from Western Michigan University and her B.S. in Community Development from Central Michigan University. She has served on the Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center Board, the Tri-County Coalition for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Board, the Grand Traverse Area Counselor Association Board, and the TCAPS Sex Education Advisory Committee. Susan is a mother and has a very active and lovable rat terrier dog named Rhino. In her free time, Susan likes to ski, read and spend time with her family and friends.