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Susan Davis-Swanson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW
Stepfamily/Blended Family Issues- Trauma- Couples counseling-Adjustment difficulties & disorders-Attachment issues- Depression-
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Professional statement

Dr. Susan Swanson is a psychotherapist for over 30 years. Since the pandemic, she as closed her offices in Beverly Hills and the South Bay, and works video only. She is an experienced trauma therapist who can also help with life transitions, and intimacy and attachment struggles, Susan is particularly passionate about serving new couples facing blended family issues; and is well versed in couples therapy and parenting issues.

Susan is trained in psychodynamic, insight oriented, humanistic, somatic, cognitive restructuring, solution focused therapies. She is well known in the trauma community for her work utilizing EMDR and somatic therapies. Her goal is to work with people who come to her to examine what fears, thoughts and beliefs are in the way of a more fulfilling life and provides insight and tools that can be used to reach each clients particular goals.

Susan's style is warm, active, engaging, goal oriented, and non-judgmental. She also believes in the power of humor! People will get a good sense of Susan’s style when they have their initial, free phone consultation.

Susan received her MSW from California State University at Long Beach, and her License from the BBS in California in 1998. She became a member of the American Board of Diplomates and received her PH.d in Spiritual Psychology. For 4 years she hosted two radio shows; Susan Swanson on Step and The Susan Swanson Show on Healthy Life.Net. She has worked at Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles and as an outpatient therapist for Clearview Treatment Center. Outside of private practice, Susan loves hiking with her dog, and precious time with her family and friends.

Message to clients

I love my work! Helping you reach your goals is my absolute purpose in life and I can’t imagine a better one. It's the only profession where the goal is to have you not need me anymore!!

You have dreams, struggles, insecurities, fears and cannot seem to get on track. Or maybe you were derailed by a death, divorce or job loss. You deserve to have help. Therapy helped me through a very painful time in my life. I grew so much in those years! Truly understanding the value of therapy at a time when I was my most vulnerable made me realize it was something I could do to help others. When you come to see me, we will go over your goals and reach them! If childhood pain is in the way in the present, we will work it through. I use a variety of interventions: EMDR, Somatic therapies, Attachment therapies and Mindfulness. I have a large tool chest and I will be there with you throughout the process of discovery.

Learning about yourself is never scary; it's always freeing. The scary part is deciding to make the call. I'm here to help.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 30 years

Jewish Family Service, Clinical social worker
Workman's Comp , Outpatient therapist
ClearView Treatment Programs, Outpatient EMDR/trauma therapist

Univeristy of Sedona, Ph.D., 2012
California State University, Long Beach, MSW, 1994


California: LCS19087




Stepfamily/Blended Family Issues - Issues regarding stepfamilies and blended families are very important to me, as a stepmother myself I know how hard it is to find resources to help the new couple.

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse from childhood so that you can release yourself and find the closeness and intimacy in your adult life.

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love; we will look at attachment issues that may also be affecting you ability to communicate with one another

Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety. We all go through times when we are having depression or anxiety around a situational change; I am here to help

Attachment issues - Development of effective relational and communication skills; insight into family attachment patterns;fostering healthy family relationships.

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours

I am taking new clients. Just please note, I am not on insurance plans. But I can provide superbills


Susan Davis-Swanson is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$280 (50min)
  • Sliding scale:$250 - $280
  • Initial session:$300 (50min)
  • Couples sessions:$300 (50min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • PayPal
  • Venmo
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Monthly
  • Every other week
  • As needed
Therapist's note

I keep a credit card on file for your convenience. Or you can use Venmo or Apple Pay. We will work out the specifics during our consultation phone call.