In 2000, Susan founded the Transition Institute of Marin, and she developed an entire agency dedicated to helping men and women take care of their emotions when their relationship was in turmoil.
In just a few years, the organization grew to the point where it needed a broader reach. Today, The Changing Marriage Institute has a national, and indeed international, audience. Susan also began changing the focus from almost exclusively on the divorce transition toward all kinds of relationship concerns, including alternative ways of coupling.
There still exists today a great deal of shame for those who are not following the "traditional, one-size-fits-all" marriage paradigm. The goal of much of Susan's work is to turn that around by helping people let go of shame and get on the other side of the pain.
Susan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Mediator.
Susan in the Media
As an author of several books and articles on marriage and divorce, Susan is sought-after expert by media outlets. Here are some of the outlets where you can find her.
Susan writes a regular column for PsychologyToday.com.
The list of media where Susan has appeared include:
CBS Early Show, August 2010 on the "Un-divorced"
The View From the Bay, October 2008 on Contemplating Divorce
Canada’s The Social and The Morning Show
Wall Street Journal
The Chicago Tribune
The Irish Times, and more.
Numerous radio shows in the U.S. (West Coast Live), Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and more.
Click HERE for media information on The New I Do.
Click the link below if you'd like to talk with Susan about your marriage or divorce status.
Susan spends some of her professional time as a guide and mentor to therapists who want to learn more about the latest marriage trends as well as helping therapists learn how to support clients who are at some stage of the divorce process. Click the button below if you're a fellow therapist and you'd like to learn more about Susan's work.
As a child of divorced parents, Susan knows first-hand how disruptive an unhappy marriage and subsequent marital dissolution can be. When her mother and father split in 1981 (on their 28th wedding anniversary), marriage counseling was unheard of and emotional divorce support virtually nonexistent.
Susan's personal experience, combined with years of working with couples in distress – both in striving to save their marriage or transition out of it – led her to become passionate about offering support to people at perhaps one of the most crucial junctures in their lives.