Susan Fink, CMHC-I
I am currently a graduate student at the University of Utah in my internship year of the CMHC master's program. I am very passionate about trauma and helping people along their healing journey. This has been my major direction of study since I was an undergrad, focusing my studies mostly on domestic/interpersonal violence, sexual violence, PTSD, and all that comes with these kinds of experiences. Other areas of focus would also include topics such as depression, anxiety, relationship issues, adjustment/life transitions, and addictions. I have experience working with women and men, both individually and in groups, in a variety of settings including The Rape Recovery Center, Y.W.C.A., the Women's Resource Center at the UofU, and Utah Department of Corrections. I have certificates in positive psychology and as a sexual assault counselor (UCASA). I have also had coursework or introductory training in working with trauma in general, mindfulness, DBT, EFT and Gottman approaches, ACT, Seeking Safety, MI, and I will be completing part one of EMDR training in November.
I truly value a strengths based and client centered approach to therapy and meeting clients where they are at, then gently helping them to get to where they want to be. I believe in tailoring treatment to each client's individual needs, taking into consideration their biopsychosocial contributions. I very much believe in the power of mindfulness and that anyone can benefit from it, and I use it with any client who is open and willing to try. I also use techniques from multiple different modalities such as CBT, DBT, ACT, interpersonal, expressive arts (play, music, drama, narrative), etc.. I do not always believe that in-depth rehashing of traumatic memories is the best thing for every client, and yet understand the importance of a client's story and the need to tell it and process it, along with developing skills they may need to be successful in their lives. Trauma can affect every facet of our lives, often times even without our full awareness and understanding of how we are being affected. No matter what someone is struggling with, it's not only about helping people find ways to cope, but also to improve overall quality of life and well-being, in addition to truly healing.