Susan Bajza, MA, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT, CSC

Clinical Focus: While my therapeutic style calls upon several well established and effective counseling approaches, my main focus is on interpersonal relationships. My passion is to guide my clients on a journey to discover inner strengths and to develop positive patterns of interaction. I am a professional counselor and a marriage and family therapist that loves working with families. All aspects of family life and members of the family (individuals, couples, single parents, entire families, and blended families) are of interest to me. I learned early in my career as a therapist that what affects one person in the family affects all members of the family. This is why it is so important to take the whole family system into account. I also learned that a blended, or step family, cannot be treated in the same manner as an intact nuclear family because the dynamics of family interactions are different. Marriage and family therapists treat a wide range of serious clinical problems including: depression, marital difficulties, anxiety, individual psychological issues, and child-parent conflicts. I would be honored to work with you and any or all members of your family.

Credentials:

Texas State Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) (1999) and Supervisor (LPC-S)

Texas State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) (2000)

Texas State Certified School Counselor (CSC) (1999)

EMDR trauma trained therapist

Member of: American Counseling Association (ACA), Texas Counseling Association (TCA), American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), Texas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (TAMFT), Chi Sigma Iota: Beta Kappa Tau Chapter (former president)– SHSU

Professional Background: Unlike many of my colleagues, I took a circuitous route in becoming a therapist. I come from a family of scientists and mathematicians. I worked in oil and gas, as well as teaching junior high and high school science and math. My husband urged me to look into becoming a counselor because he noticed how many students sought me out to talk with me about their personal problems and family life. I was intrigued and began what was the best decision of my career. I found my niche in being a therapist and counselor.

I enrolled in the master’s counseling program at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) and graduated in 1996. I worked as a counselor at Montgomery County Youth Services and then as a high school counselor for ten years. During that time, I led grief groups for adolescents at the schools, led grief groups for adults in the South Montgomery County area, and started a private practice in the evenings. A few years later, I enrolled in the doctoral program at SHSU, and because all classes were in the evenings, had to temporarily suspend my private practice. I graduated from the doctoral program in 2013 and have been teaching as an adjunct professor for SHSU since then. I also serve on the master’s and doctoral level advisory board for the Counselor Education Department of SHSU.

Approach: My therapeutic style is eclectic and engaged. Based in relationship and attachment research with a systemic, experiential, and collaborative perspective, I utilize a number of approaches to therapy, including mindfulness based work, the Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and developmental models for couples work. In addition, I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, which can be an effective treatment for trauma. I am also trained in Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping) which can be of help for some clients with certain emotional issues. I offer a nonjudgmental and supportive atmosphere that can help you discover your strengths in order to make useful changes.

Interests: I love being with my family – my husband, sons, daughter-in-law, grandsons, sisters, brother, in-laws, nieces and nephews – and friends. I love sitting outside with my husband in the evenings watching the birds, squirrels, and sunset. I also love cooking, throwing together a variety of ingredients to make something truly interesting and delicious. I really love spending time with my beautiful sweet grandsons. I have learned that being a grandmother is the best job in the world. Over the past few years, I have cultivated a love of mindfulness meditation and make it a daily practice. I enjoy reading and learning new things about the worlds of counseling and mindfulness, and I get great satisfaction out of helping my college students navigate their way through the counseling program.

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