davis center for psychotherapy

susan brown davis center for phsychotherapy Susan Brown, Ph.D.
Davis, CA 95616

About Me

I believe that who we are influences the kind of therapeutic work we are drawn to, and also shapes the form the work we do takes over time. We find our own “voice” as a therapist.

We are also influenced and taught about what works by our colleagues, consultants and clients. I was shaped by the turmoil and creativity of the 1960’s. After leaving Barnard College in New York City, I moved to Cleveland, Ohio where I worked as a VISTA volunteer, helping to organize a Free Clinic in a poor white community.

While there, I realized that what I enjoyed most of all was sitting in the waiting room talking to the patients while they waited to see the doctor. I decided I wanted to return to school so I could learn more about how to help people.

My early training was at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, where I was trained to work in Community Mental Health Centers. I worked with Puerto Rican indigenous healers, with elderly clients coming out of psychiatric hospitals, and in an inpatient unit.

I learned about the importance of understanding a person’s culture in order to accurately assess and help them, and about the incredible resilience of people in states of extreme crisis. I moved to the San Francisco and began working in residential treatment programs for seriously mental ill people, first in a program for people over 65, and then in a crisis program.

Eventually I decided I wanted to become a psychologist so I could work with people one-on-one and in more depth. I enrolled in a doctoral program in Social-Clinical Psychology at the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA, and received my Ph.D. in 1988.

During my internship at the UC Davis Counseling Center, I worked with several women who were incest survivors and became interested in working with trauma. My dissertation research was on “The Dreams of Women Molested As Children.”

I became licensed as a Psychologist in 1991, and also that year I joined five close friends and colleagues to form the Davis Center For Psychotherapy.

I welcome your call or email